The Short Films of Jeremiah Kipp

Jeremiah Kipp and Dominic Sivilli have been busy – and that’s a good thing for fans of horror.  A pair of shorts have surfaced that bear commentary.  Especially in reference to one of my previous posts Fast Horror.

Wow, this pizza sure has a lot of cheese!

Just say no!

CONTACT from Dominick Sivilli on Vimeo.

The first is CONTACT.  Eleven and a half minutes of tension.  A journey into the horrors of drug abuse, the freakish underworld of the drug culture, and the lasting effects of dangerous substances.  Starkly captured in black and white, with just a smattering of dialogue, CONTACT is a well oiled tension machine.  A mother and father, a wayward daughter and her lover, and a healthy dose of freakish substance induced hallucinations, all combine to create an atmosphere that it truly unnerving.  Kipp covers much of the ground previously cornered by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly, EXistenZ), notably, the horrors of the flesh. More importantly, however, is the fact that this is not cheap horror.  No cats jumping out of cupboards.  It’s real, visceral and horrific.  The treatment is mature and has a lasting psychological chill.  This is your brain on drugs.  Any questions?


Don’t forget the towel!

Crestfallen (2011) from Dominick Sivilli on Vimeo.

The second film from Mr. Kipp that I had the pleasure of screening is CRESTFALLEN.  At just over 6 minutes, Crestfallen is also a lesson in efficiency.  An engaging story of love, loss and realization, all achieved without a single line of dialogue.  And that’s just fine with me.  When you’ve got imagery and music that work together as well as Dominic Sivilli’s and Harry “Friday The 13th” Manfredini’s,  there’s no need to say a word. While Contact makes wise use of black and white, Crestfallen juxtaposes a rich color pallet of gold and blue to paint the powerful emotions of the characters and the mood cues of the story – Rembrandt and Monet meet Edgar Allen Poe.  It’s all woven into an unpleasant tapestry of love, betrayal, tragedy and hope.

Now that i’ve got Jeremiah Kipp on my SkullDug radar, I’m not likely to let him go any time soon.  He’s producing amazing short form tales and proving that he’s up to just about any task.  Keep the fast horror flowing!  I would love to see how he handles 2 minutes or less – there, Mr. Kipp, I’ve tossed down the gauntlet!  Are you just mad enough to accept the challenge?  I certainly hope so!

Yes, I am blushing...

Yes, I am blushing…

The State of Horror


What has Horror done for you lately?

As we approach Horror’s favorite time of year, namely autumn and Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate and fun to review some of the recent gruesome developments from an indie filmmaker’s perspective – so here we go…

Buzzworthy Horror films of 2012

Have a Nice Day

Such a cheerful person!

Smiley – Urban legend with a carved “smiley face” is summoned, hijinx ensue. Read Review.

Director: Michael J. Gallagher

Writers: Glasgow PhillipsMichael J. Gallagher

Stars: Caitlin GerardMelanie Papalia and Shane Dawson



Where's the nearest blockbuster?

I prefer Beta

V/H/S– Dudes are hired to find a vhs tape in a creepy house.  Be kind, please rewind!  Read review.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-OlpinDavid Bruckner + others.

Writers: Glenn McQuaidDavid Bruckner + others.

Stars: Calvin ReederLane Hughes and Adam Wingard



Bad Bagul, Bad!

Sinister– dude finds tapes and evil entity named Bagul.  Oh-oh, images of Bagul are bad.  Read review.

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writers: Scott DerricksonC. Robert Cargill

Stars: Ethan HawkeJuliet Rylance and James Ransone


American Mary

A “cut” above the rest!

American Mary – Medical student discovers the fun and rewarding world of underground surgery.  Read review.

Directors: Jen SoskaSylvia Soska

Writers: Sylvia SoskaJen Soska

Stars: Katharine IsabelleJulia Maxwell and Antonio Cupo


Horror Festivals

FrightFest UK – London, man, bloody London!

Screamfest LACalifornia Creepin!

NYC Horror Film FestivalThe Big, Rotten Apple

Terror Film Festival It’s Philly, isn’t that scary enough?

Spooky Movie International Horror Film FestivalWashington DC – Creepier than Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech!

For a comprehensive list, click here.

Noteworthy Horror Blogs and Sites

Vault of Horror – My soul-mates in the horror genre – their knowledge is wide and deep.  Old-school to freshly cut, they’ve got a great perspective on the world of horror including art, photography, film and literature. B-Sol is THE MAN!

Horror Blogger Alliance – A vast collection of Horror blogs and information.

Daily Dead – just plain horrible fun.

The B-Horror Blog – Lots of reviews here – a good place to find B-movie and Indie content.

Dread Central – Reviews, reviews and more reviews.  Great source for what’s up and coming.

Bloody Disgusting – Prolific, timely and fun to follow on Twitter.

Twitch – Plenty of good, solid horror info here.

Fangoria – the alpha vampire of horror – these guys have been around forever – I read them as kid in search of the latest creepitude and they are still the top horror dog.  Also home to Dreadtime Stories hosted by Malcolm McDowell.

What are your Horror highlights?

Now these are just the trending horror items that interest me.  Please feel free to add your comments and observations to the dialogue – I always love to hear what others have “dug” up.

Yes, I am blushing...

Yes, I am blushing…