Friday, 7 March 2014

Hillbilly Horror Show (2014)

Directed By Sharif Salama

Written by Blu De Golyer

With Bo Keister, Scott Geiter, Rachel Faulkner as your Hillbilly Horror Show Hosts! 

I was so pleased to hear that Scott Geiter (well known in the horror community as The Voice of Horror 'Gruesome Hertzogg' a passionate and dedicated reviewer and actor) would be hosting a new online horror series and here is the first fruits of this labor: Episode 1 of The Hillbilly Horror Show....

Along with Friends Bo (Bo Keister),  Lulu ( Rachel Faulkner) Scott plays Cephus, rounding out our hosts for an hour of horror shorts from a mixture of established and newcomers to horror film making.

This first episode features the following shorts and I will give a little summary of for each:

Franky and the Ant

Directed by Billy Hayes
Written by Billy Hayes

Franky and the Ant features two friends (perhaps in a loose sense of the word) kidnapping a young woman from her home, taking her out to a freshly dug likely not to end well. Being ten minutes long you know this film is going to get to the point pretty quickly, which it does and we soon learn that things are not all they seem. I loved the films about turn and was nervous about how it might end based on the rather horrifying predicament of one of the three characters. Safe to say the film ended in the way I was praying it wouldn't, leaving a bad taste in the mouth and jaw slightly agape. Props to Billy Hayes for creating a dark and bleak psychological horror film in just ten minutes which I enjoyed but also felt a bit queasy watching!!

Directed by Drew Daywalt
Written by Drew Daywalt

I can't say too much about this film except that it's refreshingly different to any other horror short I have seen recently. Featuring some amazing stop motion effects, we are witness to the meeting of two skeletons wandering around a desolate and eerie landscape. Even those looking for something far more straightforward in their horror should be transfixed by this film as I was. Recommended for something new and very interesting. 

Directed by Cuyle Carvin
Written by Cuyle Carvin 

Amused, I am not ashamed to admit, gave me the massive creeps. There is something so terrifying about the thought of being chased around an isolate area by a complete lunatic and that is the awful fate that befalls our main character in this short. The travelling woman finds herself witness to a savage killing, the perpetrator of which is a giggling wide eyed maniac who quickly gives chase. It's down to the woman to find her killer instinct in order to fight back and survive. A great short horror film which easily tapped into one of my true fears and even though I did see the ending coming, it still worked extremely well. 

The Nest
Directed by Tim Zwica
Written by Tim Zwica

The longest of the four shortsThe Nest  is a brilliant and inventive film with some cool effects and a claustrophobic atmosphere. Although you may roll your eyes at the fact that the core element of this story is giant bees, I can gaurentee you haven't seen them used in this way before. In fact the true villian of this film is probably the creepy lady who runs the diner featured in the film, using a macabre method of keeping her honey a coming.  There is a scene with two young girls who upset the diner owner which had me cringing in horror. Their fates are NOT nice let me tell you.  That said there is a perfectly executed scene of justice towards the end which should have audiences cheering out loud so it's not all doom and gloom. A VERY highly recommended film to horror lovers out there. As well as a great story, the special effects are also very credible and makes me wonder what Tim Zwica would be capable of with a big budget...amazing things I predict. 

The Hillbilly Horror Show is a lot of fun, bottom line. Its clear that this is what these guys wanted it to be and that really shines through.The hosts are great fun, Scott along with horror actor Bo Kesiter and model/actress Rachel Faulkner all bounce off each other hillariously as they go about their business and watch the shorts. I hope they can keep this momentum up for the next episodes as I think it will be a must see for horror fans. 

Head on over to the website and see what its all about AND you can rent the first episode for next to GO DO IT.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

HYPNOPHOBIA (2013- Short Film)

Directed By Adam Dunning

Written by Adam Dunning

Stars: Erin Rovin, Sam Rovin,  Olivia Kuttrubis,  Ronald Muir, Nicki Ostrowski

 Its always great to hear from Mr Adam Dunning, the macabre mind behind Laughter a fun slasher film featuring the subject of many a persons nightmares: CLOWNS....... 

This time he has created a much darker piece with his short film Hypnophobia, a tale of madness, despair and spirits that just wont rest. 

Erin Rovin gives an excellent performance as Sam, a young lady locked away in a padded cell, haunted by the apparent ghost of a young girl (creepily portrayed by Olivia Kuutrubis). Rounding out the core cast is Sam Rovin as Dr Peter's - a man intent on helping Sam to face her demons once and for all...with some very bleak consequences. 

The thing I love most about short films is that sometimes they just work better as a short. Its as simple as that. Obviously I love a good feature film as much as the next person, but there are many a film out there, that with the fat trimmed would make a really decent 30-45 minute film. Hypnophobia runs at 30 minutes and its just right for it. The small cast means you still have time to get a good feel for the characters and care about what the outcome of their journey may be by the end. 

I LOVED the final scene of this film and refuse to give anything away about it. It was just a nice dark touch that left me a little gobsmacked and depressed. But that just means that Adams story came across correctly and that the final bite was effective. My only real criticism is that I found some of the dialogue hard to hear and ended up having to use my headphones, turned up pretty high. 

I would love to see Adam combine his knack for a great psychological horror tale such as this with some of the slasher antics he threw out there in laughter in a future film - cant wait to hear what he has coming up next! 

Check Hypnophobia on  Facebook and then head on over to  Youtube to watch it for free...cant say fairer than that!