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Red Balloon (2010)

Much to the babysitter's surprise, a little girl who is upstairs in her room is having persisting unnerving nightmares. Could it be the storm outside or does a more sinister reason lurks somewhere in the house's darkest corners?


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Credited cast:
Gareth Bennett-Ryan Gareth Bennett-Ryan ... Policeman
Rachel Bright ... Julie
Chantal Eder Chantal Eder ... News Reader
Taryn Kay ... (voice)
Tiffany Moorton Tiffany Moorton ... Dorothy (voice)
Niamh Palmer Watson Niamh Palmer Watson ... Dorothy
Tez Palmer Tez Palmer ... Alistair Radford
Kirsten Hazel Smith Kirsten Hazel Smith ... (voice)
Rebecca Summers Rebecca Summers ... Girl on film (as Rebecca Pitkin)


A young female babysitter is chatting to her friend when the young girl she's watching disturbs her. She hangs up the phone and goes upstairs to investigate. She finds her screaming and standing up on her bed but can't find anything wrong. She calms the child down and goes back down stairs. This happens several times but things get more ominous and creepy as the babysitter has to investigate the supposedly safe little bedroom. Written by NavQ

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Let me tell you a story you are going to love. It's about a couple who hire a babysitter for the evening...


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Release Date:

27 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kokino Baloni See more »


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GBP6,000 (estimated)
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Hurricane Production See more »
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Color (HD)| Color
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Positive horror short.
16 July 2011 | by shocktokyoSee all my reviews

Julie, a young babysitter, finds herself constantly disturbed by the young girl she is babysitting one night. Julie assumes the girl is just having nightmares, but little does she know – the nightmare is in the home.

I love it when a horror films needs little time to give me a few good chills, and Red Balloon did just that for me. The idea of a babysitter facing any type of horror is not an original idea, but when you can take an unoriginal idea and still keep the viewer engaged then you have a winner. Our story is constantly moving with little time wasted and nothing but proper development taking place, which thankfully did not take very long for things to really get going. The horror provided was excellent, and came via a sweet twist very reminiscent of the incredible clown scene from Amusement. It was not an original idea, but it was one that is rarely used despite being creepy as hell and guarantee to deliver goose bumps as it did for me. The film does end rather abruptly, especially when all you want is more of the awesome antics going on, but hey – this is a short film.

Writers/directors Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot, SFX maestros by trade, did a fantastic job delivering this film to us. The atmosphere is perfect, the sets are great, we get good performances from all (two) involved, and they execute the horror to perfection, resulting in some darn good chills that I did not expect to see in a short film.

Overall, Red Balloon is a great horror short that provides an effective story that results in great horror thanks to awesome direction. At only 13 minutes total the film will not provide as much horror as a full length effort, but the amount of horror you get in such a short package makes for a highly recommended watch if you can find it.

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