Death Scenes

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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Boiling Point

Death is a profound thing. It has long been utilized in the art of storytelling to make the fiercest of impacts. From the first written work of fiction (“Beowulf”) to the works of Shakespeare to the films of Uwe Boll, death has been ever present. When handled correctly, a death can be a haunting memory in a film, a momentous moment that effects the viewer on a very real and very emotional moment. Let’s cut to the jump so we can discuss a lot of spoilery stuff and bitch about how a thoughtless death is cruel to the character and an affront to the audience.

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When I lived in DC, I took at least two showers a day because of the swamp heat and humidity. Even then, after reaching what could technically, numerically be called adulthood, I would find myself checking cautiously behind the curtain (from time to time) for psychotic serial killers. The bathroom, and the bathtub in particular, is an incredibly vulnerable place. After all, we are (usually) alone. We are cornered. We are naked. Many films have exploited this vulnerability, but not all of them do it for fear. In fact, it turns out that where we spend .6% of our lives can also be an incredibly poignant space. It can also be hilarious. Many films have killed characters in the bathtub, but only a few could float to the soap-covered top as the best of the best.

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