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Thresher

A man locked in a room faces inter-dimensional terror.
Shot by Mike Diva for the Guillermo Del Toro & Legendary pictures “House of Horrors” competition.

 

Unwind

This is a film with no blood, no overt scares, and no action, and it’s absolutely gut-wrenching. Set in a world where teenagers are taken to “harvest camps” so that the government can claim their body parts, this six-minute short focuses on the harvesting of one teenage girl.

 

Abe

When an android starts questioning the meaning of life, it’s time to start running. In the spirit of stories like “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and I, Robot, “Abe” tells the story of what happens when the lines between programming and humanity are irretrievably blurred. Writer and director Rob McClellan based the film on an earlier short of his, “Love . . . And All That,” which he made for the 2012 Colchester 48-Hour Film Festival.

Cargo

“Cargo” puts a fresh spin on the zombie subgenre by looking past the run-and-gun to a heartbreakingly poignant scenario: A recently bitten father has to get creative to keep himself from killing his infant daughter when he turns. Co-directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, “Cargo” was a finalist at the Australian Tropfest Film Festival. It was filmed over a single weekend and the final cut was sent off two weeks later.

 

Pennywise

This short fan film based on Stephen King’s ‘It’ completely disregards the storyline of both the novel and preceding film, focusing purely on the now-banal shock of a creepy clown.

 

Perfect Drug

“Perfect Drug” is a strange mix of dark comedy, sci-fi, and surreal imagery all meshed into a surprisingly coherent tale of a man who accidentally drinks something from a glowing vial that he’d stolen from a pharmacy for his boss. It was written and directed by Belgian filmmaker Toon Aerts and produced by Czar Films

 

Connected

Two men wander a desolate wasteland, connected to each other with a breathing hose. Without the hose—without each other—they die. “Connected” acts as a snapshot into two lives inextricably bound. But when one of the men begins to lose strength, we get a look at the depraved depths to which humans will go to survive.

 

Blinky

Written and directed by Ruairi Robinson, “Blinky” is about a robotic helper that can do just about anything . . . except make a little boy’s parents stop fighting.

 

Operator

Using just clay and Lego pieces, “Operator” tells the story of a switchboard operator named Bob who works for a Brazil-esque corporation when he’s attacked by a “bio-mechanical parasite” intent on climbing into the back of Bob’s neck. Alone in the switchboard room, Bob has to fight the creature out of his own head and keep doing his job at the same time so he can get back to his family.

 

Paralyzed

This short takes a terrifying experience many people have actually had—sleep paralysis—and builds a slinking, chattering, featureless face under all the intangible fear.

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