15th Feb2024

‘The After’ Short Film Review (Netflix)

by James Rodrigues

Stars: David Oyelowo, Jessica Plummer, Amelie Dokubo, Ellen Francis, Sule Rimi, Tara-Binta Collins, Izuka Hoyle, Dominique Tipper, Nikesh Patel | Written by Misan Harriman, John Julius Schwabach | Directed by Misan Harriman Marking his directorial debut, director Misan Harriman opens The After with a familiar sight. Dayo (David Oyelowo) is a workaholic father who wears a […]

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09th Jan2024

‘Skater Zombies: The Villain’ Short Film Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Richie Jackson, Jacques Grimbeek | Written and Directed by Eileen Yaghoobian In a post-apocalyptic world only populated by skateboarders, a quietly spreading synthetic drug is transforming female users into skater zombies. Following on from the 2022 short Skater Zombies that offered a taster of this world, Skater Zombies: The Villain changes gears to shine […]

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25th Sep2023

‘Chaos Rising’ Review (Short)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chick Allan, Finn Allan, Daniel Arbon, Patrick Capaloff-Fowler, Olivia Millar-Ross, Russell Miller, Olivia Miller-Ross, Calum Paul, Brodie Toriati | Written and Directed by Jack Fox, Charlie Parker Chaos Rising is a 40-minute proof of concept short film that was paid for via crowdfunding, raising a final budget of £27k – all of which appears […]

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22nd Sep2023

Fantasia 2023: ‘Transylvanie’ Review (Short)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katell Varvat, Lucien Le Ho, Emma Gautier, Marylou Sampeur, Théodore Laloe, Djack Hazan-Guéguin | Written by Rodrigue Huart, David A. Cassan, Axel Wursten | Directed by Rodrigue Huart Ewa is a lonely 10-year-old girl who believes she is a vampire. She longs to vampirize a neighbourhood boy for companionship and devises a plan to […]

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20th Sep2023

Frightfest 2023: ‘Rain, Rain, Go Away’ Review (Short)

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Carolina Lopes, Mike Sweeney-Collier, Gaz Hayden | Written by Thalia Kent-Egan | Directed by Sebastiano Pupino Director Sebastiano Pupino opens his short film with foreboding music, leading up to a horrific sight that will haunt judgemental conservatives; a tattoo being permanently inked onto a person. To commemorate her recently deceased grandfather, Clari (Carolina Lopes) is […]

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28th Jun2023

‘Canary’ Short Film Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Barron Leung, Kiyoshi Shishido, Matthew Mitchell Espinosa, Thaddeus Newman, Andrew Hayden Kang | Written by Jasper Chen | Directed by Taka Tsubota Forced to stay inside a cabin, Alan (Barron Leung) finds himself victimised by the other boys also there. Despite the horrific atmosphere within, there appears to be no other option when an […]

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02nd Jun2022

‘Summer After’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Andrea Granera, Deepti Menon, Josh Cox, Mateo Correa, Milly Miles | Written and Directed by Josh Cox I think it might be harder to make, and get positive reviews, for a short film that isn’t action-packed. It must be a temptation for directors of shorts to fill their time (twenty minutes with Summer After) […]

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06th May2022

Romford Film Festival 2022: ‘Colossus’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Well people it’s getting closer to this year’s Romford Film Festival and while I am super excited to be making my way down there for the first time so that I can bring all you awesome Nerdly readers and Nerdly Out Loud viewers some great content, I also wanted to bring you some reviews from […]

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30th Mar2022

Boston Underground Film Festival 2022 – Short Film Reviews #2

by Alain Elliott

A Family Affair A young couple and their son get an unwelcome visitor one snowy Christmas night. They know they could be in danger but fear that sending the stranger back outside might lead to her death. A Christmas set, snow-covered short coming in at about fifteen minutes, I was pretty sure I was going […]

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24th Mar2022

Boston Underground Film Festival 2022 – Short Film Reviews

by Alain Elliott

Thorns Thorns sees a young couple go to stay a night at a motel only to have their night interrupted by an unwanted guest. At a little over five minutes Thorns creates an easy to follow story with a satisfying ending. Something most films struggle to do! I really enjoyed how the movie looked and […]

