Happy Halloween! Devils Night brought the return of Bay City’s Bump in the Night Short Film Fest and with it six scary tales shown at Bemo’s Bar for those brave enough to attend. Here are my thoughts on each of the films.
Killer Shades Saga
The first three shorts shown was a trilogy of sorts. They are connected by a mysterious woman that arrives at various times throughout the three films with a pair a sunglasses that seem to have strange powers.
The Ronnie Blu Obsession
First up in the trilogy was The Ronnie Blu Obsession. This was about the story of a guy whose love for an actress named Veronica Blu leads him down a dark path when he is visited by strange woman. The man receives a pair of sunglasses when he confesses to her that he would do anything for Veronica Blu’s love, even sell his soul.
Out of all of the Killer Shades Saga shorts, this film utilizes the idea of the mysterious sunglasses the best. It added the creepy supernatural element that carried the plot to the end and it kept me interested to see what would happen.
It was the least scary of the trilogy, however, so I’m giving it 3 out of 6 reels.
Midland Street Wicked
People are being found dead on Midland St. and when a group of women get together to have some drinks we find that one of them may have a connection to the sunglasses that were lost years earlier. A connection that shows that the sunglasses evil power has grown.
I thought this short was great. Good build up to the end and some great special effects for a locally made movie.
I give this 5 out of 6 reels.
A conversation between a mother and her daughter about starting a new chapter in their live goes awry when the dreaded sunglasses once again make an appearance.
It’s really short at only about 5 minutes but I’m a sucker for creepy, evil looking children.
4 out of 6 reels.
8 Years Ago In February
This movie is awesome. Super creepy music, disturbing visuals, and a harrowing tale that is being told that has just the right amount of nonsense to keep you wondering what is going on all during the short. It’s an experimental film so there is no plot to speak of, but that makes it all the more scary.
6 out of 6 reels.
A teacher shows his students a video about the depravity of human nature. In the video a lost hunter encounters a pair of men that are also out hunting. Hunting for humans.
Very good short. Music was entertaining and provided some comic relief in contrast to the dark subject matter. The bits throughout the film of the teacher addressing his students was somewhat confusing at first but fit with the film by the end.
I give this 5 out of 6 reels.
A man who committed a crime finds himself having to face the consequences in the most unlikely of places. A place where you should feel safe and secure, the hospital.
My feelings on this were that it probably just wasn’t for me. It didn’t really hit me considering that the victim in the film was also the perpetrator of a crime. I think maybe an added flashback scene that would have described how unintentional his crime was may have helped. Excellent acting and good camera work make this film worth watching and I do recommend it to form your own opinion.
3 out of 6 reels.