Top 5 Scary Short Films I Recommend for Halloween

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Because the stuff that’s on TV is for WHIMPS

I look forward to tv during Halloween, some good movies are on such as Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, and some dorky horror flicks. However, more often than not, there is no truly scary film to watch on TV. What fun is that?! Halloween is about having the utter Bejeesus scared out of you! So I have turned to Youtube in search of the creepiest, the scariest, the most unsettling short films on the site for your and my viewing pleasure. Why top 5? Because I really wanted to narrow down this list to the cream of the crop, or…the creep of the crop. Whatever. IIf a horror writer recommends it, it’s gotta be good…right?

Honorable Mention: The Cat with Hands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4PR9NZlAB4

Although not jump out of your shorts scary, I chose to include this on the list because 1) I LOVE IT 2)It is stop motion 3) It is SO unsettling that it will leave your skin crawling at the startling conclusion. This short film sets a mood very well, but it is more surreal than horrifying. Still, I highly recommend it. Worth a watch for those who like stop motion and those who like good storytelling.

5: Luna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgx9bfQYPDw

This film takes the classic “murderer in the middle of nowhere” and turns it completely on its head, leaving you reeling at its twist ending. Isn’t that what horror should do? Hit you over the head with the unexpected, leaving you shocked and scared? Luna is not only great at building tension, but the atmosphere is excellent. Most of the film is seen through the eyes of a little girl as a man hunts down her family. It’s certainly a must watch, but is placed this low because it is a bit long to be considered a short film at 11 minutes plus.

4:Suckablood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw4gwwS-nFI&list=UU0MmXRE1guwSkGsJ2R7LfeQ

There are a lot of scary short films based on fairy tales and boogeymen, but Bloody Cuts Films Suckablood does it the best. The foreboding narrator creates a mood of dread while retaining rhyme. Also, the twist at the end is totally unexpected, which, once again is good. The atmosphere in this short film is so foreboding, unsettling, and rickety looking and really adds to the feel of the story. I love this one, and feel like it doesn’t get as much attention as other Bloody Cuts works, but for me, it’s their absolute best piece.

3: Mama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqS6pBC42w

Yes Mama is now a movie. Yes the movie wasn’t that great. But this short film…THIS Short film, is so scary. It really shows that Guillermo del Toro knows what he’s doing when it comes to scaring the pants off of everyone. The highlight of the short film is of course the titular Mama, who is one of the scariest looking and moving figures I have EVER seen in any horror medium. That’s saying something. Fantastic work.

2: Lights Out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUQhNGEu2KA

This film has a ton of reaction videos for a reason. It is unsettling and builds tension excellently. This is especially spooky if you live alone. Every creak, every thump, every groan…it could be something malicious out to get you. (Of course it isn’t, don’t be silly, but that is the type of feeling it builds). The end hits many people like a ton of bricks, but for me, it is the first section with the light switch. That scene proved to me that this short was NOT fooling around.

And the SCARIEST short film on Youtube is…

1: Mockingbird

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s9IhzPTMSk&list=UUBNz2Lb0P1uF8vDmOOdaDwQ

Oh Daywalt Horror, you will never cease to amaze me, and in this case, scare me so much that I am a simpering pile on my couch. All of Drew Daywalt’s short films along with his longer piece Camera Obscura are fantastically made, but when it comes to sheer unadulterated horror, nothing else on the internet even comes CLOSE to Mockingbird. This short film is truly gutwrenching. What makes it scary is that you never see what is happening. That is a throwback to classic horror. You didn’t have to SEE a monster to know that it is capable of great evil. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m STILL reeling.

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The Mythology Snob: Face Off, Season 7, Episode 12

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Oh yes, it’s going to be THAT kind of blog post today…

To save myself some sanity, I will generally not become too enraged if something is not mythologically accurate, as long as it still manages to be entertaining or make references to the actual myth. However, when you are specifically asked to portray something well and put sweat, blood, and tears into its creation and you come up so crazily inaccurate that even a child would call “bullshit” on your work, that leads to a lot of internal (or external) screaming of rage and horror on my part.

