Fantastic Fest: Short Fuse: Horror Shorts

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Thank You, Jesus! (2010)
Directed By: Free
Run Time: 6 Minutes
Country: USA

Two lovers are taking a nature walk that goes horribly awry while discussing love and existence. it includes a foreign language speaking squirrel, a mud man, and the best quote of the Short Fuse program. When all is said and done you will say “Thank You, Jesus. It’s over.”

Incubator (2011)
Directed By: Jimmy Weber
Run Time: 7 Minutes
Country: USA

Bloody bathroom scenes with a tub of ice usually indicate a kidney or other organ has been removed. This short flips this type of horror story on its ear, by using the subject as an incubator. What is really interesting about this short is that there is a strong female presence without seeing the female transgressor. This is one of the most interesting shorts in the horror short program.

Fantastic Fest Review: Penumbra

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Directed By: Adrian Garcia Boliano and Ramiro Garcia Boliano
Written By: Adrian Garcia Boliano and Ramiro Garcia Boliano
Run Time: 85 minutes

Penumbra, half-light or semidarkness in Spanish, is an Argentinean horror film which punishes its main actress for her character’s distain of Argentina unrelentingly. Marga (Cristina Bondo) is a high powered lawyer in Spain whose sister is a lazy lay-about. Frustration for Marga sets in when she is attempting to rent an apartment in Argentina that they inherited on the day of a total solar eclipse. In a state of altered realities, brought about by the aforementioned solar eclipse, Marga is bamboozeled by a group of individuals that do not have her best interests in mind.

Fantastic Fest Review: Revenge: A Love Story

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Directed By: Ching-Po Wong (2010)
Written By: Lai-yin Leung, Ching-Po Wong, Juno Mak (Original Story)
Run Time: 91 min.

Revenge: A Love Story is a Hong Kong thriller from director Ching-Po Wong who helped co-write the screenplay along with Lai-yin Leung. Juno Mak, who wrote the original story, stars as Kit, a grocery store clerk who observes a young girl, mentally challenged Wing. Wing (Sola Aoi) comes to buy sticky buns from the grocery before school and Kit quickly falls in love with her. Their lives together are destroyed when Wing’s caretaker dies and she is put into an institution. Wing is freed, but falls into the hands of a lunatic cop (Lau Wing) taking this story on an unseen path to revenge.

Fantastic Fest Review: Two Eyes Staring

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Directed By: Elbert van Strien
Written By: Elbert van Strien, Paulo van Vliet
Run Time: 112 minutes

Any fan of the horror genre will get a kick out of the Dutch film Two Eyes Staring (2010). Set principally in Belgium and secondarily in the Netherlands, Two Eyes Staring is the story of a family with a secretive dark past. Two Eyes Staring is directed and co-written by Elbert van Strien and staring Hadewych Minis, Barry Atsma, and Isabelle Stokkel who are traumatized both literally and figuratively by the embodiment of Christine’s (Minis) childhood in Belgium.

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