Jazz Hands Conjure Supernatural Horrors in Short Film The Rizzle

Home alone, a young woman scrolls through vintage black-and-white films of 1920s dancers. It’s all flapper-filled fun until she lands on The Rizzle—also the name of Josh Tanner’s short film, made for Hulu’s Huluween Film Fest. The Rizzle, as you’ll see, is actually a very sinister blast from the past, cleverly…

Kin Would Be Way More Interesting If It Knew What Kind of Movie It Wanted to Be

There are a handful of scenes scattered throughout Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller from directors Jonathan and Josh Baker that are direct callbacks to Bag Man, the twin directors’ 2014 short about a young boy hiding a dangerous secret from the world. In those moments, you can see how the Bakers have grown as filmmakers in…

The Short That Inspired Kin Is a Complicated Exploration of Being Black and the Symbolic Power of Guns

Bag Man is the 2014 short film co-written and directed by brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker that’s the basis for their new feature film Kin. It stuck with me far longer than I thought, especially given its compact 15-minute runtime. Its dialogue is sparse, its visuals are familiar, and the larger story it hints at is…

An Unlucky-in-Love Man Resorts to Time Travel in This Short Rom-Com, CTRL Z

James Kennedy’s CTRL Z introduces us to best friends Ed and Carrie, as well as Sarah, the object of Ed’s unrequited affections. Can his do-over device (“It’s not a time machine!”) help him win the girl of his dreams—and will Carrie ever forgive him for dragging her along on this weird-science mission?

A Futuristic Mechanical World Comes to Life in This Gorgeous Short Film, Fabricated

We’ve featured the work of Brett Foxwell on this site before, but the filmmaker’s latest stop-motion masterpiece, Fabricated, is extra-special and we’re thrilled to debut it here on io9. It’s a labor of love that took him 10 years to complete, a gorgeous sci-fi tale about a mechanical world trying to figure out how to…

Cool Fan Film Envisions a New Chapter in the Cloverfield Sci-Fi Saga 

The Cloverfield universe might have hit a major snag with the latest film, Cloverfield: Paradox, but a new fan film is (unofficially) continuing the saga in a way that makes me want to give J.J. Abrams a call and tell him: “Hey, J.J! It’s your cousin, Marvin Abrams. You know that new film you’ve been looking for? Well…

The Search for Castle Rock Unearths the Real-Life Places That Inspired Stephen King

We’ll have more on Castle Rock, Hulu’s Stephen King-inspired series, very soon—including a review of the eerie first episode. But first, here’s an early treat for fans of King, true crime, and spooky history, in the form of a Hulu-produced short documentary investigating how Maine itself has inspired the horror author…

A Woman Tries to Survive a High-Octane but Slightly Confusing Hunt in the Short Film BALLiSTIC

Hold up, what exactly is going on here? Filmmaker Ryan Connolly’s newest short film BALLiSTIC expands an ongoing scifi series that’s remained as beautiful as it is bewildering. But even if the saga’s mystery still doesn’t make a lot of sense yet, there’s still some amazing acting, camerawork, and special effects in…

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