Short Film Sunday: Corey Norman's Suffer The Little Children

Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2015 by

Another Sunday, another Corey Norman film review. This week, however, we have the Stephen King novella adaptation of Suffer The Little Children. I am just going to make a bold statement here, Corey (director) and Haley Norman (writer) are going to do really, really big things. Suffer The Little Children just won Best Actress and Best Short Film at HorrorHound, a big win for Bonfire Films. It's no surprise, because Suffer The Little Children is an excellent short film.

Ms. Sidley, an aging grade school teacher, suspects something terrifying about her students. Nonetheless, she pushes through her days in class, even though her peers question her ability to work. After her student Robert accurately predicts "tomorrow, something bad will happen," Ms. Sidley decides to take matters into her own hands as the viewer is forced to decide if what we're seeing is reality, or Ms. Sidley's descent into madness.

There is a lot to be said about the acting in this film. Anne Bobby's (Nightbreed) performance as Ms. Sidley is absolutely killer (pun intended,) and is the best acting I have seen in a short film this year. I can tell we're going to be seeing more of Andrew Lyndaker (Robert) who previously starred in Norman's Tickle. I really enjoyed seeing Lyndaker in a more malicious role and it really proves that even for such a young actor, he is truly multi-dimensional.

Suffer The Little Children used its screen time appropriately, at 22 minutes outside of credits. For a longer short film, it didn't drag on, and I felt that the entire story was told within its short run time. The two Bonfire Films shorts I've seen so far boast a high production value and visually, are absolutely stunning. This film, like Tickle, seems to have an eighties vibe with its subtle, eerie cinematography. Overall, Suffer The Little Children just might beat Tickle for the best short film I've been lucky enough to see this year.

See our review for Bonfire Films' Tickle, and visit Bonfire Films on their website and Facebook for more information.

Ladies of Horror Hangout: The Original

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2015 by

In case you missed it, here is the full Ladies of Horror Hangout from August! These hangouts will happen every month with a new special guest. Make sure to tune in to the Girl Terror YouTube page October 4th at 7:00 PM CST when we hang out with film maker Izzy Lee!

Unboxing: Cryptocurium Parcel of Terror August 2015

Well guys, I am so behind on unboxings. Here is a peak at what was in last month's Parcel of Terror.

This month's box was equally as awesome. I especially loved The Haunter of The Dark wall plaque and the Ghostface slasher magnet. Extra rad. Check out my unboxing below!

Short Film Sunday: Gina Lee Ronhovde's Boudoir (2014)

Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2015 by

Before I get into just how amazing I thought this short was, lets get a few technical details and deserved accolades out the way. Boudoir was written and directed by Gina Lee Ronhovde, who is a graduate of the Los Angles Film School. Boudoir has won three awards: Best Dramatic Short - 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Best Cinematography - 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and the HRIFF Peoples Choice Award: Best Short Film - 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

I tend to go into watching film shorts with a little bit of pessimism, so I was in a mind set of seeing something forgettable. I was more than pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film and I will try to discuss it without giving any spoilers. (Which is hard; I just simply love this film so much that I want to talk about everything.)

Colette (Dominique Swain) is a boudoir photographer who works from home due to her apparent agoraphobia. Current client, Rachel (Deneen Melody) starts becoming aggressive in conversation with Colette during their session and things start to take a dark turn. 

Once removing credit time, this runs less than nine minutes and it just flew by. There weren’t any lulls in story telling and didn’t feel rushed, and in short, Boudoir was paced perfectly. Rachel is dark haired, glamorous and confident; she is the opposite of Colette in every way, which helps convey a change in the last third.  These two women portray their characters well and Swain’s acting subtleties show off Colette’s insecurities and make her feel like a real person and not someone found in a Lifetime movie.

I have only one complaint, which is minor. There is a moment where Colette moves in a creepy, somewhat jerky way. This is used in a plethora of horror movies and I feel something else could have been done to portray the same feeling. I don’t know what the budget was, but I will assume it wasn’t large. With that being said I was impressed by how well body doubling was done. I won’t say anymore than that because I don’t want to give anything away, but there are major television shows who don’t do as good of a job. Ronhovde at one point uses the technique of frame-by-frame to show a subtle change in Colette’s mental state. It looks similar to flipping through photos on your camera and while it may be an effect that lasts only two-seconds on screen; it was a unique way of connecting the character’s profession to changing mental state. 

