Vaulted: Films From the Yellow Ape Vault (2014) – By Brian Morton

If you haven’t seen a Yellow Ape film, then I have to tell you, you’re missing some of the most fun stuff out there. Jim Haggerty and crew are some of the most creative indie filmmakers out there right now and their stuff is always worth watching. Well, Yellow Ape started its own film festival, every July 31st, Jim and crew screen a series of shorts and the winners are put on a DVD and released. Well, the first one just hit and it’s a lot of fun!

Hosted by Lady MacDeath, each short is its own little story and each is deserving of your time. First up there’s Cold Dead Hand, the story of a woman who moves into a new apartment, only to find a hand in the refrigerator! So, she throws it away and moves on with her day…only to find out that the hand belonged to the person who lived there before her…and might still be haunting the house! Next up is Penelope, a little tale about a woman who finds a creepy doll in her new home, and we all know how any creepy doll movie turns out, don’t we?

Third is A Farewell To Arm, the touching story of a father and son who have an arm wrestling contest that goes terribly wrong, and finally, there’s a weird short called Haunting Day that’s presented as a ‘lost’ film that’s just been rediscovered. Haunting Day might be the weakest film on the disc, but it’s still short enough that it’s not too bad to sit through.

Overall, this is another fine entry from Yellow Ape and it’s well worth your time and money grabbing a copy to check out! Here’s my ratings, Cold Dead Hand 3 out of 4 cigars; Penelope 2 out of 4 cigars; A Farewell To Arm 3 out of 4 cigars and Haunting Day 1 out of 4 cigars…the disc as a whole gets 4 out of 4 cigars, because the content is strong and it’s always great to see indie filmmakers supporting each other instead of competing! Congrats to Haggerty and company and here’s hoping for another successful year…I’m already looking forward to next year’s Vaulted release! Find out more by heading over to