Okay, we have a slight discrepancy in the countdown. I’m sure some of you have noticed – though no one mentioned it, so maybe not – that I’ve had my numbers a little off. You may have thought at this point we had 2 whole days left. But we were wrong. We only have today and then the big day is here!
Today I thought we’d look to the future, and the next big holiday season. So with that in mind, I have one more entry from Liam Banks; Season’s Greetings.
The corruption of childhood ideals and beliefs lends itself strongly to horror. The fairytale fantasy that is Christmas gives such a strong vein for horror to tap into.From a modern, adult sensibility, the idea of a someone keeping a watch on you all year round and then slipping into your bedroom while you sleep is a rather unsettling one. I’m always surprised there isn’t more of it out there.
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It’s 3 days to go in the Halloween Countdown. It’s also a Saturday, so you should really settle in and devote ten minutes of your day to watching the absolutely beautiful Geist from Giant Animation Studios.
This is the first fully animated short on this list, but just a couple of minutes into it and I knew it had to be included. Aside from the animation being beautiful, the tragic story it tells is just so well sculpted. Washed up on the shore in a storm after barely surviving the wreck of his ship, a fisherman seeks refuge in a nearby house. While at first, it appears to be deserted, quickly he finds that something appears to be there with him.
The thing about this film is its atmosphere. The use of light and sound is pitch perfect, selling the entire thing with almost no dialogue at all. While there are scares, in Geist these are merely part of the entire thing rather than the punchline or only mechanic.
Oh, but don’t expect a happy ending…
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Can there only be 4 days left to go? 4 days until Halloween is upon us once again?
And as we’re so close I think it’s time to move away from jump scares and quick shocks and share with you something a little more… creepy. A tad more Twilight Zone-eque, if you will.
I present to you Closet Space.
It’s also the final entry on this list from David S. Sandberg. Yes, I know, I’ve talked about how much I love his work already, but I think I haven’t yet mentioned his actress/collaborator/wife Lotta Losten. One thing that researching for this list has shown me is that acting in horror shorts is apparently hard to do convincingly. There are a lot of videos out there where the main actor comes across as not scared or far too scared than the situation warrants. Losten always comes across naturally, in a way you would expect in these situations. And she gets more do in this film, with more agency than just being simply cornered and scared.
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We’re getting close now. Just 5 more days to go.
Or possibly less, if you happen to run into Mr. Creek.
While there’s nothing particularly ground breaking about this film, it’s a solid example of the fundamentals of a horror short film done exactly right. Every aspect is used perfectly. Music, sound effect, creepy nursery rhyme, acting, briefest glimpses of the monster? Check, check and check.
It kind of feels like this should come in the middle of a longer piece. It has the feel of part of a larger story. Possibly the end of the prologue or the first act. It very much has a Babadook vibe going for it, which is definitely a good thing.
A genuinely creepy video, it’ll make you jump even if you’re expecting it.
But that’s not all I have for you today. Oh no. To coincide with the Halloween Countdown 2016, the e-book of The Serpent’s Eye is available free from Amazon from now until midnight on Halloween. If you haven’t got your copy already, head over there now to download a tale of creeping madness and incomprehensible fears.
And of course, if you prefer, the paperback version is available for purchase as well.
All I ask in return is a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I always like to hear what you all think, and it honestly helps me no end.
Do you like reading?
Do you like horror?
Do you like free stuff?
Are you looking forward to Halloween?
Well, I might just be able to help you there. AuthorsWriteInc.com are hosting the Ultimate Horror Book & Prize Giveaway! The grand prize winner – to be announced on Halloween – will receive 5 horror classics bundled with their matching Funko Pop figures.
And they and one other runner-up will also win over 25 horror ebooks from horror authors all over the world, which might just include a copy of something by little old me.