Warning - disturbing/mature content and images
SPECTRE (Dirs. Gabriela Diacon & Mariana Diacon) (4:08 mins)
Things turn sinister at midnight when Anna realizes a presence in her house.
MY TAKE: A creepy traditional haunted house tale!
SOLITUDE (Dir. Andrew Fleming) (5.24 mins)
In this short thriller a man disconnects from his city life for tranquility while solo camping and canoeing through Ontario backcountry.
MY TAKE: A short, sweet and simple tale with one actor (and a very small crew) is exquisitely effective with it's late in the game twist!
THE ACRYLIC (Dir. Daniel Pike) (12:23 mins)
On the hunt for some new art for her apartment walls, Rosie acquires a bizarre painting from an equally bizarre art collector.
MY TAKE: A perfectly creepy tale about possessed artwork!
SNACK TIME! (Dirs. Kaw Tay Whee School students) (4:20 mins)
The "Frostbite" kids are back! in Kindergarten, EVERYONE can hear you scream.
MY TAKE: I love these kids...I love their puppets - it's all awesome-sauce! Especially that one kid that will remind you a little of a certain Home Alone moment...
EXPERIENCE MACHINE (Dir. Ivana Bittnerova) (10:46 mins)
A young mechanic and his family lead comfortable lives in a sleek underground bunker. His life of futuristic luxury begins to deteriorate when the medical device strapped to his wrist is corrupted, revealing the reality of their true dystopian world.
MY TAKE: A super cool concept with super cool set dec...this would be fantastic to see in a longer format.
DEATH'S TOLL (Dir. Spencer Hetherington) (3:59 mins)
When the bells toll, the heads roll. A bell tower becomes the harbinger of death at the hands of an ancient creature, Mortuus.
MY TAKE: This is one of those horror films that consists of what I think of as beautifully macabre/horrifying imagery - particularly Mortuus and his lair.
OSCAR (Dir. Matthew Takatsch)
A young teenager, bored and bedridden by a broken leg, receives a creepy painting as a gift from his older sister. Things take a dark turn when the painting comes to life.
MY TAKE: Another possessed painting! This must be a new "thing"...and I fully endorse and encourage this trend!
NEW WOMAN (Dir. Benjamin Noah)(19:52 mins)
A gothic tale concerning a male pickpocket and a wealthy woman descending into a labyrinth of terror in 1888.
MY TAKE: This is a GORGEOUS atmospheric short film that again, has me wanting more! I so want to see this as a feature length movie, I can't even. Check out my interview with the director below...
TRASH (Dir. Suzanne Etheridge) (5:00 mins)
They thought the dump fires were behind them, but something has emerged from the flames. Actions have consequences in this dark fairy tale, reminding you to take care of your trash, before it takes care of you.
MY TAKE: A very interesting idea tackled here, with a social message.
WHAT'S WITHIN (Dir. Haad Bakshi) (7:04 mins)
Every family has its problems they ignore until one day the problem grows to destroy the family. Will Amelia and Zach recognize the threat to their family or will they fall to what's within?
MY TAKE: Again, more social message, as this film asks you to look at your family, and maybe the family next door, or anywhere for that matter, to see what's going on within (and the filmmakers use a very inventive plot to provoke your thoughts on this).
WILLA (Dir. Corey Mayne) (7:04 mins)
David finds himself on a stalled train in the middle of nowhere, suddenly unable to locate his fiancée, Willa. No one has seen her but they all warn him to stay put because the train should be moving any minute. Based off of Stephen King's original tale.
MY TAKE: Beautifully shot with equally beautiful (and at the time, new) CGI FX, a strong cast and strong direction. This is a well adapted story Stephen King would be proud of. I can't wait to see more from this filmmaker! Check out my interview with Corey Mayne below...
(Dir. Erin Berry) CANADIAN PREMIERE (83 mins)
An anti-conspiracy video blogger thinks she is slipping into an alternate reality after being approached by an old man claiming to have worked for the legendary Majestic-12 (aka majic) the covert spy agency, created after the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
MY TAKE: Twists and confusion aplenty (the good kind...this is a conspiracy theory and UFO themed film, people) in this clever science-fiction story. The video blogger lead is the right balance of wit and snark and the old man has charisma enough to get a skeptic doubting herself.
Wait 'til you find out about the pen at the end!
Songs My Mother Taught Me
(Dir. Doug Cook) (13:43 mins)
After Bobby and Lydia lose their mother to cancer, life becomes a difficult feat, especially for Bobby. In an attempt to cheer her brother up, Lydia throws a Halloween party with a close group of friends. It's on this night that they will discover what they mean to each other and learn an important lesson...the dead should always be left alone.
MY TAKE: A fun and seemingly typical Ouija board film with an atypical (and fantastic looking) demonic entity!
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