Ranging from the horrific to the hilarious, the short films showcased at Panic Fest have something for everyone.
Archive for ‘Shorts’
An Unfathomable Lovecraftian Horror Short: The Relic (2021)
The thrilling horror short “The Relic” manages to pull off the incredible in satisfying both the academic Lovecraft purists and those who want a spectacular body horror showcase. For those in the know, this may be the definitive screen depiction of the crawling chaos, the old God, Nyarlathotep.
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Tim Shechmeister, Director of “Hello?” : The Best Horror Shorts of the Portland Horror Film Festival
The Scariest Things loves its short horror films, and we had the privilege to talk with director Tim Shechmeister who gave us our favorite horror short from the extensive roster of great shorts that played at the Portland Horror Film Festival. Check out an exclusive release of Hello? right here in this post!
Horror Shorts: Finley (2019)
Dolls are creepy. Ventriloquist dummies add on the extra creep factor. Finley takes advantage of all the established history of the evil dummy tropes that came before it and flips all expectations in the most amusing and satisfying way.
Horror Shorts: We Got a Monkey’s Paw (2018)
“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” The most accursed of curse tropes is brought to hilarious proportions in one of our favorite horror shorts from the Portland Horror Film Festival in 2019, now released on Alter… and now The Scariest Things!
Mike’s Review: Deadhouse Dark (2021)
★★ out of ★★★★★ The horror anthology is one of the true staples of the horror genre. Always clever, always engaging. As we’ve said before, anthology horror is the traditional extension of gathering around ye’ ole campfire and scaring the hell out of each other. They hearken back to the oldest root forms of scary storytelling. It’s always frightening to hear a scary story, until it’s not.
The 10 Best Horror Shorts of 2020
The festival circuit was strong in 2020 with lots of great horror shorts. These 10 horror shorts made it on to our 2021 Thingy Awards. Check out the full short films included for your review!
Horror Short: Desert Quarantine (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ “Timely, topical, and terrific.” Well that’s what the Scariest Things Podcast would say if Variety came calling for a pull quote. Joe Burke’s (Four Dogs) brand spanking new horror short Desert Quarantine is a perfect reflection of a perfect reflection of society’s current spate of worry, hate, fear, and confusion.
Eric’s Review: Cargo (2017)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Proving that there’s more life yet in the living dead genre, Cargo offers up some of the most sympathetic protagonists the genre has seen in years. Also, check out the short film that was the basis of this movie!
Horror Shorts: The Acrylic (2019)
The Acrylic, a Thingy Award write-in candidate for best Horror Short, is available for viewing right here! That painting is just plain wrong.
Joseph’s Reviews (Women in Horror Film Festival): Cleanse, The Last Vacation, In Her Shoes
Atlanta’s Women in Horror Film Festival offered a fine selection of shorts, including these tales of psychic baggage, inevitable doom, […]
Horror Shorts: The Hide Behind (2019)
Real deep rooted fears saturate the Hide Behind, one of last year’s great short horror films. Sometimes horror in broad (tree dappled) sunlight can be as scary as anything in the dark.
Horror Short: Nose Nose Nose Eyes! (South Korea)
South Korean film is having a moment, isn’t it? This film took its cues from the Takashi Miike school of horror. Five bucks suggest that you can’t watch this without wincing or having your toes curl.
Joseph’s Reviews (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Big Man, Bleed, Idle Hands, The Last Reel, This Mourning
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival offered up a treasure trove of incredible fright-fare shorts. In this second installment of short-film reviews from […]
Joseph’s Reviews (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Horror Shorts — Noctámbulos (Night Owls), No Strings, One Touch, Tolerance
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival offered up a treasure trove of incredible horror shorts. Here are reviews about four of them, featuring […]
Joseph’s Reviews (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Horror Shorts — Patina, Playtime’s Over, and Zombie Debt
An intimidating humanoid robot, a preteen horror movie fan bent on terrorizing her babysitter, and a woman pursued by a debt collector during a zombie apocalypse were the subjects of three fantastic short films that recently screened at Another Hole in the Head Film Fest in San Francisco.
Creepy Doll Video from Our Friends at Unsettling Toys
Oh, these dollies are the give me the creepies! Our Patron and friend of the Podcast, Brian Jillson has some slightly (OK sometimes REALLY) disturbing toys that need homes. Are you brave enough to get one?
Horror Shorts: The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds (2018)
Welcome to Camp Nawgnamakit! (get it?)Come sit by the fire and be seranaded with tales of the tragic tale of revenge that is The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds! One of our favorite short films of last year has finally arrived for view courtesy of Antrum.
Robert’s Review: Ens Rationis (2019)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Like sands through an hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
Horror Shorts: Living with Jigsaw & Working with Jigsaw (2013,2016)
Project Greenlight alum Chris Capel wants to play a game with one of the biggest horror franchises around!
Horror Shorts: The Beaning (2017)
Damned Yankees indeed! This quasi-documentary short film chronicles the last death that happened on the field in Major League Baseball and indicts the New York Yankees as being a satanic cult hit job that used pitcher Carl Mays to kill Cleveland Indian star Ray Chapman with a beanball, forever changing the fortunes of both franchises.
Horror Shorts: Blood Stains (2018)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
What are you willing to sacrifice to realise your dreams?
Horror Shorts: Alien 40th Anniversary Short Film Project – Alien: Harvest
A bleak and intense conclusion to the Alien 40th Anniversary Short Film Project, Alien: Harvest is the most polished of the series.
Horror Shorts: Alien 40th Anniversary Short Film Project : Alien: Alone
This is the most ambitious of the 40th Anniversary short films. A bit of Phillip K. Dick investigation of the […]
Horror Shorts: Treevenge (2008)
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Ah…the holidays. Yes. Those holidays. The Christmas-y ones. The holidays that fill you full of joy, happiness, togetherness, peace, family…frustration, long lines, anger, resentment, hatred, and, AND, AND….CHRISTMAS TREES! The bane of the past, present, and the future. Commercialism mixed with a toxic cocktail of entitlement, greed, waste, and environmental cynicism and acrimony. Just a plain ol’ dislike for mother earth.
Horror Shorts: My First Time (2019)
Horror in Hebrew! It’s a wonderfully twisty award winning Israeli horror short, with turns that you do not expect. Wicked, nasty and fun, check out the full short film here!
Horror Shorts: Alien 40th Anniversary #4: Ore
In space, you can’t measure bravery until you make a stand for your loved ones. Alien: Ore brings the goods in the fourth installment of the 40th Anniversary Short Film Project.
Horror Shorts: The House of Lexi (2019) Trailer
Coming soon to a genre festival near you! M.W. Daniels brings you House of Lexi, starring Emma Dark.
Horror Shorts: Alien 40th Anniversary Short #3: Night Shift
As if life on a mining colony wasn’t tough enough. Alien: Night Shift is a prelude to some very bad […]
Horror Shorts: Alien 40th Anniversary Short #2: Specimen
Cat and mouse, or rather, dog and facehugger square off in the second of the Alien 40th Anniversary short films, […]