Friendsgiving horror short

‘Friendsgiving’ Celebrates a Refined Horror Holiday – Short Film Review

Kelly McNeelyNews, Short FilmsLeave a Comment

Short films are truly a gift to the horror genre. Like an effective short story or novella, horror shorts can paint a visceral picture in an easily digestible time frame. In the spirit of being easily digestible, Samantha Kolesnick’s short film Friendsgiving tells a quick and cheeky tale of cannibalistic horror.

In Friendsgiving, a simple act of making friendly with the neighbors takes a terrible twist. The just-over-6-minute short fits right in with the holiday horror sub-genre.

Writer/director Samantha Kolesnick is the Co-Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival, so it felt perfectly appropriate to see some of her work during Women in Horror Month.

Kolesnick skillfully uses subtle shifts in focus to highlight meaningful movement. Makeup effects are well-timed and – of course – bloody practical effects are always a bonus! Each actress is perfect in their role and they really draw the focus in every scene.

The short film captures the discomfort of being part of a social gathering where you really don’t know anyone and aren’t sure how to fit in. We’ve all had that awkward feeling when you’re running out of small talk, but Friendsgiving takes it several horrific steps beyond just the terror of a dwindling conversation.

Behind the Scenes via Samantha Kolesnick

Directed by Samantha Kolesnick and written by Sean Richard Buddle and Kolesnick, Friendsgiving stars Kaylor Otwell, Kelsey Andrae, Nathan Ludwig, Sami Griffith, Eddie Gutierrez, Frank Pontillo, and Alastair Wharton.


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Kelly is a tea drinking, craft making, machete wielding screen junkie who lives in Canada with a collection of horror movies, which she is a little obsessed with. Check out her Creepy Crafter videos or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @kellsmcnells