Our Review of Bloody BITS 2018 Shorts Showcase Part 1

Posted in BITS 2018, Festival Coverage, Movies by - November 22, 2018
Our Review of Bloody BITS 2018 Shorts Showcase Part 1

‘Tis the season for some genre shorts. Since Canada doesn’t have Thanksgiving in November, BITS falls between Halloween and Christmas, which are two of the scariest times of the year. I’m not necessarily the biggest fans of these shorts but a few of them have salvageable merits.

The Kaw Tay Wee School’s Frostbite uses music as it takes the perspective of the titular monster. He bites children and teenagers who don’t wear proper winter clothing. I should have seen this before going out last night. Frostbite didn’t bite me but I have a big cold now. Essential viewing!

A bunch of young people directed Frostbite while adults who should know better directed many of these shorts. Robin Young’s #SELFIE is a claustrophobic and hollow look at the consequences of vanity. But then again taking selfies at night is a terrible idea and the same goes for pictures.

Kat Threkeld and Lance Fernandes’ He Likes It Rough is slightly better but not by much. It shows a woman (Threkheld) using voodoo to avenge the abuse she experienced under the hands of a married man (Steve Kasan). The characters are supposed to live in different houses but don’t look it.

Lee Howard’s Quiet Room Bears has an interesting attempt of a macguffin. Again, this is about infidelity, where a man, Simon (Nick Smyth) finds a woman (Zoe Georgaras) cooking lasagna for him. But that’s not going to be what this is about, as their ‘date’ goes completely off kilter.

Andrea Ashton’s Greater Good has another interesting concept of a mother doing anything for her child. Its biggest flaw is underestimating its supporting characters. I’ve been in enough houses to know to ‘help the host get my drink’ just in case the host has malevolent intentions for me.

Speaking of protective mothers, Eva Colmers’ The Suburbanight is about one who verbally berates her son but God forbid anyone else does it. The actress lowers her voice to be more menacing, which I actually like. Their makeup is simple, invoking my ambivalence.

Shannon Kohli’s Hunting Season is dynamic in depicting a female gas station attendant working a night shift. Her customers that night are men hunting what they think is a bear. The way these men treat her subvert expectations and so does the strange creature.

Alex Hatz’ Santa’s Helper is witty, packing a lot of dialogue in it short running time. Here, an elf (Ken Hall) has to square off against a child, Zoe (Zoe Hatz). He lets her know the consequences for him if he doesn’t do what Santa tells him. The script also uses big words and aren’t afraid to.

Charlie Hamilton’s That’s Not Me is about a woman getting a phone call from a friend who is in her house. Catch is, the person over the phone isn’t the same person in her house. Which reminds me, I’d like to meet these young people who can afford houses in the suburbs in this tough economy.

Lastly, there’s Nicole Goode’s Supine, about Sylvie (Eva Larvoire), a young taxidermist who takes in an American hitchhiker, Oz (Nathan Davies). It starts out tactile but in revealing Oz’s backstory and both characters’ complicated relationship with death it sadly loses a lot of nmomentum.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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