Anything Horror Scott's Best Horror Shorts of 2014

I did the best, I did the worst, and now it’s time for the shorts!! Below is my list of the best shorts I’ve seen in 2014. As always I don’t limit the list to the year we’re currently in. I do this because short films are largely made by independent filmmakers and usually take time to find distribution. With that being said, this year’s list is surprisingly made up almost exclusively of shorts from 2014. The shorts listed below are in no particular order.

DYSMORPHIA (2012)

poster dysmorphiaThis is a definite first for me. This film and the next two films on the list, SPLIT and INK, are all written and directed by Andy Stewart … and are a part of a trilogy. Andy Stewart gets my award for “Biggest Breathe of Fresh Air” of 2014. DYSMORPHIA isn’t just the title of his first short but also tells you everything you need to know about the short. Body dysmorphic disorder is a real mental disorder where someone believes “that one’s own appearance is unusually defective and is worthy of being hidden or fixed.” The key word for Stewart’s short is “fixed.” Not a word of dialogue is spoken but actor Gordon Holliday, known here simply as “The Man,” conveys so much emotion through his actions and facial expressions that the audience can’t help but feel both his physical and mental pain. This short, like all of Stewart’s shorts, is not for the squeamish!! You can watch DYSMORPHIA in it’s entirety below.

poster splitSPLIT (2014)

This is indie horror filmmaker Andy Stewart’s second short film and he ups the ante in every single way. He doubled the amount of actors, which makes two in this film … Shian Denovan and Austin Hayden (known once again as “The Woman” and “The Man” respectively) and he increased the amount of gore. This short is about a guy who is taking the break up from his girlfriend pretty hard. So hard, in fact, that he’s physically manifesting his guilt and depression all over his body. Again, SPLIT is not for the faint of heart!!

INK (2014)

poster InkAndy Stewart’s third short film, which concludes his Body Horror Trilogy, is his most ambitious to date. INK is his longest short film (coming in at 20 minutes), his goriest short, and has the biggest cast (seven actors). This short involves a man (Sam Hayman) who really loves tattoos. He loves them so much that he wants to turn his body into a work of art. But he’s not very patient and he doesn’t have a lot of money to spend so he comes up with his own method of acquiring many tattoos in a short amount of time. Let’s just say that when he tells you he’s wearing a sleeve tattoo, he’s really wearing a sleeve tattoo!! I absolutely loved INK and it’s definitely one of my top two shorts of the year. When I reflect back on 2014 I’ll fondly remember it as the year I became acquainted with Andy Stewart and his short films.

poster sheSHE (2014)

SHE, written and directed by Chelsey Burdon and Mark Vessey, really took me by surprise. When filmmakers submit short films to me it’s always accompanied with a description of the short and some commentary by the filmmakers promising their short is gory and disturbing. They all say that but very few deliver. Burdon and Vessey, though, deliver in spades!! SHE is the story of an emotionally and physically abused housewife who reaches the end of her rope. Fiona Dourif, “Casey” in TRUE BLOOD, does an absolutely amazing job as the frail woman, known in the short simply as “She,” who slowly finds her strength. The ending is shocking and had me squirming in my seat.

SNAKE WITH A HUMAN TAIL (2014)

poster snakeIf the title of this short film, written and directed by Spencer Gray, doesn’t pique your interest, nothing will!! Since hearing about this short earlier in the year I had high expectations for it. It stars Marv Blauvelt and Sheri Davis and is about a person who goes through the ultimate identity change in order to take revenge against the man responsible for repeatedly sexually abusing them. Don’t read anything about this one, not even their IMDb page (which in my opinion gives away too much). It’s got a great twist at the end. The short is well acted, well written, beautifully shot (by cinematographer Anthony Gutierrez), and gets very dark and disturbing. What more can you ask for in a short film?? SNAKE WITH A HUMAN TAIL is still making the rounds and kicking ass on the film festival circuit but I’ll let you all know when it’s available to watch.

