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11 October 2015 @ 01:13 pm
Horror Short Films  
In preparation for Halloween, not only am I watching some of my favorite scary movies throughout the month, I'm also looking through short horror films. A lot of them you can find on YouTube, which an excellent platform of getting your work out there for others to see, and while there is a lot that is left to be desired in terms of quality and production, there are some that are very well done with their creative concepts and filming styles. Here are some of my favorite recommendations.

"A Function", directed by Hyunsoo Lee
This Korean short horror has virtually no dialogue, but it is still effective regardless. Its entire concept is wrapped with social commentary on the pressures youths are dealing with in terms of high expectations in school and society, and the whole premise can be seen as a metaphorical representation on the pressures young people go through to reach absolute perfection, and if they fail to reach these goals they suffer the ultimate consequence, mostly by death usually through means of suicide. I really love this short film because it is more of a psychological kind of horror, both for the viewer as well as the character, and the message itself is painfully clear that can resonate with so many people. 10/10, highly recommended.

"1, 2, 3" (directed by Zeacth Liew) and "Delete" (directed by Sidney Chan) are two horrors that are featured among the many short films from a group of independent Malaysian filmmakers. They are just a couple examples of what can be found over on that channel, and while they're different stories these two shorts feature similar concepts of accidentally messing with something they probably shouldn't have and having to reverse the effects before it's too late. A common horror trope, but it's very interesting seeing how each one is done.

"Waiting", directed by Emlyn Boyle
An animated short that has no dialogue, but a lot of atmosphere and a surprise twist at the end. It does a good job with building up the tension and sneaking suspense that something is wrong, and you know something is going to happen soon. The animation style is simple yet effective.

"The Cat With Hands", directed by Robert Morgan
This one has been recommended a lot throughout the years from various places on the Internet, and with good reason. A combination of live action and stop motion, this short horror is both fascinating and unnerving regarding an urban legend.

Considering there are so many out there, free to add some of your favorites, as well.
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Julie: Original ★ hocus pocusragnarok_08 on October 11th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Those all sound so spooky - I can't wait to take a look!
dhampyresadhampyresa on October 12th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
Those are great! I like A function and Waiting the best.
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 12th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Those are my favorites, as well. Not that I don't think the others aren't great, but there is something about those two that lingers with you. The setting, the atmosphere and tone, very little dialogue, it was all very well done. It really gets under your skin, and I like those kinds of stories.

Edited at 2015-10-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on October 13th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
i'm prob too much of a baby to watch most of these, but just wanted to drop in and say you are awesome for linking them nevertheless! :)
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 13th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

I think out of all the ones, "Waiting" is possibly the least scariest one. It does have an atmosphere to it that builds suspense and tension, but it isn't exactly frightening. So if you're willing to try one, that would be the one I recommend for you.
Trees. They are us.: WtNV → Hooded figuresilcocoabean on October 13th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
Ahhh! These were all so fun to watch! My fave is Waiting.
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 13th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
What's interesting is that I found "Waiting" by accident, which is a happy accident because I liked it quite well. It uses so little, from simple animation to little dialogue to no changes in setting, to tell a compelling and eerie story.
i'm on a website where people fuck fruit: HXHgeckoholic on October 13th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ohh, interesting, thank you!!
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 13th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I hope you enjoy! :)
Christina: twd- maggie- i hold on to this lifefly_meaway on October 14th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you so much for making this post. I could do with some good horror stuff so these short films is just what I'm looking for. And I trust your taste and opinion, so yes, thank you :D