Horror film magazine FANGORIA presents the winning entries from its reader-based "Blood Drive" contest. The seven horror film shorts, ranging in subject from slashers to zombies to live finger pets, includes: BC Furtney's MR. ERYAMS; Patrick Rea's DISTURBANCES; Patrick Rea and Ryan Jones' A MAN AND HIS FINGER; Drew Rist's THE HITCH; Christopher Garetano's INSIDE; Joel Robertson's SHADOWS OF THE DEAD; and Chip Gubera's SONG OF THE DEAD. Hosted by musician, director, and horror aficionado Rob Zombie.
The short films in this compilation range from well-turned indie horror to student-film scrappiness, but they certainly deliver on the gore. Fangoria magazine
put the call out for short-form horror flicks, and this batch comprises the winners. As is generally the case with anthologies, there are some dead zones--perhaps a few too many for the combined one-hour running time. Among the best are: Mr. Eryams
, a nicely sustained mood-and-blood piece about an observer coming to a haunted house (keep an eye out in the future for director BC Furtney); Song of the Dead
, which plays a deliciously fresh variation on the zombie theme; and Disturbances
, a small but creepy number with that scariest of household horrors... little dead-eyed dolls. As for the rest, you'd better be a big fan of slasher stuff. "Hosted" by the ineffable Rob Zombie. --Robert Horton