Short Round: Special Day, fate approaching

Turning eighteen in Emily’s house is kind of a big deal. Sure, it’s a big deal for most of us—you’ve officially become an adult—but I think it’s safe to say that most of our birthdays don’t revolve around a horrifying family secret. Directed by Teal Greyhavens, his short film Special Day has an atmospheric weight behind it […]

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Short Round: Hands, death has a grip

Written and directed by Larry Alan, his appropriately titled Hands is a wonderful short that has some fun with the notion that there might be a monster hiding under our beds. The story is simple as Crystal’s typical drunken night turns into something much more hands-y. With very little dialog, what’s really bringing it to life […]

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Short Round: Salt, protected from evil

From director Rob Savage and the team behind the fantastic short Dawn of the Deaf comes a new vision of terror in Salt, a two-minute shocker that’s every bit intense as it is scary. I’ve said this before about some of my favorite short films, but I absolutely love seeing what talented filmmakers can conjure up in […]

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Short Round: Grandma’s House, old and alone

Some of you may remember Joshua Giuliano’s short film The Flesh of My Lovers—a brilliantly weird mix of dark humor and horror—that I featured right here on the Short Round last year. If not, be sure to check that out because it’s a perfectly crafted shocker that will have you squirming right out of your […]

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Short Round: Whisper, look in the closet

The tech world collides with the supernatural in Julian Terry’s short Whisper, an effortless two minute exercise in nightmare fuel. While it’s only two minutes long, Terry uses every bit of its runtime to create a tense and wonderfully creepy short that oozes with atmosphere and horror. It’s a hell of an achievement to make something that’s […]

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Short Round: Pigskin, cheer your guts out

Jake Hammond’s short Pigskin is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, blending societal pressures into psychological terror. It’s no coincidence that Pigskin’s protagonist, Laurie, is a cheerleader struggling with her body image. It’s why the film hits so hard—infusing psychological terror with real-world angst—and Hammond brings his multi-layered monster to life through a fantastic and poignant […]

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