Horror Boom Wants To Know : What’s The Scariest Short Horror Film You’ve Ever Seen? (Poll)

OK, so it’s Monday and we’re feeling a little low on energy here, but hey, you don’t have to be at the top of your game either before you take our newest poll! We inserted a few of our favorites here in this piece in case you hadn’t seen them yet, or wanted to confirm they still scared the living shit out of you before you voted (and yep, you can pick two runners-up for a total of three picks). Scroll down if you want to skip the preamble and go directly to vote.

See, we post a lot of scary short movies online. Sometimes–like this past weekend– we sit through literally dozens of ’em on the laptop looking for a gem worth posting. We do have a few sure things we’re still saving for a rainy day,  but these days, we’ve already posted most of the scariest made (so far). It seems like whenever we’re combing the net and watching ten or more at a time, it’s always after midnight, which may be why we stopped having “Scariest Short Horror Film of the Week” be a regular feature for a while back there, but that’s beside the point.

What do we look for before deciding to post? A good jump scare–or two–is usually a sure thing, as long as it’s earned and not a cheap, lazy one. “Lights Out” sure has that:

A fridge scare (AKA a chilling and/or horrifying reveal), done well is also a sure bet. Here’s an example of the latter, in the very short, simple, but hair-raisingly effective “Mockingbird” (from Drew Daywalt):

A spooky, especially creepy atmosphere is a big plus, as in Bloody Cut’s “Who’s There?” Film Contest Grand Prize Winner “Play Time” (which isn’t exactly a slow-burn, but you’ll get the idea):

Of course, some really disturbing make-up effects and gore aren’t required (none of the films listed so far really have much blood), and gore for the sake of gore isn’t scary, but here’s an example of it working well in the exorcism shocker “Deus Irae”.

Then you get a film that has all of the above (except the gore) but you don’t really break down intellectually what aspects scare you until after you’ve calmed down from watching it (whenever the hell THAT is), because you’re too busy for anything besides being fucking terrified. If we had to pick just one “Scariest Short Film We’ve Ever Seen,” it’d be the absolute nightmare that is Mama, below.

We know you’ve seen others, so we listed the ones here that got the most positive feedback and left a space for a write-in. Tell us, we’re seriously curious! Here we go.

If you feel like watching a bunch more, go to the “category cloud” on the sidebar and pick “Scariest Short Horror Film of the Week”. “Horror Short Films” will work too.  Here’s a few links to ones we highly recommend if you missed them the first time around: Bloody Cut’s gothic folktale of the “Suckablood,” and their gory masterpiece “Don’t Move” that gives you another reason who you should never even be in the same house as a Ouija Board, let alone play with one. There’s also two other Drew Daywalt films that we watched in the middle of the night and instantly regretted our decision; “Spoon”, starring Christa Campbell showing some acting chops, and “Cleansed,” which we regretted watching after dark less than a minute in. Actually, anything we’ve posted associated with Bloody Cuts UK or The Daywalt Fear Factory could give you nightmares…

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Short Horror Film Of The Week – Bloody Cuts Presents “Dead Man’s Lake”. No More Camping For Us!

Yeah, we’ve been putting off watching “Dead Man’s Lake” because …well… honestly, we got sort of impatient waiting for it to snap out of “80s Slasher Film Mode”. At the time we were watching snappy horror shorts around five minutes (or less, sometimes) that scared the beejezus out of us almost right off the bat,  hey, not much happening here, probably some candy-ass teen-slasher genre tribute…. We admit it, we got spoiled, OK?

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We decided to give this one a chance, because of all the great press it’s been getting; plus it’s an indie, which means Bloody Cuts and the entire team went all out throwing themselves into it. Sure, it might be  little slow, with lots of stereotypical 80s Teen Camping Stalk/Slash footage, but that’s just the first few minutes. So just keep watching, because all of a sudden, HOAH!  All HELL breaks loose, rattling and rolling its way to a very clever ending reveal that was done so perfectly, I’d recommend it for that alone!  If you’re thinking shades of Cabin Fever  (which I was predicting 2/3 in while patting myself on the back for thinking I was super-cool because I knew where it was going), well …you would be wrong.

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…but surprise surprise, that fun weekend doesn’t go too fucking well!

Now I know why it’s so popular. BTW, you probably don’t want to eat (especially anything warm) while watching this, but Dead Man’s Lake REALLY  deserves a look! Not to mention, Dead Man’s Lake is very hard to second-guess.  It’s also just a teeny bit disturbing… something tells me I’m in for some real bad dreams tonight! Also, I wish I’d seen the above KICK-ASS poster art for the short before I watched …but you  should check it out before you watch! Oh, and here’s a link to the IMDB page for Dead Man’s Lake, if the writing on the poster art for the credits isn’t big enough print (I almost had to get out a magnifying glass). Save it for after you see it, though, just go in clean and check this short out fast! Especially since the first twenty seconds or so below consist of this:

…aaaaand you’re ON!    When you’re done, visit the kick-ass official website by clicking here  (Note: also spoiler-y, watch the short film first, but take a look, because it’s got all kinds of extras and other cool shit)!

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I’ve been following the progress and development for “Dead Man’s Lake” through Bloody Cuts, which have been covering it amazingly. I’m now pleased to say that they have officially released the short “Dead Man’s Lake”.

When 3 campers visit a private lakeside hideaway for some summer fun, little do they know the horror that awaits them…

“Dead Man’s Lake”, an homage to the classic slasher flicks of the ’80s, is the sixth episode in the Bloody Cuts anthology, as well as being the directorial debut of series producer/creator Ben Franklin.

If you want to get the most of watching Dead Man’s Lake then turn out the lights and plug-in your earphones!! Enjoy…

Visit more at Bloody Cuts by following the provided link: www.bloodycuts.co.uk

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