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Movie Review: SHORTCUT

I’ve said it nearly nonstop since movie theaters reopened, yet the big studios aren’t releasing new films. All these smaller, independent productions, movies that typically would be straight-to-video productions, those films should be given chances to play in theaters. There are a lot of movies like that, some of them real gems. It’s happening, I’m pleased to see, and I hope we get to see more of it. Theaters should be stuffed with those independent films in these days of pandemic-forced famine of major studio productions.

One movie I was most excited about when I learned of it, one that I most hoped would get a run in the theater, was SHORTCUT, a genuine, old-fashioned yet crisp and newly-minted Monster movie. I was elated when I saw that it would be playing at a theater near me. Was it worthy of the buildup in my mind? Did it live up to my expectations? To quote the great “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Ooooooooooooooh, yeeeeeeaaaaah!”

You never learn exactly what the Monster *is* in this one, although it craves human blood and hates the light (the word “vampire” is even used in the movie), but you get to see plenty of it—and it’s all done with practical FX! The acting from the young cast is top-notch, too, selling the realism, with just a hint of tongue-in-cheekiness. I would have liked the big confrontation scene at the end to have been a little bit “bigger”, but overall this one is a superb effort, a most enjoyable experience. I loved this one more than TENET. Grade: A.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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