Mystery Horror Theater with Leif and W., Ep. I

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Do you have your popcorn? 3D glasses? Catheter and piss bottle? Good, because it’s time to screen some short horror films with best spooky buds Leif Bearikson and W.

The advent of YouTube has ruined a lot of things. Artful music videos have given way to terrible lyric videos. Teenagers and racists and weeaboos are given a platform to spread their awful ideas. Rational discourse and friendly discussions have been swept aside. The education system as we know it is likely on the verge of collapse. It’s not all bad, though. Streaming video services online have made it easier for enterprising filmmakers with tiny hands and budgets to create some truly unique and sinister shorts. Both Leif and I are big fans of horror movies, as we know a lot of you are, so we decided to start a new series to highlight some noteworthy shorts for you. This week, I’ve selected three shorts ranging from grindcore song length to death metal song length. Press play, grab whatever inanimate object you use to comfort yourself, and hunker down for some thrills and chills.

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Jack

Jack is one of many short horror videos made by the prolific Drew Daywalt of Daywalt Horror. The film was made as an entry for the Santa Barbara MINUTE Film Festival and, excluding front and end matter, clocks in at less than a minute. I actually first saw the film in gif form over at r/fearme (a veritable den of occult villainy), and despite its minimal run time, it left an impact on me. What it lacks in length, development, etc., it more than makes up for in unsettling atmosphere and coulrophobic dread. Check it out below, and be sure to view more of the Daywalt films on Drew’s YouTube channel.

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Run

Run is the first of two shorts presented here that clocks in at about 7 minutes. While the other two films focus more on the supernatural side of terror, Run is pure psychological thriller. Atmosphere and suspense are the key to this film’s success, and the foreboding mystery conjured by writer/director Mat Johns is quite effective at what it does. Leif actually sent me this short last year after he pre-screened it for the Housecore Horror & Music Festival, and Stockhausen, Masterlord, and I all had the same very visceral response to the subject matter.

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Thresher

I stumbled upon Thresher over at r/Lovecraft where it was billed as a horror cut certain to please fans of Clive Barker and H. P. LovecraftThresher was originally created by Mike Diva as an entry to YouTube House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween, a contest hosted jointly by Legendary Pictures and YouTube as a way to find aspiring and innovative young horror creators. Guillermo del Toro himself presided over the affair, and the fact that Thresher finished in the top 5 is a testament to its potency. Mr. Diva certainly knows how to craft a captivating tale, combining practical effects with a wee bit of CGI to create a taut, tense film full of eldritch brooding and suspenseful twists. The fact that Thresher will definitely make you jump doesn’t hurt, either.

That’s it for this edition. Next time Leif will be screening some of his favorites, so be sure to bring plenty of Red Vines and plastic underpants.

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  • Woah, this seems to be awesome!! I love short horror films, so I will bookmark this to watch it later. Thanks guys!

  • Howard Dean

    How we all looked coming out of a nearly 8 hour meeting today with our bleary eyes and sleeping limbs and sore backs:
    https://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/daily-morning-awesomeness-45-photos-5.gif?w=290&h=218

    • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

      8 hour meeting!?! Now that’s fucking “HORROR”.

      • Howard Dean

        Yep. Real bad. There was a lunch break and a pair of 15 minute breaks built in, but holy fuck is that a long time to sit still. I don’t even have ADHD but I felt like a cross between Dennis the Menace and Junior from Problem Child about three hours into it.

        • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

          That very damn impressive sir.

        • Ariana Grande’s Jock Strap

          I have ADD. Imagine the horror I would’ve had. At most, when I had monthly sit downs with the other chefs, it’d be an hour to get a brush up on the new recipes. The rest was almost always us going to the bars and talking over it after the shift.

    • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
      • Howard Dean

        Surprisingly accurate depiction of my psyche at hour 6.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          was there power point or breakout sessions?

          • Howard Dean

            Breakout sessions, yes. A little PowerPoint, and a whole lotta Excel and rubricks.

            To quote Borat:

            “Good times…
            .
            .
            .
            NOT!”

          • I’m watching this, jajajaja!!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4B4pC3B9ls

            I’M GOING TO EAT MY COOKIES AND WATCH THESE SHORT FILMS AND..

            BYAAAAAH!!

            GOOD NIGHT!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            horrorshow!

          • DCLXVI

            I hope you work in the public sector because in the private sector a day long meeting with .ppt and .xls means things are not good at work.

          • Howard Dean

            I work in the private sector. Things are fine at work. It’s a matter of staying ahead of the regulators, which is always a chore.

    • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

      Hey did you hear that Grave Miasma is putting out a new EP?

    • more beer

      Things like this make me glad I work in the trades.

      • Howard Dean

        I worked for several years in construction. Loved the physical work. Loved being outside. Loved the flexibility. Didn’t like the inconsistency and lack of benefits, though.

        • The W.

          I did landscaping during summers in high school. A lot of hard work, but well worth it.

          • more beer

            I worked on golf courses for 10 years. Landscaping on steroids.

        • more beer

          I’m always busy. Plus I’m a sub contractor and make pretty dam good money. I’ve never been a stay inside kind of a guy. Plus I really hate punching a clock. I just go do my job and bill for it. I don’t even a have to socialize with anyone since almost no one speaks english.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            all the reasons I wish I had done the same earlier in life….

          • more beer

            It took me a long time to get to this point in life. I worked at a lot of jobs I hated. But I do work hard. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Remember it’s never too late to find a way to do what you want to do.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            for sure!

    • Scrimm

      All day meetings are the worst.

      • Howard Dean

        Hear fuckin’ hear. The pits!

    • May look this way tomorrow after a one hour meeting if I don’t get fired afterwards.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        hope that didnt happen…

        • Still employed, think I’ll survive.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            cool!

  • Guacamole Jim
  • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

    THIS is the only movie you will EVER need in your life. Shut down Hollywood, cancel all awards shows, and dump all non-KF related actors and directors into the ocean. I present to you, in all it’s bowel-clobbering glory………….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg

    • CyberneticOrganism
      • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

        I enjoy this video immensely.

    • Haven’t gotten around to this one yet but the Hasselhoff vid suggests it’s a good time.

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

        It will be the most ball-shattering 31 minutes of your life!

  • Guacamole Jim

    Holy shit. That second video is fucked. That sort of thing is hard for me to watch; it’s kinda fucking me up. I may hold off on the third one until I get home, hahaha. This isn’t going to help me get any work done.

    • The W.

      Yah, the second one is probably more powerful than the other two for the same reason that Broken is such a powerful film. Humans hurting humans, dude.

      • Guacamole Jim

        It’s the rape that really got me. I don’t know what it is about seeing it, but it’s probably the only thing on film that legitimately bothers me enough to stop watching something.

        • It have rape? Well, I ain’t got to see that.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ah yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned anything for the folks who don’t want spoilers…

          • No, thanks. I will not see that, I don’t like rape scenes 🙁

          • Guacamole Jim

            Yeah, they’re really not my thing either.

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

    Run, was awesome.

    • The W.

      Very unsettling! Thanks for checking it out.

      • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

        Yeah, those kind of mind fuck movies I like. Movies that generally are not categorized as “horror” can be more fucked up then movies that are “horror”. Just watch any Steve McQueen movie.

        • The W.

          I think tension and suspense are far more effective than outright gore or jump scares. That’s why I love The Thing and The Babadook.

          • Howard Dean

            The Thing is awesome. Pure classic.

            I quite enjoyed Run, as well. Had to watch it on my phone (my IP is still banned and my original HD account is still blocked, so I have to do all my Toileting on my phone), but it was sweet. Gotta check it out on a bigger screen when I get a chance.

          • The W.

            There’s a movie coming out this year (I’m blanking on the name :/) that looks a lot like The Thing except on an isolated ship.

          • Howard Dean

            Noice. I’ll have to seek it out.

          • The W.

            Here it is. Not sure when it’s coming out, but it was successfully crowdfunded and will have practical effects.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQgH-hFY9c4

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            WOAH! Fucking sick!

          • Scrimm

            Haha myself and a couple others have been harping about this movie for months I thought everyone here had heard it by now.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            I’ve been pretty shitty lately about keeping up with movies. Too much metal to keep up with.

          • Scrimm

            I haven’t watched hardly any lately myself, but that one is right up there at the top of my list of most anticipated films.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Better late than never I guess.

          • Scrimm

            August 7th.

          • The W.

            Same. I tend to run way behind on movies.

          • more beer

            There is a commitment of time to watch a movie. It”s not like throwing on some music and being able to do other stuff.

          • Scrimm

            I used to keep up a lot better. Now I spend all my free time here.

          • Howard Dean

            Damn. It looks intense.

          • Scrimm

            All practical effects.

          • Dagon

            “It’s gonna get bigger”

            That’s what she said

            sry

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Lance Henriksen?

          • The W.

            Scrimm knows more than I do.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            (Managed to make it work after all)

            Nope. Mixing this with something else.

