Almog Avidan Antonir not only has the coolest name ever, but he also happens to be the director behind your new favorite short film Teddy Bears Are for Lovers—it’s like a cross between Child’s Play and Gremlins, only condensed into 9-minutes of cuddly mayhem. It’s about a dude who wakes up in the middle of the night surrounded by a handful of stab-happy teddy bears that were once gifts he gave to his ex-girlfriends. They’ve come to give him a taste of what it feels like to have your guts (or in their case, stuffing) ripped out piece by piece. It’s a hilarious and altogether batshit premise that works flawlessly.
And beyond the wonderful direction and its seamless blending of comedy and horror, Teddy Bears Are for Lovers is a technical feat, a true breath of fresh air that brings a story to life through practical effects—a truly rare breed of short form horror. But perhaps the best thing about the film is that each teddy bear has its own unique personality, giving it a surprising sense of depth and creating a world that you’ll be dying to see more of.
Written by David Ernesto Vendrell, the short stars Ken Ashton as Collin, Marie Oldenbourg as Sarah, Phil Miller as the voice of Mr. Snuggles, David Caprita as the voice of Stitches, Chase Cargill as the voice of One-Eye Barry, John F. Thomas as the voice of Harold Huggerson, and Jodi Harrison as the voice of Dumpy. Raptor House Effects are the mad-minds that brought these little terrors to life. Check it out below and find more short films like Teddy Bears Are for Lovers by visiting the Short Round!