2013 Short films
Portland, May 2013 short films
May 3-5, 2013 at the Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR. Have a short Weird or Lovecraftian film? Submit it here.
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To see when each short film block will play, click here to see the full schedule.
In the northern wilds of nineteenth century Canada, Jacques, a young woodcutter, longs to win the heart of the beautiful Charity. But when she rebuffs and embarrasses him, he undertakes a desperate journey deep into the fabled Dark Forest, where it is rumored a traveler can make a deal with the Devil. Jacques hopes to make such a deal and in so doing win Charity's fickle heart.The Dark Forest is vast and filled with secrets, however, and Jacques soon finds himself lost in an endless maze of towering trees, surrounded by horrors. Read more
A man goes in search of a missing friend, who has a fear of wasting his hours in slumber. He finds him squatting in an abandoned building performing experiments; attempting lucid dreaming, that have all failed. He has hope in a new supplement he has procured through unknown means.
Alistair, a genetic researcher, saves his own life from cancer by making a pact with some dark and dangerous people. The secret lies with whatever is making the odd sounds in Alistair's basement. The deal he made forbids him to go down there for three days...no matter what he sees or hears. His sanity, his life, depends on it.As the line between reality and delusion fades, Alistair struggles with nosy neighbors (Richard Pryor Jr.), a rival ex-boss (Daniel Roebuck, LOST) and haunting images of a lady in blue. Getting out of the house only makes his anxiety worse. Read more
Inspired by a short story, His Great Power Toucheth Me, written on-the-fly at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Blood recasts the events of that story in the New World at the turn of the previous century, when the New World represented hope and dreams for everyone in the Old World -- including those who had best be staying in the Old World. A group of Pirate Lords, meeting to arrange their territory, swap tales of adventures. One finally stands and tells a story too outrageous to believe, but too compelling to ignore.
The final installment in director Casey T. Malone's 'Blood of the Witch Trilogy' (preceded by Blood of the Witch & Fortuna). The Witch has grown more powerful than ever. A coalition has formed to hunt her and bring her to justice. Dark allies are rallying to her side and eldritch forces have awakened in the forest. The hunters will become the hunted.
Shot and produced in 48 hours, Contained is the story of Hope, a young woman living in an inner-city apartment building who picks up the slack of her ailing superintendent father. Longing for a better life far away from the confines of the old apartment building, and from the strange, idiosyncratic tenants who live there, she befriends an old man who entrusts to her the delivery of a strange, mysterious box. Unsure of the box's contents, Hope needs only remember one thing: the box must not be opened.
Jill is your average housewife, home alone on a lazy Saturday in suburbia. She's got the TV on and lunch on the stove, and she's just about to kick her feet up when a frantic neighbor, Alan, breaks through the front door. Alan is in high-octane, full-freakout mode. He's looking for her husband, and he's armed to the teeth, babbling nonsense about a brutal attack and a giant insect. Thus begins Grasshopper! -- a harried romp through a sunny suburban landscape, with one man determined to find a vile, murderous bug and one woman intent on curtailing her neighbor’s madness.
Doctor William Dyer may be the smartest theoretical physicist alive, but he has just blown it. After a routine CERN experiment goes horribly wrong, Dyer has to get to the emergency data access facility he has installed in an abandoned building nearby.
A race against time to avoid unthinkable Armageddon turns into something else - a struggle with himself and his own guilt. Only now, he not alone.
Something older than time itself that has been waiting through the aeons for the chance to return.
And now, the door is open.
The Music of Jo Hyeja is a cross-cultural adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Music of Erich Zann': a young student living in a ghetto on the edge of Seoul named Miju, encounters a mysterious upstairs neighbor, an elderly zither-player named Jo Hyeja whose bizarre musical performances fill the air each night.
A mysterious window in Mrs. Jo's lightless upper room beckons menacingly, calling Miju to the attic. Will she survive her brush with the ancient, macabre terrors summoned by a song that shatters the laws of music, sanity, and the very universe itself?
The skeleton of a rat-monkey comes to life in a room full of cursed objects in this Gothic tale with a sci-fi twist. This is the 5th film in the award winning 'Chimerascope' series by MTV and SY FY channel station ID veteran, Aurelio Voltaire. Narrated by electro-Goth, New Wave icon, Gary Numan.
From the director of the acclaimed short film "Derailed." A man, suffering from brain seizures, tries to reconnect whit his past by developing old film strips of pictures he does not even remember.Everything lead to a mysterious gas station...where the man will face his worst nightmare.
An adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Book." A man sits, staring into a mirror, trying to figure out who he is. He thinks about when it started when he comes across a book in an old shop that can shift him into other realities. He continues even though he gets closer and closer to stranger places.
The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous mansion. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world.
TRANSCENDENT is a short film inspired by the visionary writings of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Following one woman's journey to find her true place in the world; TRANSCENDENT is a different kind of 'Homecoming' story loosely adapted from Lovecraft's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth'. It lives somewhere between art film, surrealist experiment, and horror film.
Written & Directed by Mars (founder of Dead House Music) , the film stars Cassie Mosher as 'Mary Celeste Marsh' and Teal Sherer (best known for her role as 'Venom' on the award winning web-series THE GUILD) as 'Mother Hydra'.
Myth clashes with the modern day as Stephen finds a genie lamp while rummaging for food in an alley. What was believed to be a benevolent being reveals itself to be as harsh and dark as the reality that is life. Redemption sought through desperation, loss and gain all granted in the name of balance.