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Portland Horror Film Festival 2017: Short-Length Horror Shorts Part 2

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‘Blackbird’

Country: UK

Director: Tim Fellingham & Charlotte Stente Nielsen

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

What happens when the one you think is your savior, turns out to have been your tormentor all along? Here on a lonely stretch of nowhere, a man with a concussion and severe memory loss, apparently from getting tossed from his motorcycle, goes to save a runaway maiden in a nightgown. The both of them hole up together trying to figure out what they’re running from, and through a series of dreams and flashbacks and one horrible “gotcha!” moment involving a blackbird tattoo, discover they really do know each-other, a little too well for either ones comfort.

The use of Memento-like timelines and flashbacks can be perfectly fine, but I thought a little too much emphasis was placed on atmosphere and not enough on the story itself. If a movie, either short or feature-length, has only two actors in it, it is very likely that the villain is one of them; it kind of lessens the potential shock value. Nevertheless, should the story be expanded, the short could have real potential.

‘The Dark Hunger’

Country: USA

Director: Anthony Williams

Review Rating: 8 out of 10

What to do when one discovers a supernatural cannibal terrorizing your neighborhood? No calling in the CIA or some paranormal equivalent, no, some sort of mafia-like gang kidnaps the man they call Dead Fred and stick him in a cell, to be fed their enemies. Because Dead Fred is a full cannibal and always cleans his plate, so there’s no evidence left behind. And when we meet up with our cannibal hero, it looks like he’s been enduring this setup for awhile.  His Dark Passenger, the actual cannibal vampire in his skull with the awesome deep voice, is content to stay in prison so long as the captors keep feeding it, but Fred has other ideas. Despite that not actually being his real name, Dead Fred decides to embrace the pseudonym and make a deal with his Dark Passenger to get out of this prison and find the man at the top, the real mastermind monster who put Fred here in the first place!

It’s never easy to combine a supernatural element with an attempt at Hannibal Lecter-like characters, and yet somehow The Dark Hunger manages it nicely. The short reads like a trailer for a film that I would certainly watch, and I sincerely wished the short was one of the longer short films, so I could pretend it was a movie. With even some of the better notes of 30 Days of Night thrown in, The Dark Hunger should make Director Williams an up-and-comer worthy of keeping an eye on.

‘Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir’

Country: USA

Director: David E. Munz-Maire

Review Rating: 7.5 out of 10 

If you could ever imagine what a winery run by Children of the Corn would be like, then the Chateau Sauvignon is for you. The stark landscape, dead animal skulls and eerie wine-making equipment that looks suspiciously like butchery pressings all serve to provide an atmosphere that screams Horror. And almost immediately, it turns out, the vitner equipment really does still make wine for the tourists and all, but is also being used in the butchery of at least some of those tourists, to keep Mom alive. (Whether Mom is a zombie, some kind of vampire, cannibal or anything else, is unclear.) But the meat juice is beginning to run out, Son is becoming concerned, and Dad is just trying to hold everything together, despite Moms condition. Two new tourists have come late to the winery and Son wants to give them the full tour, no matter what Dad says – here sample some of our wine, over here is some of the processes we use to make our vintages, and by the way, your son is a jackass, here’s a glass pouring beaker shoved into your skull. Because Mom needs to be fed, and wine isn’t cutting it anymore.

A very fine short, all kinds of atmospheric and moody, though I would have liked to have a bit more to the story. What kind of creature is Mom now, how did she get this way, what happens to all of them when the meat juice finally runs out? Perhaps for the next series of Horror shorts from Director Munz-Maire, or, he could turn the whole thing into a feature-length jaunt – I would watch it.

‘Death Metal’

Country: USA

Director: Chris McInroy

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

Dude man, I get you, hail Satan and Metal is God and all that, you bet. But if you’re handed Grand-dad’s axe (as in guitar), that he supposedly got from the Dark Prince himself, along with three important rules to follow when using it, you’d want to adhere to them and be respectful wouldn’t you? It doesn’t seem as though frustrated metal-head Lars gives two damns about any of that, and immediately goes off to break all three rules jamming in the afternoon at the park on the axe. Is it any wonder that the axe-head breaks off from the rest of the guitar and goes hog-wild?

