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.

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M is for Messiah
Directed by Nicholas Humphries

Screenplay by Bob Woolsey
2013, Canada

Fans of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker 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).

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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.

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