Welcome back to 3 Horror Short Films, a monthly spotlight of the best horror short films that YouTube has to offer! This month, I take a look at I Heard It Too (2014), Blackbird (2016), and Peek A Boo (2017). Take a look at what I thought below:
I Heard It Too (2014)
This short film follows a little girl named Bethany who is woken up in the middle of the night by her mother calling her downstairs. The only problem is, her mother heard the call too.
The film is based on the two sentence horror story:
A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room and said “I heard that, too.”
I Heard It Too runs just under 8 minutes long and invokes an age old, but still terrifying concept that only children have the capability of seeing spirits, but anyone can be harmed by them. Directed by Matt Sears and Tim Knight, this film captures the essence of terror.
This film was an official selection of the Screamfest Film Festival in 2016. Blackbird follows a man (Tom Fellingham) who wakes up directly after having an accident on his motorcycle. He can’t remember anything about his life, but he seems in well enough condition, so he finds his bike and begins to drive away. He comes across a woman (Sophie Skelton) running away in distress. He takes her back to his place and his memories begin to return.
Directed by Tom Fellingham and Charlotte Stente Nielsen, this film has a beautiful avant-garde aesthetic. While it did not scare me, it did raise a lot of terrifying situations and I’m actually left with a few questions.
Peek A Boo (2017)
Peek A Boo follows Claire (Vivian Wu), a young woman who gets a message from a random, unknown person who asks if she wants to play a game. Believing it to be a friend playing a prank, our protagonist unknowingly agrees to the most terrifying night of her life.
This film is a fantastic example of horror in a short film format. It has suspense, good music, a jump scare that made me literally grab my heart. It has it all. Highly recommended!
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