The Last Halloween Directed by Marc Roussel
Written by Marc Roussel & Mark Thibodeau
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 Remotebut TheLast 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 TheLast Halloween is definitively unique.
M is for Messiah Directed by Nicholas Humphries Screenplay by Bob Woolsey 2013, Canada
Fans of Robin Hardy’s TheWicker Man and Ben Wheatley’s Kill List will be especially attracted to veteran shorts director Humphries’ brief, enigmatic and captivating look at the end of the world made for the ABCs of Death 2 contest.
Humphries also directed the award-winning horror short The Little Mermaid, which despite being very popular in the horror shorts world, fails to have the same impact as M is for Messiah.
The director went on to make the feature films Death Do Us Part (2014) and Charlotte’s Song (2015).
Else Directed by Thibault Emin Written by Thibault Emin & David Lucas 2007, France
Co-screenwriter/director Emin gives us a unique apocalyptic love story that combines body horror and sexuality reminiscent of such Clive Barker literary works as his classic short story Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament.
Little has been heard from Emin since Else won the Best Student Short Film Award at the 2009 Screamfest LA Film Festival but there’s no denying the talent and vision on display here.