SUPER ZERO (2014)

poster super zeroAahhh the zombie short. Over done, out played, and most zombie shorts follow the exact same formula. That’s why I love SUPER ZERO!! This is indeed a zombie short but it doesn’t follow the same, tired pattern. SUPER ZERO focuses on Josh (Umberto Celisano), the titular ‘zero,’ who is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Shortly after this diagnosis a satellite falls to earth unleashing a deadly virus that turns everyone into flesh eating, fast running, deadly zombies. But Josh’s unique condition gives him a leg up against the zombies. Oh yeah … Josh is also a brilliant engineer who can make elaborate weapons out of everyday things. This just doesn’t make him the most important human in the world, it makes him “Super Zero!!” This short is a ton of fun, is well acted, and has the perfect balance of comedy and horror. You can watch SUPER ZERO in it’s entirety below. Rumor has it that writer-director Mitchell L. Cohen is developing a feature-length version of SUPER ZERO.

THE MATCHMAKER (2013)

poster matchmakerWhat do you get when you take a shy mortician (Matthew Lucas) who’s in love with his sexy assistant (Sarah Taurchini) but is paralyzed by his shyness and fear of getting rejected so he just pines away for her affection? If you’re lucky enough to live in the world of indie horror filmmaker Lonnie Martin, then you might be lucky enough to have a matchmaker intervene and help you out. In this case the matchmaker is the corpse (Cindy Marie Martin) Lucas is working on!! This short isn’t made to be scary, creepy, or gory. This is a short film about love, life, relationships, and not wasting your time over petty fears. The writing and acting is spot on in THE MATCHMAKER and this one is sure to make you smile and feel good. This isn’t the usual kind of short film I rave about but THE MATCHMAKER hits all the right notes.

BERENICE (2014)

poster bereniceBERENICE is a modern update on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story about death and obsession. Jeremiah Kipp adapted the story and directed this short film that gets darker as it progresses. In all his short films Kipp has the ability to capture the beauty within the horrifying and BERENICE is no exception. Berenice (Cheryl Koski) moves in with her cousin and his family. She is very sick and everyone knows she won’t be around much longer. But her cousin Edward (Thomas Mendolia) falls in love with her and obsesses over her teeth, which here represents innocence. The sicker Berenice gets the more Edward’s obsession grows until everything culminates in the disturbing ending. BERENICE is a beautifully shot and acted short film and is one you won’t soon forget. BERENICE can be found in the horror anthology, CREEPERS: HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE VOLUME TWO.

RED LOVE (2014)

poster red loveI never got the chance to review RED LOVE but that doesn’t mean it’s less fun than any of the above shorts. RED LOVE is your ‘typical’ psychos in love story. Written and directed by James McDougall, RED LOVE is the story about two serial killers who unexpectedly meet and fall in love … and share their hobby with each other. Sam (James Morley) meets Judy (Gillian Wetherald) out in the woods. Sam was intending on killing Judy and vice versa. Once they realize each other’s ‘hobby,’ they consummate their new relationship over a tied up and gagged parking cop (Michael Pez). McDougall gives us a modern-style romance that horror buffs can really related to. Morley and Wetherald put in strong performances and the writing is spot on. You can check out this short film in it’s entirety below.

That’s my list of my favorite short films of 2014. I know a lot of short films came out this year and I probably didn’t even scratch the surface on seeing them all. So let me know in the comment section below what your favorite short films of the year were.

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The Minions (2014) & Berenice (2014)

The Minions 3Here’s two more shorts, both directed by AnythingHorror.com fav Jeremiah Kipp, that I recently watched. Kipp has become a filmmaker I greatly respect. He dares take on material that sometimes straddles the horror genre and Kipp has a way of documenting the beauty that lies in the horrifying. The first short film, THE MINIONS, does just that. THE MINIONS is a haunting story seen through the eyes of William (Lukas Hassel). In it he relates the story of walking down “the witches path,” a dangerous path filled with the possibility of both emotional and supernatural dangers. Just when he thinks he’s out of harm’s way he comes across two women, Katrina (Robin Rose Singer) and Sarah (Cristina Doikos). Katrina appears to be extremely drunk and Sarah is having trouble walking her home. William decides to stop and help the two women. But in doing so he appears to put himself back in harm’s way and back on the path that Abigail (Lauren Fox) originally put him on.

The Minions 2Written by Joseph Fiorillo, there’s a lot going on in THE MINIONS. The story is told from William’s perspective and nothing really seems to be as it appears. The directing and cinematography are brilliant and really elevate this short film, which clocks in at around twelve minutes. The blacks and blues the short is shot in creates a mysterious and dangerous atmosphere and the use of shadows is nothing short of brilliant. Add to this the creepy and mesmerizing soundtrack and all these elements come together to tell an intriguing story. The abstractness of the plot may turn some viewers off but this is a hypnotizing short film that shouldn’t be missed.

