Happy Summer Solstice from Harvest Tide
Massachusetts (June 7, 2012) Harvest Tide Productions is giving indie horror fans a treat today with two weeks of free streaming of it’s online cult hit horror short “Microcinema.” Log onto www.watchmicrocinema.com and watch this well received short.
“Microcinema” wowed critics and audiences last year at several horror film festivals and screenings within the few short months of its release. Screenings in 2011 included the 1st Annual Danish Horror Film Festival: THE TURBINE at Spinderihallerne, Vejle, Denmark; All Things Horror Shudder Fest at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA; Short Horror Films at AS220 in Providence, RI; the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival; and before Canadian horror film fans at Fright Night Theater presents: ABSENTIA & Microcinema at the Staircase Cafe Theater in Hamilton, Ontario and at the 2012 Shock Stock Convention at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.
It has also won the 2012 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Honorable Mention Award for Best Horror Short.
Written and directed by Skip Shea and starring Alex Lewis and Aurora Grabillis “Microcinema” tells the story of Peter Martell, a highly educated well-to-do young man with a lot of free time on his hands. He spends this time watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films. Ready to go to work, he tracks his first victim into a haunted New England wood, where the line between participant and observer takes a different turn.
Shea said “We wanted to thank everyone for their continued support and thought this would be the best way to do it. Especially with Summer Solstice approaching, because after that, we slip back towards darkness.”
In 2011, “Microcinema” scored on several best-of lists and gained momentum as a cult favorite and a hit with horror reviewers. Chris Conduit of The Conduit Speaks, www.theconduitspeaks.com put “Microcinema” as the best horror short of the year giving it his Conduit Award.
Danielle Holman writing for Truly Disturbing Horror, www.trulydisturbing.com listed “Microcinema” as one of the five best horror films saying, “Skip Shea’s seven-minute short film is deserving in the ranks of the big films as it’s able to accomplish more in less than ten minutes than an hour and a half feature length film.” In her Bleeding Dead, http://bleedingdeadfilmreviews.blogspot.com/ she has called “Microcinema” “…one of the most important horror films of our time.”
Here is what others are saying:
“In what stands out as a giddy teenager spitting in the face of authority, Harvest Tide Productions and Uxbridge, MA’s own Skip Shea have crafted a short film that solidly runs all the lines of horror while establishing its own “unique and disturbing storyline that scares (pun intended) away from the genre’s usual archaic tropes.” – Josh Lyford, Pulse Magazine.
“This is a 6 minute experience genre fans owe themselves. It’s rare these days to find full length Hollywood feature films that feel fresh, let alone 6 minute shorts made on tiny budgets.” – Life After Undeath Blog.
“The film is brave and unrelenting. It is a breath of fresh air to a lot of the common horror tricks that are being trotted out time and again.” -Alexandra West, Scare Tactics Blog.
“Skip Shea is an adept director with equal ability to write, his short film gets more across than most full length films. 4 out of 5 Stars” – The Bleeding Dead Film Reviews.
“You will not be expecting to see the events that unfold in this shocking short film.” – The Horror Spot
“The script itself deserves kudos for completely drawing your attention to the one aspect we would expect every horror film to contain and then suddenly shocks you with an element you rarely see in this genre.” – The Scariest Movies Online
“I figured I was in for one of three things: a really solid work, a bite size film that left me feeling nothing, or one of those that makes me want to substitute rat poison for the salt on my dinner table. Those are the three categories all art falls into for me, always. Yet, when it was all said and done, Shea’s vignette carved a whole new icky slot out just for itself. 9 out of 10 Stars” – The Conduit Speaks
“Brilliant. 8.5 out of 10 Stars” – The Gruesome Hurtzogg Horror Movie Review Podcast.
“4 out of 5 Stars” – Char Hardin
“What I find particularly interesting about Microcinema is its plot and how it seems to blend together torture, voyeurism, and a lot of other really weird horrific topics like snuff films.” – Horror Society
“Like Cracker Jacks, Microcinema, a short film by Skip Shea, ends with a surprise in the bottom. The good news is that it’s better than a plastic ring.” – Chris Hallock, All Things Horror
“Microcinema Doesn’t Disappoint” – Victor Infante, Worcester Telergram & Gazette
“The new indie horror romp Microcinema and it is a doozy.” – Truly Disturbing Horror
“Interesting short that starts as your usual slasher/serial killer fare before taking a wicked little turn.” -Shaun Sjolin Cenobiteme Blog
“Unicornsblud Horror Review Stamp of Majestic Approval” – Unicronsblud’s Horror Reviews
“Twisted and sick but with a new vision.” – The Dr. Chris Radio of Horror