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Film Review: Humbug (short film) (2016)

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When her neighbor refuses to get into the Christmas spirit, a jolly citizen takes matters into her own hands.


More short films, kiddies! And I really like this one. Today we have HUMBUG, a holiday tale of horror written by Milly Sanders and directed by Matt Thieson & Justin Lee.

This short was put out by SiniSisters Productions, a division of The Hemot Group. The Hemot Group describes itself as “A promotional/marketing/management group that features writers (fiction and non-fiction), artists, and musicians whose works focus on dark and/or Satanic themes”. SiniSisters Productions is their film and animation arm.

Our story opens on a goth girl named Scarlet (Jessee Foundray) on Christmas Eve. Now a lot of people hate the holidays, for one reason or another. But Scarlet really hates it. She’s in the middle of drawing a lovely picture of Santa Claus with his head cut off, so take from that as you will.

Meanwhile next door, her neighbor Betty (Milly Sanders) is in full on Stepford Wife holiday mode. Holiday music blaring, cookies baking, mistletoe hanging…the whole nine yards. Scarlet knocks on her door to tell her to turn that s**t off, and well….the holiday spirit is strong with Betty. And Betty decides the “humbug” in Scarlet must be exorcised.

Oh yea…it’s like that.

Minimal special effects, but pretty well done. Score and sound are on point. If you truly hate Christmas, you may not like how this ends. If you like Christmas, then maybe you won’t like how it ends, either.

Still, fun stuff. Short and to the point. Love it.

Using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 3 mistletoes.

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