Here are thoughts on the films that screened during the second short film showcase at the 2018 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.
That’s Not Me
A woman wakes up to her friend Amber at the front door, but then receives a phone call from the same friend. That’s Not Me is a short film with a doppelganger storyline that isn’t exactly the most original plot, but the film is still pretty well executed.
The Girl in the Black Dress
As a woman gets ready to go out, a strange man enters her out. The Girl in the Black Dress is a short film with a vaguely noir feel to it. Ultimately, the film is all about the punchline at the end, which is somewhat clever.
A woman receives a USB key with strange video and coordinates, which kicks off a mysterious scavenger hunt. With a plot strange out of an urban legend, Binge is a short film that is able to tell its story without any dialogue, as it builds to its twisted conclusion.
It is very hard for me to described the plot of Hot Anger, which is a very weird and surreal science fiction story. I am reminded somewhat of the films of Astron-6, however this film is perhaps a bit too messed up for my liking.
In Death Unparted
A clingy girl finds out that the love of her life is now a vampire. In Death Unparted can almost be described as an anti-romance, since even in death, this poor man can’t escape a girl completely obsessed with him. Pretty well done for a student film.
A Mexican man tries to smuggle his wife through his luggage, however is dismayed when she is lost in transit. Standby is a short film that comments on immigration and the extremes that some are willing to go through, before progressing in a more spooky direction as this man begins to be haunted by guilt.
House Among the Trees
A man checks in on a neighbour’s cottage, only to find that it’s already occupied. House Among the Trees is a short film that is building up to its supernatural twist. It’s a decent film, but the plot isn’t all that deep.
The Chicken Man
A suicidal man is saved by a chicken. The Chicken Man is a very unusual story starring a very unusual man. Don’t really know what to think about this one.
Lay Them Straight
A girl suffering from OCD fears what might happen if she stops counting. Lay Them Straight is a pretty well done short film that tackles both mental illness and bullying, with a plot somewhat reminiscent of Carrie.
A teenage girl tells her younger sister an urban legend that horrifyingly comes to life. The Whistler is a proof of concept short for an eventual feature, which has a plot that essentially combines the Pied Piper of Hamelin with A Nightmare on Elm Street. This short film does a good job at establishing the titular supernatural villain and I would be interested to see where the feature goes.
Time Heals No Wounds
A scientist experimenting with time travel, receives a message from himself that leads to dark consequences. Time Heals No Wounds is a twisted little sci-fi themed horror-comedy that progresses from a time travel story to something else entirely. This is a quite enjoyable short to watch.