Hello everyone~ Fenrir here with the weekly bit of some Food for Thought–this time it’s super cool and themed! (YAY!) After all, Halloween is fast approaching! And you know what that means, right?
Yay scary stuff! Or well, mildly disturbing stuff! The things that go bump in the night or what serve to freak us out. And it’s not jump-scares, persay, but those moments that tow the line of disturbing and horrifying that I think make very, very fun (HAHA, fun) short films to watch. So let’s grab a blanket to hide under, and get ready to take a look at some frightening(-ish) short films!
Okay let’s go easy for the first one.
Teddy Has an Operation is definitely more… unsettling than outright horrifying, I suppose. It can even be argued that it’s quite endearing, actually, from the narrator lovingly describing that the weird, uncomfortable gobs of meat and tissue are good things for our patient. But it is also quite, quite unsettling to look at — and it does make me squirm with each incision, ugh grody.
Also on the “lighter” side, but with plenty elements that make it disturbing–and quite sad–The Maker is a short film with an excellent pedigree (Look at all the places it was screened at) and it is just rich in details. Like wow, take a moment to watch it, definitely, and get a little creeped out while you’re at it, too. (Although, I should say it is a very “light” creeping haha)
The Backwater Gospel … As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.
This is just fun to watch; the mythology behind this twisted world, the style, the voice acting — it’s terribly frightening in its own way, although it is a bit longer than the other shorts on this list! Definitely worth a watch.
Don’t Hug me I’m Scared has been around the block several times in my circle of friends, but it is utterly brilliant in its steady decline into madness. Remember kids, green is not a creative color. Definitely have to give props to the puppet characters, which help in that overall, strange feeling as we look at “familiar” ish figures of childhood dabble in the grotesque.
Ever wonder if a zombie keeps attacking with its jaw shorn off? Chainsaw Maid–and its sequels–seeks to answer such questions in grizzly, gory claymation horror. Definitely a series of shorts for zombie fans–there really isn’t much to say other than kudos for some inventive zombie deaths.
Also, warning, Chainsaw Maid’s sequels are technically NSFW sooo – keep an eye out for that.
If first person POV and student filming is your Thing, then you def should check out the entirety of Marble Hornets. I shan’t spoil too much–a few videos in and you’ll definitely know who and what this series is about–but it’s a slow build that is definitely worth it if you have the time to marathon this slow descent into madness.
By and far, my favorite, all-time “creepy” video. Whether it’s the claymation or the subject matter, it is utterly, utterly brilliant. This little snippet comes from the old “The Adventures of Mark Twain” series, and is only five minutes of curious contemplation into the duality of good and evil. It takes some cues–well, sort of–from Mark Twain’s unfinished The Mysterious Stranger, which was a social commentary that addressed his ideas of the “Moral Sense”. It’s pretty compelling stuff–although the moral complexity that Twain struggled with is a bit condensed for this short.
Still, I think the twists of moral good and the importance of the human race is more or less pretty much covered in these five minutes of pure terror haha.