Holy Hell! This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS is a Balls to the Walls Horrorfest!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with some pretty kickass shorts for your very own viewing pleasure - that is of course if you dig horror (which if you don't - I just might have to question how cool I think you are...) Anyways, it's also rather late in the day, so we could call this one "Early Sunday Shorts!" and honestly folks I apologize if you feel slightly shafted by having to wait this long - my day job's gearing up to shift into overdrive and I've been needed to man the fort all day, so again - my bad. Anyways, let's hop to it. Let's relax for a bit and check out some creepy films that we all get to watch right here at good ol' Ain't It Cool. It still blows my mind to know that soo many readers out there have made some killer stuff - I'm still getting inundated with cool short after cool short and by no means do I hope it stops - keep bringing it. If you've been on the fence about shooting yours at me - just do it and who knows, you could be up next week or the week after that. Or don't, your call - just be sure to keep checking in to see what your fellow AICN readers are coming up with!
Quick, go turn off all the lights in your place and prep yourself for a slew of scary shorts! Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
NIGHT OF THE PUNKS
To kick things off, here's Dan Riesser's splatfest of awesome, a 19 minute long well executed love letter to 80's splat films. Small town punk rockers THE BRAIN DEADS have their first out of town gig. But there are a few problems: The venue is deserted, the promoter is a creep, their bass player has gone missing, and the only kids in the audience appear to be bloodthirsty monsters from hell. It's gonna take a lot more than a few power chords and teenage angst to survive this night. Check out the film's site HERE and Dan's site HERE.
Next up is Paul Hough's creepy as hell, tonally continous punch to the gut and well crafted short, THE ANGEL. The word "intense" seems to fit here, but I'll let you guys judge.
And bam, straight to Mike Faulke's film that involves the Amish and a bit of evil. This is in fact the first Amish inspired short I think I've ever seen (not counting MC Weird Al's stuff). Seriously, it's great and has a certain heaviness to it that seems to just work, where you can feel the blood, sweat, and tears that must've gone into it.
I just recently completed a short film that I'm very excited about called "The Congregation" which is a more personal take on the zombie apocalypse genre. It is seen purely from the point of view of an isolated Amish community that has been overtaken by the epidemic and, because of their beliefs in pacifism, will not fight back against the walking dead. If they don't fight back, they won't live through the night, but if they do fight back, they believe it will lead to eternal damnation.
Making his second pop up on SATURDAY SHORTS is Martin Vrede, with a film he built with his brother. A man has abandoned hope. He fuels and drowns his indifference with drugs and alcohol. One night he comes upon a sensuous woman who searches in him his lust for life. At the same time an unsettling stranger seems to have other interests in the man. Check out all of his stuff HERE.
And that's the last film of the evening ladies and gents. I feel like this week was made up of quite a few creepy little nightmare inducing snippets of cinematic gold, but what do you think? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Whatever your thoughts - I'm hopeful the films directors are in the audience and would love to hear them, though first rule of SATURDAY SHORTS, "Don't be a dick." Seriously, have an issue with a film's color palette/actor/camera placement/lighting...? No biggy, I just ask that you constructively put it out there instead of bashing on anything in particular - filmmaking is hard as hell and I know the sole reason you're here is because you love movies - just keep that in mind. (Not censoring or tossing out a "ban hammer" here, just really... SATURDAY SHORTS is a celebration of "Holy shit, that's cool and someone just like me made it with no/very little money a whole hell of a lot of creativity!")
But hey, feel like checking out some more films? Man, it's your lucky day, because below is a lovely list of past SATURDAY SHORTS just begging for you to click on them. Have some fun, check out some cool stuff - click at random and see where it takes you.
If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!
Shoot me an email at "Mike@aintitcool.com"
In the subject line include:
“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”
Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times. I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.
Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
- Mike McCutchen
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June 9, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST
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by Tigger Tales
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June 9, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST
I hated it because I was like "some guy can't do all that" then I loved it because the ending was awesome :)
June 9, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST
June 9, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST
Man, I wish! I'd love to post full time/even part time, but alas I'll be busy like crazy the next few months, then back to posting more regularly and then again MIA for a while.
June 10, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST
Great job for all 3. Great productions and cool practical effects. Night of the Punks stands out for me, just cause I love 80s horror so much. Very well done
June 10, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST
Ok saw the twist coming! Didn't care for the fight squence. But lighting and shot selection was great.
June 10, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST
by Michael Foulke
This was a great group of shorts and I'm honored for "The Congregation" to be a part of them! I actually saw "Night of the Punks" at a festival a while back and enjoyed it then. If anyone is interested, you can also check out our Facebook page to see more info, behind-the-scenes pics, etc: https://www.facebook.com/thecongregationfilm Hope everyone enjoys the film and I'd love to know your thoughts! Thanks again, Muldoon!
June 10, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST
Hey, I recognized two of those actors---they've been in lots of films. Neat.
