As I said when looking back at submissions for THE ABCS OF DEATH short contest, the Halloween season is the time to cram in as many horror movie viewings as possible. So up that stat this year with some short horror films that are bound to get you in the mood.
Season’s Greetings (1996)
We’d better kick it off with the short that became one of the most influential Halloween films of the 21st century, TRICK ‘R TREAT. Michael Dougherty’s “Season’s Greetings” introduced us to Sam in this animated short.
This dark fairytale horror is gorgeously shot, and has some eccentric but eerie makeup effects that gives it its fantasy feel. Ben Tillett directs this macabre tale.
To My Mother and Father (2010)
Here’s a highly original short from director Can Evrenol that will make you take better note of your surroundings before you have sex. But really it should make you leery of old masks. Either way, it’s a great short, and packs a punch in its 8 minutes.
One Last Dive (2013)
Jason Eisener (TREEVENGE, V/H/S/2) is a force to be reckoned with in modern horror, and has created a couple of the most memorable shorts in recent history (his entry in V/H/S/2 was the best part of the film). “One Last Dive” was created in response to the 3:07 AM project and per the requirements only runs 1 minute. How the hell do you tell a story in 1 minute? Well watch and find out.
Drew Daywalt directs this very short short that is brilliantly executed and a hell of a lot of fun to watch. It’s an image that will very likely come back to you at the worst possible time, like in your bed at 2 in the morning. Sweet dreams!
Deus Irae (2010)
This short from Argentina has some spectacular creature effects, perfect for Halloween, and tells the story of an order of priests that fight to ward off creatures from another realm. Forget all those exorcism films of the past few years, this is the kind of original creature design the genre needs.
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