Shorts Reviews: “The Cradle,” “Viewfinder,” and “Mindful Meditation” (Blood in the Snow Film Festival)

November 24, 2022

Written by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry is the Film Festival Editor for Horror Fuel; all film festival related queries and announcements should be sent to him at He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

Among its many offerings this year, Blood in the Snow Film Festival serves up some fine new horror short-shorts hailing from Canada. Here are reviews of three of them. 

The Cradle

Rich in brooding atmosphere, writer/director Massimo Meo’s The Cradle sets the tone with creepy dolls, and noises outside a woman’s house getting closer before showing an eerie big reveal. Fans of supernatural cinema should find plenty to like with this short.


Photographer Christian (Jakub Zieba) is shooting model Steph (Becca Clapperton) but spies something odd and eerie through his camera that isn’t seen by the naked eye. Director Tiffany Wice wrings Viewfinder for maximum suspense and delivers a satisfyingly creepy ending.

Mindful Meditation

Director Louie La Vella and screenwriter/star Monica La Vella explore the story of a woman whose guided meditation exercise in her bedroom takes her down a truly dark path. Mindful Meditation uses classic visual ghost story cinema elements in a different way, which leads to a jolting surprise for its protagonist.

The Cradle, Viewfinder, and Mindful Meditation screen as part of Blood in the Snow Film Festival, which takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from November 21–26, 2022, with a Super Channel lineup on the same dates. For more information, visit


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