Movie Review: The Monster

Number 11 on the Countdown to Halloween

The Monster

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

Welcome back to Maniacally Short Mondays! We’re starting off the week with a short I found on YouTube that was written and directed by Neil Stevens. I had a little trouble finding a short for this week. However, I think I already had an idea about what I wanted to see. Thankfully, The Monster was able to bring it for me.

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Movie Review: Next Floor

Next Floor

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

WTF did I just watch? And why on earth did I like it so much? Next Floor is an incredibly weird horror short that I will have to break down a bit to understand.

A group of sharp dressed folks gathered around a table, quickly shovel food in their mouths. The question of what they’re eating is one that comes to mind, as some of it looks normal and some looks just wrong. Not to mention, the white powder they are covered in. Thankfully, the white powder is soon explained, but then just raises more questions.

The copious amounts of food these people are being served is just disgusting. There seems to be one guest who is not as enamored with the food as everyone else is. But she doesn’t get up, she doesn’t say anything, she just takes it.

The only thing I can think is that this movie is almost a way of showing the world how they stuff themselves with ridiculous amounts of food until they fall into an early grave. Here we can see the real danger of going to the Next Floor, but it doesn’t stop them from happily eating. It shows how the health of the world is falling to crap but that doesn’t stop people from stuffing themselves on unnecessary amounts of food.

Or maybe it is shows how people spend their money on an abundance of things they don’t need. No matter how “full” they get, they still throw their money away. It shows how money, that could be used on something more important is often used on overpriced unneeded items so that those who have it can feel more important.

Who knows! Either way, it is a weird, creepy, silent-ish short that will leave you scratching your head.

True Fear?

Not really. I was just confused and stayed locked on the screen so I didn’t miss anything. However, while Next Floor missed the mark on True Fear, it is an interesting watch! I really did enjoy it for some reason.

Movie Review: No Caller ID

No Caller ID

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

I found No Caller ID on YouTube late one night. I’m always a little concerned when watching a short because so much could go wrong in a short amount of time. Thankfully, this one was posted by Screamfest and I always seem to like their shorts!

It’s pretty simple people, don’t answer the phone if you don’t know who is calling, especially at 2am! Heather (played by Jocelyn Christian) gets a late night call and decided that it should be fine to answer. Unfortunately for her, it was probably the stupidest decision she could’ve made.

This was such a fun short to watch! At less than nine minutes, they had me trying to quiet Heather down by covering my own mouth! No Caller ID was incredibly creepy and actually reminded me of the movie Hush, which is one of my favorites. After watching this, you’ll probably check and double check the locks on your doors.

True Fear?

In only nine minutes? Believe it or not, yes! Like I said before, it didn’t take much for me to react to No Caller ID. It was creepy and the intruder aspect of it makes me think of every true crime show I’ve ever watched. This was great because while other films will leave you afraid of an impossible situation, this makes you fear reality. They killed it.