Hell's Belles (2013)

Director Christian Anderson’s short horror film is a short I hope turns in to a feature film. I intend to buy it. And re-watch it. Every time I think there can’t be any new material mined from the horror hero gamut, someone always surprises me. “Hell’s Belles” is a fantastic short horror film about two ghost fighting babes named Adria and Helena.

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2 Hours (2012)

2hoursThere was something particularly haunting about director Michael Ballif’s short film “Two Hours” when I was finished. I have seen short zombie films over and over in the course of three years, but “2 Hours” manages to achieve a certain morbid and disturbing nature to it that will stick with viewers long after the credits have rolled. Shot on an apparently small budget that’s defined as “no budget” over the course of two years, director Michael Ballif manages to paint an interesting post-apocalyptic world based around the walking dead.

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6:14 (2012)

Fourth Wall Studios has invested in a project that I found quite fun to experience, even if the concept doesn’t totally make a lot of sense. “6:14” is one short film in their series of short horror films that doesn’t just make you the viewer, but the game player. After inserting my phone number and information to Rides.tv for my account, I watched “6:14” ready to see what would occur. Ethan Embry plays a man who keeps waking up at odd times during six o’clock. Whenever he awakens he finds he’s in a closed off environment and there is someone waiting in the darkness prepared to murder him in the most violent and creative fashion.

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0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0 [Diligo Victum] (2010)

Director Dick Jane is really succeeding in distinguishing himself from other indie filmmakers, and slowly he’s turning in to a filmmaker I’m looking for most times. While he’s not always a home run cinematically, he does opt for daring. And it comes through. With “Kiddy Kiddy Bang Bang” that was a film guaranteed to turn heads and even incense some people. His first short film “0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0” is a short Bergman-esque meditation on a woman struggling with suicide.

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88:88 (2011)

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Many directors think that in order to lure in audiences, they have to have a pay off that reveals their menacing villain in their film. Whether it’s a short or a feature length film, they’re not often concerned with leaving things up to the imagination. The fact that “88:88” was filmed around a very small budget with only two set pieces, benefits the overall creative work to display a film and a premise that’s both terrifying and awe inspiring. Thankfully “88:88” doesn’t crowd the film with a lot of dialogue, nor does it need to explain everything that’s happened.

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Director Alexandra Fisher of "Desert Wedding"

A most recent earner of the Cinema Crazed’s coveted Indie Spotlight, “Desert Wedding” is a wonderful short drama about a materialistic woman on the verge of marriage who suddenly gets a lesson in appreciating what’s really important in life while you have it. Simultaneously, it’s also a commentary about the fuss and chaos women work themselves up in during weddings, so intent on sparing no cost, that they forget why they’re getting married in the first place, and director Alexandra Fisher provides a gripping dramatic short film that conveys this interesting undertone rarely ever put to the screen. Multi-talented, and multi-lingual, Fisher sheds some insight in to her hectic life and tells us about the experience making her short.

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3 Steps 2 Abducting Awareness in Love (2007)

I thought it was my computer and I tried to replay “3 Steps 2 Abducting” twice and it was still occurring. Right around the climax, the movie just stops playing and nothing is resolved, nothing develops and we’re left with a feeling of abrupt closure that just doesn’t answer any questions. “3 Steps 2 Abducting” definitely has the right idea, it just doesn’t know what it wants to be.

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The Girl Who Could Run 600 Miles Per Hour! (2006)

You have to appreciate the inherent ambition behind a film like “The Girl…,” because director Thimijan doesn’t just give us a story about a girl who can in reality run 600 miles per hour. Instead his film is about monotony and the confines the work life, and how this extraordinary ability allows her to pursue feats that she normally couldn’t once we get to know her. And it’s quite a whimsical story with a sweet message about life, and your goals. Thimijan aims for a more “Punch Drunk Love” vibe with a story of a man whose work a day life is mostly unfulfilling in spite of his best efforts to fit in and change his normal routine. All of that comes into a different perspective when he meets the girl who can run 600 miles per hour.

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