Animated Horror

The Old Man and the Old Woman

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Written by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski (original material); Directed/Produced by Basia Goszczynska

Two soul mates fight their fears of death and loneliness in this short dark comedy based on the Polish fable by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski.

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9 min

The Narrative of Victor Karloch

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Written by Ryan Murphy; Directed by Kevin McTurk; Produced by Heather Henson

Victor Karloch receives a journal from a colleague who is involved in a salvage operation for a series of missing sea freighters in the North Sea. In this journal, Karloch’s friend describes his descent into the abysmal deep with the use of a diving bell and his encounters with the ghosts of a lost Templar Knights ship.

The Narrative of Victor Karloch is a Victorian ghost story puppet short film that utilizes 30′ tall rod puppets, traditional shadow puppetry, rotoscope, and rear projection to present the adventure of Victor Karloch, an alchemist, scholar, and ghost hunter, as he battles the supernatural forces of the Unknown.

15 min

Dark Vessel

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Written/Directed/Produced by Rocky Curby

A hopeless romantic is caught trespassing while trying to woo a girl. Problems occur when the girl’s father forces him to remove a dead man’s shadow. Tragically, the romantic becomes a vessel of death.

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6 min

Seed

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Producer/Director/Writer: Bennett Cain

Seed is the story of a dark and mysterious room tucked away behind a door that rarely opens and the unimaginable things happening within. A young boy, full of curiosity, discovers it and its terrible secrets.  He witnesses the ancient machines, humming and pulsing as if they were alive, and the manufacture of a peculiar substance that is eagerly ingested by the strange inhabitants lurking within. Through his own choice, he learns the dire truth of this substance and finds himself forever bound to it.

7 min

Little Dead Girl

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Director: Lee Lanier

Ah, the trials and tribulations of being dead. A dead girl attempts to travel from the grave to a rock concert, befriending strange creatures along the way. Music by the Bronx Casket Co.

5 min

L’amour est…

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Producer/Director/Writer: Victor Throe

Refusing to accept their relationship is over, the good doctor begins an experiment to discover how much Alice really wants to leave.

4 min

Circle of Freaks

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Producer/Director/Writer: David Popolow

All are welcome to visit the Circle of Freaks. We enjoy your company and want you to stay a while! Come see the Dog boy! Watch the Worm boy get under your skin! And don’t forget to greet the unhappiest Clown on earth!

But first let me tell you of the story of a little boy who happened upon the Circle of Freaks. Lured by his curiosity, he entered, expecting to have a good old jolly time. He liked to cruelly taunt the freaks and did not consider the consequences.

So who is the Real Monster? You decide.

6 min

The Pit and the Pendulum

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Writer: Matt Taylor, Edgar Allen Poe; Producer: Marc Lougee, Susan Ma; Director: Marc Lougee

Our hero, the victim of the Spanish Inquisition, is brought before a tribunal, condemned, and sentenced to the dungeons to await his death. Explored throughout this film is the central question: is it death that is the most harrowing, or the means by which it is brought about?

From this premise, we watch our hero struggle to understand his quandary in order to find hope and faith, all the while discovering the fiendish machinations his captors employ, to ratchet up the pressure in their efforts to unhinge him.

7 min

The Masque of Ollock

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Writer/Producer/Director: Robert Kauffmann

This animated horror-fantasy film uses delicately rendered black-and-white images and dark atmospheric music to evoke a mood of impending doom that hangs upon the unsuspecting inhabitants of a medieval castle who do not realize that sometimes, the dead are but lightly sleeping.

Related in this short but spellbinding film is the tale of the disembodied head of a fallen mage which haunts a king and his household in their own castle.
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8 min

From Beyond

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Writers: Michael Granberry, H.P. Lovecraft; Producer/Director: Michael Granberry

An unsuspecting man falls into an otherworldly trap set by a psychotic genius in this spine-tingling tale based on the classic short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
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10 min

Georgie’s Wish

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Writer/Producer/Director: Michael Granberry

Young Georgie’s seemingly innocent birthday wish comes true…with shockingly hilarious results! A feel-good family film.

4 min

Puppet

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Producer/Director: Patrick Smith

A young man fabricates a simple sock puppet, not knowing the abuse the entity will soon inflict. Through an escalating series of torture, the possessed puppet takes on the embodiment of fear, chaos, and willful self-destruction.
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6 min

Getting Out

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Writer/Producer/Director: Ian Topple.

Barrel and Tim are two soldiers on a rescue mission trying to find any survivors they can after a destructive war. When they enter a small town, they are going to face more than they expected. Once they enter, they realize they cannot leave and must figure a way out to escape.

5 min

The Book Dealers

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Writer/Producer/Director: Andrew W. Jones.

In 1893, two book dealers’ latest acquisition unleashes an eldritch evil that can only be banished with a dose of steam-punk techno-know-how. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

8 min

A Break in the Monotony

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Writer/Producer/Director: Damien Slevin.

In a post-zombie holocaust world, a man laments his empty lifestyle and questions the futility of working in a corporate wasteland. But all is not as it seems.

4 min

The Intruder

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Writer/Producer/Director: Alessandro Ceglia

A woman, apparently alone in her house believes there may be an intruder. The viewer shares her fear and is never certain whether or not there is an actual intruder. As the woman grows increasingly paranoid, the suspense grows and various filmic elements, such as tempo, composition, set design, color palette, and camera angles change to match and heighten the mood. Is the woman delusional or is someone really trying to terrorize her? This film is inspired by film noir tradition, where various elements such a light and dark, shadows, camera angles, and sound are manipulated in an expressionist manner to amplify the emotion of a scene.
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3 min

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