Here is a selection of short film reviews from the 2021 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.
ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ (Giant Bear)
This animated short has some incredibly striking visuals, as it tells a traditional Inuit legend.
This story of Trick or Treaters telling the story of an escaped killer is pretty much a Halloween version of Rashomon with some fun twists.
The Call of Cableulhu
Director and co-star Ryan Couldrey adds a Lovecraftian twist to the relatable saga of messy cables. A fun five minutes.
The Monster Upstairs
This short is pretty much all about the very messed up final shot.
Sleep Without a Dream
This psychological horror in the woods is dependent almost entirely on the haunting monologue by star and writer Prudence Wangu.
Self-Actualization of the Werewolf Woman
A decent animated tale of self-realization between a werewolf and vampire.
Essentially this is Invasions of the Body Snatchers from a child's perspective, which goes in a very unnerving direction at times.
The title of the film says it all and the execution was pretty fun.
An excellent short from director Andrew Hamilton, which uses a Jamaican ghost story as the basis for a tale of loss and regret.
The dark history of the Newfoundland tradition of Mummering is broken in this film, with a pretty clever twist.
The Snow Ball
A pretty funny animated short about a boy crashing a party of showmen and getting into stylized fight with them.
Dance Dance Kill
A dance troupe is attacked by a ten-foot tall Canadian goose. ‘Nuff said.
Hell in a Handbasket
A very topical film about a scientist holding the future of humanity in his hands and…not quite succeeding.
The Phone Interview
A woman takes a hostage to get her dream job in this well produced short with a quite ironic punchline.
I got a bit of a genderswapped Dexter vibe from this short about a woman desperate for friends, who is tormented by the ghost of her serial killer father.
Wolf in Dude's Clothing
The premise of a wolf pretending to be human sounds ridiculous on paper, but this short actually pulls it off.
Quite possibly the most messed up, yet quite hilarious, three minutes you will ever experience.
Heart Attack Man
A home invasion short with a very interesting and ironic twist.
A crime-thriller short that is most notable for its pretty well-choreographed fighting.
A hip-hop artist gets a gig performing for a possibly Satanic group in this well-made short, which actually has a pretty decent performance scene.
This short about the horrors of depression leads towards a truly horrifying conclusion.
An Uninvited Guest
A commentary about police brutality and race relations, with a little dab of irony.
Break Any Spell
A heartwarming short that combines LARPing with a young woman's worries about her dementia-suffering mother.
I Want to Be Like You
Heavy utilization of split screen in this commentary on personal appearance and plastic surgery.
The hunter meets the hunted in this short that features a very interesting twist at the end.
The title of the film says it all, as an old woman seeks vengeance against her abusive husband.
The Haunted Blizzard
An animated Inuit tale with some truly scary moments.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
A very dark short about a man's paranoia about his boyfriend's possible infidelity after finding a giant spider in their apartment. The final shot will probably give you chills.
There is some heavy irony at play in this short, as an elderly woman tells party guests a story about encounters with Fairies, all while her grandson has a similar experience.
He Comes at Night
A typical “Monster Under the Bed” story, but a quite well executed one.
Kwêskosîw (She Whistles)
This intense short starring Sera-Lys McArthur (Don't Say Its Name) and Aidan Devine (I'll Take Your Dead) tackles the subject of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with a supernatural twist.
The Wrath Rustico Vale
This short about a young woman seeking out a local legend features not one, but two twists!
The Backwards Game
A twisted little tale involving mirrors and coin flips.
Red String of Fate
A very well-produced science fiction short about a robotics engineer trying to bring to life an android version of her fallen lover. I can almost see this expanded into something longer.
This short about a hitman is interesting, but I couldn't fully comprehend the plot, especially the final shot.
The Scritching Hour
This short about a dog sneaking out of its owner's bedroom at night is as cute as it is creepy.
Based on a short story by Stephen King, this a quite well produced thriller about a middle-aged woman ranting about her husband's infidelity to a hitchhiker she thinks is deaf.
The Young Wife
I sort of knew where this wilderness-set period short film was going, but it still featuring a satisfying conclusion.
A very short and succinct waterside ghost story.
A science fiction short that tackles grief, as well as the technology theory of Moore's Law. It gets kind of weird.
A post-apocalyptic monster drama that does a lot with its sound design to hide the fact that it's a low budget student film.