Short films are great. A good short film can scratch the itch to watch a full-length movie when just don’t have time for a theatrical release. One of the best parts of the modern internet is just how many excellent short films there are out there. Finding them may not always be the easiest thing in the world, but that’s why we’re here. If you’re looking for a quick horror fix, then ‘Daemonrunner’ is a neat little short film (at four and half minutes the emphasis is on “short”) that’s probably right up your alley.
Its creators describe the film “‘Ghostbusters’ meets ‘The Matrix'”. Personally, I would describe it more as “Cyberpunk ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ meets ‘Evil Dead’ and directed by Guillermo del Toro”. But that’s a bit of a mouthful. Why don’t you watch it for yourself and decide what you think the most apt description would be?
As you can see, they managed to fit quite a bit of story into a short amount of time. Not really surprising given that this was made by the same people who made ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ and the short film it was based on. It might not be the lengthiest resume, but it’s an impressive one, and this just adds to that list of accomplishments. I remember when I first saw the original ‘Wyrmwood’ short film I really, really wanted to see a feature length film based on it and they delivered. I get the same feeling from ‘Daemonhunters’. This short gives you just a taste of something awesome while hinting at a larger world, I really, really hope they let us see some more of that larger world. They’ll probably have to finish the ‘Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead’ first, which is fine. If you have to wait for someone to make something awesome, it helps that they’re already making something else awesome first.
What’s even more impressive is that they managed to make it on a pretty cheap budget. Apparently, they used mostly film students to work on this but I couldn’t tell. I admit I’m not a film expert, but this looks like a professional production to me. I see a bright future for all those students who helped out.
So, what’s your opinion on ‘Daemonrunner’? What are some of your favorite short films that not enough people have seen? Let us know in the comments, we always enjoy spreading the word about worthy projects.