My Summary for THE MINIONS:

Director: Jeremiah Kipp

Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Gore: 0 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Berenice 5BERENICE is a short film (clocking in around twenty minutes) that Jeremiah Kipp made for the anthology collection, CREEPERS: HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE VOLUME TWO. If you’re well versed in classic horror tales you may recognize that BERENICE is also the title of a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1835. In Poe’s dark tale, we follow a young man as he prepares to marry his cousin, Berenice. The young man suffers from bouts of what is called in the story, “periods of intense focus.” In other words he’s a little fucked in the head!! As the story progresses Berenice’s health starts to quickly deteriorate from an unnamed disease. It seems the only thing unaffected by the disease is her teeth, which the young man becomes obsess over. A lot.

Kipp adapted the short story and wrote the screenplay and remains extremely faithful to Poe’s original story. The only two big change Kipp made was to set the story in contemporary times and he changes the name of the young man (in Poe’s story his name is Egaeus; in Kipp’s adaptation it is Edward). Besides these small changes, BERENICE is a treat for the Poe connoisseur.

Berenice 4Edward (Thomas Mendolia), who still lives with his mother (played by another favorite here at AnythingHorror.com, Susan Adriensen), looks to be a pretty fragile person. He seems to live a sheltered life where he doesn’t have to deal with a lot of the pressures and problems of the real world. Mendolia does a terrific job in this role. He never comes off “obvious.” His performance is subtle and as the short progresses, so does Mendolia’s intensity and obsession. When Berenice (Cheryl Koski) first moves in, Edward is awkward and a little standoffish. His mother tells him that Berenice is moving in due to a progressive disease that seems to be entering it’s final stages. He’s told that he’ll be responsible for taking care of her. Kipp beautifully captures their budding relationship as they go from estranged cousins to almost-lovers. But true to Poe’s original story, Berenice’s health quickly deteriorates and as Edward takes care of her he becomes more and more obsessed with her teeth, the only part of her that remains free from the illness.

Berenice 3I say this about most of Kipp’s films, but BERENICE is a really beautiful film that captures the beauty in the horrifying. We get a soft color palette that convey’s the sense of mortality of the titular character. When Berenice first comes to live with Edward’s family she is full of life. Gradually, though, we see this life being eaten away by an unknown disease that leaves her a sickly shell unable to care for herself in the most basic ways. It’s a sad film because we see Edward finally connecting with someone in the world only to have that connection be tainted with sickness and death … except for the teeth. Berenice’s teeth remain untarnished and keep their vibrant white color, the color of innocence.

BERENICE slowly builds in intensity until the final frames where we see Edwards own sickness getting the best of him. But it’s hard to see Edward as a monster. He does everything with such innocence that you feel sorry for him. BERENICE is an amazing film and you’ll find yourself thinking about it days after it fades to black. I’m surprised that BERENICE wasn’t included in the upcoming Poe anthology, TALES OF POE. This seems like a great fit!! Don’t miss BERENICE. Click here for the link where you can find the anthology.

Berenice 2My Summary for BERENICE:

Director: Jeremiah Kipp (& writer)

Plot: 5 out of 5 stars

Gore: 2 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Both shorts reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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New Publicity Trailer for “The Best There Ever Was” Drops from Derek Cole

Meet Grandpa. This ain't the same feeble grandpa from the original!!
Meet Grandpa. This ain’t the same feeble grandpa from the original!!

Derek Cole.  Bart Mastronardi.  Alan Rowe Kelly.  Bloody Billy Pon.  Elias.  Jeremiah Kipp.  Richard Powell.  Todd Freeman.  Do I have your attention?  These are some of my favorite names and the biggest talents in the indie horror scene (I’m sure I forgot a few names; forgive me).  Whenever I hear that anyone on this list is coming out with a new project I get very excited.  I’ve been a long time champion of the indie horror scene and Anything Horror has supported many indie horror filmmakers that have stood out as being huge talents.

This granny certainly isn't sitting around making oatmeal cookies!!
This granny certainly isn’t sitting around making oatmeal cookies!!

