Friday, December 02, 2016

Sean Kelly

BITS 2016: Pre-Film Shorts

Here is my rundown of most of the pre-film short films from the 2016 Blood in the Snow Film Festival.

Ghost Can
A woman returns home from a date with a can containing an ancient spirit. There is a certain campy tone to the plot of Ghost Can, however it does feature a well designed ghost.

My Brother Charlie
A boy laments how his brother keeps having to go to the hospital. My Brother Charlie is a tale about brotherly love, even though one happens to be a sociopath. While not exactly unexpected, the ending for this short is quite clever.

Bambi has anxieties about her first night and Club Inferno and chooses to give a dance to equally nervous 18 year old Jason. However, the specifics of this lapdance is more darker than most stripclubs. Inferno is a very stylish short film, involving too individuals getting over their anxieties. While the twist is something you can see coming from a mile away, it doesn't stop Inferno from being any less enjoyable.

A childbirth goes awry in an isolated cabin. Stillborn is a very artistic short told without any dialogue. This film is exquisitely well shot and the story is pretty easy to follow through the visuals.

No Trespassing
A couple girls enter a wooded area occupied by a sinister force. No Trespassing is relatively successful at building tension over its short running time, though I am puzzled by the fact that the villain looks like a walking mannequin.

Ingrid and the Black Hole
Ingrid and her best friend Conrad experience a lifetime of memories together when they imagine what it would be like to travel through a black hole. Ingrid and the Black Hole is a relatively simple romantic story, but it's incredibly well executed with some great editing, as the plot moves through time.

An exploration of the damaged mind of a cinephile. This is a very messed up experimental short, featuring some shocking imagery and pretty much no story whatsoever. My best description of this would be "snuff film porn" and I was not at all a fan.

Tik Tik
As a woman enters labour, villagers prepare for the presence of a sinister creature. With only a three minute running time, Tik Tik doesn't really spend too much time developing its story, though I presume it's based on some sort of mythical belief.

Taking Possession
A man buys a 150 year old house and experiences strange activity during the night. Taking Possession is a great old school ghost story, featuring strange sounds at night and exploring lantern-lit hallways. I quite enjoyed this one.

Cauchemar Captionnè
A man acquires a haunted chair, which gives those who sit in it suicidal thoughts. It seems like haunted objects is a trend in horror over the course of the last few years. Cauchemar Captionnè has a relatively simple story, but it's well executed with some decent gory visuals.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).