CONTEST: Crypt TV’s #15SecondScare Competition Announces All Prize Winners

Nine finalists — and one Grand Prize winner — from Crypt TV‘s October Instagram contest judged by celebrities (including Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino) will take home a slew of prizes. Read about the prizes they won — and then watch all nine finalists’ and the winner’s entries, right here, right now.


Last week CryptTV announced the winner of #15SecondScare, an innovative Instagram contest challenging creators to produce and upload their shorts to scare a star-studded roster of judges including Tarantino, music producer deadmau5, Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele, Gimme Shelter star Vanessa Hudgens, Enter the Void director Gaspar Noé, Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and Roth. 

The contest ended, fittingly enough, on Halloween. The finalists have been named and awarded the following prizes for their shorts. If you haven’t watched these 15-second Instagram shorts yet, now would be an excellent opportunity. We promise you this:

It won’t take long.

Nick Lines wins an all-expenses paid trip to Portland, Oregon (valued at $5,000) from Eastside Distilling for his short Fly.

Nick Lines is obviously very, very good at this. He also wins a gift box from Intellibed Pillows valued at $300 for his short Shriek.

Hugo Breant wins a $500 gift certificate from Girly Go Garter for his short Away From Prying Eyes.

Danny Donahue wins a Gun Vault: Office Solutions OS4 from CannonSafe for his entry Stay Dead.

Tap At Your Own Risk wins a Masterpiece necklace plus a $500 gift certificate from Park Lane Jewelry for their entry.

Lord Binah’s entry wins gift boxes from Adonia Organics valued at over $500.

Culprit Creative wins gift boxes from PureTrim valued at over $200 for their short Taken.

Luchagore wins a $500 gift card from Mika Yoga Wear for their short Doll Factory.

Daniel Yonathan wins $500 in skin care products from CoTZ for his short Rabbit.

And finally, the Grand Prize winner is @iwasanastronaut, with their entry Emma. The winner lands a $10,000 film development deal with Crypt TV. Congratulations to all!

CONTEST: Only two days left in @CryptTV’s #15SecondScare Competition

@CryptTV #15SecondScare contestThe concept is dead simple (with emphasis on the “dead”):

Upload your 15-second scary video to Instagram, hashtag it with #15SecondScare and tag it with @CryptTV. If our judges deem it a winner, you get a $10,000 development deal to make a longer version of your film, along with other prizes.

Speaking of judges, check out this distinguished panel: Jason Blum, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarentino, Deadmau5, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaspar Noé, and Jordan Peele. It costs nothing to enter and get your work in front of these creative luminaries.

But you’ll have to hurry: The contest ends on Halloween, October 31st. See this link for the official rules and a list of all prizes. Good luck, horror gourmands!

DAY 27 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Being’ (2014)

DAY 27 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Being’ (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: If you like your horror films wrapped up neatly and tied with a nice bow, today’s selection is not for you. From Mumbai, India’s KNK Acting Institute comes a tale of a woman’s descent. Whether that descent is into madness, or her fears and visions are all too real, is at the ambiguous heart of the film.

Nazneen invites a violent entity into her life by drinking from a stream. She begins to lose herself. A slow decay of her mind is what follows.

The screenplay, fine cinematography, editing, sound, color, visual effects, and direction are all by Bahaish Kapoor. Being stars Disha Thakur, Vansh Goswami, Shona Sharma, Jahanara Rabia Raza, Zebby Singh, Vaibhavi Shandilya, Diksha Crasto, Prabhanj Gouth, Dibyani Rayamajhi,Tamrakar Saruk, Sumaiya, Vishal Handa, Sumeet Waghmare, Shweta Mahey, Manjunath, Jyoti Dwivedi, Sachin Dasgupta, Hirock Sonowal, and Vedika Singh. RUNTIME: 20:07


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DAY 26 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Undying Love’ (2013)

DAY 26 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Undying Love’ (2013)

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: After the devastating darkness of yesterday’s Fest selection, Conventional, we thought it might be time for something on a bit lighter note. OK, a lot lighter note. Because this shit right here? It’s hilarious.