I saw Lars and his dumbassery at another Horror film festival and thought it was hilarious then, as now. It’s always so cute to see the Metalheads tossing the horns and headbanging for all they’re worth, because of course Satan’s all kinds of into that. Just never forget, Lucifer has a very wicked sense of humor, too.

‘As They Continue to Fall’

Country: USA

Director: Nikhil Bhagat

Review Rating: 8 out of 10

Whether you’re a fan of the Prophecy series, or saw the film Legion and the short-lived Syfy show it spawned, Dominion, Angels are fairly well-known these days as something other than the be-winged halo’d bringers of light and Gods love. What we have here is the somewhat now-familiar trope of the hobo hero hunting bad guys, in this case actual Angels, and it must be said, doing a fair job of it. From the looks of the feather trophies that line his coat, keeping him warm, our hobo hero is no-one to be trifled with. (Because really, depending upon which hierarchy of Angel you’re fighting, you could strap a nuke to the Angelic type and he’d laugh at you.) Our hobo hero has been dealing with Angelic visions all his life, but now after the apparent end of the world, has taken to hunting them down with vim and vigor. And who could blame him? What is an Angel, after all, but another Devil just waiting to fall?

Many of the minds who worked on this short have made major names for themselves elsewhere (Sinister, Deus Ex, The Thing, the NBC TV show Dracula, to name only a few), and they managed to cobble together a short awesome to watch. The future dystopian world where our hobo hero hunts Angels is clear and perfectly understandable, while much is still left open to audience interpretation and judgment, and in building a world like this, that is what we would prefer.

Portland Horror Film Festival 2017: Short-Length Horror Shorts

Posted in comedy, drama, Foreign, horror, Movies, Romance, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2017 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Horror lives on in our hearts all year ‘round, and all across the world too. The fears we share cross all manner of cultural and gender lines, creating a fandom unique to any other. Because if we unite and share our fears, through glorious films and shorts, perhaps some of those fears will be lessened in shared fandom.

‘Last Resort’

Country: USA

Director: David Schneiderman

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

What couple thinks it’s a good idea to take a Horror vacation, when one half of the couple isn’t into Horror? Apparently these people do, and in the role reversal of the common, the female in this relationship is the Horrorphile and her boyfriend the reluctant tagalong. Mel the girlfriend wants the immersive Horror weekend promised in the Horror Haven brochure, which includes bloodstains in the shower, a purportedly dead body in the closet, and a cannibal wine host who likes to dance while ranting and isn’t too smart about where he leaves his tools. Oh, and don’t forget the singularly unhelpful delivery guy who keeps getting lost.

A campy little romp that pokes fun at “experience” camps and Horror in general, Last Resort reminds us that no matter how clever you think you’re being, the universe is still laughing at you. And inside the Horror universe, it’s a damned cackle.

‘Black Ring’

Country: Turkey

Director: Hasan Can Dagli

Review Rating: 9 out of 10

What looks like a professional photography setup in a rundown Turkish castle turns out to hide something far more sinister. Considering the men doing the initial setup look like European gangsters, one would think the chosen who participate in the lottery from hell would be more leery about being handed a black disc. But alas, these bright young beautiful things are here for their shot at fame, and for many of them, it is their very last shot. The shock value the artist and his audience are hunting seems almost gorgeous in the grotesquerie, and reminds a great many of us just how jaded we really are. You really can make art out of someone’s death, but how could you possibly top that?

This short was incredible, and I’ve seen a freaking ton of Horror shorts. To be able to do an entire art-house Horror piece, as a short film no less, where not a single character speaks, is even more mind-blowing. The images and ideas brought across come both starkly dark and breathtakingly bloody, mixing styles like an astounding master painter on the movie screen. Seriously, Director Dagli needs to get on making feature-length Horror movies, and right now.

