This Horror Short Sunday we’re exploring the terrors of used furniture with the cursed object tale The Armoire (2017). This unnerving short is written and directed by Evan Cooper, produced and edited by Brodie Cooper, and presented by Muskoka Movies in association with Steve Hern Films. Emma (Hannah Barlow) is an aspiring actress who moves […]
Written by Lorcan Reilly and directed by Alberto Corredor, Baghead is an unpredictable, rich, twisting horror short that hits all the right buttons at all the right times. The story is put together with delicate care, so as each layer is pulled back, we see that there’s a lot more roiling under the surface. In the […]
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There is something unsettling about Melissa Kunnap’s Feast. The short film, which saw its world premiere at this year’s Women in Horror Film Festival, centers on a young man named Will (Patrick Morgan) who finds himself invited by his new boyfriend to a very special, very posh dinner party. It doesn’t take long for both Will […]
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Written and directed by Joshua Long, Australian horror short Post Mortem Mary has been creeping through film festivals all over the world – including Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Norway, Romania, Korea, Scotland, England, and several festivals across America. Clearly, Mary is not one to settle, and it’s paid off. Post Mortem Mary has nabbed awards for Best […]
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We’re embracing the end of daylight savings time this Horror Short Sunday with the cold, dark, and desolate short film Lurking Near. This brilliantly atmospheric film is directed by Alexandros Karpas, and written by Sakis Karpas and Giorgos Pritskas. High up in the mountains, a forest scout begins to suspect something sinister is stalking him […]
It’s our favorite night of the year, and we’re celebrating by providing our beloved horror fans with a list of spooky Halloween short films to marathon! Whether you’re handing out candy, having friends over for a scary movie night, or curling up with a special guy or ghoul and a bowl of popcorn, we’ve got […]
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Pirating movies is not only illegal but takes a toll on independent horror filmmakers who pour their hearts and wallets into projects they love. In his latest short, producer Daniel Wood uses some humor to address the terrors of the torrent by adding a little supernatural twist to the ever-growing problem. When Wood made Attack […]
Pappy’s World is a 2018 horror short film written and directed by Matt Wisniewski, co-written by Fred Polone and Matt Wisniewski and starring Fred Polone and Jaz Frazier.
The description from IMDB reads simply as follows: “A girl in post-racial America gets a killer doll for Christmas.”
Plot, Thoughts & Recommendation
There’s quite a bit going on in the short nine minute run time of Pappy’s World. Based on my tagline to this review you might have guessed that the film revolved around a doll. You may also gather from the title of the film itself and the inclusion of ‘Pappy’ that you might be seeing what the film makers describe as a, “Socially responsible Blaxpoitation”.
What you wouldn’t gather from either title is just how nice and tight and remarkably bizarre this is.
I’m not even really quite sure how to give this film a proper review but that’s definitely not a bad thing. I’ve watched it a few times now an every time I come back to it I’m picking up something new. Even though it’s got a short run time there’s a ton of BIG topics covered here including PTSD, race and sexuality. I’ve struggled how to describe this accurately and I’ve come up with this:
Throw Team America: World Police, Shaft and Metallica’s video for One into a blender and sprinkle liberally with Child’s Play and Toy Story overtones.
If that’s confusing, then I’ve done my job as a reviewer. I’m not even sure I could give you an accurate “plot summary” so I’m not going to bother trying. I’ll say this. This is a REALLY well put together short that will make you think. It might make you scratch your head while you’re thinking but you’ll be thinking. It is shot really well, even with a lot of dark scenes and there’s clearly been a ton of care into the doll on what was a pretty slim budget.
I wish I could get you a link to the full film cause I’d love to talk to someone else who’s seen it. Until it’s made available I’ll leave you with a little trailer I found and a suggestion to track it down if you can and watch it. Thanks to Matt for access to his film and apologies for the lengthy delay in my review.
For more info on Pappy’s World and director Matt Wisniewski check him out at the following links.
Dead by Midnight & Dark Roast / Root of All Evil On Sale Now
Broke Horror Fan presents two brand-new VHS tapes loaded with Halloween horror: the indie horror anthology Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) and a double feature of two horror shorts, Dark Roast and Root of All Evil.
Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) stars Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren) and Erin Brown (Masters of Horror: Sick Girl). Don’t touch that vile little dial for six segments from directors Torey Haas, Tony Reames, Eric Davis, Jay Holloway, and Anissa Matlock.
Dead by Midnight’s VHS release is limited to 40 copies, autographed by star Hannah Fierman. It includes exclusive special features: Director Introductions, Women of Horror Featurette, and Message to Aspiring Actors Featurette.
Dark Roast and Root of All Evil are a pair of award-winning short films. The two terrifying tales of Halloween horror are directed by Topher Hansson and Alex DiVincenzo, respectively.
This Dark Roast / Root of All Evil limited edition VHS comes with two inserts, allowing viewers to choose which film’s artwork to display. Hosted by “Super Dracula,” the tape features exclusive filmmaker interviews, plus a showcase of indie horror trailers. A digital screening link is included.
Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) and Dark Roast / Root of All Evil are available now on VHS from WitterEntertainment.com. Limited quantities of Adam Green’s Victor Crowley are also available.
Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) (2018) Official Trailer
Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) Synopsis
It’s Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown, Masters of Horror: Sick Girl) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon, “Dead by Midnight.” When the WKIZ staff begins disappearing only to turn up in the increasingly darker films, it’s up to line producer Candice Spelling (Hannah Fierman, V/H/S) to stop the Mistress of Midnight before her final and most diabolical film goes to air.
Dark Roast Official Trailer
Dark Roast Synopsis
On Halloween night Vanessa and Nathan, of the punk band Piss Bucket, have their biggest show yet. All they have to do is kill time until the end of their shift serving coffee. But when bodies start to drop and threatening phone calls from a psycho killer pour in they soon realize time isn’t the only thing being killed.
Root of All Evil – FULL FILM!
Root of All Evil Synopsis
A Halloween party turns deadly for a group of friends who disrespect an ancient tradition.
Pauly Shore is probably best known by Gen-Xers as the stoner valley-guy comedian who made a slew of situational cinematic comedies in the 80’s and 90’s. But he’s turning that trope on its head as he stars in a new psychological horror movie titled “Sin City Psycho.” Barely recognizable, Shore has shared this new 11-minute short for […]
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