There are multiple terrors lurking in Christopher Alender’s horror short Kinderfänger. The first is telegraphed by the title, which loosely translates to “child snatcher.” The second, as you can see in the thumbnail below, is a ghoulish, flute-playing creature. The third... well, you’re gonna have to watch and see.
Andrew Finch’s Others Will Follow is about a mission to Mars gone awry, but this isn’t The Martian. There are no alien potatoes, and no jokes about space pirates—just a lonely astronaut reflecting on his fate, and deciding to risk it all to send one last inspirational message back to Earth.
“Fox and the Whale” is a brief animated film about a fantastical meeting between two creatures from different parts of the natural world. It’s the perfect breather after a long week.
Out for a solo stroll alongside a gorgeous coastline, a woman pauses to take in the view at a lighthouse when she’s suddenly wrestled into the back of a car. Her ordeal gets even worse when she realizes she’s been abducted into a time-travel experiment that she can’t escape from—or can she?
Writer-director Pablo Calvillo’s The Inksect is set in a dark future where books are burned as one of the planet’s few remaining energy sources. But hope is not totally lost—as one lonely survivor discovers, there are still some valuable fragments of the past lingering in this bleak dystopia.
“I’m afraid I can’t lower the temperature, Dave.”
It’s Halloween season—the time of year for costumes, candy, and paying your respects to easily angered ancient gods. Er... well, that last one might only apply to the characters in horror short Root of All Evil—whose careless disregard of tradition earns them a hard lesson in the true meaning of Halloween.
35mm Monsters, a new short film by director Remington Smith , is incredibly simple. It’s about a projectionist who threads the 35mm trailer for The Monster Squad in a movie theater. That’s it. But in that simplicity, there’s so much to be said.
Short fantasy film Imaginapped is set in a world where every kid has a superpowered imaginary friend—which sounds totally awesome, until you realize that not everybody is in it for fun. There are some little villains out there who are willing to use dark magic to get as much power as possible.
Scifi comedy short Brian and Charles unfolds on an isolated farm in England, where a desperately lonely man builds a robot companion for himself—and soon finds that his new relationship, even though it’s with an artificial human who looks like elderly men but acts like a child, is nothing but work.
Just back from a trip, a woman FaceTimes with her house sitter to see how things went. All good, she learns, except that one weird old mirror randomly fell off the wall one day, and shattered into a zillion pieces. Soon, it becomes clear that something is very displeased with this spontaneous bit of redecoration.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow and simply want to know if the sequel is good. Yes, it is. It’s very, very good. And I highly recommend to go into it totally blank other than the knowledge of the first film.
Horror short Rotary, from filmmakers Patrick Young and Powell Robinson, offers a couple of jumps—and one very important reminder. Woe unto the vintage-store employee who just can’t stop herself from answering a phone that should not be ringing. Girl, no! You know that old thing is just for show!
In David Holechek’s scifi short Cradle, a man haunted by the worst day of his life frantically tries to figure out a way to time-travel using precise calculations and, ultimately, his mind—think Somewhere in Time, but with a tragedy driving the narrative instead of a corny romance.
Winston is named for the narrator of Aram Sarkisian’s short, a desperate man dashing off a fevered letter that reads like a crazed diary entry. “I’m not losing my grasp again,” he insists, as he weaves an increasingly paranoid tale about his neighbor—a man he loathes and is obsessed with in equal measures.
With just under a month until the release of Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve has asked three directors to make short prequel films to set up that story—and the second one is out now.
In Nick Everhart’s horror short Slash in the Box, a cheerfully naive man brings home a rusty old jack-in-the-box, which is his first mistake. It’s also his last mistake. This little creeper might not be as phobia-inducing as Pennywise, but it definitely has some serious nightmare potential.
In Cécile Carre’s short Burn Out, an intergalactic repairwoman makes an emergency landing on a planet that appears deserted—except for an oddly familiar little girl, who helps her remember why she wanted to blast into the stars in the first place. The meaning is obvious, but the execution is rather beautiful .
Usually, when a video game presents a seemingly impossible challenge, it’s the player who gets cranky. In Anthony Falleroni’s short Jumpy, it’s the hot-pink rabbit onscreen who becomes outraged—and more determined than ever to succeed.
The bearded man plunges his axe into a tree, and the tree turns into crystal. The camera pans out, and we see an entire forest like this, dozens of trees petrified in purple arrangements of gemstone.