If you want to partake of horror movie thrills this Halloween week, but are pressed for time, I’m here to help. Horror short films have become abundant online in recent years, many of which appear more professionally made than some big budget Hollywood movies. With that in mind, big studios frequently find themselves turning to horror short filmmakers to adapt their shorts into feature films. But few expanded features ever capture the efficiency of the original short films.
Below, I’ve gathered 10 scary short films you can watch right now to get yourself in the Halloween spirit. Some are very short – one only runs a minute long! And some are a bit longer – the longest being a little over 16 minutes. Overall, you should have enough time in your busy schedule to sit back and let these short films give you the creeps.
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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.
Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.
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Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.
“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.” Read More »
Say what you want about the Saw series (and you can saw many things about the Saw series), but I always appreciated how they kept the horror movie sequel tradition alive. If a horror movie can’t be allowed to exist solely on its own, if it must have a sequel, then it needs to to have five sequels. Ten sequels. There needs to be enough sequels to create continuous chatter and constant rankings. When a horror series is allowed to sprawl, to get bad, to get good again, to explore bizarre avenues, it becomes a true object of curiosity, something to get invested in, even if that investment can be an abusive relationship.
So I greet the news of a Lights Out sequel with open arms. Bring it on. And bring on six more. Why the hell not?
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Director David F. Sandberg makes his feature directorial debut with the James Wan-produced horror movie Lights Out. Sandberg’s journey towards making his first film began in 2013 with a short film that cost nothing. The director and his wife, Lotta Losten, made the short together, and Sandberg and Losten submitted it to the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge, where it was well received.
But it wasn’t until a few months later that the short really gained its popularity. Once it hit online, the short was viewed over 20 million times. Then Hollywood came running and offered Sanberg the opportunity to turn the short into a feature, which is now in theaters and stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, and Alexander DiPersia.
Below, read our Lights Out interview with David F. Sandberg.
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There is no fear as primal as fear of the dark. It’s the foundation upon which all other fears are built and the support structure for the horror genre. Bad stuff happens when the lights go out. Human beings have evolved to know this. We don’t have to be taught that stuff goes bump in the night. We understand this in the core our inner selves.
So yeah, Lights Out looks scary, taking our inherent fear of darkness and saying “Yep, there is indeed a gangly ghost-monster that means you harm lurking the shadows.” The new trailer shows off a horror movie that looks creepy and promising, carved out of the same mold as Insidious and The Conjuring (which makes sense, since James Wan is a producer on this film).
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Yesterday was the second day of CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. As you know, each year movie theater exhibitors gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. Sony Pictures presented a ton of new footage for upcoming films, including:
Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the animated Spider-Man movie, Blake Lively’s contained thriller The Shallows, Ron Howard’s DaVinci Code sequel Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the R-rated Seth Rogen animated film Sausage Party, and antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Warner Bros also presented a preview of their upcoming films, including:
Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shane Black’s buddy cop period comedy The Nice Guys, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2, Lights Out starring Teresa Palmer, Dawson Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, The Legend of Tarzan, the Todd Phillips comedy War Dogs, The LEGO Batman movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Hit the jump to watch both video blogs talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.
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While James Wan was at Wondercon presenting his own sequel The Conjuring 2, he also presented a new horror film he produced. Lights Out is based on a Swedish short film of the same name that has garnered over 150 million views online. /Film spoke to the director, David F. Sandberg, producer Lawrence Grey, actor Maria Bello and Sandberg’s wife Lotta Losten, who starred in the short and recreated a different version of the two minute scene in the feature film. Read More »
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Director James Wan brings his brand of horror back to the big screen this summer with The Conjuring 2 (watch the most recent trailer right here), but he’s also got more scares up his sleeve as the producer of a new, original horror story called Lights Out.
Rebecca (Teresa Palmer of Triple 9) thinks she escaped her childhood fears when she left home. But now when she comes back, it’s clear that what scared her as a child is still lurking in her mother’s house, and it’s scaring the hell out of her little brother Martin. Not that the dark wasn’t already scary before, but this looks to make it even more terrifying.
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