Two Birds by Brendan Beachman (2017) (USA) (6m)

A finalist in the FILMSshort competition, the chilling Two Birds presents us with Flynn, one half of a young lesbian couple, who has a feeling that something is not quite right in the relationship. When two birds fly into her kitchen window, killing themselves, she is prompted outside and then down into the dark cellar. She will find something that will explain why she has been having second thoughts about her lover.


The Blue Door by Paul Taylor (2017) (UK) (9m)

The Blue Door stars Gemma Whelan (from Game of Thrones), who plays a care assistant visiting the home of an elderly lady to deliver palliative care. She comes across a blue door she had not previously noticed but instinctively fears: especially when someone or something tries to open it from the other side. It is perhaps a little slow to begin with but is very nicely made and well-acted, and reminds me of The French Doorsamong others.

Mister Hollow

The Facts In The Case Of Mister Hollow by Gudiño & Marcone (08) (Canada) (6m) *15 Certificate

The Facts In The Case Of Mister Hollow was co-directed by Rodrigo Gudiño and Vincent Marcone with the writing credit attached to Gudino. Once again, Canada brings us the best in animation with this deceptively simple short horror flick. It is apparently based upon a real-life photograph from the 1930s, while its title references The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar, a short story by the grandfather of horror, Egdar Allen Poe.

The French Doors by Steve Ayson (2002) (New Zealand) (12m)15 Certificate

Written and directed by Steve Ayson, The French Doors is a short horror film with a simple idea at its core. A man is living alone in the New Zealand wilderness while renovating the new home for himself and his partner. He installs a set of secondhand French doors (French windows in the UK) but discovers something has gone wrong the next morning. I won't spoil it for you!

French Doors

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