SHRIEKFEST 2018: A Near Perfect Screening of Short Films [REVIEWS]

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CHAINSAW CHARLIE
CA 7 min
Facebook.com/chainsawcharliefilm
Directed by Dan Lesser

Image result for chainsaw charlie dan lesser“When Garrett is in for a night alone full of good tunes and good music, his night takes a turn for the horrific when notorious “has been” serial killer “Chainsaw Charlie” breaks into his home for a murder that will put him back on the map.”

Nothing is more awkward than having to make small talk with someone that you went to school with, but now throw in that person wielding a machete. This short is more comedy than horror for sure, but I ain’t mad at it. Funny actors and solid camera work made this a joy to watch. 4 out of 5

SAFE
WA 8 min
Timearnheart.com
Directed by Tim Earnheart

“Three masked intruders break into a woman’s home to retrieve an item from her safe. But what they get is much more than they bargained for.”

I would love to see a feature length version of this short with a great big budget. Someone start a crowdfunding campaign or something. All of the performances were so solid and this was hands down one of the best produced shorts at the fest. My only nitpicks were that I was confused about who exactly was an assassin, and that I just plain wanted more of this world. 5 out of 5

THE CANDLELIGHT WITCH
CA 16 min
Facebook.com/midnightvideomv
Directed by Rebecca Flinn-White
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“To pass the time during a blackout, three siblings tell a scary story that proves to be more
dangerous than legend.”

This short was just all over well done. Nice jump scares, solid acting, fun writing, excellent
camera work. It’s wonderfully spooky, so go watch it. 4 out of 5

AVULSION
Australia 10 min
Directed by Steve Boyle
“A blue collar worker visits an escort with an unusual ability to grant his deepest fetish.”

A++ makeup work on this one. I loved the look of the dismembered body parts (spoilers?) and especially how they came back together. The performances were great, but I was really over the unnecessary voice over by 2 minutes in. The short does such a great job, and looks so cool, I promise the audience knows what’s up. 3 out of 5