Mystery Horror Theater: Welcome Home

It’s 2016. The old year is dead and gone, and new horrors lurk in the coming months. Let my pal Leif Bearikson and I be your guides to the terror that awaits you. This is Mystery Horror Theater.


In this brief horror short, directors Mitchell and Taylor Kerby tap into our innate fear of being vulnerable by asking when we are at our most exposed. The answer, of course, is when we’re sitting on the toilet. Occupied is five minutes of building tension as the protagonist finds his life threatened when he should be most at ease. This short gets major points for not overextending itself with fancy effects or long monologues; lighting and panic reign and prove useful tools for making you wonder what’s lurking in the dark just beyond the protective barrier of your bathroom stall.


Starting your horror short with an exorcism scene is a bold declaration of intent, but Malhar Patel’s first horror film takes a surprising approach to the genre. Rather than focusing on the possession itself, the film explores the psychological toll battling demons takes on the righteous. The film’s dark, Nietzsche-esque emotional exploration is surprisingly vulnerable and all the more disturbing for the way it relates psychological demons to the usual haunting ones found in most films. This short is not what I expected.

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Silent Hills P.T. in Real Life

The cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s Silent Hills was a massive blow to fans of horror games, and the subsequent removal of P.T., the playable teaser for the game, from online servers only added salt to the wound. Rather than wallowing in self-loathing, though, enterprising filmmakers, such as Oddest of the Odd, have sought to recapture the spirit of what might have been. In this short film based on the demo, OotO conjure a taut, anxious experience through the use of a cyclical, nerve-racking found-footage-style short not unlike excellent British psychological thriller The Triangle. Though there may be a jump scare or two, the real horror of this short is its attention to detail and atmosphere; little features such as a Lovecraft book and burnt cigarettes capture your eye and draw you deeper into the unwinding confusion as you are placed inside the head of a man trying to make sense of his shattered reality. A neat throwback to Eraserhead and some fan service to the long-suffering Silent Hill devout really seal the deal and cause that cancerous fear of the unknown to grow in your belly like a malignant tumor. Silent Hills may be dead, but the vengeful spirits it unleashed linger on.


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Published on: March 8, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    The second one sounds rad. Will check out later.

  • I think that Silent Hills trailer, stretched out to feature length, would be in the “scariest movies of all time” conversation.

    • speaking of Silent Hill, do you think we’re lucky or cursed with that first motion picture? i mean, it had some terrific costume work and effects. also some rill dumb moments.

      • Waynecro

        I kind of like the first Silent Hill movie. I may actually own that one.

      • Dubs

        The first one is a good.

      • Dubs

        It did have its flaws, but honestly it’s one of the best video game -> movie translations around.

        • Waynecro

          You just broke Uwe Boll’s heart.

          • Dubs

            Bloodrayne? lolololololol

          • Waynecro

            I remember trying to watch that movie with a drinking buddy of mine back in the day. I believe his exact words were, “I can’t watch any more of this filth.”

          • Dubs

            That was pretty much my reaction to the second Fantastic Four movie.

          • Waynecro

            Sobriety prevented me from seeing that one.

          • you think THAT’S bad? did you watch the reboot. whoa nelly.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I refuse to watch the reboot.

          • it’s so bad. i don’t know if you’re making a mistake or doing the right thing.
            yes i do, you’re doing the right thing.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I did not like any of the prior movies of them. This one I just refused to see.

          • Dubs

            I knew just from the trailer it would be terribad.

          • so i gain a certain pleasure from watching really bad movies crash and burn. yet the new FF was STILL unenjoyable.

          • I’ve refused to watch any of the FF movies. They were my favorite team when I was a regular comic reader.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Good man!

          • It’s a shame. Marvel Studios(Disney) is doing a great job with the titles they have the rights to. I’m really looking forward to Doctor Strange.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Oh, hell yes! Doc Strange and Black Panther are going to kick ass. And follow that with all of the Space stories that they’ll be getting into, I can’t wait.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Ever seen Dungeon Siege?

          • Dubs

            I have not.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Boll directed. Cast included the likes of Jason Statham, Ron Perlman, John Rhys-davies, Ray Liotta, Claire Forlani, matthew Lillard and Burt Reynolds.
            Loosely based on the story of the first game.
            At first I was terrified, then I figured it was bad. By the end of it I wanted to tear my face off.

