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

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FROM LIFE
United Kingdom 8 min
Directed by Uli Meyer

“An amateur artist sketching in a church yard has a series of encounters with a young woman, who we might come to believe is a ghost. In fact, the truth is stranger than that.”

This short had lots of things that I like. History, a great location, ghosts, and a nice twist. I
enjoyed the performances and really liked the way they did the twist, but if you think that I as a costumer didn’t notice the elastic on those shoes, you’re super wrong. Assuming you’re not a nitpicky costume weirdo like me, that won’t bother you. It’s pretty. Go watch it. 4 out of 5

CONDUCTOR
CA 6 min
Instagram.com/conductor_movie
Director Alex Noyer

“A drum competition with devastating consequences!”

(Spoilers.)
So this guy who has no idea how to operate a drum pad is entering to win a drum pad. Then a helpful girl in the front row tells him exactly what to do, he creates a sick beat, andRelated image then somehow wins? Without anyone else that’s been waiting for a turn getting to compete? Then it turns out his beats are used to horribly torture some rando blue collar worker in a fish tank. This is either brilliant commentary on cis het white male privilege, or the script supervisor was out that day. I loved the gore (are we sensing a pattern in things I like yet?) from the one man band rube goldberg torture machine, and the camera work was excellent. 3 out of 5

ONE DARK NIGHT
CA 19 min
Directed by Michael Trainotti

“Dad spins a decades old tale during a family camp out”

This is another one that I really want to see made into a feature length film. There’s so many great elements that slowly construct a fantastic world for the characters to live in over the course of the short, and I need more. The actors did an excellent job creating a very believable family dynamic, and I was totally sold on everything that was happening. Fun jump scares, gore used to great effect, and again I want more! 5 out of 5

SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS
Spain 14 min
Facebook.com/francasanovafilms
Directed by Fran Casanova

“Veronica is a 6 year old girl who is trying to overcome her fear of the dark.”
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This was hands down the creepiest and most suspenseful short in the festival. The camera work and the performance by the young actress made my skin crawl. Brilliant. Loved it. I don’t want to say too much, so just do yourself a favor and go watch it. 5 out of 5