02nd Apr2020

‘The Erl King’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Lewis Hyman, Louise Elliker, Simon Victor | Written by Marison Suarez | Directed by Callum Windsor Written by Marison Suarez and directed by Callum Windsor, this just-under-13-minute short film falls into the horror category and follows a boy named Alfie who, along with his father, was in an auto-accident. We see Alfie (Lewis Hyman) […]

20th Mar2020

‘Cubicle’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Charlotte Hamblin, Robert Nairne | Written by Stefan Kaday | Directed by Chloe Wicks Written by Stefan Kaday and directed by Chloe Wicks, Cubicle is an under-four-minute long short horror film, much shorter than many of the short films I’m used to, yet it manages to be incredibly effective and wonderfully stylish in that […]

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19th Mar2020

‘Faulty Roots’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ella Greenwood, Sani Thabo, Sarah Greenwood | Written and Directed by Ella Greenwood Written, directed and produced by 18 year old Ella Greenwood who, by the way, also plays the part of Lola here, Faulty Roots joins in the conversation regarding mental health and the prejudices that surround that segment of life. Lola suffers from […]

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17th Dec2019

‘The Cunning Man’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Simon Armstrong, Ali Cook, Ian Kelly, Charlotte Jo Hanbury | Written by Ali Cook | Directed by Zoe Dobson Shown at this year’s Frightfest, The Cunning Man is not the most obvious of shorts to be playing at that festival. Inspired by John Harries (1785-1839) a physician and ‘cunning man’ – a healer who uses […]

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24th Oct2019

‘Patina’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alan Maxson, Annabel Barrett, Matt Kelly | Written and Directed by Alan Maxson The Twilight Zone and more recently Black Mirror have created future worlds that aren’t so great. Featuring things we should worry about and usually making technology seem like something we should be very wary of. Patina follows that idea, with robots that […]

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17th Oct2019

‘Glass Cabin’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Revell Carpenter, David Mar Stefansson | Written and Directed by Can Türedi Glass Cabin is a short film written and directed by Can Türedi, a Turkish filmmaker who began by making music videos and documentaries. Glass Cabin, a mere fifteen minute short-film, features just two characters and sticks to minimal locations, telling a short […]

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16th Sep2019

‘Black Moon’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Fabienne Tournet, Brett DelBuono, Jamie M Timmons | Written by Daniel Shafer | Directed by Ryan Graff Black Moon is a horror short directed and with a story written Ryan Graff, who aside from working on a few short films, had done a ton of work as a sound mixer in film and television […]

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16th Jul2019

‘Dacryphilia + Hematolagnia’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Lilly Montano, Shane Ryan, Lilith Singson | Written by Shane Ryan | Directed by Shane Ryan, Lilith Singson I feel like the title of this movie, Dacryphilia + Hematolagnia, explains things much better than the actual movie itself. Without the title it’s not too obvious what is going on. At least with it you can […]

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30th May2019

‘The Affliction Table’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: M W Daniels, Sean Francis Mclaughlin, Kimberley Thornhill | Written and Directed by M W Daniels I had a chance to watch M W Daniels’ short film House of Lexi and review it for Nerdly recently, and I really enjoyed the film, found a lot of elements to like about it, so I was […]

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28th May2019

‘The Shipment’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Aleks Paunovic, Ishana Bala, Robert Maillet, Omari Newton, Adrian Petriw | Written and Directed by Bobby Bala Short film almost always equals low budget. Now, this is of course not a problem, but I point it out when talking about The Shipment because it either spends a low budget extremely well or it has […]

27th May2019

‘House of Lexi’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Emma Dark, Helen Stephens, Jane Garda, Sean Francis Mclaughlin | Written and Directed by M W Daniels House of Lexi begins with a panoramic scan along a beautiful beach, the slow low-key score mimicking the smoothness of the camera. I loved this opening. It was calm, it was intriguing and it peaked my curiosity. The […]

