Short Round: Polaroid, picture death

Yeah, this one’s scary. Also, it is a short film by the director of this year’s Child’s Play, Lars Klevberg. Worth a watch, for sure!

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Happy Horrordays and Holidays From Horror Boom!

This was our very first “Holiday Horror” post from the Horror Boom “wayback machine”. Still one of our favorite Tales From the Crypt episode (which originally appeared in Vault of Horror). Until we’re back from hiatus, here’s hoping you enjoy…


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Review: Halloween, he comes home —

David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are as unlikely a tandem to bring Halloween and Michael Myers back to life as you could think of; and yet they’ve done just that, injecting the 40-year-old horror franchise with vicious vigor that hits the reset button on the history of Halloween as we know it. In it, Laurie Strode comes to […]

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Tuesday Terror! The Zombie Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

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the zombie stories of hp lovecraftLoathsome, blasphemous, hellish creatures galore!

Not one short story this week, but an entire collection, stuffed full of HP Lovecraft’s overblown language and trademark use of four adjectives whenever one would do – a truly hideous, bloated, blasphemous, loathsome collection of tales from beyond the tomb – just the thing to resurrect this little horror slot from its summer death…

Tuesday Terror

The Zombie Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

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There are five individual stories in the book, plus the Herbert West – Reanimator series, which is made up of six linked episodes. The ‘zombie’ reference in the title is a bit of a cheat – only the Herbert West stories contain what we might think of today as zombies, and I suspect were probably influential on the development of the zombie genre, but Lovecraft himself doesn’t use the word. Most of the rest do have a connection to people returning from the dead…

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The rats are here for Stephen King’s 1922 trailer

I’ve read the “1922” novella, and you don’t have to be scared of rats for King’s old-school horror story to make your blood curdle and your skin crawl. If the movie version is faithful and even half as terrifying, we’ll all be in for watching this with every light in the house on.

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Review: IT, you’ll float too —The Missing Reel

Andy Muschietti was a curious choice for New Line when they first announced that he would be taking over the new adaptation of IT that was once so comfortably in the hands of Cary Fukunaga. At the time the only feature film to Muschietti’s name was Mama, which was a very by-the-numbers supernatural haunter—not exactly the […]

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Review: Antibirth, terror in the womb

I’m going to agree with Ryan on this one; not as much plot as I would like for the build-up, but Antibirth does deliver in the final act. I would say it’s worth watching (as it is free on Netflix streaming), especially if you’re a fan of Natasha Lyonne. I can guarantee that the final moments will give you something that A. you were not expecting and B. you have NOT seen anywhere else!

Pregnancy in horror dates way back, it’s a trope that exploits a very real fear in people—it’s also a go to for the genre when it’s looking for an excuse to turn a few stomachs. It’s that idea of terror in the womb that can give a horror film a razor sharp edge, so it’s not at all surprising to see filmmakers regularly taking advantage of it. Danny Perez’s Antibirth explores similar ground, only injecting it with a sleazy atmosphere and twisted humor. In it, Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

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Soothe Your Tattered Nerves With (Throwback) Scariest Horror Short of The Week – “Playtime” (Grand Prize Winner of “Who’s There” Challenge)

Yep, this has been published before. Let’s face it, the election clock ticking down has pretty much everyone on edge (at best).  We can tell you that, through life experience, sometimes the way to get your mind off something scary in real life is to watch something fictional, like oh, a horror movie, that at least diverts the terror into a manageable area. So, we are (re)presenting a pretty goddamned scary short horror film to distract you! Enjoy, and just hit the category tag for ‘Scariest Short Horror Film of the Week’ (or month) if you want more.  Hey, things could be worse… you could be the main character in this terrifying little gem.




You remember the scariest short horror film of the entire month of May, “Lights Out,” right? Uh, yeah, we remember it pretty vividly, too. We thought it won First Prize, and “Lights Out” did win Best Director. Screen shot 2014-06-04 at 11.58.37 PM

We were surprised to find there was a Grand Prize Winner of the Bloody Cuts “Who’s There?” short film challenge that was a different film. How could anything be scarier than Lights Out? We were scared to watch “Play Time”, honestly, but it WAS still light out. It’s light out right now, which is why we are brave enough to post it. However, nice summer evening out or not, this one is fucking scary. I personally would be screaming as loud as the actress in the movie if I saw it in a movie theater, and probably more than once.  If I was the actual character, I would have soiled myself (and well before the ending).

So if you want a good old-fashioned scare, turn out the lights, turn up the volume, and switch to full-screen. Then check this out:

So… not as much of a slow burn (if you can describe any three-minute short that way) as “Lights Out”, but…yeah. Doesn’t waste much time, and we loved it.

We do recommend the below “making of” short. It’s interesting… and it might help you sleep a little better.