South Mill District (2018)

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Avg Rating: 3.3 / 5. Voted: 66

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Directed by: Joe Meredith
Starring: Joe Meredith, Cidney Meredith
strong>Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 00:25:10
Genres: Short, Splatter, Animation, Sci-Fi, Puking

Plot – Spoilers:
A short movie with stop-motion scenes in between.

Experiments on an alien lifeform resulted in an arachno-alien hybrid that was unleashed on residents of South Mill District. The effects on a couple of residents are explored.

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Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
July 5, 2020 6:26 am

THANK U ADMINS:) I’ve been wanting to see this film for quite a while! I don’t like recommending movies I haven’t personally seen tho for ur excellent site, so I’m glad someone else did.

Unique; Brave; Left me wanting more.

Those r some of the thoughts I had after viewing this short film. Unique in that it combined a highly distinctive plot regarding the hybrid alien spider weapons, with a hallucinatory feel in regards to the filming and ‘feel’, set against a quarantined industrial backdrop known as South Mill District.

Brave in the use of the stop-motion special effects, which could very quickly make-or-break a film such as this. I’d say they added to the dreamlike quality, and tho at first somewhat distracting due to the camera not remaining perfectly still during such scenes, after a few it furthered the aforementioned dreamy feel of it, almost like u were in someone else’s thoughts, brain, or dreams. Brave of him to choose that sfx style, and while obv low-budget, was a completely fresh take on a stale af effects style for most various films in the horror genre. Practical effects (even stop-motion ones) almost always win out over CGI for me, usually. If u liked this style, another horror film that had effects like this I had found interesting and recommend is titled Mécanix.

Left me wanting more, because that’s the major fucking problem with the good short films. So many feature-length films don’t deserve their runtimes (esp the current trend of ~3 hour blockbuster action movies, nope!), yet so few short films leave me wanting more. Honestly, I don’t like many short films (sub 60min) at all, so very few actually leave me actually wanting more. A great short film that also had this effect on me was AM1200. There r 2 sequels to South Mill District (Teratomorph, and upcoming Variant) apparently, and I’m thinking I will give this director his due and pick em up.

Fresh af uniqueness, glad I finally got to see it, so thanks again admins! I give it a 7.5/10 for what it was, which for a short film, is high for me. Loved it!

John Pacheco
John Pacheco
July 8, 2020 3:58 am

I want that RED SKULL’’’’’ Hang it in my living Room for ‘Conversation piece…… Great film, should’ve been longer…………Kool Flick………….thanks

Zed Man
Zed Man
July 8, 2020 10:28 am

Yeah, agree with both above comments. Should have been a feature film, it would have explained more about the plot. Great talent here on show by this director. Hopefully he will make a longer movie in the future. Cheers everyone.

Jacopo Morelli
Jacopo Morelli
Reply to  Zed Man
July 21, 2020 2:55 pm

I agree 100%!
…….and I want u remember (prepare, this is new for u) “Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead!”
😉
Bye.

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Jacopo Morelli
July 23, 2020 9:58 am

Wtf are you saying?

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Zed Man
July 24, 2020 6:56 am

It’s a line from Pulp Fiction. I loathe almost everything by Tarantino, he steals so many ideas/plots/music etc

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
November 4, 2020 9:56 pm

He doesn’t steal, you’re ignorant as fuck.

James
James
July 19, 2020 12:51 am

this one is good. its sequel teratormorph is way better.

Jacopo Morelli
Jacopo Morelli
July 21, 2020 2:48 pm

Hi,
1st time I comment, great short and I’d like take this space to thank all “effeupmovies.com” crew members for their work so “precious”, ’cause as I’m used to say “we can’t always watch Barry Lyndon!”
Enlarge your world.
Thanks for all, greetings from Italy.

russell barstow
russell barstow
October 6, 2020 12:12 pm

It is very clear that a lot of heart and soul went into the making of this short. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Joe. I look forward to seeing future releases. he is a writer / director with a lot of potential.

RolandOfGilead
RolandOfGilead
November 4, 2020 6:53 pm

Just a quick “thanks for existing” from a dogsbody in England. Couple of films I wanted to watch on here, couple I was tempted to watch by the comments and descriptions. Seriously, thank you. It’s hard to find a decent ‘shake you to your bones’ flick anywhere, and the ones I like, I buy. You are very much appreciated by this internet nobody.

Sune dk
Sune dk
November 23, 2020 10:39 am

I love that this site exist and there’s a place for movies like this!

But I think this short was to long and boring as hell!

GIGGLES THE CLOWN
GIGGLES THE CLOWN
January 19, 2021 5:08 am

boring as hell is right,,, might make a good music vid with the right soundtrack, maybe some nine inch nails

gay ass giggles
gay ass giggles
Reply to  GIGGLES THE CLOWN
March 26, 2022 9:12 pm

“giggles the clown” nine inch nails damn bro stop trying to be edgy lmfao

Kill yourself
Kill yourself
Reply to  gay ass giggles
April 27, 2022 6:45 am

You’re a faggot for using the term “edgy.”

ballbuster
ballbuster
April 23, 2021 11:21 pm

I think this is a really cool concept and an example of people using what they’ve got paired with their skills. It’d be really neat to see this expanded upon. The SFX/gore is incredible for what it is and the film itself has a cool vibe and atmosphere.

Jim
Jim
July 9, 2021 7:44 am

Audio is poor. Background music is way loud.

The White Horseman
The White Horseman
September 4, 2021 3:07 pm

Crap.

buntycunty
buntycunty
October 2, 2021 2:48 am

joe meredith reminds me of a young john carpenter who used to do basically everything from editing to the lights…ah! if meredith had some more money or a decent producer he could do real wonders

cici
cici
December 19, 2021 10:22 am

cover was better than the actual short lol

David
David
February 17, 2022 8:25 am

Slow but good.