The Storm Written & Directed by Andre LeBlanc
It is not uncommon for a horror short film to play like the opening scene of a feature film.
This is the case with great horror shorts like Pedro Cristiani’s Deus Irae, Dante Vescio & Rodrigo Gasparini’s M is for Mailbox and Can Evrenol’s Baskin among others.
However, it is very unusual for a horror short to play like the first scene of the last third of a feature film like The Storm does.
Made by highly accomplished visual effects artist LeBlanc, this film is an ambitious take on the “Arctic horror” subgenre occupied by such feature films as all three versions of TheThing, Yim Pil-Sung’s Antarctic Journal (2005) and Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter (2006).
The filmmaker is currently in post-production on another science fiction-oriented horror short called They Watch.
I’m Dead Written & Directed by Francesco Picone
Also know as Io Sono Morta, I’m Dead is a superb example of the “sleeping giant awakens” story you see in other acclaimed horror short films such as Mariano Baino’s Carunculaand Josh MacDonald’s Game but Picone does it better here.
In 2015, Picone completed a zombie feature film called Age of the Dead based on his short Anger of theDead and also made the horror short Martynin 2013 but I’m Dead remains his most accomplished short form work to date.
In the world of dark magic, rituals must be performed according to strict rules. If those rules are not followed to the letter, the events of 8might be the result.
A film that would have been very at home as an episode of the Boris Karloff-hosted Thriller or Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, this short would put a smile on the faces of the late, great horror writers Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown and Richard Matheson.
One Last Dive Written & Directed by Jason Eisener
Best known as the maker of the feature film Hobo with a Shotgun based on his highly entertaining fake trailer of the same name, Eisener also directed the well-known horror-comedy short Treevenge and a kids-oriented horror-comedy short called Want to Believe.
The director also contributed the “Y is for Youngbuck” segment to The ABCs of Death (2012) and the “Slumber Party Alien Abduction” segment to V/H/S2 (2013).
Brief and extremely creepy, One Last Dive is Eisener’s best work to date.
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).
El Matador Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
Written by Shane McKenzie
This ABCs of Death 2 contest entry (previously known as M is for Matador) is perhaps best described as a brief glimpse into a confined world of total madness.
Guerrero previously made the lesser horror short Dead Crossing and went on to make the horror short El Gigante and the segment “Dias De Los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead)” for the 2014 horror anthology Mexico Barbaro.