Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Treated

Nothing says Halloween more than the time-honored tradition of Trick-or-Treating, but somtimes it's not as safe as it seems.

Sometimes what appears to be the safest house on the block, with the nicest neighbors, is actually the one you should watch out for.

TREATED - a Halloween short film from Matteo Bernardini on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Lights Out

Halloween is creeping closer and closer, and "Lights Out," is guaranteed to get you in the proper mood. A friend recommend this one to me and even though I watched this with my lights on, it still scared the living piss out of me.

It employs a great use of suspense and really taps into every fear you have ever had about being home alone and what else could be lurking in the shadows. Pull the covers up right for this one, kids!

Lights Out - Who's There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Game

Written and directed by Josh MacDonald, "Game" is a fun spin on hillbilly horror. It opens on three redneck cannibals chasing a woman through the woods as she attempts to escape. Particularly notable is the tension built over the first few minutes, as she attempts to stay quiet and hide in the woods, as well as the makeup effects that come into play in the later half of the film.

Game (short film directed by Josh MacDonald) from Angus Swantee on Vimeo.

This one is a lot of fun, playing with established tropes and delivering something completely unexpected at the same time.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Dinner for Two

Written and directed by Henry Hubbard, "Dinner for Two" opens up as a known serial killer and cannibal has just picked up his latest victim. The film is darkly comedic, with Zachary Memos delivering an entertaining performance as the killer in question, who is taking some issue with the way he is being portrayed in the media.

Dinner For Two from josh townsend on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Buried

This is a really short, really simple film, that manages to be quite effective in the little time it has. A simple premise that really raises more questions than it answers, "Buried" is a good exercise in setting tone and atmosphere. While the action onscreen is minimal, the soundtrack comprised of long, low tones, combined with the rhythmic sound of the man shoveling, create a suspenseful mood though very little is actually happening in the shot.

Buried from Ian Langenhuysen on Vimeo.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Horrorella's 31 Days of Halloween: Paralyzed

Sleep Paralysis is some seriously fucked up shit. It is a known condition that affects thousands of people, and is seriously one of the most terrifying sounding experiences out there. Aaron Sims captures the phenomenon all too well in his short "Paralyzed."

Check it out, Then we'll talk.

PARALYZED from Aaron Sims on Vimeo.

Okay, now that we're all suitably terrified, it's time to realize just how close to true those 8 minutes were. Go check out the Wiki article.

Seriously - holy shit. I have known people who have suffered from this condition in the past, and it is every bit as terrifying as it sounds. I don't know about you guys, but I am about two steps away from downing coffee grounds and diet coke like Patricia Arquette in Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

Review: Laggies

Lynn Shelton has thrived in independent cinema thanks to her incredibly grounded, yet accessible take on relationships and human interaction. Films like Your Sister's Sister and Humpday are nontraditional takes on what could, in different hands, be very conventional rom-com storylines. How often do we see the love triangle presented in Your Sister's Sister as a part of the romantic landscape? Under her writing and direction though, it transforms into something much deeper – a realistic and often hilarious portrayal of the complexities of human emotion and relationships.

Kiera Knightley plays Megan, a woman who finds herself at a bit of an impasse. At 28 she finds herself with a longterm boyfriend, a group of friends who have been there for each other since high school, a Master’s degree, and absolutely no direction. No idea where she wants to go. She holds a sign on a street corner for her dad’s (played wonderfully by Jeff Garland) accounting business before flopping on her parents’ couch to watch TV instead of going home. She knows she wants something different, but she just hasn't found it yet.