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Joseph’s SLASH Film Festival Shorts Reviews: “Hairsucker,” “From.Beyond,” and “Shark”


Hairsucker

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Directed by Paddy Jessop and Michael Jones

Fangoria! Woo!

Under no circumstances should you — as I foolishly did — have something to eat while watching Australian horror short Hairsucker. From the shots of the titular creature at work to the chilling reveal of what it looks like after it finishes, this short’s special effects — courtesy of Special Makeup Effects Artist Tania De Ross — are gloppy, goopy, and sure to upset a few stomachs. Codirectors/cowriters Paddy Jessop and Michael Jones have fashioned a straight-to-the-point short film guaranteed to make viewers’ skin crawl, and it begs for a feature-length version because I need to see more of this monster and what makes it tick, and I’m sure that most viewers will agree.

From.Beyond

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Directed by Fredrik S. Hana

You may have seen plenty of films depicting Earth’s first contact with visiting extraterrestrials, but it is highly unlikely that you have seen any slice of such genre cinema like director Fredrik S. Hana’s From.Beyond (Norway, 2022). Weird, wild, and wonderful, this experimental/arthouse short consists of a barrage of images and ideas that will have you pondering how humans would actually react to such a reality-altering event while you marvel at the vision unfolding before you, including some terrific practical effects work. From.Beyond is the kind of challenging cinema fare that you experience more than merely watch.

Shark

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Directed by Nash Edgerton

In dark comedy Shark (Australia, 2021),  Jack (director Nash Edgerton) and Sofie (Rose Byrne) are a match made for each other — it’s doubtful that anyone else might be able to put up with their love of trying to one-up each other on pranks, some of which depend on trying to frighten the other person. On a snorkeling excursion as part of their tropical honeymoon, Jack finds a fake shark fin on board, and Sofie advises him not to do what he is considering. Suffice it to say that he should have listened to his new bride. Edgerton and Byrne have terrific chemistry as the caper-loving couple, and the former, who cowrote the screenplay with David Michȏd, keeps the proceedings running at a fast clip, balancing the humor and suspense winningly.

Hairsucker, From Beyond, and Shark screen as part of SLASH Film Festival, which takes place in Vienna from September 22-October 2, 2022. For more information, visit https://slashfilmfestival.com/en/

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