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23rd Apr2018

‘American Virus’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Adrian Baez, Kathryn Eastwood, Chad Meisenheimer, Shane Ryan, Tommie Vegas | Written by Shane Ryan, Kathryn Eastwood | Directed by Shane Ryan Short film American Virus is part of the horror anthology Virus of the Dead. An anthology that is a long time in the making, beginning production over three years ago and now […]

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23rd Apr2018

‘Guerilla’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Adrian Baez, Randy Burke, Carissa Carlberg, Lucy Dorado, Raul Gutierrez, Delaiah Hastie, Mars Mohamed, Kendall Morris, Lyddie Ward, Riley Yargus | Written and Directed by Shane Ryan The year is 1989 and after a rocket launch from the American Military goes wrong, a virus has attacked the small town nearby. But a ten year […]

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23rd Nov2016

Watch Now: Sci-fi short ‘On Sunday’

by Phil Wheat

Writer/director David Lea first won acclaim in 2002 when Half Life, a short film he co-directed for Greenpeace, won First Prize and Special Jury Prize at the young Advertising Awards in Cannes. He went on to direct award winning music promos for artists such as The Offspring, Emiliana Torrini and was nominated for Best VFX […]

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26th Feb2016

Glasgow Frightfest: ‘Mindless’ Review (Short)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nicholas Vince, Kate Danbury, Eloise Daye, Fern Bostock | Written and Directed by Katie Bonham If there’s one thing that makes UK horror film festival Frightfest stand head and shoulders above others of its ilk, it’s the amount of attendees that have gone on to create their own horror movies – be they features […]

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07th Nov2015

‘The Package’ Review (Short Film)

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Dan Palmer, Tom Gordon | Written and Directed by Damon Rickard To put it simply, The Package is a short film, written and directed by Damon Rickard, about how far a man is prepared to go to get something back that was stolen from him… One of the great things about short films is […]

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03rd Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘Process’ Review (Short Film)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bruce Jones, Roseanna Leathley, Paige Feast, Matt Milne | Written and Directed by Scott Feast Written and directed by newcomer Scott Feast, Process is – unlike the other shorts shown at the Grimmfest Northern Showcase – not your usual horror story. In fact, beyond dealing with the horror of living with dementia, this is […]

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03rd Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘Driven’ Review (Short Film)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Rachel Capovila, Rupert Proctor | Written by BFI Film Academy students | Directed by Matt Palmer (Directorial Mentor) From January 2013 to January 2014 young filmmakers aged 16-19 from Cumbria and Lancashire have took part in courses covering all aspects of filmmaking and the film industry including programming, script writing, film production and distribution, […]

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02nd Oct2015

Grimmfest 2015: ‘The Box’ Review (Short Film)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, Patrick Lally, Roy Bright, Sam Edge | Written by Shaune Harrison, Mark Jones | Directed by Shaune Harrison Screening as part of Grimmfest’s Northern Showcase – a shorts programme celebrating the best “The North” has to offer in terms of genre cinema, accompanied by introductions and talks from those involved […]

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11th Jun2015

‘The Cobblestone Corridor’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Erik Bloomquist, Madeleine Dauer, Nicholas Tucci, Adam Weppler, Alec Richards, Alex Sarrigeorgiou, Graham King, Ben Santiago | Written and Directed by Erik Bloomquist Allan Archer, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper club at Alfred Pierce Preparatory School, has taken on the biggest case of his academic career: investigating the suspicious termination of English department chairman, […]

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15th Jan2015

Review Round-Up: ‘D.I.Y.’ & ‘Life Itself’

by Nicky Johnson

D.I.Y. No, this isn’t an informative article about building shelves and benches but rather the first major short film from Josh and Mitch and Jam Flicks, better known for their adverts. Cantering around one man, Andrew (Anton Saunders), who’s left broken after discovering his wife has had an affair. Unable to confront her about it, […]

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02nd Dec2014

‘Revelations’ Review (Short Film)

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Sheri Davis, Gracie Whitten, Lance Eakright, Kristal White, Jason White | Written and Directed by Roger Sampson Summarising a short film that’s runs just shy of 13 minutes is always tricky, but it doesn’t help when over a quarter of that time is taken up by a surprising amount of credits in a tacky cursive font. […]

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