If I had to describe Boudoir in one word it would be beautiful. Beautifully written, acted, lit; beautiful color palettes, and set, and most importantly, beautiful depiction of mental health.

Catch Boudoir at the Chicago Horror Film Festival September 26th and the Twin Peaks UK Festival October 4th.

Short Film Sunday: Corey Norman's Tickle

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for short films. I'm even more of a sucker for short films that incite nightmares, and Corey Norman's creature feature, Tickle (written by Haley Norman,) is grade A nightmare fuel.

Seven year old Charlie begs his babysitter, Trudy, to let him stay up and watch scary movies with her. Trudy declines, and instead tells him a campfire style story about a closet troll named Tick Tack. Tick Tack finds children's feet that haven't been tucked in and tickles them, and for children who aren't so ticklish, he "takes them clean off." Soon, the duo discover that Tick Tack isn't just an urban legend.

I loved so much about Tickle. Casey Turner's performance as Trudy was spot on. She was the classic kinda badass, kinda snotty babysitter from horror films past. After all, this is definitely an 80's-inspired flick. Her relationship with Charlie (Andrew Lyndaker) gave me serious nostalgia to some of the annoying kids I babysat in high school. There are some really great moments with Charlie, specifically when he gets a little spooked by the story and tells himself "you're such a scaredy cat, Charlie. Trolls aren't even real." Tick Tack was a little cheesy but it worked for me when looking at Tickle as a throwback film.

Tickle also throws in some excellent slasher nods, complete with practical effects and enough gore to satisfy your inner blood hound. (There's a particular fingernails against the floor shot that made me really happy.) In true 80's fashion, Tickle is accompanied by a very John Carpenter inspired, synth-y score that I loved. Great writing. Great acting. Great direction. All in all, Tickle is one of the best short films I've seen this year and I can't wait to see what Norman comes up with next.

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Review: Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Posted on Friday, September 4, 2015 by

When I was approached to write for Girl Terror, I really was flattered. I've never been part of something as amazing as this, so I was not going to turn down the opportunity. However, I was stuck with the decision of what to write about. It didn’t take too long to figure out that I was going to review Jeff Lindsay’s novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter. After all, if you have been following my YouTube Channel or my social network pages, I have been on a Dexter kick for a while now. I have been a dedicated fan to the Showtime Original Series Dexter, and I’ve always wanted to read the novels. It literally took me 9 years to hop on the bandwagon and I am very glad that I did. The novel and the TV show have a lot of common ground, but there are also many differences.

Jeff Lindsay has a perfect way of getting inside the mind of Dexter Morgan, a forensic blood splatter analyst who is also a serial killer. Dexter is directed by his "dark passenger," or an inner voice, that persuades him to kill. A good portion of this novel is parallel to the first season Showtime’s series so if you’re a fan of the show, you can easily follow the novel and it will read fast.  The biggest difference you will find in the novel are the characters themselves. There are slight name changes, job changes, and some character’s importance are minor compared to the TV series. I'm holding back some major spoilers because the character development is much different than the TV show, but boy, there are some differences that are pretty interesting.

One major difference to me is Dexter himself. In the novel, he seems a lot less human compared to the TV show. It appeared to me as if he was stuck more inside his head than he was in the show. Is this why there was more of a dreaming undertone? (Wait, this IS called Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Moving on…) I found that the conversations Dexter had with himself were more frequent. However, Jeff Lindsay’s version of Dexter is equally dark, psychological, and precise.  Additionally, Dexter's dialogue was spot on. I mentally pictured Michael C. Hall narrating the novel just as he did on the TV show. I think it will be very hard to disconnect yourself from the tone, inflection, and enunciation that Michael C. Hall provided in his portrayal of Dexter. Jeff Lindsay captured his emotions (or lack thereof) very clearly. I found that there were many times within the novel that I was sucked in just due to the writing and how easy it was to understand Dexter and his missions. 

The leading females in this novel also have their share of differences. Deb is still a stubborn, determined woman who yearns for respect and advancement within her career. Rita is still broken and frail, as she was seen during the TV show, even though she had some minor differences. LaGuerta’s role in the book is definitely different, and quite possibly dumbed down. I really found myself liking LaGuerta from the TV series better than the novel. In the TV series she appeared much stronger, but I really don’t want to talk too much about LaGuerta because the novel had a twist that I was not expecting at all.

