Gloam: A Frightening Journey Through a Very Dark Forest

Gloam: A Frightening Journey Through a Very Dark Forest

Gloam is beautifully crafted animated short film, created by David Elwell and Gareth Hughes. In the film, a solitary creature wanders alone through a dark forest and encounters a mysterious, luminous sight, with only curiosity to lead the way. With antlers, reflective button eyes and skin like bark, the hero of Gloam could have stepped out of Where the Wild Things Are or The Lord of the Rings, but it feels quite distinctive nonetheless.

Gloam: A Frightening Journey Through a Very Dark Forest

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A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

Since we’re just a week away from Halloween, let’s take a moment here, since watching movies is what many of us do on Halloween, to view this classic Middle-European badtime puppet-animated short film, complete with a fake forest awash in fake dry ice mist harboring fake subhuman atrociousness. Yes, this little film summons forth a frightening return to the dark corners of childhood, to a time of being that young kid shivering before, yet utterly fascinated by old-timey horror cobwebbiness.

The Mascot (Fetiche Mascotte) (1934) is a surreal old-school Goth-horror stop-motion puppet-animated short film created by Ladislaw Starewicz, a Lithuanian-born animator. Starewicz’ childhood passion for entomology led him to began producing short documentaries in Moscow around 1909-1910, beginning with a documentary about insects in Lithuania. In his spare time, he experimented with stop-action films using beetles, which led to his big breakthrough,The Battle of the Stag Beetles,said to be  the first puppet-animated film. The Russian Revolution caused Ladislaw to emigrate; he fled to France in 1920, where he spent the rest of his life producing surreal, lyrical animations.

The Mascot, also known as The Devil’s Ball or Puppy Love, was created using toys and demonic vegetables. The film tells a long and very strange story about a loving dog puppet, who practically goes through Hell trying to get an orange to a little girl who is dying of scurvy. The Mascot follows the adventures of errant toys lost in the frightening shadows of a dark city, climaxing with a windblown, Satan-haunted oratorio that is sure to get right under your skin.

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

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A Magical Halloween: The Green Ruby Pumpkin

A Magical Halloween: The Green Ruby Pumpkin

The Green Ruby Pumpkin is a wonderfully terrifying short film created by visual F/X effects artists Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. This inspired short film perfectly captures the enchantment of the frightening Halloween holiday season.

A Magical Halloween: The Green Ruby Pumpkin

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Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

The Gawper is a terrifying, comedic horror-themed two-minute animated short film directed by the talented Seth Watkins at A Large Evil Corporation. With the most evil time of the year approaching, this new CG animated short is reminiscent of the early horror flicks, paying homage to films like Frankenstein and Dracula. The little film is part A Nightmare Before Christmas, part Looney Tunes and part 1950s B-movie goodness.

In the midnight darkness of night, what horrible terror awaits? Well, let’s just say that it doesn’t pay to be a grave robber, especially when terrifying skeletons belonging to the dead you are attempting to rob are going to try to stop you. Now, play the video below if you dare!

Beware The Gawper: A Horribly Terrifying Halloween Experience!

(Best Viewed in Terrifying HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead (Full Version, 1968) is  a raw, frightening and unremittingly bleak cult classic independent black-and-white horror film directed by George Romero.  The film has been lauded as a seminal work of the modern horror genre and a powerful critical commentary on 1960s American society.  Film historians have viewed the flesh-eating scenes of Night of the Living Dead as a late-1960s critique of American capitalism, with the zombies representing capitalists, and their cannibalism representing the ultimate in possessiveness, therefore the logical end of human relations under capitalism.  It has been argued that the zombies’ victims symbolized the repression of “the Other” in bourgeois American society, namely the oppression of civil rights activists, feminists, gay persons and counter-culturalists in general.

In the movie, a band of unlucky people attempt to fight off an unrelenting assault of murderous zombies from a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania.  Opening with a situation that has already disintegrated to a point of little hope, the film moves progressively toward absolute despair and ultimate tragedy.  Romero employs film-noir style lighting to emphasize the nightmare of humanity’s alienation from itself.  In 1999, Night of the Living Dead was inducted into the National Film Registry in the United States’ Library of Congress to honor its cultural significance in the history of American cinema.

Night of the Living Dead (Full Movie, 1968)

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The Walking Dead: A Horror Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead: A Horror Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead is new television series that begins on AMC Sunday night, and it promises to be one of the most vivid examples of the revival of gruesome zombie movies.  The series is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular graphic novels, and the television adaptation is surprisingly frightening and remarkably good.  It visually echoes the stylized comic-book aesthetic of the original and combines elegant suspense with gratifyingly crude and slasher-film gore.  The Walking Dead is teeming with carnage and oozing close-ups of cannibalism, so it’s obviously not for everyone.  But it’s very well made, a hard-core zombie story that even vampire lovers can watch.

The Walking Dead: AMC’s Animated Comic

The Walking Dead: 2010 Extended Season Trailer

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The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

The United Monster Talent Agency is a spooky short film by Greg Nicotero, a comic ode to the monster flicks of the bygone studio-era.  The film features Dracula, Frankenstein, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman as actual, legitimate actors, represented by a particularly specialized faux-talent agency.  If you’re a genuine fan of the history of monsters, the film provides a fun game of “spot the monster” sure to inspire nostalgia, and even if you aren’t a fan, the film has some definite chuckles.

The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

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