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: 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: The Smiling Man and his terrifying grin

The Smiling Man is my favorite kind of short film—there’s this quiet simplicity to it that allows its atmosphere to really sink its claws in. Add to that the complete lack of dialog and you have 7-minutes of unnerving horror. One thing that every great short film has in common is their ability to take […]

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