Monday, 22 October 2018

31 Days of Horror: Day 21 - Safe Haven

Do you believe?

It's that greatest of time of the year when everyone gets a little horrific, and those of us who reveal in the stuff get to go public with our '31 Days of Horror' challenge lists, pretending like it's not usual that we watch a horror a day (how the heck else do you keep the doctor away?). Most people's lists are a challenge unto themselves to view, but I am going to change things up a little with doses of 'mini' horror films. That is, short films. A lot of people overlook the format, but some of them can pack a real punch, and I am here to provide you with a daily dose of the scares.

Day 21's short film is... Safe Haven.

Ok, this one is a bit of a cheat. Technically not a short, Safe Haven is a segment of anthology film V/H/S 2, but what is an anthology but a collection of short films, eh? This Gareth 'The Raid' Evans directed stands head and shoulders above every other sequence in the series (though there are plenty that stand strong on their own). Set in Indonesia, we follow a group of filmmakers investigating an eccentric local cult, only to find their rhetoric not so far fetched. One of those shorts that, even at a half hour, begs to be a full on feature. I have yet to meet someone who didn't at the very least like, if not love, this short. 

Though I'm not a big fan of sharing material out of its context, I'm making this one acceptation so those who aren't aware of the great piece by the director of the latest Netflix release Apostle can get buffed up on their film knowledge. And you know what you should do after that? Go buy the full film, and the first V/H/S installment. Both are thoroughly enjoyable with segments by many genre heads! The less said about the third installment, though....

And one final note, this short below is an hour long video, but it appears to be the film played on a loop, so don't use duration as an excuse to skip out on this one!



Do you have any horror shorts you want me to see? Send em on to me on Twitter @RichMWaters

Enjoying reading what I'm writing? I make films as well. You can buy the DVD of the film I produced right now at www.weirdprettypictures.com and stream at www.sodiumparty.com. Buying from here directly helps us make more films. You can also search for Sodium Party, Horses For Moths (you KNOW you want to know what that title means!) and The O'Briens on Amazon US/UK/Germany/Japan right now, and stream for free if you have Amazon Prime!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

31 Days of Horror: Day 20 - There's Something In The Attic

Ssh....

It's that greatest of time of the year when everyone gets a little horrific, and those of us who reveal in the stuff get to go public with our '31 Days of Horror' challenge lists, pretending like it's not usual that we watch a horror a day (how the heck else do you keep the doctor away?). Most people's lists are a challenge unto themselves to view, but I am going to change things up a little with doses of 'mini' horror films. That is, short films. A lot of people overlook the format, but some of them can pack a real punch, and I am here to provide you with a daily dose of the scares.

Day 20's short film is... There's Something In The Attic.

I was trying to avoid repeating filmmakers on this list, but I'm going to have to make an exception in this case for another film from yesterday's highlighted filmmaker Lee Hardcastle. 

Whereas An Alien Claymation is a tongue-in-cheek gross-out claymation gore-fest, today's film goes a bit more of the traditional route with live action elements. Here, we find a woman looking terrified in the attic, being stalked by... Something... A cliché idea, definitely, but Lee brings an unexpected spin to it, along with some charmingly executed visuals that make this serious piece stand out as a must-watch.



Do you have any horror shorts you want me to see? Send em on to me on Twitter @RichMWaters

Enjoying reading what I'm writing? I make films as well. You can buy the DVD of the film I produced right now at www.weirdprettypictures.com and stream at www.sodiumparty.com. Buying from here directly helps us make more films. You can also search for Sodium Party, Horses For Moths (you KNOW you want to know what that title means!) and The O'Briens on Amazon US/UK/Germany/Japan right now, and stream for free if you have Amazon Prime!

Friday, 19 October 2018

31 Days of Horror: Day 19 - AN ALIEN CLAYMATION

Grab some playdough, the aliens are on the way!

It's that greatest of time of the year when everyone gets a little horrific, and those of us who reveal in the stuff get to go public with our '31 Days of Horror' challenge lists, pretending like it's not usual that we watch a horror a day (how the heck else do you keep the doctor away?). Most people's lists are a challenge unto themselves to view, but I am going to change things up a little with doses of 'mini' horror films. That is, short films. A lot of people overlook the format, but some of them can pack a real punch, and I am here to provide you with a daily dose of the scares.

Day 19's short film is... An Alien Claymation.

