SHORT FILMS

Watch: 'Kinderfänger' - Genuinely Scary Pied Piper Horror Short Film

Kinderfänger Short Film

"Following the music leads to death…" Whoa! Looking for something to really, truly scare you? Watch this. Kinderfänger is a horror short film from director Christopher Alender, that premiered on Crypt TV's YouTube series of horror shorts this month. The title Kinderfänger roughly translates to "child snatcher", which makes this all the more scary when you see what happens in it. There are a few big twists, and some crazy horrific moments that you won't see coming. But damn this is some slick, minimal filmmaking. The Kinderfänger villain is freaky as hell, one of the scariest horror creatures I've seen in a while. So, watch out.

 Posted October 20 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Sci-Fi Short 'Others Will Follow' Based on Apollo Contingency

Others Will Follow Short Film

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to Mars to explore in peace will stay on Mars to rest in peace…" This new sci-fi short film is pretty damn cool, and worth a watch if you love space exploration as much as I do. Others Will Follow is a sci-fi short made by Andrew Finch, based on the Apollo 11 contingency speech written for Nixon in the case that the astronauts ended up on stuck on the Moon, unable to return home. The short film is about a failed mission to Mars and the value of human space flight. Featuring the voice of Bruce Greenwood, and starring Winston Tao, Erica Sabol, and Damian Chey. There's actually some seriously outstanding VFX in this, along with a fascinating story of brave explorers. Watch below and enjoy.

 Posted October 17 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Uber Gorgeous Animated Adventure Short 'Fox and the Whale'

Fox and the Whale Short Film

This is one of those jaw-dropping stunning animated short films that you need to stop and watch right away. Fox and the Whale is animated short made by Robin Joseph about a fox that goes on an adventure to find a whale. While the plot is seemingly that simple on paper, this gorgeous film has so much more depth to it than that, and will leave your mind reeling. This film reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt's animated shorts because there's so much profoundness to it, and that's not something easy to pull off. There's nothing more to say now than please just take a moment to watch and enjoy this mesmerizing work of art. It's so worth it.

 Posted October 16 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Clever FaceTime Call Horror Short 'Where Is It' Will Spook You

Where Is It Short Film

"Oh, that's okay, it came with the house anyway, so… no big deal, I guess!" We're almost into October, which means it's just about time for the horror season. To kick things off (a bit early) we're sharing this fun, freaky horror short film titled Where Is It, from co-directors Zak White and Todd Spence. This clever little horror short is about two friends who connect up over FaceTime for a chat. One of them just returned home from a trip, and the other watched her house while she was away. She accidentally broke an old mirror that was on the wall, neither thinks much of it. But apparently it has some importance to someone in the house.

 Posted September 28 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Shinichirō Watanabe's Anime Short 'Blade Runner: Black Out 2022'

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022

"All records on the ground will be erased." Ready for more Blade Runner prequel action? Warner Bros has unveiled the final prequel short film for Blade Runner 2049, this one an anime directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Shinichirō Watanabe (of Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop). Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 takes place between the first and second short films, in the year 2022, telling the story of when an EMP blast knocked out power to cities around the world causing the anti-Replicant movement, which lead to their prohibition, before Niander Wallace eventually brought them back. This short very much reminds me of the Animatrix shorts, specifically "The Second Renaissance" Parts I & II which tell a much bigger story about what is going on in the world. This will definitely get you in the mood for the full movie.

 Posted September 27 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Zack Snyder's Gritty New iPhone Short Film 'Snow Steam Iron'

Snow Steam Iron Short Film

Get a load of this! While taking a break from Hollywood, Zack Snyder made a short film entirely on an iPhone for the social media app Vero. Titled Snow Steam Iron, the short film is set on the gritty streets of New York and stars Samantha Jo as a woman who decides to fight back. Co-starring Victoria Jacobsen. Vero explains: "Looking for an opportunity to change the alchemy, to challenge himself with new variables, to literally look at filmmaking through a new lens, Zack envisioned his next project." This turned out pretty cool, especially for a film made entirely on an iPhone without any dialogue. Then again, we shouldn't expect anything less from Snyder. The full short is exclusive to watch only on Vero for the moment, but it is there.

