Shorts Round Up of the Week: Women in Horror

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Things we Dig (2020)
This new short horror film from filmmaker and star Pia Thrasher is one of those that is not to be missed. In this short, a group of vampires lives together and has a few side businesses to support themselves in this economy. One of these they wish to advertise so they hire a film crew to make a promo video. From there on out hilarity ensues. Things We Dig is one of those short films that hits just right with a clear inspiration from What We Do in the Shadows and a whole lot of heart. Pia Thrasher has a major winner on her hands and it’s one that should be watched as soon as possible and will consequently be one to watch over and over after that first time. Not only are the writing and directing on point, the acting from the case is fantastic, particularly from Morgan Marlow as The Hacker child who is just perfect every time she’s on screen. This short film shows how a great cast and crew can create magic with just a few minutes of screen time.

The Gaze (2020)
This short by Christina Raia is one that is best seen not knowing all the details, so the story is best described as that of a catcalls and female empowerment. The main character here is an actress who deals with some disagreeable moments most women are familiar with. Then things take an interesting turn. As is now a tradition with Raiai’s short films, the writing and directing are strong and the film has more to say than what originally meets the eye. This is a strong outing from Christina Raia.

You can watch The Gaze here.

Affliction (2020)
Affliction is Christina Raia’s second short film running the festival circuit this year that is included here and it has perhaps an even stronger message than The Gaze. This one is about the downfall of an encounter between two coworkers which they do not see the same way at all. There is something incredibly satisfying in this short that many will identify with. It’s the kind of message film that doesn’t seem like one until the very last minute or so. The cast is mainly the two leads without many other people involved. Briana Swan Christie and Nabil Vinas do great work here and it really sells the film, making it even stronger than the story at hand already is.

Camp Calypso (2020)
Hannah May Cumming’s short film Camp Calypso is a horror comedy with some great ideas that are developed within the classical teens at camp subgenre but with some twists and turns that make it different enough for it to become its own thing and stand out in a rather crowded subgenre. The story here is well done with the twists and original ideas coming throughout the film and not all at once. Camp Calypso also has a message that is fairly clear by the end of the film and which will resonate with some viewers enough to want to see more.

Decapitato: Consequenze Mortali (2020)
This super short film is short and sweet with a good payoff that comes quick. It’s a nostalgic fun romp that is about a video game and its cheat code. It’s well done with a good attention to detail from filmmaker Sydney Clara Brafman and acting that sells the story/premise really well from Bill McGovern. The short is fun and easy to watch, it’s a quick one with the right amount of nostalgia that should play well with horror crowds.

Boo (2019)
Previously reviewed here, Boo is now on Alter for all to watch so reread our review and check out the film! Rakefet Abergel is back at it, this time with a fun take on a familiar theme in horror with added incentives and current issues. Her work here takes the character of Boo from a meeting that seems to be of the AA kind, then to a bad meeting in parking lot, all the way to an end that some might see coming but is no less interesting and entertaining to watch. Abergel stars, directs, and co-writes with Tiffany Kiely this horror comedy drama film that feels like it has much more to offer. Boo is a character that feels human and real while giving the viewer something to be entertained by and something to think about. Even with its darker moments, Boo is an entertaining short film with some interesting visual shifts and imagery.