June 10, 2012, 5:39 a.m. CST
by Michael Foulke
I'm sure you're referring to Bruce Davison, who played Amos and Daniel Roebuck, who played Solomon. They have both been in tons of films and tv shows and we were very lucky to have them. Bruce is an Academy Award nominee whose been in X-Men, Short Cuts and so many other films. You may recognize Daniel from The Fugitive and US Marshals, or Matlock, Lost, he's been in 5 Rob Zombie films and has done more guest spots on TV shows than I can count. Wanted to secure the best talent I could, I actually reached out to several prominent actors in the months prior to shooting and was thrilled to be able to have not one, but two very talented and recognizable actors in our micro-budget short. They were both great to work with and were thoroughly prepared and professional, even under serious time constraints. We shot the entire film over a weekend, which included set up and breaking down the set, so really about a day and a half to shoot total, but we never had any issues and everyone had a great time! If I can get "The Congregation" feature off the ground, which is our goal, I can only hope they would want to reprise their roles so I could be lucky enough to work with them both again! Thanks for checking out the film and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
June 10, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
by chad kuhns
There's a lot of talent apparent in a lot of the shorts that are getting posted in this column...this week being no different, perhaps even more so. The Congregation actually has a very good, fairly unexplored concept. Being a Pennsylvanian, I can definitely appreciate the idea of how Amish would handled a zombie apocalypse...and the only previous zombie/amish encounter I can think of was the Amish guy in Diary of the Dead..and that left a lot to be desired. This short could easily work as a full length film.
June 10, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST
by Rob Jenson
I love 80s horror. Modern horror movies are mostly lacking in the fun factor, except a few gems like Slither and Black Sheep. The makers of NotP get it, and can do it right. Turn "Night of the Punks" into a feature! Bigger budget, sharper writing, could be a hoot. Oh, and keep the babe.
June 10, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST
NIGHT OF THE PUNKS If only the last act of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS had this much crazy, self-effacing energy instead of taking itself seriously. Makeup on a shoestring and stylized lighting matches this *punk album covers come to life* scenario. Performers well directed, timed and blocked for the camera. Even more of the snappy editing here could have trimmed this down to 15min without losing much. Well written, delivering some big laughs. THE ANGEL This was a real Tommy Tu-Tone. The horror half was distracting with lights being turned on and off instead of flickering naturally. The action half suffered from being over-lit in a bare room, making the wire-fu stunts appear like stage rehearsal. The slow build up, and break from suspense into action, does make the final twist and one-liner work. It just makes no sense that a gnarly creature would be protecting *anyone* after approaching a young girl with those wicked witch hand gestures. THE CONGREGATION Ironically, this one needed a bit of *candle* flicker for electricity-averse Amish. I liked how this opened with dolly moves and a children's rhyme, then switched to handheld camera after the body is dragged inside. While the acting was fine, discussions and debates with different family members split the group apart. This needed the army guy or an elder character at some point discussing the *affliction* with the whole group, describing what they've seen already what they've lost. Noises behind a closet door weren't enough to imbue a unified goal for survival, and build the required tension for this chamber piece. SUCCUBUS If you know what a Succubus is, you know where this is going. Sufficiently moody/creepy/erotic with the low-key lighting, ambient score and SFX. Liked all the nervy jump cuts and that the Succubus and Incubus were mind-readers or telepathic. My only nitpick is that the major height difference between the Succubus and her prey didn't make her appear as threatening. The leads played this straight and un-showy, to the film's benefit. Overall this week = Creeptastic!
was that eddie, the winner of big brother season 1 killing that damn angel?
June 10, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
This short is pure fun for me; having fronted a punk band in high school, and as someone who enjoys musician jokes ("He's just the bassist!"), I had a blast with this one. The cast is great; I especially liked the leading man... very calm and cool. Good to see the creators have a love for all things vinyl, too. Only cringeworthy moments are the hipsters at the bar and their dialogue... but I could see that they would help make the film more accessible to those not 'in' the scene.
June 10, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Badass... everyone who has crutches should see this at least once. I like the spin with light and dark, too.
June 10, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
I like that they took their time fleshing out the main story, no rushing here or there. Europe late at night makes for a cool setting that definitely helps it, too.
June 10, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST
June 11, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST
friggen awesome ending.
June 11, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Horror is not my favourite fare but there's horror and horror :) "Night of the Punks" was nice, good-natured fun which might have been even funnier with a faster cut as Justmyluck mentioned. Hey, I once played a gig with my band in front of 2 people (who had won the tickets from a local radio station, omg). "The Angel" was the best this week, it had a beautiful setup depicting the horrors of human frailness and helplessness. Alas, the ending was very similar to last week's "Chameleon" - the mood would be good enough for a REALLY gripping and harrowing tale, as it is it's just an elaborate gag. "The Congregation" didn't grip me. Again, beautiful setup, maybe the dialogue was not up to par. "Succubus" was well executed but a bit boring - THIS film could have used a twist. It was not scary either. Thanks again Muldoon!
July 10, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST
Hey, huge thanks for featuring my short! And thanks for the great comments and feedback guys. Glad you enjoyed it. We're still plugging away at turning it into a full on feature -- script is ready to go, the crew is poised... we just need the financing. http://www.nightofthepunks.com
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