"You have to stand up for yourself. They'll step all over you." This outstanding, empathetic, moving short film has already been picking up plenty of awards and is now thankfully available to watch online. Green is a short film written & directed by Suzanne Andrews Correa, set in New York. An undocumented Turkish pedicab driver named Green unwittingly draws police attention, endangering his brother, his community, and himself. It won the U.S. Fiction Short Film Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it certainly deserves it. Green stars Aziz Çapkurt and Erol Afsin - each with a stellar performance, making this even more gripping to see. This short is worth your attention, take just a few minutes to watch.
"It's just strange how one person can make you feel so happy and utterly content when they're around." This isn't exactly a horror short, but it does have a character who can talk to the dead. Formaldehyde is a short film directed by David Swinburne, and it's a powerful story in really subtle ways. A deputy coroner lacking any human connection finds solace in the company of the recently deceased. One young woman he meets after her death connects with him in a deep way. Starring John Reynolds and Kathryn Prescott. Part of what makes this short so strong are the performances, especially Reynolds as Drew. You can feel his loneliness and the kindness in his glances, and every word his says and every movement he makes speaks volumes about this particular story and what he's trying to convey; the lessons he's trying to teach all of us.
This might be the most beautiful animated film of the year. My Moon is an animated short running only 8 minutes, made by the very talented animator Eusong Lee. It is a lovely film about a relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun. Presented by King of Pine in collaboration with Chromosphere, an animation studio in LA. Eusong Lee won the Silver Medal Student Academy Award in 2013 for his short Will, and follows up with this gem. It's beyond gorgeous, with a heart-melting score by David Kamp to go along with all the stunning visuals. There isn't much dialogue in this, but the voices we do hear sound natural, almost as if they were recorded right out in public which makes this short all the more authentic. I love everything about this stellar film, totally entranced by it from the moment it begins. Enjoy.
"She has been staring at me for hours… Do you see her?" Can a painting be haunted? I guess we found out the answer to that question with Ghostbusters II (all hail Vigo, right?). Mermaid is a new horror short film by filmmaker Wilfredo "Wil" Manzano - we already featured his other horror short The Fitting last year. His latest is an under-five-minutes short about a woman who thinks a painting on her wall is haunted. But is it really? Starring Shelby Hightower & Kerry Murphy. This is a simple but stirring little short, relying on all the typical filmmaking tricks to build up an uneasiness as the story plays out. It's worth a quick watch.
"For the protection of the audience." Don't speak the cursed words, and you may live through the night. Or just grab a pint, and enjoy as everyone else goes mad. Cursed Words is the latest horror short film made by the Staszkiewicz Bros, British filmmakers named Joe & Lloyd Stas. These are the same guys who made the fantastic Spooky Club horror short a few years ago. Set in a small British pub, all hell breaks loose when a man reads three words from a mysterious, bloodstained letter. This stars Ryan Lane, Olivia Newton, Michael Muyunda, Martin Valentine, Ben Galler, Helen Booden, Tom Stas, and Lilou Stas, with Chewie the dog. As violent & bloody as it is, this falls into the category of "fun" horror more than anything.
"Lay down your weapons. It is futile." Another creepy new horror short to feature this week just in time for Halloween. Wandering Soul is the latest short film made by filmmaker Josh Tanner, based in Australia, along with writer/producer Jade van der Lei. The same team that made the other very successful short films The Landing and The Rizzle and Reverse (from last year). Their new one is a Vietnam War set supernatural horror that is inspired by creepy, true events. Starring Lap Phan, Henry Vo, and Cuong Nguyen. This short relies heavily on intricate sound design and intensely creepy atmospherics to unsettle you. Tanner's shorts are always on a whole other level when it comes to quality and execution, and this one is just as good.
"Roll or face the consequences. Last one to die, wins." Holy crap YES! I love it when a filmmaker can put together an incredible idea in just a few minutes and scare the crap out of you in the process. You'll Live is the latest horror short made by Brian Lipko, who also made the two-minute horror short Drip previously. This time he introduces us to a mysterious Jumanji-esque (the old movie not the new ones) board game that is much more evil than playful. Starring Carolina Kenney, Michael Southworth, Josh Pertler, Rosie Koocher, and Sam Han. This is a perfect proof-of-concept, because DAMN I want to see more right now.
NightWheel Pictures has just debuted the award-winning animated horror short film La Noria online for everyone to watch. Written and directed by Carlos Baena (who has worked in the animation industry for years before leaving to work on his own), La Noria tells the tale of a grieving young boy who loves to build ferris wheels who one day encounters dark creatures that turn his life upside down. La Noria held its world premiere last year and has been picking up awards at numerous film festivals all over the world - including Best Animated Short at ScreamFest. The animation work in this is stunning, which is even more fascinating considering there's some seriously horrific elements to this. It's not that often we ever see animation used in the horror genre, but this is a rather exquisite work of art. I love everything about this, from the music to the atmosphere to the mesmerizing finale. A must watch short whether you enjoy horror or not. Watch it below.
"Before we begin, are there any more questions?" With a few days left until Halloween this year, it's time to get in the horror mood with this short film titled Trick. Not to be confused with the full-length feature film also titled Trick, this horror short is written & directed by filmmaker Elwood Quincy Walker. Trick is about a group of teenagers who decide to hold a seance to try and prove or disprove an urban legend about children that went missing on Halloween night. The short film stars Emily Joy Lemus, Jordan Valadez, Lexi Simonsen, Ryan Kearton, Sam Uehling, Chloe Glassel, AJ Danna, Liz Roman, plus Shar Mayer. This has chilling look and feel, an impressive little short to give you the creeps. Don't watch it alone.
"Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight." We're only a few days away from Halloween now, to get you in the mood for some spooky times watch this short film. Duérmete Niño is an impressive new short film made by Mexican filmmaker Freddy Chavez Olmos, who has worked with Guillermo del Toro in the past on previous horror projects. Set in the 1940s, Duérmete Niño tells the story of Alma, played by Piercey Dalton, a religious mother of newborn twins who is constantly awakened by the disturbing sound of her crying babies. It's a bit different than other baby monitor horror shorts we've featured (like Monitor or Monitor) as it has a vintage vibe that really makes it stand out. I also dig the opening logo reveal, and the seamless VFX shots. Turn your volume up for this one - the sound is the creepiest part about it. This is a very spooky and well-made "Horror Bedtime Story" that you should catch up with before Halloween. Enjoy.
"I thought we could do something fun first… you know, to get in the mood." Alter has released the award-winning short film The Rat online for everyone to watch - check it out below. Written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Carlen May-Mann, the short originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Isabel Shill (from "Orange is the New Black") and Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Rat won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. It's Halloween night, and Renee is left alone by her boyfriend in a haunted house. Growing increasingly frightened, Renee is forced to confront a terrifying situation, and must come to terms with the thing that, deep down, she is most afraid of… It's a compelling and well-made short film posing quandaries and some questions to think about. Worth a watch.
"What I'm about to tell you will not make sense right now… But I'll explain." Dust has premiered a new sci-fi short film titled Box 616, a proof-of-concept short written & directed by filmmaker Mitch Glass - who made this with only three people and less than $1,000 budget. It's a solid, captivating, genre short that ends with a good twist. After his father's death, Malcolm inherits an old bank vault that couldn't be opened for 70 years. Inside, he finds a strange device and a recording asking him to complete a series of requests. Box 616 stars Nick Rua and Gary Bristow. This short is all about the concept - mixing a handful of genres with a dash of originality. Makes me wish they'd make National Treasure as a sci-fi thriller with clues like this box.