[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] ‘CINDY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY’ IS AN OFF-KILTER TREAT

 

We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy.

 

 

When anyone acts in a manner that can be considered “off,” it is very easy for horror filmmakers to take that behavior and build something creepy around the character. But when children behave in ways that create unease, the creepy factor shoots through the roof. CINDY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY co-writer/director August Aguilar takes full advantage of that storytelling opportunity to craft a funny, weird, and straight-up disturbing slice of horror that keeps threatening to tip over into camp, but never quite gives the audience that relief of over-the-top comedy. This one is pretty rough around the edges when it comes to production value, but the pay off is worth the wait–which is pretty grindhouse if you ask me.

 

 

–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge

Matt Wedge is a writer, film fanatic, cat herder, and Daily Grindhouse news editor whose obsession with the films of Larry Cohen and sticking up for unfairly-maligned cinematic bombs can be read at his site, Obsessive Movie Nerd. You can follow him on Twitter as @MovieNerdMatt.
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