‘A Fathers Day’

Country: UK

Director: Mat Johns

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

What Daddy doesn’t want to protect his little girl from the Horrors of the world? Well, what happens when both you and your daughter are already zombies, does the protecting stop once you’ve died? Of course it doesn’t! You still want to protect your drooling, growling baby, and provide fresh-ish entrails for her, and push her on the merry-go-round while she twitches. And when the human survivors take aim at your zombie daughter, when she goes to protect you, is the proudest moment any Daddy, dead or alive or anything in between, can experience!

A wonderful little short done in the sympathetic style of the movie Warm Bodies, A Father’s Day reminds us that the love of a parent for their child transcends all preconceived boundaries, and that includes even death.

‘The Gift of the Woods’

Country: USA

Director: Kris Theorin

Review Rating: 8 out of 10

Everyone knows the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but also, that they’re full of ancient creatures, some of whom are monsters. The little girl in the short is an innocent, wanting nothing more than to skip along in the woods and enjoy the bug and plant life, when she happens upon a stump with a dolly on it. The dolly itself is unusual, more like a voodoo doll than anything else, with a bloody paw-print adorning its stomach. And of course when the girl takes the dolly off the stump, it wakes the creature who made the dolly, wanting it back!

Some say even monsters have nightmares. Some monsters even need a teddy, or a dolly, to sleep with to keep their own dream-monsters away. That thought basically sums up the end of this wonderful and sadly far too short Horror cartoon short. Don’t steal another nightmares’ teddy, and if you do, give it back before the sun sets!

‘Hope’

Country: Norway

Director: Adam A. Losurdo

Review Rating: 7 out of 10

So the zombie apocalypse has come and gone, and the world remains pretty much the same, with one or two tiny exceptions – the shuffling zombies still around. They don’t eat brains, they just kind of die and shuffle along, to be abused and ridiculed by the still-living. Here we have Carl, our zombie forever dressed like a soda jerk, completely without hope as he, you guessed it, shuffles along. Carl gets harassed by young girls on bikes, has his shoes stolen, gets his dumb self buried by the meanie living (not buried alive, reburied dead I guess), only to be rescued by a female zombie inevitably named Hope, and instant attraction. After a whirlwind romance, Hope is inevitably killed and that’s when poor Carl finally becomes the killer zombie he was meant to be.

The short is a fun little turnaround on who the real monsters are – the zombie who doesn’t even eat brains and never did no-one any harm, or the still-alive folk who keep bedeviling him. Everyone has a breaking point, even zombies apparently. After all, how would you react if the love of your unlife was slain (again!) in front of you?

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2014 presents Surrealism, Madness, Exploitation Shorts

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, horror, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by aliciamovie

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The Odd Ones

A simple tale of cannibals in the backwoods and revenge on bullies thrown in the bargain, the Odd Ones is a fine little horror sendup from a 15-year-old director!

Review Rating: 7

Director: John Capizzano

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Lady and the Tooth

A very abstract cartoon that featured, as far as I could tell, a toothless young man who wanted very much to impress his tribe and a lady friend by stuffing as many teeth from other people into his mouth as possible!

It visually looked like something you might find in Dexter’s childhood abbatior, but I wasn’t thrilled.

Review Rating: 6

Director: Shaun Clark

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The Headless Nun

Another one of those highly abstract shorts, featuring an escaped thief who happens to have, yes, a headless nun in the passenger seat of his car.

I didn’t get this one at all, but then the psychedelic mushroom-laden visions towards the end made it at least like an odd trip.

Review Rating: 6

Director: Nuno Sa Pessoa

 

Sinnside

Welcome to the candy store of your worst nightmares. Children are always welcome, the more the better, but the store already has adult patrons sitting at designated tables, and the kiddies get to pick which treats they want to eat! Or is it, which monster will eat them?

This short was astounding and quite possibly the best of the entire block. If ever there was a short that deserved full-length feature film treatment, this is so it.

Review Rating: 8

Director: Miguel Angel Font Bisier

 

The Stomach

A spirit medium will put you in contact with your beloved dead ones for a price, that’s pretty standard. What isn’t standard, at all, is where the spirits house inside the medium, hence the short name.

A nice little “gotcha!” of a gangster supernatural story.

