What’s more frightening than visceral shocks? When it comes to these shorts, it’s the dread-soaked and methodically unsettling horror marked by otherworldly presences, murderous weather, and soul-claiming ghouls. Jump-scares need not apply.
Blood Runs Down, dir. Zandashe Brown (USA)
On the eve of her 5th birthday, Ana comes up against an unexpected situation: Her mother, Elize, seems to be undergoing some kind od transformation.
Circle, dir. Martin Melnick (USA)
Loosely based on the myth of Eurydice, this off-kilter, genre-bending allegory follows a woman whose past traumas send on a fateful and dangerous trip through Purgatory.
Acid, dir. Just Philippot (France)
Without any warning, a cloud forms over an entire city, dropping deadly acidic rain on the unlucky people who can’t seek shelter in time.
Essere Amato, dir. Nathalia Bas-Tzion Beahan (USA)
Pregnancy is a living hell for one young and expecting mother-to-be.
Bye Bye Baby, dir. Pablo S. Pastor (Spain)
In a clever and surprising riff on SCREAM’s opening sequence, a young woman who’s home alone one night gets the sense that someone, or something, is targeting her.