SHRIEKFEST 2018: A Near Perfect Screening of Short Films [REVIEWS]

written by: Dorothy Massey

I got to attend Shriekfest’s short film programming for Saturday, October 6th, and I’ve got to hand it to the festival, they did a great job curating the shorts. I’ve attended festivals in the past where the shorts ranged from cringe-y to “meh” so it was a treat to be able to watch 18 shorts where I genuinely enjoyed most of the available offerings. Here’s the rundown of what I saw, including the program blurb and my personal, probably highly biased take on each one.

CA 4 min
Directed by Jessica O’keefe

Image result for jane love jessica o keefe“After years of trying to start a family, she’s finally pregnant. Her life appears perfect. But Jane has a secret.”

Jane Love is an extended monologue done in one continuous take that uses whimsical
choreography and colorful production design to delightful effect culminating in a satisfying gory ending. 4 out of 5

Spain 16 min
Directed by Luis Tinoco Pineda

“Debbie is a typical teen, but after a dramatic car accident, she starts to regret some of her
behavior. Debbie’s story connects with Arsys’, an experienced military and space fighter pilot who tries to survive a huge galaxy space battle which takes place in another time…another galaxy…another universe”

One of the best things about this piece is the fantastic score, which adds to the already well
produced space battles. The writing is solid, and the way the stories intertwine is very clever. The child acting leaves something to be desired, and I wish they would have spent a little more production budget on a better hospital room set, but overall this is a great short, and definitely worth a watch. 4 out of 5

CA 9 min
Directed by Colin Bishop

“A story of a young girl who believes she is going to get a puppy -but discovers her mother has tricked her into a late night visit to the dentist instead.”Image result for snaggletooth short film colin bishop

I love me some horror comedy, and snaggletooth does a great job of incorporating both amid a stylish and stylized set. Also contained the cutest puppy of any short at the festival so that’s +1000 points. 1,004 out of 5


UK 12 min
Directed by James Everett

“A man takes his daughter to the moor to find a May Day celebration but when she disappears he believes a mysterious huntsman has snatched her.”

The Moor is highly atmospheric and stylized with excellent acting from both the father and theyoung actress playing the daughter. It’s appropriately moody for the setting, and incredibly well shot, however the writing and/or editing needed a little work to live up to the beautiful production design. 3 out of 5