Who doesn’t love a good psychological thriller wrapped in a mystery? In Declan Whitebloom’s short film Blackbird, a woman on the run from something very bad in her very recent past finds herself questioning reality and her sanity after reaching her intended sanctuary. With a run time near 16-minutes, Blackbird does a great job of establishing characters, mystery and tension, even though its ending is a bit abrupt. It feels more like episode 1 of something larger and even better instead of a complete product; if this was the pilot to a new series I would be on board. Regardless, given the high quality of the acting, writing and directing, it’s more than worth a watch.

J. Compton is an author whose stories have appeared in Pseudopod, Arkham Tales, Fantasy Scroll Magazine and other publications. As co-host of the BNC he hopes you enjoy the site and only asks that you please remember to use coasters.