Ripe N’ Bloody (2015) & Devil Makes Work (2014)

Shorts Devil posterThe horror short film is one of my favorite mediums. The ability to build a story and characters in such a short time takes a skilled hand and having a firm grasp on the filmmaking process. I’ve reviewed endless feature length films that would’ve earned more stars if only the filmmaker decided to do a short film. Let’s face it, not every idea, no matter how good it is, is meant to be a feature length film. Take the short film, RIPE N’ BLOODY (aka A TRICKY TREAT). This is a two minute short film that was made for this year’s Women in Horror’s PSA for a Massive Blood Drive. The Soska Sisters are involved in this project that tries to raise awareness and get people to donate blood. One of the entries this year was directed by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica and written by Kamal John Iskander. It’s a pretty straight and forward short film. A man is abducted and chained to a chair. Off camera you can hear the voices of an adult male, an adult female, and two children talking and having fun. The chained man is being tormented by the family, whom are off camera. I’m talking about some truly horrible things happen to him all at the giggles and laughs of the family. The very end of the short film, though, reveals a fun twist.

RIPE N’ BLOODY is a fun, lighthearted and heavily-gored short that embodies everything I love about horror shorts. Sure there’s no character development but we learn just what we need to know. The gore is phenomenal and considering the short is only two minutes long this might have the highest ratio of gore to run time I’ve ever seen. Chica and writer Iskander keep everything light and fun but there’s also a darkness that runs through the short. And you’re gonna love the TWILIGHT ZONE-esque ending!! There’s an expanded version of RIPE N’ BLOODY that will be making the rounds of the 2015-2016 festival circuit. I gotta get my hands on the longer version as well!!

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My Summary:

Director: Patricia Chica

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars

Gore: 8 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

 

Shorts Ripe3The other short I watched the other night is eight minute long DEVIL MAKES WORK. This short is written and directed by Guy Soulsby and is the direct polar opposite of RIPE N’ BLOODY. Whereas RIPE is fun and lighthearted, DEVIL MAKES WORK is more somber and brooding. The first thing you notice about this short is how sharp and professional it looks. If I didn’t know any better I’d have thought this was a teaser trailer for a full length feature. The editing is spot on and the cinematography is stunning. The story is narrated by the Devil himself (Shaun Dooley) as he tells the short but rather encompassing history of humanity. There’s no dialogue other than the Devil’s narration and the scenes flash before our eyes as if we’re seeing a Best and Worst of compilation of the history of human beings.

The story the Devil tells is one of good vs. evil, winners vs. losers and, as he tells us, “what we’re willing to sacrifice.” This is definitely a short film that gets better with each viewing. The first time I watched it I was so focused on the visuals that I barely heard what the Devil was saying. Upon further viewings I peeled back the onion to reveal a very rich and layered story. Kudos to Soulsby for such a large accomplishment in such a short amount of time. The amount of effort, blood, sweat, and tears that went into crafting each scene is staggering. You can clearly see how focused and devoted Soulsby and the entire cast and crew are. This most disappointing thing with this short is that it’s a short. I wanted more. I wanted to see more and I wanted to hear more of the Devil’s story. That’s a good thing. Always leave ’em wanting more!!

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I’ll always be a huge fan and supporter of the horror short film and after seeing RIPE N’ BLOODY and DEVIL MAKES WORK you’ll understand why. I’m highly recommending both of these shorts.

My Summary:

Director: Guy Soulsby (& writer)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars

Gore: 0 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Both shorts reviewed by Scott Shoyer

Stay Bloody!!!

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