Short Film Reviews-The Little Mermaid and A Chance in Hell


Most recently I had to chance to sit down with two shorts that were interesting in two different ways. While most people are not fans of short films, I have grown in the last few years to really embrace them and view them as a glimpse into the future talented new film directors.

The first short is called The Little Mermaid, and thank god this was not a remake of the Disney cartoon. The short opens with a shot of a circus tent almost in the middle of nowhere, and it seems like maybe in the early 1900’s. We watch this small crowd of town people getting entertained by a ringmaster and his real live mermaid. It is when the crowd is gone that this film really lights up, it seems the mermaid is lonely and is praying for her captor to release her from this torture she seems to be in with eating raw fish for pleasure of people who pay to see it. Well, the ringmaster rejects her pleas and keeps her in this tank. The short then goes into deeper darkness with the mermaid trying to seduce the ringmaster to let her go. For me, I enjoyed this odd and unique short, because it just was so simple and basically built a fast story and get in all the points to keep you interested and intrigued by what will happen next. It created a sympathetic villain in a way, and also was beautifully shot. This was a good bite into what the future holds, which I hope this is the litmus paper as to the genius that can be coming from this director and staff. I know most people will make complaints that there was not enough blood, or enough this or that, but at almost 7 minutes, if the story is solid, and they give you at least one good blood scene, what else can you really ask for?

7.5 out of 10


My second short ran for a little over a half hour and it was called A Chance in Hell, it was like if Dead Snow met an infected child film. And what the last short lacked in blood, oh this film delivered and delivered a lot of. This short was special, and if you are a fan of Nazi Zombies, this film is really special. Herr Bucher is creating a new breed of super soldier for Hitler’s army, and he is using concentration camp captives. As you can guess the tests work and soon the results are disastrous and the facility is overrun by zombies. The actors pull off a believable German accent, and this film has a little bit of everything for everyone. It felt at times like a war film, it felt like Aliens, it felt like Dog Soldiers, it felt like Dead Snow, it felt like 30 Days of Night, and I can go on and on. This film seems to have been inspired by a lot of horror films, and instead of being a dead on copy, it takes the influence and adds a little something to it.

The zombies looked awesome esp. for the budget of this film, they are runners and also they are very vicious and very ready to give us buckets of blood and gore. The first one, felt like an idea that could be told in the allotted time, this film I wish would have been so much longer and went more into the story and characters more. The film was fine for what it was, but it could have been so much more. That gripe aside this film was quite possibly one of the better zombie things I have seen in a long while and it makes me happy to know that they are going to use this and make a full length film someday. This is a must see for any fan of horror, and gore. You are going to have so much fun with this film.

8 out of 10