            Then I heard other people had made sequels for it. It’s bad even on a Uwe Boll level.

          • watched for the pretty redhead in it. twas bad.

          • Waynecro

            Once again, a pretty lady foreshadows ruination and despair.

        • BobLoblaw

          I disagree.

      • Dubs

        pls respond. I wanna talk to u.

        • so needy. i guess that’s why i like you.
          i really dug it, and like to watch it once a year or so. the pyramid head scenes were obviously great, but the grey children scene was horror cinema at its finest (and SPOT ON from the first videogame). yeah, it was a good. just had a few complaints.

    • Dubs

      If they did it similarly to this short, it could be really, really cool. I liked the Triangle vibe of repeating the same horrible sequence of events.

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    Now i have something to watch when i get off work. Thanks!

  • Killer. Always enjoy these posts. Will check these out later tonight.

    • Dubs

      Did you ever check these out?

  • I’m stoked to watch this, specially the final short based on P.T.

    Thanks for sharing, guys, you’re the bestest.

  • JWEG

    Speaking of short horror films, ‘Cured’ is finally out and making short-film festival rounds.

    I’m still waiting on news of a digital copy or upload that’s free for non-backers to view, but I’ll post it as soon as I get word.

    • Is that the project in which you were working?

      • JWEG

        No. It’s just coincidence that Burks and I share the same first name.

        It’s just one of several indie horror film projects I’ve invested in; and the first with any kind of finished product screening other than MANIA.

        • Cool, mate.

          The stills shots are great, I like the usage of the pale green, it makes me feel uncomfortable 😛

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Dat Silent Hills tho

  • Óðinn

    Thanks W.

  • Waynecro

    Pyramid Head >>>>>>>>>>>


      ben carson?

      • Waynecro


  • CyberneticOrganism

    i hate to always be the off-topic asshole but this Oranssi Pazuzu vinyl is gorgeous.

    • in the facebook group we don’t call off-topic people assholes, but “regulars”.

  • Vault Dweller

    Note that Kojima only stopped making Silent Hills because Konami blocked him.
    Kojima has left Konami and opened his own video game studio.

    Konami probably has the rights to ‘Silent Hill’ name brand shit… but Kojima could make a game as part of a new IP with Del Toro and that would be A-OK. And supposedly he’s working on something ‘different’ right now… that has Del Toro and Norman Reedus (Daryl from Walking Dead) really interested in working with him again…

    • JWEG

      There’s also Allison Road (only confirmed for PC), which is another* spiritual successor to P.T.

      [* “another” unless it’s the same project you’re talking about. I don’t know one way or the other anything about it besides that I remember reading the name and its association with P.T. some time ago]

      If that makes its way to current-gen systems somehow I might finally have to accept that it’s time to upgrade. I’m already sorely tempted by what little I’ve even seen of several other upcoming horror games; especially Friday the 13th and The Sinking City.

      Also, if Castlevania-ish titles count, obviously Bloodstained: ROTN. Obviously.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Silent Hill you say?

  • more beer

    Where is KJU? All of his comments from last night are deleted.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      I was wondering the same thing. He replied to Tapir earlier today, after i noticed the deleted comments, so i don’t know what’s up.

      • more beer

        I was giving him shit last night for his alcoholic choices but I always do that. So when I saw his comments deleted I felt kind of bad. Maybe he just deleted that account and changed everything up.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I’m guessing he just wanted the change. He seemed rather cheery talking with you about his alcohol choices and he seems to have some thick skin.

          • more beer

            Yes he does have thick skin. That is why I was wondering. I also thought maybe he finally crossed the line and that Joe could no longer take it.

          • That second choice would be far more likely. KJU has a very healthy sense of humor, especially about his booze.

          • more beer

            Yes he does. That is why I was finding it odd. I did also call Virginia a police state. But in all fairness it kind of is.

          • It really is.

          • more beer

            I was stationed there I saw it first hand.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    In horror movie news they’re making a 10th Hellraiser. Some random guy who isn’t Doug Bradley is playing Pinhead.