DAY 4 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Phil·a·del·phi·a’ (2014)

DAY 4 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Phil·a·del·phi·a’ (2014)

Scene from Phil·a·del·phi·a (2014 short horror film)
Scene from Phil·a·del·phi·a (2014 short horror film)
Scene from Phil·a·del·phi·a (2014 short horror film)

31 days. 31 films.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU FOR ‘PHIL•A•DEL•PHI•A’: For our fourth day of the festival, time for a change in tone. Today’s selection is a wistful, evocative, elegiac invocation of a time after an apocalyptic invasion. The cinematography is gorgeous, the pace measured, the tone sombre and resigned. You won’t find any jump scares in this one. But you may find something deeper and more meaningful.

Two brothers strive to survive in an invaded world, looking for safety from sound-seeking extra-dimensional beings.

Phil·a·del·phi·a was written and directed by Broadway, and stars Chase Ramsay, J.J Shurbet, and Alvis Broadway. Pay close attention to Shurbet’s voiceover. It’s extraordinary, especially for an actor so young. Enjoy the ride. RUNTIME: 4:50


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DAY 3 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Where Is It’ (2017)

DAY 3 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Where Is It’ (2017)

Image from Where Is It (2017) horror short
Image from Where Is It (2017) horror short

31 days. 31 films.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU FOR ‘WHERE IS IT’: The proliferation of smartphones has made a serious impact on the horror genre. No longer can writers fully isolate characters without writing in some hackneyed “NO SIGNAL” cheat. Also, because the video quality has gotten quickly and drastically better, more and more horror films – in particular, horror shorts – are being shot on smartphones. Augmented Reality (AR) horror games superimpose horrific imagery over the live video your smartphone’s camera is capturing. But where smartphones are really making a mark is in the subject matter of the films themselves. Is it really healthy to be connected at all times? To be tethered to work concerns and home concerns without pause? To check for texts or social media updates dozens or even hundreds of times a day?

Which brings us to video chats, deployed to great effect in the mega-popular horror short Skypemare a few years back. (Yes, we know its Skype conversation was on a laptop rather than a smartphone, but the concept is the same.) And in today’s featured short, Where Is It, two friends converse via FaceTime – and things do not go well. It’s a cool exercise in filmmaking boundaries, since the entire story is told through a single, unbroken FaceTime session.

Where Is It is co-directed by Todd Spence and Zak White, and stars Whitney Gries, Travina Springer, and Patrick Keane. Next you break a mirror, make sure it isn’t coveted by… something. RUNTIME: 3:29


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DAY 2 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Sweet Tooth’ (2015)

DAY 2 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Sweet Tooth’ (2015)

Image from Sweet Tooth (2015) horror short
Image from Sweet Tooth (2015) horror short

31 days. 31 films.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU FOR ‘SWEET TOOTH’: Black humor suffuses this candy-colored take on a celebration gone horribly awry. Here’s the official synopsis:

When little Norman attends Duncan’s 11th birthday, he participates in a seemingly innocent game of Hit the Piñata.. But when his bat rips clear though the piñata and connects with the face of the spoiled birthday boy, he is surprised to find that candy, not blood, is spilling from the boy’s open wound. Much to the dismay of the unsuspecting party guests, this new discovery fills Norman with delight, for he is very, very hungry.

Michael Muchnij directed, co-wrote, and even created the score for this short, which clocks in just under five minutes. Enjoy the sugar rush.


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DAY 1 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Selfie From Hell’ (2015)

DAY 1 | 2017 GH Oct. Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Selfie From Hell’ (2015)

Image from Selfie from Hell (2015) horror short
Image from Selfie from Hell (2015) horror short

31 days. 31 films.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: A brilliant addition to the growing family of smartphone-centric horror shorts, Selfie From Hell takes a simple premise and spins it into a highly effective horror short. In less than two minutes, it pulls the viewer into a baffling mystery with a violent outcome, paying off with one of the best jump scares in horror short history.

Erdal Ceylan wrote and directed this short, and Meelah Adams stars. Since being posted on YouTube in August 2015, Selfie from Hell has racked up more than 20 millions views and an impressive number of festival awards. In a twist paralleling Swedish director David F. Sandberg‘s viral success with 2013’s brilliant short Lights Out, Ceylan is currently finishing up post-production on a feature-length film based on the original short, with Adams returning as one of its stars. It’s slated for release sometime next year, and the inaugural trailer may be viewed below.


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“REDRUM!” TCM to present ‘The Shining’ (1980) in select US theaters October 23rd and 26th

“REDRUM!” TCM to present ‘The Shining’ (1980) in select US theaters October 23rd and 26th

TAGLINE: “The Horror is driving him crazy.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: 36 years ago, one of cinema’s greatest directors tried his hand at a horror film. Based on a best-selling novel by horror master Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining stands as one of the towering examples of the genre. Even judged solely as a film, free of genre compartmentalization, it is a masterpiece. (Though Gourmet Horror has not yet posted a review of this classic, rest assured it will be a 5-knife one when it eventually is.) Many of us – myself included – have never had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Well, now is our chance. Here’s the official announcement:

Heeeere’s Johnny… back on the big screen! Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment invite you to relive Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining (1980), when it returns to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event on Sunday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 26.

From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel, as the off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before – or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.

This is no small-scale release. The Shining will play in no less than 2,076 theaters nationwide! Chances are very good it will be shown at a venue near you (and you can find out for sure here). The presenters promise the film will be presented uncut, and in its original United States theatrical aspect ratio (which I assume will be 1.85:1, about which there is much controversy and discussion, some of which is related here). Showings will be preceded by a specially-produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

Who else wants to watch The Shining as the horror gods intended – in the dark, with strangers, on a huge screen? I know I’ll be there. Shall I save you a seat?

Pre-sale tickets are available now.

Jack uttering one of horror's immortal lines

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