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Inside is a review by SuperHeidi for Killer Shorts, which is a compilation of short films shown during the 2002 New York City Horror Film Festival. The films range from surreal, to hysterically funny to absolutely terrifying. The DVD contains nearly two hours of great short films and extras, including the crowd pleasing New York City Horror Film Festival Opening, the making of the film “Subway”, and a 2002 wrap-up. Read on for Heidi’s review.

SuperHeidi writes, “The New York City Killer Shorts collection of 2002 is a frothy, whipped and glazed cataclysm of horror, mystery, and suspense. Even some humor. Oh yeah, and it’s all low budget. Eight short films depict humor, fear, and sarcasm quite effectively. There are a few films that stand out in particular: Plasticity 1.7, Cup-o-Abominations, and Non-Abductees anonymous.

Plasticity 1.7 is an adaptation of a play that by far has the best acting on the entire DVD. The direction is superb, and the dialogue gives the impression of a Greek tragedy that has been adapted for modern viewing. Brian Forrest does a stunning job of focusing on the poetic and the unnerving with this tale of revenge and denial.

Cup-O-Abominations is a twistedly funny re-telling of a part of the book of Revelations from the Bible. In the book, St. John foretells the apocalypse and the judgment and damnation of humans. Ben Hillman turns it into a commercial for the Whore of Babylon’s choice. Very witty and unexpected, this short will slay you.

Non-Abductees anonymous is a mockumentary about a support group for those who have never been abducted by aliens. In the vein of Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman, Phillip Powel takes us on a sci-fi romp through the sick world of some very lonely and desperate people. By filming this as seriously as possible, the actors and directors ended up with some truly funny stuff.

Worth mentioning is also Slasher Flick, a killer/stalker farce involving a late-night security guard who watches too much horror on television. The other films are not as memorable, but they are well directed and worthy of being on the disk with these other standouts.

There is, in addition to these eight shorts, some coverage of the 2002 Film Festival itself, the making of one of the films called Subway, which gives an interesting look into the making of short indie horror, and a great and riveting horror intro to the DVD showing clips of horror movies along with a great soundtrack. Definitely recommend for anyone who likes film festivals and horror conventions.”


Source: NYC Horror Fest, Heidi Amantullah