Bloody Cuts

Play Time Short Film

Why Watch? The upstanding, not at all imbalanced folks at Bloody Cuts recently held a short film competition that revolved around the theme “Who’s There?”. There was a sickening amount of fantastic entries, but this one from Ryan Thompson was chosen by a panel of experts (including me, Joe Dante, Gale Anne Hurd, Drew Daywalt, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and more). Play Time is pure atmosphere. It’s an excellent example of production design and editing meant specifically to unnerve and disarm. The plot is merely a scare delivery device: there’s a ruckus downstairs, so a young woman goes to investigate. Although, if you want to think deeply enough, the creature imagery could be psychologically appropriate for a lone woman in a big house. Probably best to watch this after you’ve brushed your teeth and put on your pajamas.

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We’re big fans of Bloody Cuts and their inventive brand of horror shorts, and now they’ve got a challenge for you — a challenge with $8,500 on the line for the winner. They want you to make a 3-minute horror flick around this simple theme: “Who’s there?” Check out that link for the rules, legal jargon and full details. Every entry will be judged (for a variety of elements) by horror elites like Joe Dante, Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton (Saw series), and Gale Ann Hurd as well as non-elites like me (of Film School Rejects fame). You’ve got until December 30th, so watch this brand new Bloody Cuts short and then get to it:

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Dont Move

Why Watch? After their previous entries, the team at Bloody Cuts essentially has a standing invitation to be featured here. They consistently make high quality, intriguing horror work, and I hope sincerely that they make more than the promised thirteen movies they have planned. Don’t Move is their eighth, and it combines claustrophobia with hellacious creature design courtesy of Cliff Wallace (Hellraiser, 28 Days Later…) and Millennium FX. Six friends get together for a game night that results in them unleashing a powerful entity that’s a lot like a T-Rex: it can only see you when you move, and it loves ripping vital body parts away from their owners. The short itself plays out like a bottle episode of a television show with heightened parameters. Writer David Scullion and director Anthony Melton achingly squeeze out all the angst that comes along with watching characters unable to move, but there’s nothing inert about the plot as supposed friends use some clever tricks to get each other to shuffle off their mortal coil. There’s one cringe-worthy moment when one young woman lays out what we already know, but everything else is airtight, and the team must have had plenty of the red stuff on hand because they’re not afraid to let it fly. Special kudos go out to that face-ripper of a final kill and to all the design work in service of a dangerous and exasperating horror concept. Whoever created that teeth-smacking, cheek-sucking sound effect for the demon deserves a special place in hell. What Will It […]

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? “You cut it right out of her, John.” Bloody Cuts has made some strong short films, and this blend of a police thriller and a home invasion flick toys with fear using simple tools: words and imagery that puts something foul in your mind. Fortunately, in this tale of a murderer being interrogated by a detective, we also get the money shots and an excellent turn of the plot that should please just about anyone. It’s the kind of solid horror work that brings an evil smile to your face and sends a shiver through your heart. If you’ve still got one. What will it cost you? Only 5 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Three friends decide to go camping near a lake, and yeah, yeah, yeah. If this short from Ben Franklin sounds predictable, simply know that it’s not. It’s a fantastic horror short film that uses standard conventions in order to subvert them. So, sure, there’s the horny couple checking their watches until they can shake the tent, there’s the goofy friend who is obsessed with blasting fireworks, and there’s the bloodied horror that finds them in the woods. But Dead Man’s Lake is the kind of short that entertains before it pulls the damned rug out from under you. The result is something devastating and terrifying in a far more fundamental way than your average slasher re-hash. It’s not wink-and-nod like Cabin in the Woods, but it knows its horror and sidesteps every cliche in order to build something that punches you right in the chest. What will it cost you? Only 9 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? With a poetic fairytale voice over (from a speaker who is somehow deeper-throated than Clive Barker) and stunning cinematography, this work from Bloody Cuts is dark and delightful. As it turns out, sucking your thumb can be terrifying if you have a hideous step-mother who calls down an evil imp upon you. Thrilling and epic (despite its length), Suckablood is an absolutely fantastic horror short with a hell of an ending. What will it cost you? Only 5 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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