Review Rating: 7.5

Director: Ben Steiner

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Kira

She’s pretty, smart, and deadly, she who is known as Kira (Killer In Red Attire, according to the director) will take you on the worst date of your life! Like Dexter, Kira is hardly someone you’d expect to turn out to be a murderer. Such a pretty little thing, she calmly explains to you her need to eat as she fries up your tongue (as least she cooked it) for the first course!

I really enjoyed this short and it was a great one to end this shorts collection of Surrealism, Madness, Exploitations!

Review Rating: 8

Director: Shaun Menzie

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2014 presents All Zombies Attack Shorts Block

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by aliciamovie

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Tales of a 5th Grade Zombie Slayer

Exactly what the title says it is, the Short is a sendup of the zombie apocalypse happening and the 5th graders and other similarly-aged who band together against it!

This is a Spotlight on local filmmakers of San Diego, Carl Smith and Jeffrey McLaurin, and while I certainly think the Short could use some polish, it is quite fine for an opening romp into the field of Horror!

Review Rating: 7

Directors: Carl Smith & Jeffrey McLaurin

Damsels

Four very different women meet over the course of the zombie apocalypse and must band together to survive!

The link underneath is actually the entire Short, so feel free to watch it and give your own opinion. This is another Spotlight of a local San Diego filmmaker, who does a good funny job at making what could be an intro to a bad zombie comedy!

Review Rating: 7

Director: Nicholas Puleo

Se O Dia Chegar (Should the Day Ever Come)

A father and daughter on the run from the zombie apocalypse, the daughter is attempting to avoid any mention of the talk her father had with her about what to do, should the day ever come. Which day? The day, last day matter of fact, where her father has already turned and she’s surrounded by zombies, what to do then.

I liked this short very much, it’s more of what you should realistically expect if the zombie apocalypse ever does actually pop off. Sadly I couldn’t find an English-dubbed trailer online, but the interview there does have a scene or two from the Short!

Review Rating: 7.5

Director: Pedro Santasmarinas

Waterborne

There’s something nasty in the water at this particular lake and even though the town council is ineffectively trying to warn people about it, not everyone listens and hey, the next thing you know, zombie-roos!

I actually rather liked this Short, it reminded me of that horror comedy Black Sheep.

Review Rating: 7.5

Director: Ryan Coonan

The working dead

It’s a typical day at the office until, oh no, the boss is coming! I know, everyone, let’s play Dead!

An adorably snarky Short, the link below is the entire Short and everyone should get a great laugh from it! There are subtitles, be ye warned.

Review Rating: 8

Director: Fernando Gonzalez

Naked zombie girl

Well, nothing like giving everything away in the title. Here we have a Short after my own little black heart, very Grindhouse style. The female lead never speaks and yes she does run around buck naked, with strategic blood splashes and a chainsaw to cover the naughty bits, while she fights off traditional zombies!

I enjoyed this one very much as well, and it was the perfect Short to end the All Zombies Attack! first day of Horrible Imaginings 2014!

Review Rating: 8

Director: Ricky Bird Jr.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2013 – Shorts

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, horror, Movies, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Cold Turkey

Director: Thor Arnarsson (Iceland)

Rating: 8

Adam is a cannibal, yet he feels badly about it and genuinely doesn’t want to devour his entire town by the time he’s 50. So over the course of a month, Adam determines to quit cold turkey, not realizing the physical and mental consequences.

I very much liked this one, and it was a great opening running start to the film festival.

Out There

Director: Randal Plunkett (Iceland)

Rating: 7

Rob wakes from what turns out to be a rather bad car accident, missing his pregnant fiancé. He lurches around trying to find her and figure out what happened, only to be horrified by devil worshippers and…monsters in the woods!

A bit of a slow starter, relying heavily on mood, and a clever way to get the audience involved in the story despite it being foreign and subtitled.

All night

Director: Sanns Dixon (San Diego)

Rating: 7

A kind of take on the Caller-Inside-the-House scary story, an operator at an all night call center is bothered by a determined stalker.

I think the short should’ve actually been longer, in order to establish mood so crucial to a story like this being told.

