Author: Don Anelli

THE PEY *** USA 2021 Dir: Ramone Menon. 9 mins After sharing a mysterious GIF online, a social media-obsessed teenager is hunted by a terrifying monster known as The Pey. This was a rather fun and enjoyable short. The concept is quite intriguing, taking a monster that would’ve normally come from folklore and attached a modern bent to it with the connection to social media obsession and the desperation people have for likes and followers. This feels quite original and charming with a great setup to it that is paid off nicely with the chilling sequences of the creature stalking…

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THE GHOSTS OF BORLEY RECTORY *** UK 2021 Dir: Steven M. Smith. 79 mins Arriving at the Borley Rectory in 1937, Harry Price (Toby Wynn-Davies) and his assistant Mark (Reece Putinas) are settling into Borley Rectory for a six-month stay to investigate the reports of ghostly activities. Sidney Glanville (Richard Harfst) stops in for a visit and leaves his daughter Helen (Louisa Warren) and son Roger (Lee Hancock) behind to help Harry in his investigations. As their investigations continue with the help of medium Estelle Roberts (Toyah Willcox) and Charles Sutton (Colin Baker) and the testimony of the local Vicar…

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FLASHBACK * Canada 2020 Dir: Christopher MacBride. 97 mins Trying to ensure that his life is in order, Fred (Dylan O’Brien) and his wife Karen (Hannah Gross) try to come to terms with his mother’s illness on top of everything going on with their lives. While he attempts his own means of doing so, his dreams begin manifesting into a series of clues about an incident in his past that he believed to have suppressed long ago that starts to interfere with his life in increasingly odd matters, eventually forcing him to recall the experience with a topical drug known…

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THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE KILLER * Australia 2020 Dir: Sam Curtain. 78 mins A passion for slaughter keeps Box (Craig Ingham) in line at the local abattoir where he can quench his thirst for blood. When Nathan (James Mason), a young parolee arrives in town, Box is instructed to take him under his wing, and soon the two men bond over a murder. Unable to resist the bloody temptations, the two form a friendship revolving around their sickness for killing. A friendship which is bad news for everyone in town. Overall, this was a pretty underwhelming genre effort. As a build-up of…

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HARVEST OF THE DEAD: HALLOWEEN NIGHT *** UK 2020 Dirs: Peter Goddard, Terence Elliott. 72 mins Preparing for a Halloween party, Sally Burns (Dani Thompson) grows impatient waiting for her friends to get back from their camping trip, unaware they’ve been killed by The Plague Doctor (Terence Elliott) and The Creature (Gemma Wilks), his partner-in-crime. When her guests Tia (Abby Wareham), Laurie (Rebecca Jean), Ben (Matt Brackstone), and Josh (Nicholas Pearce) do start to show up for the party, they carry on having fun which makes them unaware that they have crashed the party and killing them off one-by-one. As…

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