Blood In The Snow Film Festival Movie Reviews- The Shorts!
Updated: Nov 14
Something new has happened as you can see from the poster above-where the festival was once held indoors is now having to be online, but this event is different because the people behind the festival have been able to acquire the help of Super Channel here in Canada to present the festival to Horror, Sci-Fi, and nightmares galore right in your own living room.
In this portion of my reviews, I am going to cover the short films and alphabetically
Across The Bridge Run time 5:07 mins- (Emerging Screams)
In this animated short is about a young boy who has emersed himself so far into his video game and has asked his older sister's help to get him across the bridge, she declines and he is left to fend for himself and try to defeat the big monster guarding the bridge. Not much information is given for the reasoning to get across the bridge, but overall it looks good.
A Dinner Party- Run time 12:00- (Pre Feature)
In a time very similar to what we are going through right now, a young woman is hosting "A Dinner Party" with people she clearly has a major difference with, they exchange a few unpleasantries during the dinner. We are just outsiders looking in on an uncomfortable situation that we know nothing on. That is ok, the unknowing of what has previously happened between her and her guests is what makes this one of the better shorts in the festival. Often less is more plus the pay off at the end is best.
An Imposter Run time 3:14-(Funny Frights)
A lot can happen in three minutes. baby cries, a man assures his wife that he will take care of it.
He prepares coffee for himself and a bottle for the baby. Upon looking out the window, he sees a man waving back at him--but wait it's him? Sometimes three minutes isn't enough but it works here.
Attack of the Killer Scarecrow Run time 11:14 (Pre Feature)
We have young kids going into a cornfield that they have been warned that they shouldn't--see where we're going here? It works for a while but when the scarecrows start emerging from the field it's almost comedic, for me it lost my interest.
The Ballad Of Sharkasaurus Run time 13:39 (Funny Frights)
In what would make the studio The Asylum happy comes the Ballad of Sharkasarus - or land shark on two legs. This is a fun film overall that has "camp" written all over it--if you take it too seriously it might come back to bite you.
It's the wild west meets Tremors kind of comedy.
Clout Run time 15:29- (Pre Feature)
There seems to be a number of shorts/films about what social media is doing to the younger generation and their need to belong and be popular amongst their peers.
This does a fantastic job in its portrayal of what lengths many will go to in the need to be popular, Caitlyn Banks is fantastic here in the lead role, and her delivery is what makes it all the better.
Crea(e)ture Run time 2:24 - (Funny Frights)
This really started from a complaint--no really it did and the complaint is valid, however, if I tell you what the complaint is then I would give away the film--really take 2 minutes out of your life and give it a look.
Day Break Run time 1:00 (Dark Visions)
Not much can be said in 1 minute, nothing is said just a young woman trying to get a break in before she goes back to whatever it was before we are with her--then it's over. The poster almost gives it away.
Don't Text Back Run time 14:29- (Funny Frights)
A young woman goes out with a pretentious and egotistic man, he has bought her a necklace that he can control and he has been using it as a torture device if she doesn't text him back the necklace chokes her. She goes to get help from a woman who is quite skilled at breaking spells.
This is listed under the "Funny Frights" category, I personally didn't see the humor in this-not because of the subject matter but rather the performances were not very strong.
Down Deloro River Run time 12:01(Emerging Screams)
I really liked this film and its one that could be great as a feature film, even though we have read or seen the story before, it's the performances and the overall mood of the film that works best here.
Two young men rob another man at the start and they journey down the river and have an argument along the way.
Escape The Night Run time 5:46 (Dark Visions)
This is one of those films that you are glad you came along for the ride.
In what looks and sounds like a night not too unfamiliar for all of us at the current time, however, we are not in the stages of Mad Max/Night of the Living Dead--thankfully.
A young woman is heading out --for who knows what--but along the way she sees many things including a man who is on fire and chasing a young man onto an abandoned bus, can she get to him in time?
Expecting Run time 7:31 (Dark Visions)
This is one of the best shorts I have seen this year and I am thankful for the opportunity to see it
A young woman is expecting a baby and invites her friends over to celebrate and to ask them if they would honor her with being the godparents of her child, they are taken aback as they cannot have children so they are offended and suddenly leave the dinner. The woman visiting forgot her purse so they go back up and are met with more than they thought possible.
FREYA Run time 16:16 (Pre Feature)--My Personal Favorite of the short films-
The Twilight Zone is not gone, it's very much alive in this short.
A young woman returns from work and is greeted by her personal assistant in that she has device like a Google device or Siri.
Some personal changes happen to her and she is feeling like she has no space and a computer that is acting like her mother, or even worse a dictatorship of sorts. She dares not to try to have any of a personal life because Freya will catch wind of it. When she uses the washroom, Freya tells her things about her weight and other such personal things. I liked how this is such a reality for a lot of people they come home and have their contact at the house which is this computer of sorts.
Ingredients Run time 23:20 (Pre Feature)
Sometimes connecting with another writer is a good thing, other times maybe not a good thing
Here we have a young man who is having a hard time starting his writing of a story, his roommate is leaving to go see his girlfriend/fiance. In his absence, his cousin is going to be staying at the apartment, but he assures him that they have a lot in common, like writing and similar tastes in movies. Things get odd during the course of the time spent together they start to cook food together and this is where we get the title from and a little more than we expected. Beautifully executed and I was not ready for the ending and it was a nice surprise.
Innocence Run time 7:37
A man has a committed a crime--or has it? He has something red on his fingers which he says is from a pomegranate, or was it the paint he was using earlier?
He's trying to convince himself of something but what that is, is uncertain what the investigation is truly about, but he comes clean at the end.