Earlier today I received an email from filmmaker Derek Cole.  He sent along a publicity trailer for his new project, THE BEST THERE EVER WAS.  Derek Cole is of course the filmmaker who gave us the exceptional ghost flick, AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY (formerly titled REVENANT), and the gory neo-slasher film THE MUTILATION MAN (which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother, Shane Cole).  Most recently Derek Cole made the very short yet very effective THE UNFORGIVEN about a man trying to deal with a tragic event.  So it was a natural progression that Cole would next tangle with the TEXAS CHAINSAW mythos, right?

THE BEST THERE EVER WAS is a prequel to the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE based on the Grandpa character as a younger man.  Leatherface has an important role as well, as a boy being trained by Grandpa to kill.  The Grand Mother who was dead in the original is alive and well and is the one giving Grandpa both permission and the justifications for doing these horrific things in order to keep the family from starving.  Check out this extremely well made and compelling publicity trailer:

What do you think?  It’s nothing like the last few films based on the TCM mythos!!  I’m extremely excited to see this film get made.  Derek Cole is an amazingly talented writer and director and along with his longtime collaborator, Stephen Twardokus, the potential here is astronomical.  I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for this one!!

Stay Bloody!!!

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Even as a wee little one, Leatherface wasn’t a cutie.
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Remember, it’s not the quantity of time you spend with your grandkid, it’s the quality!!

Baggage (2013)

Baggage posterI don’t know if you realize it but there’s a group of very talented filmmakers living and working in New York City. Of course I’m not referring to big budget Hollywood filmmakers — they are more like ‘directors’ just taking on any project that comes their way. I’m talking about passionate, dedicated, visionaries who only take on passion projects where they can bare their souls and and really push the envelop of both their own skills and the genre. Filmmakers like Alan Rowe Kelly (GALLERY OF FEAR), Bart Mastronardi (VINDICATION), and Jeremiah Kipp (CRESTFALLEN). Lucky for us (and the genre), these three talented filmmakers keep moving forward making films and helping each other make films. Jeremiah Kipp is up next with his new short film, BAGGAGE.

I won’t be able to say too much about BAGGAGE because I don’t wanna give any of the ending away, but BAGGAGE is the story of a seemingly timid man, Benjamin (Rob Dimension). Benjamin lives a pretty normal, almost boring, life that is the same routine day in and day out. He wakes up, kisses his girlfriend Julia (Ilaria Malvezzi) good morning, has break with his girlfriend, and then goes to work riding the same train. Even his job looks tedious and soul-sucking. It’s easy to see that Benjamin is a man who doesn’t easily connect with others. Whenever someone tries to make small talk with him he just starts talking about his girlfriend, Julia. It’s clear that Julia is everything to him and without her he’d be a very lonely, distant man. One day on his way home from work he stops by a corner bar for a beer. He’s carrying the briefcase he always carries around (and he always seems to carry it a bit too carefully). Two street thugs (Chris Raddatz and Thomas Mendolia) size up Benjamin as an easy target and follow him out of the bar when he leaves. The corner him in the train station and when they reach for his briefcase things go from bad to worse. This is all I’m going to say about the plot. The ending had me on the edge of my seat and even though the final revelation wasn’t much of a shock, it was pretty damn effective.

Here come the thugs!!
Here come the thugs!!

The first thing I noticed about this short is the soundtrack, by composer Barbara J. Weber. The soundtrack is simply perfect for this short and it really did a lot to help convey a particular atmosphere of gloom and impending doom. Weber’s soundtrack was so perfect that I looked her up on IMDb to see what other projects she worked on so I can check them out — which is a first for me (she also did the soundtrack for the TV series, IN FEAR OF and for another horror short, A CHANCE IN HELL). The acting was also spot on here. Rob Dimension (Benjamin) has the responsibility of carrying the entire short. He’s pretty much in every scene and was more than up to the task in the leading role.

The short itself is paced nicely and never lags. Jeremiah Kipp knows exactly where he wants this short to go and he expertly takes us there. Kipp is one of those directors who gets better with every project he works on. He’s a master of his craft and the genre could use more individuals like Kipp who have a strong eye for detail and don’t need cats jumping on people for jolts and scares. Kipps films get under your skin and you find yourself thinking about them days after you viewed it. I’m not absolutely sure when BAGGAGE will be released but as soon as I know I’ll pass it along. Don’t miss BAGGAGE!!

Baggage2My Summary:

Director: Jeremiah Kipp

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars

Gore: 2 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

"In Fear Of" Web Series Lands for All Us to See … & I Got 'Em Right Here!!