This hilarious stop-motion claymation splatterfest is perfect for those who wish their Wallace And Gromit had a bit more Saw about them. 

Coming from the talented mind of Lee Hardcastle, who came to the forefront with his segment of The ABCs of Death, this little ditty finds a father trying to protect his baby from aliens who are obsessed with trying to put his offspring into the microwave. NSFW, I guess? But this irreverent humour and clever storytelling deserves a viewing, even in your off time (I know most people prefer to avoid any sort of entertainment viewing or enjoyment when out of work, right?).



Do you have any horror shorts you want me to see? Send em on to me on Twitter @RichMWaters

Enjoying reading what I'm writing? I make films as well. You can buy the DVD of the film I produced right now at www.weirdprettypictures.com and stream at www.sodiumparty.com. Buying from here directly helps us make more films. You can also search for Sodium Party, Horses For Moths (you KNOW you want to know what that title means!) and The O'Briens on Amazon US/UK/Germany/Japan right now, and stream for free if you have Amazon Prime!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

31 Days of Horror: Day 18 - Mirror

Mirror mirror on the wall...

It's that greatest of time of the year when everyone gets a little horrific, and those of us who reveal in the stuff get to go public with our '31 Days of Horror' challenge lists, pretending like it's not usual that we watch a horror a day (how the heck else do you keep the doctor away?). Most people's lists are a challenge unto themselves to view, but I am going to change things up a little with doses of 'mini' horror films. That is, short films. A lot of people overlook the format, but some of them can pack a real punch, and I am here to provide you with a daily dose of the scares.

Day 18's short film is... Mirror.

A young woman living alone keeps the mirror in her bedroom covered based on the advice of her superstitious landlord, but this being a horror short, things inevitably get creepy...


Do you have any horror shorts you want me to see? Send em on to me on Twitter @RichMWaters

Enjoying reading what I'm writing? I make films as well. You can buy the DVD of the film I produced right now at www.weirdprettypictures.com and stream at www.sodiumparty.com. Buying from here directly helps us make more films. You can also search for Sodium Party, Horses For Moths (you KNOW you want to know what that title means!) and The O'Briens on Amazon US/UK/Germany/Japan right now, and stream for free if you have Amazon Prime!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

31 Days of Horror: Day 17 - Rings

Forget the sequels, it's all about the tie-ins.

It's that greatest of time of the year when everyone gets a little horrific, and those of us who reveal in the stuff get to go public with our '31 Days of Horror' challenge lists, pretending like it's not usual that we watch a horror a day (how the heck else do you keep the doctor away?). Most people's lists are a challenge unto themselves to view, but I am going to change things up a little with doses of 'mini' horror films. That is, short films. A lot of people overlook the format, but some of them can pack a real punch, and I am here to provide you with a daily dose of the scares.

Day 17's short film is... Rings.

After giving the Ju-On series some love yesterday, it's only appropriate to come full circle (eh? EH?) with some The Ring love.

This little seen short film directed by Jonathan Liebesman of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle: Los Angeles and, er, 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, sees groups of kids daring each other to watch the cursed video tape of the Ring series, where they will die in seven days if they don't get someone else to watch the tape. 

Stylised to hell and moving at a breakneck pace, this is the sequel to Gore Verbinski's great remake (you don't get to say that too often) we deserved. The world of peer pressure and the need to fit in, coupled with the realisation of the reality of your choices fills this short film with a lot of weighty ideas a lot of features can only aspire to, all the while oozing with dread and keeping nerves frayed.

Penned off as an extra on DVD releases to both The Ring and it's godawful sequel The Ring 2, this short has the indignity to also share its name with the abysmal 2017 American film. Imagine being a Ringu-verse fan back in 2005, where not only was there the sturdy and reliable Japanese series, but a decent Korean version, a well-executed US remake, and a short film that showed just what potential for expansion the series had. Oh, but if only...


Do you have any horror shorts you want me to see? Send em on to me on Twitter @RichMWaters

Enjoying reading what I'm writing? I make films as well. You can buy the DVD of the film I produced right now at www.weirdprettypictures.com and stream at www.sodiumparty.com. Buying from here directly helps us make more films. You can also search for Sodium Party, Horses For Moths (you KNOW you want to know what that title means!) and The O'Briens on Amazon US/UK/Germany/Japan right now, and stream for free if you have Amazon Prime!