One of the really cool things I get to do here at PopHorror is review films. Short films are my absolute favorites. Combine that with one of the best festivals out there and I am so in! I easily picked the short film block, Cabin Fever-Isolation Horror, for the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2021. In general, I believe that being alone brings on anxiety and fear for most people at some point in their lives. This past year definitely proved that for so many. The festival described this block best: “As we’ve all learned in the past year, things can get pretty dark when we’re secluded away from others. These films take things to a whole new level.” Let’s find out more about the films and my thoughts!
Nyt Kun Olet Minun (Now That You’re Mine)
Directed by Petra Lumioksa
Aava takes her new girlfriend out to her family’s old summer house to meet her sister. What was supposed to be a fun weekend clearing out the house turns into a dark journey of suppressed memories and dangerous relationships, when Aava starts remembering what she has preferred to forget. As the past treads out of the fog, tension and jealousy rise between the three young women, and Aava starts to distrust everyone – even herself.
For me, at times, subtitled films are hard for me to follow. Not this one! An engaging and solid thriller.
Directed by AJ Taylor & Maximilian Clark, Produced by Ann Lowery and AJ Taylor
Trapped in her home, a woman descends into a disorienting panic.
This film is a perfect blend of creep factors and definitely stuck with me.
A Dinner Party
Directed by Michèle Kaye
In the aftermath of a climate catastrophe, a lonely former environmental activist invites three strange guests over for dinner.
This film is a wild ride! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it is entertaining and has some definite gross moments to add to the horror.
Directed by England Simpson
An actress named Jada is desperately seeking acting gigs after a rough stint out of work. Willing to perform in any low budget project, Jada finds herself agreeing to be in a feederism/mukbang film, being shot by a disturbing character who refers to himself as Fat Henry.
This one was my favorite out of this block. The title alone intrigued me. From the beginning, I thought maybe I knew what direction it may go in. Nope! Definitely not what I thought! This film has solid performances and concept.
Directed by Janina Gavankar
While hanging a piece of art in her new home, a woman knocks a hole in the wall, revealing what might be another room. Her mind races and unravels as she wonders what could be on the other side.
This film had great build ups, and it was bizarre but in a good way.
None of these films disappointed! They were all unique and fresh. It is an impressive block of short films that made me think, gave me the creeps and stuck with me. To me, that is a win-win situation! Be sure to check out our other Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2021 reviews!