This may be the shortest Horror Short of the Week ever at a little over one minute. But boy, does it pack a wallop.
When The Conjuring was released in the summer of 2013, three indie film-makers were asked to do short horror films that would just have one common theme: They all needed to take place at 3:07. If you saw The Conjuring, you know why 3:07 is a very creepy time of the night. I even dared people to come home after seeing Conjuring and watch these three short shorts either at 3:07, or to time it so the last one ended right before 3:07. Not too surprisingly, there were no takers (possibly because I made the stipulation that all the lights had to be off in the house at the time).
They were all partially presented by VICE. The first short was an incoherent jumble–all I could tell was that a séance was involved (I think) and then the people recording it freaked out at 3:07– the second (by Ti West) was creepy and had a great filming style, but had no narrative. So I recall by about that point I was pretty sure they were all going to be pretty mediocre. I was very wrong about that. Watch Jason Eisener’s (Hobo With a Shotgun, V/H/S 2) “One Last Dive” below. Crank up the volume!
I almost hit the goddamned ceiling! And I didn’t even watch it on a large window OR have the music at a high volume. While we’re on the subject, I should mention that I am aware you don’t get a ‘Scariest Short Horror Film of The Week’, once a week anymore. The truth is, I have a few tucked up my sleeve but am also running out of good ones that are scary as hell. Thanks for being patient, and if you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments section! We already put up the one with the creepy Smiling Man when it was suggested to us in a poll. To find new ones, I usually have to sit through nine crummy ones to get to the 10% that are actively frightening.
“One Last Dive” still scares me after ten or so viewings.
Yeah, this one made me nearly hit the ceiling. Who wouldn’t? A tough person. A really, really tough person, that’s who.
I fucking agree! I wanted to ask if you’ve seen any of the short movies from the article I ran with the poll (and hey, you could take the poll when you decide the scarest).
I don’t run shitty short movies here, so here is another way to find them all. Go to the Category “Drop Down” menu. Go waaay down to ‘Weekly Features” and under that is “Scariest Short Horror Film of the Week”. There are a bunch more there. Hell, for all I know there’s even ones I forgot to put under that category floating around the site. The ones I listed as choices on the poll are probably the most frightening.
I usually say when discussing it that if “MaMa” doesn’t scare you, you’re riding in the wrong end of the hearse. The movie was pretty scary too, I saw it in the theater and screamed at least five times (probably more) ,so loudly that you would think it was my new career. I screamed louder than the *characters* a couple times. Get Javier Botet to be a creature in a Spanish horror movie, and that is almost guaranteed nightmare material.
Oh, “Mama” scared me all right. I know I screamed at least once when I watched it. I love how that movie is all kinds of creepy and scary at the same time. And the cinematography is just awesome. That is one horror movie that did not disappoint. 🙂 Yeah, I honestly love your horror blog. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for: The movies you feature and the tone of your blog. I’m really glad I stumbled upon this! 😀