Another difference that stood out to me was the development of the Ice Truck Killer. The TV series had room to develop and grow the reaction to the killer but in the novel, it seemed like there was a weaker connection. I think that the novel lacked some details and psychological bond to which affected Dexter, and the details of the true identity of the Ice Truck Killer. Also, some chain of events with the murders were out of order and when comparing the TV show to the novel, I sometimes forget that the novel came first. I do feel that the TV show gave better justice to the Ice Truck Killer and that major twist was more powerful during the TV series.

Jeff Lindsay made it really easy to love all the characters in this novel. The way he was able to throw in some sarcasm and wit, just made it that much easier to read. After I finished reading this novel, I had to sit down and think hard about this: "was the novel better than the TV series?" This novel is the only novel that is parallel to the TV series so when I begin to read the other novels, I am going to learn a whole different story about the characters I love so much from the TV show.  Again, I’m reading this after the TV series has come to an end, so I have to really disconnect myself from the show in order to really get the proper reaction to these novels.

In conclusion, I found that Darkly Dreaming Dexter was just as enjoyable as the TV show. I feel that Jeff Lindsay did a wonderful job introducing us to the world and mind of Dexter Morgan. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves the TV series or someone who enjoys books about crime and murder. The novel is not very long (at a whopping 288 pages) and I found that I was able to sit down and read many chapters at once. It was hard to put it down. Plus, if it weren’t for Jeff Lindsay, we wouldn’t have had the TV show. So, thank you Mr. Lindsay for giving birth to Dexter. I look forward to reading the rest of his novels and growing another love for Dexter to satisfy my addiction to the TV show!

News: Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival Lineup

The 6th annual Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival runs from September 30th-October 3rd at the Broadway theatre and will feature some of the genre's most well known names. From the festival's official press release:

“This year's line-up of films really shows just how strong the last year has been for genre films. The festival was able to strike a great balance of crowd pleasers to the more challenging genre films that defy convention. On a personal note I really hope we can get a huge crowd out for the 2006 Korean cult animated movie AACHI & SSIPAK which we are showing in the original language with subtitles. It has taken us 8 years to program it and I hope Saskatoon is ready for it,” said festival founder and director John Allison.

COP CAR / U.S. (Director: Jon Watts) A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. As long as the kids have not opened the trunk everything should be alright.

GOODNIGHT MOMMY / Austria (Directors: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz) Twin brothers wait for their mother to return home. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother.

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE / Japan (Director Takashi Miike) When a bout of Vampirism threatens a small town and the local Yakuza gang’s livelihood could it get any worse? When the modern monster Kaeru-Kun shows up it proves it can.

NINA FOREVER / UK (Ben Blaine and Chris Blaine) Rob falls in love with a coworker, Holly. Their relationship is complicated when his last girlfriend Nina, who dies in a car crash and unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.

III / Russia (Director: Pavel Khvaleev) When Ayia’s sister becomes ill to a mysterious illness she discovers that only by going into Mirra's sick subconscious mind will she discover the true cause of her disease. Ayia is ready to go through this terrifying ritual, dive into the depths of the subconscious mind, and face the demons residing there.

AACHI & SSIPAK / Korea (Director Jo Beom-jin) In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with "juicybars". Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang.

A HARD DAY / Korea (Director: Kim Seong-hoon) Detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day. On the way to his mother’s funeral he hits someone with his car. He starts by hiding the body in his trunk and eventually will hide the body in his mother’s casket. But someone has been watching all along, and Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to threaten him.

WE ARE STILL HERE / U.S. (Director Ted Geoghegan) In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice. A couple, grieving the loss of their son, move into a remote New England farmhouse. Not only does the house have a horrible past but the townsfolk are not all that nice either.

THE GREEN INFERNO / U.S. (Director: Eli Roth) A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rainforest. In the wake of a terrible plane crash discover that they not only are they not alone, but they are also on the menu.

FELT / U.S. (Jason Banker) A woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. When she gets into a relationship with a young man has she been able to put her past behind her?

COOTIES / U.S. (Directors: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion) A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

THE INTERIOR / Canada (Director: Trevor Juras) A listless young man, upon learning he is ill, leaves his job, girlfriend and city behind, and ventures alone into the British Columbia interior, bringing his fears and anxieties with him.

TURBO KID / Canada (Directors: RKSS aka. Fran├žois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell) In a post-apocalyptic 1997, THE KID, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE."

For the full schedule and ticket information, head over to!