          • Scrimm

            Yes.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            You have my curiosity.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Agreed. I recommend watching The Silent House (Original Spanish Version). Shot in one take with no cuts. One of the most suspenseful movies I’ve ever seen.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI6cuLcsloM

          • That movie is awesome.

          • The W.

            Oooooh, will do!

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Avoid the American remake at all cost though.

          • The W.

            Oh awesome, it’s on Amazon Prime. I might stream it this weekend.

          • Scrimm

            I like Elisabeth Olsen though.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
          • Scrimm

            Yeah she was great in that. I still get that damn song stuck in my head.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            I saw it in theaters. I should watch it again, I really enjoyed it.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            @disqus_kqxyUNPxty:disqus Check out Martha Marcy May Marlene too if you have not already. LOOOTTZZZ of suspense.

          • The W.

            Added to my list.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Zang. Excellent psychological thriller.

          • Have you seen the other movies made by this group of filmmakers? If not, I highly recommend Simon Killer and Afterschool.

          • Dagon

            Watched it in the theater a couple years ago. Excellent film.

            It’s from Uruguai IIRC.

          • Scrimm

            I have both versions. I have heard talk that there really is a couple cuts hidden in there when the screen is dark, but even if that’s true the length of the takes is impressive.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            It really is. Same goes for Birdman. I know they cheated, but come on!

          • Scrimm

            Exactly.

          • The W.

            I don’t know if you’ve watched X-Files, but there’s an episode when they’re on a ship in two different time periods that has some extremely cool single-shots.

          • Scrimm

            Never watched much X-Files. Always got bored.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Not horror, but this movie is excellent and was also shot in a single 90 min take.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE2jRxToAjQ

          • Scrimm

            Nice, haven’t heard of this. Bookmarked.

          • Scrimm

            That’s why I love Halloween.

  • Anyone have a good “Living Dead” type short film to recommend?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaUusanRC-M

  • sweetooth0
  • Stockhausen

    I like where this series is going to be going. I’m getting all sorts of Threshed.

  • Dagon

    Before I check out these short films – which I have been eagerly waiting for – I must express I am very pleased to see racists, weeaboos and teenagers in the same sentence, even though it might not be entirely fair to the racists.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Yeah I like this series already.

  • Scrimm

    Also a big fan of horror movies.

  • Dagon

    Run was my favorite. There is a short moment where you can see her eyes toward the end and she looks dead inside.

    Disturbing.

  • I will check this all when I get home as horror films with grindcore lengths sound like a blast.

  • old_man_doom

    I watched Thresher a week ago without knowing anything about it. I watched it in complete darkness with headphones on. Huge fucking mistake. That video fucked my whole world up. Awesome.

    • The W.

      I watched it at work, so the atmosphere wasn’t perfect. That jump scare still got me.

  • Maik Beninton™
    • The W.

      Good one, Maik. I jumped.

      • Maik Beninton™

        It made it 2º for best short on ‘Who’s There Film Challenge’ on bchorrorchallenge.com along with winning best director, and it won best short on FANT Bilbao 2014.

      • Maik Beninton™

        Watching this at night is not good for me as I have fear of the dark.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEja72NSg5Q

  • KJM
    • The W.

      This is another Daywalt production.

      • KJM

        Yep, saw it a while back.

  • OldMetalHead

    I love the short film genre and horror, so these should be up my alley. Not horror, but has anyone seen Spike and Mike’s festival of sick and twisted animation? Joecartoon.Com also used to put out a lot of content. Stoneflies and the Greenfield are both good in a Cheech and Chong kind of way.

    • OldMetalHead

      Thought the last one was by far the best!

    • The W.

      Some of these look pretty warped, haha.

    • KJM

      Spike and Mike used to play Boston every year.

  • JW(E)G

    I haven’t really been looking into short horror films lately, as my focus has been all about feature-length; at least not since Summer/Fall last year when I got on board two short-film Kickstarters:

    1: ‘Two Please’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4452126/ ):
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twoplease/two-please-with-michael-berryman
    (which is looking to be ready in October)

    2: WOLF: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1300416358/wolf-short-horror-film
    …which was sent to me back in January, and is actually really good, if more R.L. Stine-level ‘horror’ with an admittedly more adult sexuality: think bloodless ‘Ginger Snaps’ with a completely different twist ending.

    Considering these were both funded within a month of one another, it says something about the risk involved in pledging to support even a short film. I don’t at all fault the former for taking longer, though, to be honest. With a name like Michael Berryman on board I’d want it to be as good as possible before I let it out into the world, too.