Indie filmmaker extraordinaire, Jeremiah Kipp, just emailed me to update me on a recent project he just completed.  He directed some episodes in a web-based series titled IN FEAR OF.  But best of all Kipp sent me the links to all the webisodes so you can check them all out right now (I made it really easy for ya below).  Check it out:

“In Fear Of” is a web based anthology horror series of six short films, all dealing with phobias. Directed by Scott W. Perry (INSATIABLE, SOMETHING JUST), Jeremiah Kipp (THE POD, CONTACT), and Mike Polizzi (DEAD DRUNK), In Fear Of features genre staples Debbie Rochon, Suzi Lorraine, and Raine Brown. The series went live online for FREE for horror fans on Halloween.

MONOPHOBIA: FEAR OF BEING ALONE stars scream queen icon Debbie Rochon as a desperately lonely woman and David Marancik (RAZOR DAYS) as her dinner date who realizes that she is the date from hell. The episode was written by Rochon, Marancik, and Scott W. Perry and directed by Perry.

PODOPHOBIA: FEAR OF FEET stars Xiomara Cintron and Alejandro Santoni as a young couple whose foreplay turns deadly when he accidentally triggers a traumatic experience from her childhood. The episode was written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp.

SELENOPHOBIA: FEAR OF THE MOON stars Louisa Ward as a young woman whose night time encounter in the woods turns horrific and Mike Lane (INSATIABLE) as her husband forced to make a difficult decision as a full moon rises.  The episode is written and directed by Mike Polizzi.

THANATOPHOBIA: FEAR OF DEATH stars Suzi Lorraine (WON TON BABY) as a hard partying actress and Damien Colletti as her dealing boyfriend who wakes up in a cemetery while reflecting on life choices. The episode is written and directed by Scott W. Perry.

APEHEPHOBIA: FEAR OF BEING TOUCHED stars Kelly Rae LeGault in a surreal film about a woman’s horrific nightmare of being followed and touched by a series of faceless hands. The episode is written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp.

ACHLUOPHOBIA: FEAR OF THE DARK stars Raine Brown as a woman stuck in a blackout surrounded by candles in her apartment prepared for a quiet evening which turns to terror when the candles begin to blow out one by one. The episode is written and directed by Scott W. Perry.

What do ya think?  I’m once again impressed by the indie talent in the horror genre!!  Keep ’em coming guys!!

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Psycho Street (2011)

Is it just me or does the theme to SESAME STREET flash through your head when you read the title of this film?

Can ya tell me how to get

How to get to

Psycho Street

PSYCHO STREET is a horror anthology I’ve been waiting to see for a long time now. This film is the culmination of a lot of very talented indie horror folk. Some of the names involved are Marv Blauvelt, Anthony Sumner, Anything Horror fav Alan Rowe Kelly, Tiffany Shepis, Jerry Murdock, Jeremiah Kipp, and a gaggle of other talented folks. Better yet, PSYCHO STREET delivers on the gore, comedy, creepiness, and straight up weirdness that is promised in the title. The wrap around story, “Come on Down,” serves as the perfect canvas on which the other stories are presented, which all take place in the odd little town of Kronanburg (very appropriately named).

Tiffany Shepis taking a “big package”

Genre favorite Tiffany Shepis stars as Leyla Barker, the mother or sister (she claims both titles which is creepy in it’s own right) of some kind of hideous and hungry creature in the basement. Leyla’s main job is to keep the beast satisfied by feeding its’ voracious hunger. As “Come on Down” begins we find sexy Shepis banging the mailman who leaves to investigate some kind of noise in the basement. Bye bye mailman!! Soon after, the new neighbors stop by and one by one fall victim to Leyla’s warm hospitality. As Leyla charms the new neighbor, she regales her with various stories she’s heard from around town.

The great Alan Rowe Kelly in “Anti-Bodies”

The first story she tells, “Hypochondriac,” is the story of a big city doctor, Dr. Oliver Combs (Marv Blauvelt) who comes to the rural town of Kronanburg to take over the town’s medical clinic. Dr. Combs has a germ phobia and thinks he’s seen it all in the big city but quickly realizes that life out in the country can be very … well … very disgusting. His assistant, Nurse Amber Love Joy (Raine Brown) is an oversexed, under-achieving side kick who doesn’t think twice about giving out her phone number to any swinging dick with a pulse. But Combs really meets his match with one particular patient, Charity Betencourt (the always great Alan Rowe Kelly). Old Ms. Betencourt is a hypochondriac who acts as her own self-fulfilling prophesy (you’ll understand this when you see it). She’s quick to diagnose herself as well as cut out/off the cause of her supposed illness. Kelly puts in another of her great performances and really has fun with this part. Kelly never makes Ms. Betencourt a silly caricature and has a really nice balance of a crazy old broad who is just sane enough to be really dangerous.

