THEY WILL ALL DIE IN SPACE

They Will All Die in Space
Written & Directed by Javier Chillon
2015, Spain

Moving into the darker side of science fiction after his comedic short Decapoda Shock (2011), auteur Chillon delivers a great piece of space horror with a grim tone reminiscent of many American science fiction feature films of the early 1970s.

Some viewers might be initially thrown off by Chillon’s decision to shoot in black & white but it is ultimately a very effective choice.

BASKIN

Baskin
Written & Directed by Can Evrenol
2013, Turkey

This is Turkish auteur Evrenol’s last stand-alone horror short before entering the world of feature filmmaking and it is an audacious one.  Baskin is a gruesome, nightmarish and bloody instant classic of short-form terror.

Evrenol made a highly regarded feature version of Baskin in 2015 that takes the story in a slightly more surreal direction and has recently completed his latest horror film Housewife.

Watch one of Can Evrenol’s outstanding earlier shorts To My Mother and Father here on The Brief Macabre.

CURVE

Curve
Written & Directed by Tim Egan
2016, Australia

This is a visually striking, enigmatic piece of cinematic terror that fans of Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 debut feature Cube  and Kristoffer Aaron Morgan’s great 2011 short No Way Out will adore.

While it might be tempting to classify Curve as the type of short film that comes off as the first scene of longer story, the short actually works best as the puzzling and self-contained piece of short-form horror that it is.

 

BONIATO

Boniato
Directed by Eric Mainade & Andres Meza-Valdes & Diego Meza-Valdes
Written by Eric Mainade & Andres Meza-Valdes
2015, USA

A migrant field worker decides to seek a better life but is thrown into a living Hell as she is attacked by flesh-eating creatures in this slick and gory short.

Florida-based filmmakers Andres Meza-Valdes and Diego Meza-Valdes previously made the horror shorts The Room (2007), Halfway (2009), Play Dead (2011) and Haunt Ed (2012) but Boniato is by far their most effective and accomplished work to date.

SHE

She
Directed by Keegan Wilcox
Written by Matt Pelfrey
2015, USA

Two well-meaning men pick up a highly distressed woman who appears to be lost then discover it is possible that no good deed goes unpunished in this very well made horror short that’s anchored by an excellent acting performance by Claudia Graf.  She is a potent, horror genre- encased glimpse at the devastating effects of sexual violence.

SEQUENCE

Sequence
Written & Directed by Carles Torrens
2013, USA

Chaos erupts as a man wakes to find everyone he comes into contact with has had a deeply disturbing dream about him the night before in this multiple award-winning short film.

Director Torrens also directed the horror shorts M is for Mom (2013) and Hide & Seek (2014) in addition to the ghost/haunted house horror feature Apartment 143 (aka Emergo, 2011).

His latest horror feature called Pet recently world premiered as part of the 2016 SXSW Festival’s Midnighters program to very positive reviews.

AUTUMN HARVEST

Autumn Harvest
Directed by Fredrik S. Hana
Written by Fredrik S. Hana & Marius Lunde
2014, Norway

A suicidal sailor finds a grim new reason to live in this very ambitious and superb black & white slice of Lovecraftian horror.

Hana previously made the serial killer short film Angst, Piss & Drid in 2013 and is currently on a very successful festival run with his latest horror short called Sister Hell.

Angst, Piss & Drid has its admirers, which I don’t count myself among, but Autumn Harvest instantly establishes Hana as a talent to watch very closely.

 

GOOD NIGHT

GOOD NIGHT
Written & Directed by Peter Czikrai
2013, Slovakia

A rented room and the pursuit of mysterious black bag combine for hellish consequences in director Czikrai’s first horror short film.

Good Night is adopts a much more slow-burn pace than his other two excellent apocalyptic horror shorts M is for Malnutrition and A….

As you’ll see in these three short films, Czikrai is very talented filmmaker that deserves much more attention.

 

THE LAST HALLOWEEN

The Last Halloween
Directed by Marc Roussel
Written by Marc Roussel & Mark Thibodeau
2013, Canada

A group of costumed children go door to door in a ruined neighborhood carrying bags of candy and some dark secrets in The Last Halloween.

This excellent apocalyptic short film that had a very successful festival run shows both the external and internal devastation caused by the end of the world.

Filmmaker Roussel had previously made the award-winning 2010 horror short Remote but The Last Halloween is a more accomplished and effective piece of work that also happens to feature the welcome presence of Canadian character actor Julian Richings.

In the massive and ever-growing world of horror shorts, a film has to be unique to stand out and The Last Halloween is definitively unique.