Horror short round up

I’ve been on a horror short kick lately, fueled by viewing “Black Spot” followed by “Creak.”  There are so, so many online that I wanted to give more exposure and share some of my favorites.  These top 5 horror shorts will make you want to sleep with the lights on.  Clicking on the pics will take you to the video, but be prepared for potential nightmares.

 

5) Mama

Mama is scary when she's mad

Mama is scary when she’s mad

Does the name sound familiar?  It should.  The 2013 horror film of the same name was based on this 2008 short.  Both were written by Andrés Muschietti, though I must admit I prefer the short.  At just under three minutes, you get the complete story and the chills without the terrible theatrical ending.

 

4) One Last Dive

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Night Dive? Pass.

In preparation for The Conjuring’s theatrical release, Vice challenged four on-the-rise horror directors to come up with one-minute, one-shot films inspired by the devil’s hour, 3:07.  Of those four shorts part of The Conjuring’s The 3:07 AM Project, Jason Eisener’s “One Last Dive” stood miles above the rest.  The tension, the sounds, the atmosphere all crescendo to one large scare.  And it only took a minute.

 

3) Bedfellows

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Created by Fewdio, a group with a knack for making horror shorts, this one clocks in at just under three minutes.  A woman is woken up by a phone call late at night and is shocked to find it’s her husband on the other line.  But then…who is in bed with her?

 

2) Still Life

Mannequins..ugh.

Mannequins..ugh.

At just under nine minutes, “Still Life” is the longest short on my list.  Made in Canada in 2005, by director Charles Johnston, “Still Life” has a very Twilight Zone-esque premise.  When a guy runs out of gas driving through a small town, he discovers its inhabitants are all mannequins.  Why are mannequins so creepy?  This story had me utterly hooked.

 

1) Lights Out

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Don’t turn off the lights.

 

This one has taken the internet by storm over the past few days for good reason.  It’s scary as hell.  I first watched this on my phone, held out as far away from my face as possible, and it still creeped me out.  David Sandberg won Best Director in Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge 2013/14 for this short, deservedly so.   It plays on your fear of the dark.  A fear I was sure I didn’t have until I watched this, and now I’m not so sure.

 

What’s your favorite horror short? There are many great ones out there, that I’ll probably post more in the future.

 

 

 

“Black Spot” Horror 3D Short with Throwback Feel.

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Paul is stranded on a lonely country road when his car fails to start. He walks through a melancholic landscape of missing person posters and floral tributes to roadside deaths, before chancing upon another car, but one which ironically is also broken down. Not only will this car provide Paul with salvation and suffering, but force him to face his own recent past actions and a provide him with a potential chance to redeem himself…

“Black Spot” is a 6 minute sensory assault by Sussex based film maker Luther Bhogal-Jones, using only a 3D camcorder roughly the size of a Blackberry.  The writer/director’s love of 3D films inspired the classic look of the short.  Faster Productions offers three ways to view this short: stereoscopic 3D for 3D tvs, classic 3D requiring red/cyan 3D glasses, or standard 2D.  The 3D is what really makes this short, giving it a throwback 70s horror feel.  With an unyielding soundtrack, the short isn’t bogged down by unnecessary dialogue either.

All three versions can be viewed here.

While there, be sure to check out Luther Bhogal-Jones’ other horror short, “Creak.”  Well received by genre critics, “Creak” is haunting and atmospheric for its short 5 minute run time.  It’s amazing what can be done with a small budget and only a few minutes to tell a complete story.