Fear comes in all forms in this selection of dread-inducing shorts. Featuring unsettling early works by masters of menace like David Lynch (THE ALPHABET) and Guillermo del Toro (GEOMETRIA) as well as innovative contemporary films that use horror to confront issues such as racism (HAIR WOLF) and cultural genocide (THE BLACK CASE), these macabre miniatures may only last minutes, but they will haunt your psyche for much longer.
Directed by David Lynch • 1968 • United States
This experimental short film presents a sick woman's nightmare involving living representations of the alphabet.
Directed by Dean C. Marcial and Brett Potter • 2014 • United States
An American fisherman attempts to smuggle two Cuban immigrants into Miami, passing them off as day laborers. While the group trawls for shrimp, a fourth person boards the boat, carrying a secret at the bottom of the Ocean.
Directed by Sean McCoy • 2017 • United States
Devils in the outfield! Steeped in occult dread, this experimental documentary uncovers a sinister conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Cleveland baseball player Ray Chapman, who was killed by a ball thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays in 1920.
Directed by Mariama Diallo • 2018 • United States
Starring Kara Young, Taliah Webster, Madeline Weinstein
She’s white and she wants dreads . . . The staff of a Black hair salon in Brooklyn fend off a terrifying new monster: white women intent on literally sucking the lifeblood from Black culture.
The Devil’s Harmony
Directed by Dylan Holmes Williams • 2019 • United Kingdom
Starring Patsy Ferran, Leo Suter, Guy Henry
Revenge is best served a cappella. A bullied teenage girl leads a glee club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies in this darkly humorous Sundance prizewinner.
Directed by Chloë Sevigny • 2019 • United States
Starring Hailey Gates, Eleonore Hendricks, Kate Lyn Sheil
Five women, a ouija board, and a house with a dark secret: Chloë Sevigny imbues this atmospherically enigmatic ghost story with a bracing feminist jolt.