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24th Feb2022

Romford Horror Festival: ’11pm’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Tony Banham, Abigail Bush, Elodie Angel, Lewis Cook, Sophie Anna Bel, Laura Ollerton, Ollie Mullen, Miti Goneos, Stos Goneos | Written and Directed by JP Thomson At only thirty minutes long this short film set in real-time builds up to that time of its title 11pm. Apparently, the time when most disappearances occur – […]

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02nd Feb2022

‘Off Fleek’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicola Goodchild, Patrick Marlowe, Shona O’Sullivan, Phoebe Rawlinson | Written and Directed by Steven Dorrington The horror of social media and the bullying that comes from it is all too real for young people growing up today, so it’s no surprise to see the genre film directors focusing their movies on it. Off Fleek […]

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06th Jul2021

‘New Woman’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Rhiannon Morgan, Stephen Oates | Written by C.H Newell | Directed by Benjamin Noah Since hooking up with the Romford Film Festival I have seriously had my eyes opened to the real potential of short movies and the performances and artistry on show. These creators only have 15 to 20 minutes to tell their […]

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25th Jan2021

‘Lavender’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Libby Wattis, Caroline Vella, Michelle Grimshaw | Written and Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw Some of our longtime readers may know during the first national lockdown here in the U.K. I hooked up with the amazing folks at Romford Film Festival and became part of their selection team; which meant I had the opportunity of […]

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01st Dec2020

‘Officer Down’ Short Film Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Martin Delaney, Josef Altin, Ben Turner | Written by Tommy Draper, Simon Pearce | Directed by Simon Pearce Alex Trent (Martin Delaney) is a young British Police Officer and is part of a task force that has been sent into a rundown building smack dab in the middle of Civil Riots that are dividing […]

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16th Nov2020

‘We Die Alone’ Short Film Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Ashley Jones, Samantha Boscarino, Baker Chase Powell, Darielle Deigan | Written by Marc Cartwright, Cassie Keet | Directed by Marc Cartwright Aidan, a young man crippled by loneliness and insecurity, wants nothing more than to experience love, but he compulsively ghosts any connections he makes through dating sites. Aidan’s co-worker Elaine, generous with her […]

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27th Jul2020

‘Sins of the Father’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Neil Gallagher | Written by Neil Gallagher, Peter McKeirnon | Directed by Peter McKeirnon The current worldwide pandemic has made it difficult for filmmakers to, well, make films. But it hasn’t stopped them altogether and has often made people become even more creative than normal. Sins of the Father is part of a soon-to-be-released […]

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07th Jul2020

‘Genevieve’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicholas Michael Jacobs, Shawn C. Phillips | Written and Directed by Nicholas Michael Jacobs I have seen many many found footage horror movies and I am as big of a fan of them as you’ll probably know. It all started with the original The Blair Witch Project and although it took a while for […]

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02nd Jul2020

‘Lab Rat’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Matt Harris, Sian Hill, Kirsty Sturgess, Max Williams, Abeo Jackson | Written by Matt Brothers, Nour Wazzi | Directed by Nour Wazzi After recently watching and enjoy the short Baby Mine, I couldn’t wait to check out director Nour Wazzi’s other work, which lead me to this all new sci-fi short Lab Rat. In […]

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26th Jun2020

‘Nightfire’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker, Bradley Stryker, Francesco Pannofino, Michael Pantozzi, Lorenzo Pisoni, Goran Ivanovski, Greg Hadley | Written by Brando Benetton, Los Silva | Directed by Brando Benetton Forty one minutes seems like a very odd running time for any movie. Not really a short film but nowhere near the length of a […]

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24th Jun2020

‘Baby Mine’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Rachael Sterling, Alexander Siddig, Alex Ferns, Grace Taylor | Written by Shirine Best, Eleanor Emptage, Nour Wazzi | Directed by Nour Wazzi Made over three years ago, Baby Mine seems more current in 2020 than ever before. We see a Middle Eastern man kidnap his child,while the mother opts not to call the police […]

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07th May2020

‘A Better You’ Short Film Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Seán T. Ó’Meallaigh, Hannah Mamalis, Marcio Wille, Charlie Kranz, Aoife Nic Ardghail | Written and Directed by Eamonn Murphy A short film that was selected to screen at the Oscar-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival which, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festival will now screen films online in the coming months, A Better You is […]

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