David and Rebecca stand at the altar when Rebecca first learns of the ‘zombie clause’ David has written into their wedding vows, requiring each of them to kill the other should he or she become a zombie. Rebecca’s protestations lead to a series of increasingly violent and bloody hypotheticals traded before a chapel full of horrified guests in this comedy about love, commitment, and rotting corpses.

The two leads, Anthony Marquez and Mikayla Park (who also serve as co-writers), are great. Their dialogue is rapid-fire and expertly timed. Tom Grey‘s direction is brisk and effortless. This story moves along at a brisk pace, delivering its beats and punchlines with unerring precision. And the twist at the end is damned near perfect.

Undying Love began life as a successful Kickstarter campaign, and went on to win Best Actress at the Boston Film Festival, Best Short at the HollyShorts Film Festival, Best Short at the LA Indy Film Festival, and Best of Show at the 1st Annual Geekie Awards. RUNTIME: 9:58


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DAY 25 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Conventional’ (2015)

DAY 25 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Conventional’ (2015)

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: If you’ve ever been to any kind of fan or genre convention, you know this scenario. There’s a hierarchy, a pecking order. Hot, young stars get attention, special treatment, the best accommodations, the longest lines, and the highest prices for fan photos, signed merchandise, and the like. But at every convention, there are the lesser-knowns. The has-beens. The aging remnants of once lofty careers. There is a certain inevitability to this, but there’s still something profoundly sad about it. And that’s what Conventional explores—to horrific effect:

An aging scream queen deals with her insignificance.

Gifted actor Karen Gillan wrote, directed, and stars in Conventional. No stranger to genre roles, Gillan memorably portrayed Amy Pond in the BBC’s Doctor Who, the evil Nebula in Marvel’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kaylie in 2013’s horror hit Oculus.

She’s fantastic in this film. Though not yet 30, Gillan convincingly plays much older, helped by a set of fake Botox-swollen lips and increasingly unflattering makeup. She also seems to have gotten drastically better at an American accent since Oculus—she’s spot on here. But it’s her heartbreaking monologue to a nearly-empty convention hall where she absolutely kills. She’s so good, it’s physically uncomfortable to watch. While today’s selection isn’t exactly as much fun as a barrel of monkeys, it is certainly one thing: Devastating.

It’ll be interesting to see where Gillan’s career takes her. She’s not only a fine actor, but also clearly has a talent for scriptwriting and an eye for directing. Her co-stars in Conventional include Alex ChoateDylan HoffingerMichael MayAlexandra MesmerBoman Modine, and Stephen Nelson, with fine cinematography by Zach Voytas. RUNTIME: 9:05


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DAY 24 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Victim’ (2013)

DAY 24 | 2015 October Short Horror Film Fest: ‘Victim’ (2013)

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 uses the Slender Man mythology as its jumping off point. If you’re unfamiliar with the legend of the Slender Man, no matter. It’s explained in the film. But if you’d like to go a little deeper, there are resources at the end of this post. It’s a potent myth, to the point of, earlier this year, driving two 12-year-old Milwaukee girls to plot to kill a classmate.

UK student Eddie Adamson made this film as an assignment:

This is a Short Horror film I made for my last college project in Creative Media Production, before I went off to University. We were given the chance to individually make a film of our own choice, of varied length and subject matter.

My film is based around a teenage boy who finds himself being stalked by the mythical being ‘Slender Man’ over a period of days. It has been heavily inspired by the game ‘Slender’ by Parsec Productions, as well as many horror films I have been influenced by.

It was awarded best short film for our year group, when shown at our student screening at the Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton.

Can you spot The Slender Man?
Look under the roof, middle left.

Our hat is off to Adamson: He clearly has a gift for filmmaking. The pacing and blocking are excellent, the camera work good. He makes canny use of free YouTube and other soundtrack and music sources, expertly stitching them together to make an ominous and unsettling score. Some good jump scares make for a potent effort. You may find yourself checking your peripheral vision for a strangely slim countenance with no discernible facial features. Adamson directed, filmed, and edited Victim. Jake Holmes and Jordan Scott star. RUNTIME: 14:30


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