Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's edition of SATURDAY SHORTS, the online screening room that showcases badass films created by readers like you and me. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the past few weeks have been a little "M" exclusive as they both showcased only films created for the ABCs OF DEATH 2 competition. Well let's shift gears and dive into some familiar waters, unrestricted imaginative awesomeness. This week we're going to have some fun with a few horror films I think you'll get a kick out of. Next week will include a doc, some comedy, and perhaps an experimental film or two - but for now, let's make with the blood, guts, and terror! A few of these are a little on the long side (running time style) than most of the shorts I tend to feature, and because I think they're totally worth your time, I'll only be screening four films this week. Last week's Talkback was pretty ideal, directors interacting with folks who had questions and whatnot - so hey, how about we try to get that again? Start a discussion, ask a question, critique the tar out of these (just don't be a jerk). I'll spare you from my enthusiastic ramblings here, let's just hop on in and watch some cool films, eh?
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:
First film fresh out of the gate this week is Catero Colbert with a rather fun story that's straight out of an eighties slasher flick. (Golden) "Sixty years ago a giant grotesquely disfigured man roamed the woods of a rural Louisiana community. The locals cruelly nickname him Onionhead. When a young girl was found murdered, he was wrongfully blamed. An angry mob came for him, killed him then buried his dismembered remains in an unmarked grave. Many years later a young teenage couple meets the resurrected monster, when four children unwittingly release him from the grave that trapped him for decades." I hear Catero's got a damn cool robot flick in the can that he's working on. Fingers crossed, it's as much fun as this one!
Next up we've got a beautifully executed (slick) flick from director William Prince. "At the end of a long day, five children look to fill the remaining hours of sunlight in an abandoned building. A location that leads them to discover why we are afraid of the dark." If you like what you see, then be sure to hit up the film's site or William's site for more kickass films!
Now let's take a dip into existential horror with Steven and Wayne Benson (Denovo Pictures). "A lone hotel guest discovers that in some rooms there is one way in...and no way out..." If you're curious about what else Denovo Pictures is up to, then follow their Twitter with @denovopictures!
With our last short of the day, we've got Chris Patton's black and white western horror piece. "Set in 1898, a group of laborers led into the mountains by a greedy treasure seeker find themselves splintered when a lethal mountain man punishes them for their trespass."
(TRAILER TIME) - BEDBUG trailer
And here's a creepy trailer from a Saturday Shorts Vet, Joe Ballarini. "About a young girl and the monsters in her house."
That's it for this week's picks! Next week should have significanlty less horror, so if this week wasn't really for you - fear not! But while you are here, check out some past shorts by clicking any of the links below:
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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
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?
BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen