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INVADERS is a short film that merges two themes usually not associated together: Christmas and science fiction.

Written and directed by Daniel Prince, INVADERS takes place on Christmas Eve when a trio of minuscule UFOs fall from the late night sky into a chimney of a family’s home.

There, the three tiny alien entities have amusing “first encounters” with the festive decorations adorning the house. Eventually, one of the trio has a fateful interaction with one of the personifications of the holiday, and Christmas will never be the same again!

INVADERS is a homage to classic genre films of the ‘80s, such as Gremlins, Short Circuit, Batteries Not Included, and Flight Of The Navigator.

Genre films of that era are notable for centering otherworldly, though often very childlike, beings whose curiosity about our world leads to inevitable misadventures.

INVADERS most definitely follows that template, succeeding in generating a tale of whimsy perfect for the holiday season.

The short also pokes gentle fun at popular UFO urban legends. Watch for comical nods to crop circles and alien abductions.

At the production level, the designs for the three tiny UFOs are highly detailed and almost resemble toy models - which perfectly complements the short’s holiday theme.

The animation and visual effects are also very impressive and helps to make the film a very engaging viewing experience.

Watch INVADERS in its entirety below, but you may want to avoid mentioning the film to Santa and his elves:

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In the science fiction short film NEW, an elderly couple is resurrected from cryogenic preservation by the advanced technology of the distant future.

Hugh (Jared Abrahamson) and Candace (Joslyn Jensen) decide to have their remains cryogenically frozen in 2012 in the hopes the future will possess the technology to revive them.

Their gambit pays off.

Not only is the couple resurrected in the unspecified distant future, but their bodies have been healed of all prior injuries and medical ailments. Also, their bodies have been rejuvenated to their youthful prime.

As they have a joyful reunion, Hugh and Candice soon realize the future they now inhabit has very little in common with their past life.

All their children, family, and friends are now long deceased. The couple must acclimate to a world transformed, including new technology, the evolution of the language, and different social mores.

While they are treated with kindness by their doting guide Noelle (Jennifer Lafleur), they recognize the world sees them as hallowed artifacts from a bygone era.

Soon Hugh and Candice must deal with the strains on their marriage their new circumstance is causing.

The idea of an individual awakening into a distant future after being cryogenically frozen or placed in suspended animation is an extremely common trope in science fiction.

Written and directed by John Harden, NEW is remarkable due to it not glossing over the very real culture shock a person would most likely experience.

Instead, the short is an emotionally engaging, poignant look at one couple struggling to find their place in a world that is familiar, yet not.

WATCH NEW in its entirety here…

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Few times of the year are more festive than Halloween.

The signs are everywhere: autumnal colors, carved pumpkins, macabre decorations, costume parties, and trick-or-treaters preparing to overdose on sugar.

Halloween is also the time when horror movies and scary films take center stage.

From blood-and-gore spectacles to unnerving tales of the supernatural, watching horror movies has become a quintessential, modern Halloween tradition.

The following 12 short films represent chilling narratives of dread and horror perfect for the holiday.

So get some popcorn, grab your favorite treats, turn down the lights (if you dare!) and enjoy these engaging tales of terror.

DARK WAKE

A man suffering from amnesia awakens from slumber to find himself trapped in a shadowy realm populated by hellish creatures.

MR. MEMENTO

A collector obsessed with death receives a mysterious antique photo that completes his collection. But something has attached itself to the picture, and it soon makes its presence known.

NEIGHBORS

A young urbanite is intrigued by his secretive new neighbors. Overcome by curiosity, he attempts to discover more about them. He soon realizes some secrets - and people - are better left undisturbed.

BEHIND

At a birthday party, a recently divorced young mother receives a dire warning from a mysterious stranger: someone is watching her and her baby. Upset, the woman returns home. There she begins to experience eerie phenomena which indicates someone or something is in her home.

DAWN OF THE DEAF

When a mysterious audio tone is broadcast across the planet, everyone who hears it dies. Only the deaf remain alive. However, the survivors soon realize their nightmare has only just begun.

THE ABANDON

In the summer of 2012, five close friends embark on a hiking trip into the woods. During the trip, the stresses and strains challenging their bond is slowly revealed. Suddenly, their world is turned upside down as the men discover the planet is in the midst of an alien invasion. Featuring Sterling K. Brown star of the hit television series This Is Us!

SWORD OF THE DEAD

In feudal Japan, an exiled samurai returns home only to discover his birthplace has been cursed, and is now overrun by the walking dead.

ELDRITCH CODE

An IT professional battling a computer virus attacking his firm soon realizes its origins stem from dark occult rites and an infernal conspiracy.

BLEED THE NIGHT

After accompanying her boyfriend to a money drop, a woman ends up being kidnapped and locked inside the trunk of a car. After freeing herself from the vehicle, she discovers the zombie apocalypse has begun. There is even more bad news - each time she attempts to escape, the day resets and she has to relive it all over again!

CELL

In 1943 during the height of World War II, a British soldier is captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in a covert underground bunker. Along with his fellow prisoner, a mysterious woman, the soldier is forced to participate in sadistic psychological experiments that have a sinister and unearthly purpose.

ECHO TORCH

An inventor perfects a machine that allows him to see into the spirit world. He then embarks on an odyssey across the veil, encountering spirits both personal and dangerous.

LILITU

This eerie and atmospheric short films follows in the tradition of iconic horror classics such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Haunting Of Hill House. A psychic woman reluctantly agrees to use her special gifts to help a priest confront and battle a malevolent supernatural being.

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To say the short film, Mr. Memento, is a horror story would be too simplistic.

The short’s narrative combines the dark sensibilities of a gothic tale mixed with an intriguing rumination on death to create a ghost story of ethereal beauty.

The film is the story of an elderly collector (Richard Lippert) who is obsessed with acquiring death portraits which were in vogue shortly after the invention of photography.

When the collector receives an antique photograph of a young woman serene in her death pose, he soon realizes he has inherited a restless spirit (Gabrielle Stone) as well.

Mr. Memento was written and directed by Chris Heck as a way to process a very personal loss.

The filmmaker set out to make a short film unlike the jump scare screamfests popular in horror.

He has succeeded with remarkable results.

Mr. Memento draws you in with its with lush production and cinematography, gothic stylings, fascinating characters, and meditative rumination on mortality.

Watch Mr. Memento here …

If you want a change of pace from the typical blood-and-gore spectacles found in horror, Mr. Memento is a compelling, beautiful, and affecting choice.

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Certain horror films are so unnerving, their impact leaves an indelible brand on your psyche.

DARK WAKE is just such a horror film..

The short tells the story of an unnamed amnesiac (John Marcucci) who awakens in the middle of the night. A small, strange portal opens along his bedroom wall revealing the lower jaw of a demonic guide (Anne Shepherd).

The guide warns the man he is about to die.

The portal vanishes and the hallway leading to the man’s bedroom is suddenly enveloped in inky darkness.

The man notices something moving in the darkness. Suddenly, a creature straight out of Dante’s Inferno emerges.

Then creature attacks the man and begins devouring him.

The man awakens only to endure the experience of being consumed by hideous monsters over and over.

Despite the man questioning if he is in hell, the demonic guide insists the nightmare he is trapped in is not hell, because, as it chillingly states, “innocents have been held here.”

The guide tells him that in order to escape his fate, he must overcome his terror with a memory from his former life.

The man succeeds in reclaiming a memory and defeats the next attack, but then an even greater infernal mystery is revealed to him.

I’ll just be blunt here - DARK WAKE freaked me the hell out, and I enjoyed it.

Written and directed by Abdul Ali, the short boasts horrifying, award-worthy creature designs that seem heavily influenced by the work of director Guillermo del Toro.

The short’s visuals are dark, claustrophobic, and bizarre. However, what really sells its nightmare world is the sense of disorientation and visceral terror viewers share with the protagonist.

Adding to the surreal atmosphere of the short is the fact the protagonist’s reliability as a narrator is left in question.

Is he dreaming the entire experience, or is he having some sort of psychotic break? Is he actually trapped in some sort of hellish alternate dimension?

DARK WAKE doesn’t provide any clear answers - and that is what makes it such a chilling, disturbing, and compelling watch.

Watch DARK WAKE here…


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Many of us would feel naked and lost without our smartphones.

Smartphones have become an indispensable part of modern living.

Besides serving as the hub of our digital lives, the impressive high-definition video recording capabilities of smartphones are being used as a tool by serious filmmakers.

A prime example is SILENT EYE, a British sci-fi anthology series shot entirely on a smartphone.

It is the latest project by Simon Horrocks, a filmmaker who first came to our attention as the creator of the sci-fi mystery web series KOSMOS released several years ago.

SILENT EYE is a close thematic sibling to the popular sci-fi anthology series BLACK MIRROR.

Both series feature futuristic technology as the fulcrum to explore modern societal malaise.

The pilot episode of SILENT EYE is a compelling outing entitled You Have Been Chosen. The episode centers on a despondent London woman named Fiona (Zoe Cunningham).

Fiona is mired in disappointment and regret; she hates her job, her relationship, and her overall lot in life.

