DAY 18 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Festival: ‘In the Tall Grass’ (2014)

DAY 18 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Festival: ‘In the Tall Grass’ (2014)

October is the month for the true horror gourmet. In celebration of All Hallows Eve—and all things terrifying—Gourmet Horror is presenting a different short horror film for each day of the month. Make yourself a tasty snack, draw the blinds, turn out all the lights…and watch today’s featured horror short.

 

If you dare, that is.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Today’s selection comes to us from Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem. In the Tall Grass is a dialog-free computer-animated feature that evokes David Lynch’s peculiar brand of industrial unease, right down to the sludgy ambient soundtrack.

Joseph is mentally deviated. He is a prisoner of his own flat, and always at permanent war with his own mind. In reality, where desires, memories and nightmares are mixed together, there’s no escape for the tortured soul. He will either win this battle—or will be condemned forever.

Alexii Muftoll co-wrote, directed, and performed motion capture for the film for his graduation project at Bezalel. Nadia Dubijansky served as co-writer and did the art direction, character design, and texturing. The ominous sound design is by Arjen SchutFederico Lusthaus is the modeling and technical artist, and Isca Mayo did the animation. Enjoy this hot blast of Kafkaesque cinematic grit. RUNTIME: 7:51


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Filmmaker Alexii Muftoll

DAY 9 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘The Separation’ (2003)

DAY 9 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘The Separation’ (2003)

October is the month for the true horror gourmet. In celebration of All Hallows Eve—and all things terrifying—Gourmet Horror is presenting a different short horror film for each day of the month. Make yourself a tasty snack, draw the blinds, turn out all the lights…and watch today’s featured horror short.

If you dare, that is.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Robert Morgan (The ABCs of Death 2, segment D is for Deloused) has crafted an eerie, moving tale of the separation of two conjoined twin brothers, and the extraordinary (and horrific) consequences of that separation. The Separation‘s stop motion animation is incredible, as is the sound design and cinematography. It is unusual to find a stop motion film that carries this kind of emotional heft. The Separation is not only technically sharp as a knife, but that knife cuts—deep.

We highly recommend checking out some of the London-based filmmaker’s other work. He has a unique vision and a gift for off-kilter storytelling.

Morgan wrote, directed, and animated this film. Cinematography is by Philip Cowan, and sound design is by Z. No RUNTIME: 9:12


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DAY 6 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Chainsaw Maid’ (2007)

DAY 6 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Chainsaw Maid’ (2007)

October is the month for the true horror gourmet. In celebration of All Hallows Eve—and all things terrifying—Gourmet Horror is presenting a different short horror film for each day of the month. Make yourself a tasty snack, draw the blinds, turn out all the lights…and watch today’s featured horror short.

If you dare, that is.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Prepare yourself for some of goriest, grossest, and funniest Claymation-style stop motion animation you’ve ever seen. Be forewarned—this is not Wallace and Gromit (more like Wallace and Vomit, amirite?) or Gumby. Not by a long shot.

A simple premise sets the stage for the carnage to come:

A sexy maid equipped with a chainsaw is a family’s only hope against hordes of the undead.

Chainsaw Maid was written, directed, and shot—painstakingly—by Japanese filmmaker Takena Nagao. If you enjoyed this outing, take a look at its “sequel,” 2010’s creatively titled Chainsaw Maid 2. Apparently, Nagao had no involvement in the second short. Instead, British writer/director Lee Hardcastle took the basic concept of the original and added his own unique flourishes. RUNTIME: 6:51


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Special thanks to Josh Millican over at The Blood-Shed for bringing this short to our attention in his article published back on September 4th.

 

Ep. 2 of #CryptTV web series ‘R.I.P.’: “Olivia,” with animated Barbies, death by chafing and…Sinéad O’Connor?

Ep. 2 of #CryptTV web series ‘R.I.P.’: “Olivia,” with animated Barbies, death by chafing and…Sinéad O’Connor?

New web series R.I.P. comes to us from the twisted folks at CryptTV. It’s based on a deliciously macabre premise: People who have split up with their significant other under…um, less than ideal circumstances fantasize about how they would want that person to die. This episode is narrated by Olivia Gollner,  and augmented by Lena Greene’s dark and hilarious animation – with Barbie dolls and modeling clay. Enjoy!

First episode of ‘R.I.P.,’ new web series from CryptTV (and already banned on Facebook): ‘Annie’ [NSFW]

First episode of ‘R.I.P.,’ new web series from CryptTV (and already banned on Facebook): ‘Annie’ [NSFW]

R.I.P. is based on a deliciously macabre premise: People who have split up with their significant other under…um, less than ideal circumstances fantasize about how they would want that person to die. Their voiceover is augmented with dark and hilarious animation. Enjoy!