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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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!