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A suburban housewife mistakenly gets her head stuck in a Saw inspired death trap while trying on old clothes in the attic earlier in the afternoon, and unfortunately for her, she cannot remove it because her baby accidentally swallowed the only key. While the device is a tad uncomfortable and, more importantly, could possibly rip her head open at any given moment, her biggest concern is getting dinner ready for her judgmental in-laws, who are due to arrive sooner than she expected.

Directed and produced by David Lilley and written by Mark O’Connell, Saw Misgivings is 7 minute short film that takes a very humorous look at the headaches that would come as a result of having to wear a Jigsaw inspired death mask while performing the day-to-day tasks of an average housewife. How would such a device hamper normal undertakings such as going shopping, drinking coffee, showering, and other various daily tasks? Worse yet, how is she even supposed to get this thing off without digging into her baby’s belly for the key? Worse worse yet, how long does she have until the thing goes off?!

As a whole, Saw Misgivings is a rock solid and humorous tribute to the Saw franchise, successfully lampooning the iconic traps as well as the kinetic style found in the series. All of the jokes perfectly hit their mark, which is certainly the biggest challenge with a short, no-budget film like this, and the performances by stars Vicky Album and Steve McNeil are spot on. Whether or not you are a fan of the Saw films (for the record, I’m not), you will certainly enjoy this brilliant little short, so please take a moment and check it out below, then let me know what you think afterwards!

And gear shifting time. Here's a bizarre, yet funny as hell mix of twisted  humor from my man David Lilley. Seriously, this thing's full of funny (the beer opening gag = genius) and not a one note joke. Lilley's packed in an incredible amount of fun in just under seven minutes.

While he might have selected the correct club and set the tee, the two leads in the flick are the ones who really ace it - they're spot on. Damn fine acting, damn fine filmmaking, damn fun time. Lilley - what's next?

The only thing this monster loves more than B-level horror films is a good, cheeky horror spoof. And nobody does cheek better than the British.

Stuff Monsters Like recently screened “Saw Misgivings,” a 2012 short film from UK-based production company Loonatik and Drinks.

The film combined some of our favorite horror tropes with standard sitcom humor to make an interesting and humorous tribute to the torture porn “Saw” series, and all it’s progeny. Some moments rightly called for the foreboding sound effects and flash shots we’ve come to expect from modern horror. But other moments could very well have been overlaid with a laugh track, as well. All in under 7 minutes.

Don’t forget to sit through the credits. Apparently Janey wasn’t the only person in town who suffered from a case of the Mondays.

Saw Misgivings is a 6 minute comedy spoof that pokes fun at the memorable intro scene death mask device used in the first “Saw” film. Directed by David Lilley this funny little piece opens up on Janey wearing the headpiece which she tells her husband Paul that she found in the attic. With the baby swallowing the key to unlock it, Janey faces certain death. But that of course is less of priority than preparing the family’s dinner for the evening.

It appears that being stuck with a death mask tends to be a nuisance to Janey’s day-to-day activities. As they prepare the nights meal with Paul’s sister on the way, things get a bit more complicated with Paul trying to unlock the thing before it stabs Janey’s eyes out. “Saw Misgivings” is really a “cute” piece (if cute even sounds appropriate).

There are some nasty bits that work well with the humor this piece exudes making for the perfect spoof short film for horror audiences. You’ll want to seek this out and take 6 minutes out of your day to enjoy the fun!

Saw Misgivings review from Stuff Monsters Like

Saw Misgivings review from

M.R. James is the greatest writer of ghost stories in English, and indeed perhaps the only one in whose work the unfortunate hero/victims have done nothing whatever to deserve their fate. Thus it is with ‘Rats’: the protagonist is perfectly innocent, but then he finds himself in the midst of an appalling horror.

This short film depicts this horror in both graphic and also suggestive detail – there are moments of pure revulsion, and others where events from history swing in the sky like hallucinations, like effects of blindness. It treads a difficult path between stock horror nastiness and psychological tremor, and does it brilliantly: James is the trigger for this film, and it could not have been made without him, but nonetheless the haunting landscapes, the disorienting music, the suddenness of action, the appalling proximity of various doors (which I will not go into now) are the film’s own.

Rats review from Professor David Punter, University of Bristol

Saw Misgivings is a short horror comedy that is really a spoof of the Saw franchise (clues in the title).

A husband arrives home from work to find his wife Janey has managed to accidentally get a 'Saw' style head trap stuck on her. This is the least of her problems though as guests are soon to arrive and she hasn't finished preparing the dinner yet!

Saw Misgivings works as a comedy mostly through how little of an issue the head trap is seen by the couple, the husband barely reacting to the device, while the wife has tried to carry on her day as best as she could; going shopping, getting her make-up done, and even buying a belt to try and accessorise with the trap. Their are quite a few nods to Saw, best being where they silently consider how to get the head traps key out their  baby (who had swallowed it earlier). At times it does seem a bit too sure of how funny it is being but this didn't affect my enjoyment of it.


There is horror here for sure, mostly for joke purposes but still if pushed ever so slightly this could have had a real sense of menace behind it. I kept thinking if there had been distorted music, and weird lighting effects this would have been perfect as a Jam sketch (darkly surreal Chris Morris sketch show), not that this was needed.

For what this is it is ideal, it can't possibly outstay its welcome being under seven minutes in length, is fun and mostly succeeds. Saw Misgivings has been shown at a variety of film festivals and was even nominated for the 2012 Melies d'argent award.

Saw Misgivings review from the Rotting Zombie

The Haunted Doll’s House is based on the short story by M.R. James and tells the tale of a ghostly antique. Adapted by Stephen Gray, who has made several other short films based upon James’ work, it star Steven Dolton as Mr. Dillet. Made on a extremely modest budget over the course of 2012 this clever, innovative  and rather sinister adaptation is a fine example of short film creativity. It manages to offer a unique visual depiction of the classic story whilst capturing the unsettling quality of the authors work. It is a labour of love, like so many independently made short films and thoroughly rewarding.

Stephen Gray conjures up a interesting period atmosphere as he sets the scene for the ghostly events. Professional antique collector Mr. Dillet seems most pleased with his latest acquisition and sits late into the night cataloguing its contents. Yet these seem to change in an odd manner as he proceeds. Perhaps he is overly tired? However he is woken during the night as a strange light illuminates the Doll’s House. It would appear that it has something to show him and a rather disturbing story plays out among the antiques occupants, consisting of husband and wife, two children and a bedridden Grandfather.

It is the director’s use of stop motion animation that sells the story so well. The minimalist character design and lack of dialogue do not in any way hinder the narrative. The silent actions of the puppets not only clearly convey the story but embellish it with a great deal of atmosphere. It plays out like a sinister episode of Camberwick Green and I do not mean that in a derogatory manner but as the highest compliment. The transition from animation to live action is cleverly done and provides an appropriate codicil to the story. The Haunted Doll’s House makes good use of its eleven minute running time and offers an ideal seasonal ghost story.

Haunted Dolls House review from Contains Moderate

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