Movie Review: Solved

Maniacally Short Monday Brings Us

It felt wrong to review just one of Michael Bartolomeo‘s horror shorts. Last week we reviewed his short, Washed, but this week we look into Solved. A short that has quickly become one of my favorite horror shorts.


A lonely socially awkward guy (Stephen West-Rogers) decides to enjoy a night out. Luckily for him there is a bar that seems to be offering friendship inside their doors. Once there he finds fun people, laughter, and conversations. Unfortunately, he isn’t welcomed into any of it.

Seriously, I just want to hug this guy!

Anyway! There is one guy that seems to be grabbing the attention of the whole bar. A Rubik’s Cube genius! Our protagonist, decides that the best way to gain friends is to get himself a Rubik’s Cube, and so he does. While slow at first, he soon becomes obsessed with the little cube of colors. Soon he is even solving it with one hand! Suddenly it seems like he doesn’t even need friends, because the Rubik’s Cube itself becomes his friend.

However, an obsession is an obsession, even when you try to walk away. Our protagonist takes a moment to put the puzzle down but he can still see the Rubik’s Cube, everywhere! And the worst part is, he can’t resist the urge to solve the puzzle.


You already know, I loved this short! When I was introduced to the short Washed, I looked into Solved to learn more about Triangle Films. After watching it, I knew I would love their twisted ways of creating.

Much like Washed, Solved was film with a stop-motion style. This is such an fantastic way of creating a horror film. The jumpy feel gives the whole thing a nightmarish vibe! I loved it so much.

The innocence that Stephen West-Rogers brings to this role was just perfection. He gives us awkward, sad, and needy, which makes it fairly obvious why people aren’t wanting to chat with him, but it just makes me want to be his friend. That uncomfortable feeling Stephen brought to the role really helped us understand where he was coming from and he felt so relatable. He nailed it.

I really enjoyed the special effects they used on this film. For me, it was unexpected, which made it perfect. While I knew what was happening, I just didn’t think they were going to show it, so when they did, I was thrilled.

I love that they played on the idea of obsession. I’ve watched so many horror movies that it tends to weird me out when I don’t see horror in other things. In college I was asked to edit a short romance novel and I spent the whole time confused because the stranger didn’t put the main woman in his trunk, instead he just kissed her. WTF?

They ended Solved flawlessly! It shows us that we all have an obsession with something, and it can take over at any time. It was interesting how the protagonist started out the film feeling so alone, but by the end we learn that he is far from alone.

True Fear?

While it does fall on the lighter side, I’m going to say yes here. Solved is a fantastically disturbing horror short that is based on something we could all fall victim to, just maybe not to this extent. I’ve seen Solved so many times, and I love it every time. Enjoy this creepy short and just know that it does give you just a taste of blood.

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Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

One thought on “Movie Review: Solved

  1. Great review of a short I had the fun of watching with you! I understand your feelings on the stop motion style, it certainly sets the tone and almost gives the whole movie an unbalanced feel which definitely adds to the creepy. I think we have all had that social outsider feeling at one time or another, so we can all relate to the main character. Obsession is also something we all deal with on different levels, for some it is mild for others it is all encompassing. Yup, knew what was happening when it was and was hoping they wouldn’t show the results…..but AAAgghhh Ewwwww….they did! LOL!! Great short that brought not only the horror but a social commentary.

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