Face Off is one of my favorite shows on television. And before anyone asks, no it’s got nothing to do with the Nicholas Cage movie. It’s a competition show in which special effects makeup artists create monsters. Generally, it is enjoyable and fun, however, more often than not, their forays into the mythical world often fall short.

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…Usually. Eric from Season 6’s Mummified Ra is still one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life.

So for Season 7, Episode 12, I saw that the contestants had to create Greek gods and the head of a monster that they had slain. Ok, makes sense. Against my better judgement, I looked forward to what these artists would create. They had created some cool designs so far, (Nothing as WOW worthy as in previous seasons, but still some cool makeups). This, unfortunately, turned out to be a mistake.

Firstly, McKenzie, the host, lead the six contestants to a gorgeous room full of Greek columns and holding pillars topped with the weapons of the gods. She says that the competitors had to create an imposing and powerful god with the head of the creature they slew. Ok, I knew this. That sounds cool. She then relays the options: Athena, Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Poseidon, Hades, and Aphrodite. Nobody of course, has the guts to pick Artemis, because hell if I know. But who was suspiciously missing from this list? OH, right..

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Pshhh, who’s this Ares guy anyway? What did he do? Oh, he’s only the most violent and “badass” of the Greek pantheon, nothing important. However, the confusion had only just begun. The artists picked their gods and went right to work, and immediately my mild disappointment plummeted to…well…to about the level of that gif that opened this post.

Firstly, there was the issue of Sasha not having any idea who Athena is. Maybe I’m just putting too much thought into this, but I thought that the artists were supposed to do some research and put thought into their designs. So she decides that “Since Athena had Hercules slay Medusa, that Medusa’s head turned Athena to stone and was now controlling her”.

OH NO YOU DIDN'T

Hercules, or, more appropriately, Herakles apparently did more than the twelve labors, including taking credit for Perseus’s kill apparently. And it wasn’t just poor confused Sasha that said this, the SYFY WEBSITE also makes this mistake: http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/episodes.

So of course she ended up eliminated. Not surprising.

While she floundered, the other artists began working. Stella made the newbie error of having Poseidon kill a Krake- oh sorry, an “octopus”. Right. However, a lot of things try to lump Krakety Krak into Greek myth, so I will let this slide.The design turned out pretty cool, though. It looks Poseidon-y at least.

George decided to make Zeus super skinny with plastic looking blue armor and a really doofy looking grin on his face.

Come get ‘im, ladies!

I have mixed feelings about Drew’s Hades. I think he looks a bit less “grim” and “stoic” and more “creepy old man who lives down the street”. That could actually work for Hades, since he is kind of…creepy in some myths. However, having him kill one of his minions is totally out of character for him. Hades is the Lord of the Underworld, but he is most certainly not a giant douchebag.

Dina’s Aphrodite was the clear winner out of this entire foray of stupidity. However much the Syfy website insists that Aphrodite is a goddess of the sea, Dina knows better. She knows her mythology. She knows that Aphrodite was born from Ouranus’s foaming balls, (literally). I was glad that this design won, it really shows that Dina did her research.

Why haven’t I mentioned the runner up yet? Oh, that’s because that was the design that pissed me off the most. Sasha’s Athena floundered because of her lack of knowledge, Cig’s Apollo…

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It…HURTS me.

Cig is a fantastic artist, but his neglect of who Apollo is caused me to really REALLY not like this design. When he chose this god to recreate, he SAW the famous lyre sitting atop the pedestal. Of course it was, Apollo is the god of many things. Of music and poetry, mostly, Also of light and the arts, the sun business came later, but throughout Greek mythology, it was Helios who held the most dominion over the sun. So what is the first thing that is said? “Apollo is the god of the sun.” Then, later on, there are claims that he is the god of plagues, (which is somewhat true, as he did rain down plague arrows on mortals whenever they pissed him off). But there was never ANY mention of Apollo’s famous musical talents in spite of the lyre being RIGHT there staring everyone in the face the whole time.

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It is truly sad when SMITE’s Apollo, (who is absolutely fabulous, by the way) is more accurate than this design. And he attacks people by making finger guns and singing.

And so concludes the most ragey post of The Mythology Snob since the God of War rant. Next post will be more optimistic and actually deal with GOOD material. I promise.