Montreal Comiccon Horrorfest – The Short Programs

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Short films are amazing. I didn’t always think this way, but I came to realize that shorts are quick, provocative, meaningful, and, more often than not, leave you wanting more. And without shorts, we wouldn’t have any great anthology horror films, which, oddly, I’ve always liked. Maybe it was the fact that there was something holding them all together. This year, the second annual Horrorfest at the Montreal Comiccon has a rich menu of shorts for you to salivate over. I’ve listed them below and included, when I could find them, the trailer or teaser for your viewing pleasure.

Short Program #1

Friday, September 13th, 3:00 p.m., Screening room #1

Rose White

Length: 32 min. (trailer)
Country : USA
Director: Daniel Kuhlman
Cast: Erin Breen, Deneen Melody
Synopsis: Through Lilly’s eyes, she and her sister, Rosalyn, live happily in the heart of an enchanted forest. In reality, each day is a battle for Rosalyn, who has been forced to take up prostitution in order to provide for herself and her delusional sister. When a local drug addict turns up hurt on their doorstep, they form a plot against a vicious crime boss; a plan that will either lead to their salvation or their doom.

Silent Agony

Length: 16 min. (Trailer)
Country : USA
Director: Octavi Espuga
Cast: Aser Bergua, Biel Puig
Synopsis: Away from any urban environment, there is a place full of fears and sadness. There are children living under the worst possible threat, hoping one day some parents appear to offer love and understanding. Sometimes those wishes come true, but it can also be something frightening.

Mort Sûre

mort sureLength: 22 min.
Country: Canada
Director: Yohann Paillard
Cast: Fernand St-Cyr, Olivier Archambault Bouffard
Synopsis: A loner police inspector sees his working routine disturbed by a newbie eager to learn from his solid experience. Facing a peculiar crime scene where a woman was found savagely slaughtered, their conversation will take an unexpected turn. What on Earth could have possibly done such an awful wound?

The Meeting

Length: 17 min.
Country: Canada
Director: Karen Lam
Cast: Karly Warkentin, David Lewis
Synopsis: In a weekly church meet-up, four serial killers confess their darkest desires, hoping to cure themselves of their homicidal tendencies and to avoid the death penalty. But when pretty blonde Harriet bursts into the room, the men are torn between wanting her to stay – and claiming her as another victim. They begrudgingly allow her into the group, and Harriet finally admits to killing her husband in cold blood. Finally, in a surprise twist, all their expectations are turned upside down when Harriet reveals the darkest secret of all.

Antoine et les héros

Antoine et les hérosLength: 19 min. (Trailer)
Country: France
Director: Patrick Bagot
Cast: Hervé Babadi, Liina Brunelle
Synopsis: We are in the 1970s. Antoine, a B-film crazed teenager, doesn’t want to miss the last session of two movies with his heroes. One room of the movie theater shows a horror movie with his favorite actress, Angela Steele; The other one, a karate movie with his star actor, Jim Kelly. Running from one room to the other, Antoine falls, hits his head and loses consciousness. In his subconscious, the two films will become one strange feature where his two heroes will meet… for the last time.

Nowhere Road

Length: 14 min. (Trailer)
Country: USA
Director: Benjamin Dynice
Cast: Jen Nikolaus, Mallory McGill
Synopsis: When three innocuous college kids find themselves stranded on the side of an empty desert highway, their only hope of salvation comes in the form of two inane hillbillies and their disgusting RV. But when they take them up on their offer, the group soon discovers that there is no such thing as a free ride

If you thought Program #1 looked bad-ass at the 2013 Montreal Comiccon Horrorfest, keep reading for more bad-assery…

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