Thriller short films should thrill you, Have you on the edge of your seat. I include here four of my favourite short films from the thriller genre.

The Guilt by David Victori (2011) (Spain) (13m)

The Guilt (La Culpa) is an interesting and engaging film from Spain, reminding me very much of The Stairway by Alex Torterotot (for obvious reasons if you watch both). It won the 2012 Your Film Festival and it's easy to see why. It begins with the murder of a man's pregnant girlfriend and follows his quest for revenge. During this quest he learns that murder will leave you in an inescapable spiral of guilt...

The Guilt

Jet by Jordan Chesney (2012) (USA) (8m) *

Joint winner of the 5th FILMSshort competition, Jet takes its place amongst the very best short films ever made! This dialogue-free film (they seem to do well in our competition) is a gripping thriller in which a man who plans to use his handgun on himself sees a girl being snatched from the curbside and decides he must act. Jet was a remake of a film Jordan made less than a year before but on a lower budget and tighter shoot. A kind of dress rehearsal.


Prey Alone by Mather & St Leger (2004) (USA) (15m)

Prey Alone by James Mather and Stephen St Leger has the feel of a blockbuster. It's quite incredible they should put so much time and effort, and presumably money, into a short film. It's also encouraging that they recognised their idea did not have the "legs" for a feature film and that - with its one act and nice twist - it was more suited to the short form. There is little I can add - is it a "boys" movie?

Prey Alone


Interpretation by Lin Oeding (2008) (US) (7m) 15 Certificate

Written and directed by Hollywood stuntman Lin Oeding, what Interpretation lacks in story it makes up for in sheer kick-ass (is that one word?) coolness. There is some art to the story in the way the title is explored in the dialogue but this is pretty basic action thrills. It went down very well on the North American festival circuit too. A couple walking back from a film encounter three thugs who have been reading Sun Tzu's ancient philosophical treatise, The Art Of War. However, their interpretation is incomplete.

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