The Babysitter Murders, a new horror short from director Ryan Spindell and Trapdoor Pictures, dropped a trailer this month, and it’s starting to pick up a lot of buzz online, with good reason.
The slickly produced one-minute segment has the promise of enough shock and suspense to be worthy of its namesake, Halloween.
Oh wait, you didn’t know that about the John Carpenter horror classic? That’s right. The 1978 blockbuster was originally named The Babysitter Murders (for obvious reasons if you’ve ever seen it).
Now horror fans finally have a film that keeps that namesake while putting an unpredictable twist on the horrifically cozy genre trope of a young babysitter being stalked and terrorized by a madman. Have a look at it to see if you think it’s worthy of the label.
The captivating synopsis to this incarnation of The Babysitter Murders is even more enticing.
“A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out… Or do you?”
[Insert maniacal laughter here.]
Spindell’s short film swept awards in the short-form competition at the Stanley Film Festival and dropped at the Fantastic Fest over the weekend, Fangoria reports.
He has planned it as the first chapter in a horror anthology film called The Mortuary Collection that you may want to keep on the radar.
The film went through a successful round of funding in 2014, picking up more than $60,000 from 473 backers on Kickstarter.
Not sure how long it will be before the entire film becomes a reality, but horror fans have a lot to look forward to. In the meantime, here are three other horror short films well worth checking out if you’re so inclined.
La Ropavejera (aka The Huckster) has an absolutely haunting grace to it that every horror fan should see. This 2014 short — around 28 minutes in length — recently played the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, and it tells the story of a horrifying (and all too real) serial killer from just after the turn of the century. She operated in Spain, and the number of children she killed will never truly be known. The film itself reminds one of Schindler’s List, and they both occupy that same subgenre of real-life horrors that are far worse than anything that may go bump in the night.
Highly talented horror filmmaker Damien Leone’s creation of Art the Clown has already appeared in one horror shocker — 2013’s All Hallows’ Eve. Now he’s back in an upcoming horror flick called Terrifier, which is based off the original film’s character, which in turn was born from his short film The 9th Circle. If you want to track down footage for that original short, YouTube is no longer your friend, but you can see pretty much the whole thing by renting the original All Hallows’ Eve. In the meantime, the above teaser for Terrifier (feature film version) will give you a good idea of what to expect, and it ain’t pretty.
If that isn’t enough, check out these 25 other short horror films as culled by the folks at ScoopWhoop.
Are you a fan of short horror films, and will you be checking out The Babysitter Murders?
[Image via The Babysitter Murders screen grab]