February 26, 2024

The Misplaced (2018) – Some Things Shouldn’t Be Found

The MisplacedSome Things Shouldn’t Be Found in The Misplaced

It’s been about a minute but I’m back on Short Movie Monday with a review!

A young woman unwittingly discovers why things have been going missing around the house in The Misplaced. Discover why some things shouldn’t be found by watching the short horror film online now (below).

The Misplaced is directed, co-written, and edited by Alex DiVincenzo, whose previous effort, Be Us, is currently nominated for Best Short Film at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

Jamie Lyn Bagley and co-writer T.J. Frizzi star in the film, which packs a chilling premise into a mere four minutes. It premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2018 Boston Underground Film Festival.

“I find horror to be most effective when it invades the home,” explains DiVincenzo, “so I drew inspiration from films I love that embrace that atmosphere, like John Carpenter’s Halloween and The Strangers, to tell what I hope to be a similarly unsettling story.”

The Misplaced is the latest genre short from DiVincenzo and Lockbridge Productions, whose previous work includes The Horrors of AutoCorrect (distributed by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV), Cybershock 1999 (distributed by Troma Entertainment), and the 48 Hour Film Project winner Root of All Evil.

Plot, Thoughts & Recommendation

This is a REALLY well done home invasion short film. The thing about this particular story is that we can all relate to losing something. We know full well that something should be right where we left it. Then you start to ask yourself… where did it go? I know I didn’t move it. Maybe someone else did.

The acting here is solid, though I think I would have reacted a little differently than she did (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you watch the film). It’s shot really well and the camera angles used are integral to the story. There’s one shot in particular (again, you’ll know when you see it) that takes creepy to the next level.

I’m always blown away how much short films are able to convey in such a short period of time. The fact that you’re able to get to know these characters and become ‘invested’ in them in such a small amount of time is truly remarkable. This one runs just under four minutes and it’s well worth your time to watch. Well done to all involved!

The Misplaced (2018)

  • Directed by Alex DiVincenzo
  • Written by Alex DiVincenzo and T.J. Frizzi
  • Produced by Lockbridge Productions
  • Starring Jamie Lyn Bagley, T.J. Frizzi, and Michael Jacobs
  • Cinematography – Neil Guliano
  • Music – John Tierney
  • Editing – Alex DiVincenzo
  • Assistant Director – Jordan Pacheo
  • Assistant Camera – Jen Kruah
  • Gaffer – Simon Polakoff
  • Book Operator – Brandon Marc Powers


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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