She is sent a mysterious invitation to download an app called “Decider” onto her phone. The app promises to vastly improve Fiona’s life by making most of her decisions for her.

Intrigued, Fiona begins using the app to make decisions as mundane as what drink to order at the local coffee shop each morning, to whether or not to quit her job and dump her boyfriend.

By following the app’s recommendations, Fiona’s life seems to transform overnight. She gets a major promotion from her employer and ends her unfulfilling relationship.

However, surrendering one’s agency to someone - or something - else is never a good idea. It’s a valuable lesson Fiona gets reminded of after a dramatic turn of events.

You Have Been Chosen marks an auspicious beginning for SILENT EYE. Zoe Cunningham is terrific as a downtrodden women whose misguided faith in technology may cost her dearly.

Watch the episode teaser for You Have Been Chosen…

Silent Eye Episode 1 - Teaser Clips - YouTube

If the quality of its pilot episode is any indication, SILENT EYE promises to take viewers down a rabbit hole of tense, riveting, and provocative sci-fi drama.

Watch all episodes of SILENT EYE currently streaming on Amazon Video.

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DARKEN: Before The Dark (DBTD) is the intriguing 33-minute sequel short film to the forthcoming full-length sci-fi thriller DARKEN.

Directed by Audrey Cummings, DBTD is the story of Darken, a peculiar otherworldly dimension ruled by a mysterious entity known as “Mother Darken” (Laura Nordin).

The denizens of Darken are all individuals transported there after suffering severe physical and/or emotional trauma.

Once they arrive, all memories of their trauma - and their lives in the outside world - vanish. Armed with only the memory of their names, citizens of Darken discover they no longer age, feel hunger, temperature extremes, or pain.

In Darken, they are free to explore the endless labyrinthine halls and rooms that make up the realm.

However, when a new arrival named Kim (Annie Briggs) comes to Darken, cracks in this odd paradise begin to show.

Greeting Kim is Olive (Jodelle Ferland, Dark Matter), a young woman whose role is to initiate newcomers to the traditions of Darken.

Olive sees Mother Darken as a benevolent deity whose only desire is to protect her charges within her realm.

Other key citizens of Darken are soon revealed, including:

  • Artemis (Emmanuel Kabongo), a man mistrustful of Mother Darken’s motives

  • Martin (Ari Millen) who has lived in Darken the longest of anyone and now serves as the realm’s historian

  • Wren (Paul Amos), a true believer in Mother Darken’s teachings

  • Lucian (John Tench), the newest and most problematic arrival to the world of Darken

However, the most divisive of Darken’s citizens is Clarity (Christine Horne), a mercurial woman who, unlike Olive, believes Mother Darken is not a benevolent deity, but instead a god who must be feared and obeyed without question.

When a catastrophic event shakes Darken to its core, a civil war erupts between those who subscribe to Olive’s interpretation of Mother Darken’s nature and those who do not.

As a prequel, DBTD succeeds in introducing viewers to the odd and mysterious realm of Darken and its key players; it also introduces many questions that beg to be answered in a future installment.

Questions such as who or what is Mother Darken? What exactly is Darken? Is it an afterlife? A parallel dimension? A bizarre experiment?

Director Audrey Cummings has created a paradise-nightmare world with aesthetics drawn from a mish-mash of genre properties, chief among them the haunted house vibe of the Silent Hill video game franchise.

The project’s inclusive cast is what also places DBTD solidly in the “must-see” column. It is always refreshing to see the richness of humanity reflected onscreen

Pictured left to right: Jodelle Ferland as Olive, Annie Briggs as Kim, Emmanuel Kabongo as Artemis, Paul Amos as Wren

Dark Matter alum Jodelle Ferland heads an impressive coterie of actors from many notable Canadian sci-fi television series. These talented actors sell the promise of DARKEN with their superb portrayals of people caught up in a surreal supernatural mystery.

What this reviewer also admires about DBTD is what it says about the dangers accompanying the arrival of charismatic leaders - especially those with religious or spiritual pedigrees.

Cult of personalities form around such individuals - with blind faith in their personas and manifestos often morphing into zealotry.

The secretive Mother Darken is the fictional avatar for such leaders, and it will be interesting to see how the jihad forming among her people plays out in the feature film.

Watch DARKEN: Before The DARK prequel here…

With its eerie world brought to life by a visionary woman filmmaker and talented, inclusive cast, DARKEN: Before The Dark earns our highest recommendation.

Pre-orders for the forthcoming film continuation are available now.

Please visit DarkenProvides.com to discover how to get your copy of the feature film when it is released - along with many cool extra features.

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