BITS 2018: Bloody BITS Shorts Showcase Part 1

Here are my thoughts on the films that were part of the first Short Film showcase at the 2018 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.

Note: As previously explained, I decided to exclude the short film Quiet Room Bears from my coverage.

Frostbite

A group of kids learn the lesson about covering up to avoid getting frostbite. Frostbite is a very cute short film made by the kids of the Kaw Tay Whee School near Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. Utilizing a monster puppet to visualize getting frostbite, it is hard not to enjoy this film.

He Likes It Rough

A woman utilizes black magic to get revenge on a man. The title of He Likes It Rough is quite ironic, as the film visualizes what many people would like to do to abusive ex-lovers. A well done little short film.

#Selfie

A woman taking selfies in the washroom begins to notices someone or something behind her. #Selfie is a very short and sweet film that builds up to the final jump scare.

Santa’s Helper

An elf is sent to do Santa’s dirty work, but meets his match in a sociopathic young girl. Santa’s Helper is a darkly humorous short film involving an elf, played by A Christmas Horror Story‘s Ken Hall, who is tasked with delivering a lump of coal to a girl on Santa’s naughty list. I do have to say that any Christmas themed horror short that references Misery is probably one that’s worth watching.

 Greater Good

A woman is greeted by a representative from the Department of Alternative Timelines, who wants her to kill her unborn child to prevent a future crime. Greater Good is one of those short films that deals with the immortal “what if” scenario about preventing crimes before they happen. However, this film features a somewhat macabre, yet heartwarming twist.

The Suburbanite

A woman and her son is constantly met with complaints from her next door neighbor, until she finally decides to do something about it. The Suburbanite is a short film that takes the annoying neighbour trope and adds a bit of a dark twist. While it isn’t too hard to guess where The Suburbanite ends up, it is still a well made film.

Hunting Season

A woman working at a gas station encounters a number of people heading out to hunt a beast that has been sighted nearby. Hunting Season is a surprisingly touching short film about a recovering alcoholic and a connection she has with a so-called beast.

Supine

A lonely French taxidermist develops a connection with an American hitchhiker. Supine is a short film that can be described as a romantic drama with a dark twist. This is a quite well done story that is even a little bit heartbreaking.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).