 

Lamb’s Blood

Director: Adam Anderson (San Diego)

Rating: 7

An odd take on a purportedly Pagan ritual involving a candle and some bad spirits, this short has a heroine determined to get her man, no matter what the cost.

The effects and the way the story is presented could use some work, but the acting was just fine and one can easily grasp the Gotcha! at the end.

 

Shelter

Director: Eve Edelsen (USA)

Rating: 8

A battered woman with a unique problem visits the animal shelter, determined finally to follow her ironic dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Now that’s cute and I love it. Who says shapeshifters need to be all understanding and junk?

El Chupugcabra

Director: Aaron Koontz (USA)

Rating: 7.5

There’s this pug dog straight from Hell, see, and you must never ever ever feed him marshmallows. Despite the warning the pug is adopted, and of course a disbelieving father hands over the gooey treat, just to see all Hell break loose!

Completely farcical, and yet still enjoyable.

 

Bedtime for Timmy

Director: Thomas Nicol (USA)

Rating: 7

Claymation Timmy takes his bedtime seriously, even to taking a sword with him. What Timmy doesn’t know, is that the monsters under the bed have a sense of humor.

It’s very short and there are no real words, but it’s clearly an easily understood happy little Horror Short anyway.

 

Sanctimony

Director: Dimitris Vavatsis (Greece)

Rating: 8

A pair of priests are playing a game with a torture victim. However, it may not turn out to be the game you think.

A slower foreign burn, but the Gotcha! at the end is marvelously universal.

 

Stay at home Dad

Director: Andrew Kasch & John Skipp (USA)

Rating: 7

A Stay at Home dad gets a Hell of a lot more than he bargained for when he volunteers for an experiment that allows him to breastfeed his own child.

The link shows the entire Short, and be advised, it is rather R rated. Funny, if a bit unpolished, with great potential.

Horrible Imaginings presents Women in Horror Shorts 2012

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Fantasy, Foreign, horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Nursery Crimes

Director: L. Whyte

Review Rating: 9

A wonderful cartoon short involving traditional nursery rhymes with a sincerely criminal bent, the rhymes are even re-written to still rhyme but fit the short. I adored it.

The Party’s Over

Director: Gigi Romero

Review Rating: 7

So a guy and a friend of his are comparing notes over the phone about the wild drinking party bout they had last night, when an unexpected leftover guest makes her final appearance. Leaves a lot to the imagination, like good suspense horror does.

Cthulhu Triptych

Director: Paula Halfley

Review Rating: 8

H.P. Lovecraft’s famous dark God Cthulhu has been asleep for a very long time. What would happen if say, he woke in our time period and had to find a job and a girlfriend? The short is a fun slap at Cthulhu, even for a fan of his stories!

 

Internal Thoughts

Director: Lisa Coffelt & Cristyn Wingood

Review Rating: 7

A nasty little piece about a woman who fights with what she thinks is her own internal self, nagging and criticizing until she simply can’t take it anymore. Unsurprisingly, her internal thoughts manifest murder when they become external.

 

The Patchwork Monkey

Director: Susan Bell

Review Rating: 7

There’s an old grandmotherly type who makes stuffed plushies for neighborhood children, or so she says. And when her favorite patchwork monkey is given to a pair of disbelieving children, madness will ensue, and the monkey will get a new patch.

 

A Noiva (The Bride)

Director: Ana Almeida

Review Rating: 8

A Portugese horror film, about the legend of Almudena, a deadly bride who haunts the Dpuro river. Not a whole lot about the legend itself, but I did enjoy the suspense, and the makeup.

 

Summer of the Zombies

Director: Ashleigh Nicols & Eddie Beasley

Review Rating: 9

Ever hear of a vegetarian zombie? Me either. They did it anyway, in this awesomely well written and adorably well acted wacky short, all about, you guessed it, zombies! It’s a shame it wasn’t a true summer of zombie love, but there’s always room for more zombies!

 

Switch

Director: Melanie Light

Review Rating: 7

A woman goes for a jog in the wooded snows, to find herself being run down by what is proposed as an attacker, only to have the tables turned on him at the last second. Take a simple premise and run with it, no pun intended, and give it a nice dark twist at the end; I’ll devour the short.