Marv Blauvelt, the trucker, in “Anti-Bodies”

Blauvelt also puts in a terrific performance with his portrayal of Dr. Combs. Anal and meticulous, Dr. Combs is a 100% straight shooter who’s all business and can’t squirt his hand sanitizer around fast enough!! Blauvelt is really fun in this role (man is he geeky looking) and it looks as though he had a great time playing Combs!!

The next story Leyla spins is, “Anti-Bodies,” and this one proves to be more twisted and bizarre than it first appears. Suzanna isn’t a person you’d be calling “Mother of the Year” anytime soon. She has her daughter Aimee (Kaylee Williams) tied up in the bedroom and is pimping her out to any trucker willing to pay. As her daughter is getting raped, Suzanna likes to strip down and masterbate while listening to the deed. But things aren’t as they seem. “Anti-Bodies” takes a pretty twisted turn and becomes something so much more than what you first think. I’m not going to say anything more about the story … you need to see this one to believe it.

This is the third film I’ve seen with Kaylee Williams in it in the last month and I’m wondering why we’re not seeing more of her!! She’s a natural genre actress who has a great scream, is sexy as hell, and has the acting chops to bring it all together.

The last story is one I reviewed last year: Anthony Sumner’s fantastic “Lewis” (see my full review here). This is the most serious story of the group and in some ways the most twisted. It has a few scenes of out and out perversity that you will just absolutely love (I sure did).

Just throw that up anywhere!!

The anthology ends by returning to the wrap around story, “Come on Down,” where we finally get to meet the creature in the basement. This story does not fail to satisfy.

As a whole, PSYCHO STREET is a really fun and well-made horror anthology that will make you both laugh and cringe at the same time. The stories are all done tongue-in-cheek and have a twisted sense of humor that I really appreciated. PSYCHO STREET reminded me of George Romero’s TV horror anthology series, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE in both tone and execution. That’s pretty damn good!!

Look for PSYCHO STREET soon (the distribution deal is almost complete) and keep it here for info on where you can find this really fun and gory anthology. Recommended.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in “Lewis”!!

My Summary:

Directors: Pete Jacelone, Patrick Desmond, Arthur, Cullipher, & Anthony Sumner

Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars (for the entire anthology)

Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls (for the entire anthology)

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains (for the entire anthology)

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

Jeremiah Kipp’s New Short, Drool, is Art for Art’s Sake!!

Filmmaker Jeremiah Kipp, who also made the moving short, CRESTFALLEN (my review here) and CONTACT (my review here), is back with a new short film titled DROOL that he made in collaboration with some fellow artists over at The Mandragoras Project.  Here’s what The Mandragoras Project is all about:

Mandragoras is an organization of young entrepreneurs dedicated to the research, experimentation, and promotion of new approaches in theater. We aim to be a solution for the lack of full sponsorship and support to young and underground ensembles on the research and exploration of theater beyond its entertainment value.

We underline the relevance of a conceptual understanding in terms of collaboration, space installation, and production within a creative environment where roles are not conventionally predetermined. Our commitment is to collaborate in depth with multidisciplinary artists and processes that would not fit the formal and conceptual boundaries of contemporary theater, requiring a development of new strategies to compose, rehearse, and deliver a performance experience that moves beyond the traditional relationship with our audience.

As Kipp himself puts it, “it’s ‘Art’ for ‘Art’s’ sake.”  Well the short film he sent me over, DROOL, may be experimental, but it’s also an incredibly haunting and at times nightmarish piece.  Instead of trying to describe what it’s all about (which I think I’d fuck up anyway), I asked Kipp if it’d be okay to post the short on anythinghorror.com and he gave me the thumbs up.  So here it is, DROOL:

As well as being haunting and nightmarish (with an amazing soundtrack), DROOL is also extremely erotic, although you can’t really pinpoint where the eroticism comes from.  This is a great short and is expertly edited to make us feel uncomfortable and voyeur-ish.  Great job Kipp and gang!!

What do you think of it?

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