 Posted September 19 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Another 'Blade Runner' Promo Prequel Short '2048: Nowhere To Run'

2048: Nowhere To Run Short Film

"Don't like my offer, you're welcome to try somewhere else." Warner Bros has unveiled another new promo short film for Blade Runner 2049, a prequel this time set one year before the new movie takes place. A few weeks ago, they unveiled a short titled "2036: Nexus Dawn" featuring Jared Leto's character Niander Wallace talking about manufacturing replicants again. This next new short film is titled "2048: Nowhere To Run" and features Dave Bautista as an outlaw replicant named Sapper. He goes out into the streets of Los Angeles 2048 to sell some replicant leeches, but he loses control when he sees a mother and her child being threatened. I love these short film promos, they're exciting and the perfect way to bring us all back to this world. In the intro, Denis Villeneuve mentions there's three of these short films, so there's one more to come after this one. And only a few more weeks left until this hits theaters. For now - watch below & enjoy.

 Posted September 14 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Awesome New Gritty Action Short Film 'Apocalypse Now Now'

Apocalypse Now Now Short Film

"I've killed people. Lots of people. At least, they tell me they were people. They looked more like monsters to me." Holy crap this looks awesome! A new proof of concept short film has arrived online this week titled Apocalypse Now Now, set in Cape Town, South Africa. The film is about a serial killer kid who partners with bounty hunter to clear his name. He ends up getting dragged into a "deep, dark Cape Town underbelly full of monsters and myth, shadowy government forces." The main creature in this is badass, and the rest of it is sleek and stylish, and just the right amount of gritty. Starring Garion Dowds, Louw Venter, and Faniswa Yisa. This also kind of reminds me of Attack the Block, and if that film can get made, turn into a big cult hit, and launch the career of John Boyega, then this deserves to get made (and launch careers), too.

 Posted August 30 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

New Short Film for 'Blade Runner 2049' Explains Jared Leto's Backstory

Blade Runner 2049 Short Film

"The off-world colonies are thriving…" Well, this is interesting. WB has debuted a new promo short film for Blade Runner 2049 that takes us back to the year 2036, telling the story of Niander Wallace (played by Jared Leto) and how he came to be allowed to manufacture new replicants. This was originally debuted on Collider, where they explain that "in 2023, government authorities legislated an indefinite 'prohibition' on replicant production." The short film also features an appearance by actor Benedict Wong (who you will remember from Doctor Strange) as well as Leto, but it does not feature Ryan Gosling or Harrison Ford. I like that they're promoting the movie with this kind of extra content (similar to the short film for Alien: Covenant) but I am worried we're seeing/hearing too much. I am ready to watch this movie and discover the full story before any of it gets ruined in marketing. Only a few months! Fire it up below if you want to watch.

 Posted August 29 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Heist Movie Meta-Spoof Short 'The Heist' Will Make You Laugh

The Heist Short Film

"You're gonna need guys as crazy as you are." Time for a fun short to wrap up the week. The Heist is a meta-spoof comedy short mocking the heist movie trope of "assembling the team". Made by filmmaker Luke Harris, they wanted to poke fun at this trope and other cliches from Hollywood, so they whipped up this short. It's a direct reference to the scene in Steven Soderbergh's Oceans 11 (one of my favorite heist movies) where they first meet up with Reuben and tell him about their plan. It's short (only 4 minutes) and lives up to the promise of delivering some top notch spoofery. Of course, it's also perfectly timed as Soderbergh has yet another heist movie currently in theaters - Logan Lucky (which I highly recommend seeing). Have fun.

 Posted August 25 in Comedy, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 80s-Inspired Fantasy Adventure Short Film 'The Spirit Machine'

The Spirit Machine Short Film

"Its been missing for 100 years…" Shall we go searching for Thomas Edison's "last" invention? The Spirit Machine is an excellent low budget fantasy adventure short film made by filmmaker Timothy Plain. The story is about a father and daughter who go on a search for a long, lost turn-of-the century Edison device (called The Spirit Machine). There's an impressive amount of backstory to this, and a good introduction that makes it captivating to follow as it plays out. Starring Andrea Ferreyra and Will Springhorn Jr. This has been described as "Indiana Jones meets The Prestige", and inspired by 80s classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Poltergeist. It's not perfect, but I admire the ambition and the VFX are great. Fire it up below.

 Posted August 23 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Metal Detector Finds Something Big in Animated Short 'Martin'

Martin Short Film

Always inspiring to watch an entertaining short film made by one person as a "labour of love." This short film premiered a few months ago, but we just came across it recently and felt it was worth sharing. Martin is a short animated film designed & directed by Sholto Crow of "Crowmotion". It tells the story of a young scavenger using a metal detector to hunt for objects on the beach in his small coastal town. One day he finds something big and, well, you just have to watch below to see what he discovers. I admire the animation style in this, it's quite unique, and the way this ends should make you laugh and leave you with a smile. Have fun.

 Posted August 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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