 

Candy Snatchers

Director: Lance Dumais

Review Rating: 7

A gang of candy thieves get a real big surprise after a snatch and grab gone so well. It is rather unexpected what happens to them, but hey, thieves should get some sort of comeuppance.

 

Little Miss Muffin

Director: Reyna Young

Review Rating: 7

A very noir black and white old-fashioned piece, about Miss Muffin and her disagreement with a spider. It was certainly watchable, just not necessarily very original.

 

Movie Moxie covers SDLFF 2012 — Cine’Mation Shorts

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by aliciamovie

Movie Moxie covers SDLFF 2012 – Cine’Mation Shorts

 

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Cine’Mation Shorts

 

Dogballs

Director: Ernesto Felipez Diaz

Review Rating: 8

“Nothing happens by accident” is right. A short almost film noir piece about a mafia-style animal confrontation, where the Turtle Boss gets a lot more than he wanted after refusing to pay for his completed assassination! The style and the plot, though short, were really great – I enjoyed them.

 

Eso te Pasa Por Barraco

Director: Pablo Serrano Rosillo

Review Rating: 7

It’s done in a very claymation style, which I’m fine with, and almost no dialogue other than screaming. A man goes to a lot of effort to have a very fine Baroque chicken dinner, only to discover the chicken’s still alive! Very cute and dark at the same time.

 

Hoy no se Hace Pastel de Chucho

Director: Barulio Rodriguez

Review Rating: 8

An adorable little short about a diver who goes after a stingray for dinner, across a great expanse of ocean in a rather Finding Nemo style, only to be outraged and saddened by the dumping of garbage in the ocean that interferes with their life or death struggle with a different, much larger one. It reads very much like a “stop dumping in the ocean” PSA, which is more or less what it is.

 

Abdala el Regreso los Senores de Xibala

Director: Adrian Lopez Morin

Review Rating: 7

An apparent attempt to bring to life a sci-fi version of an Aztec epic poem by Jose Martin in 1869. The style is visually stunning, rather reminded me of Disney (and I do mean that complimentary), and the storyline is a bit like Reign the Conqueror, with the Sci-Fi elements for the younger generation thrown in. Trouble is, there are NO SUBTITLES. The characters get long diatribes and there’s even a scene with the heroes mother, and I can’t understand what they’re saying! It effectively ruined most of the enjoyment of this short for me.

 

El Camino de Las Gaviotas

Director: Alexander Rodriguez

Review Rating: 7

Once again, there were NO SUBTITLES. The cartoon was done in a rather simple pastel manner, something about a lonely girl who gets a visit from what I gather to be a God of Wind.

 

Akerbeltz, Las Brujas y El Inquisidor

Director: Cesar Urbina Vitoria

Review Rating: 7

And once again, no Subtitles. However, none of the characters spoke, so I really can’t complain. The story seems to center around a Spanish prison during the Inquisition, of torture and execution of women suspected of being witches. Chanting drifts out through the bars, and calls what I gather to be supernatural aid. The music was phenomenal.

 

El Duelo

Director: Christian Maldonado

Review Rating: 7

A western town in the middle of nowhere, where the cow sheriff and a fugitive pig is suddenly interrupted by what appears to be a meat delivery truck. Hilarity ensues. The claymation style is reminiscent of Wallace and Gromit, and I enjoyed that.

 

Zeinek Gehiago Iraun

Director: Gregorio Muro

Review Rating: 7

The short seems to center around one particular family, and the train that runs the tracks near them. The son has serious consequences that befall him after playing badly on the train tracks, which in turn makes life hard for his parents and eventually him. It’s a fine piece, if very sad, and I couldn’t help but wonder why these so-sad characters kept riding the same train and tracks without, I don’t know, some kind of backlash to them in particular.

 

D

Director: Rafael Velasquez Stanbury

Review Rating: 8

An adorably funny little short about a fight between a fountain pen and the letter D on a manuscript. I personally loved seeing the medium fight the method of transcribing, and I think wonderful little short was my favorite for this collection.