Fantastically Horrifying Cinema 2016 Official Selections - The Shorts


'Tis the season for all the ghouls and goblins and scary creatures of the world to come out and celebrate Halloween!  

Film Society of Little Rock and Fantastic Cinema are proud to announce the short film lineup of the 2nd Annual Fantastically Horrifying Cinema presented by Shock Till You Drop!

These 28 short films have won awards all of the world, along with a few brand new ones thrown into the mix!  The shorts are always a highlight for a horror film festival.  You will not want to miss them!

Fantastically Horrifying Cinema - The Shorts

Artemis, Directed by Heather D. Freeman

USA | 2016 | 0:03:40 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE 

An (unfortunate) driver witnesses what happens to a stag's spirit and body after it is struck by a car.


Bitch, Popcorn & Blood, Directed by Fabio Soares

France | 2015 | 0:16:00 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

At Salt N Sugar, a popcorn bar in the middle of nowhere, LILY a bored waitress, is going to turn her life around when two fishy strangers show up in the bar.


Burnt Popcorn, Directed by Rafael De Leon Jr.

USA | 2016 | 0:08:39 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

When a naive young woman is reluctant to break away from an unfulfilling dating situation, her father convinces her to handle it in an extreme way and complete her transition to adulthood.


Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir, Directed by David E. Munz-Maire  

USA | 2015 | 0:13:10

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.


Creatures of Whitechapel, Directed by Jonathan Martin               

UK | 2016 | 0:25:30 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London, searching for the perfect victims to help bring her master's, Dr. Frankenstein, Creation to life. However, rumors of Frankenstein's nighttime activities are brewing, and Jack, revealed to be Igor, is tasked with one last foray into the bowels of Victorian London to find the last piece needed to bring his Creation to life.

But what is life without love?

A brand new vision that brings together some of horror's most iconic characters, "Creatures of Whitechapel" reveals the monster inside us all in this gothic love story of creation and madness.


Darkness Falls, Directed by Jarno Vinsencius     

Sweden | 2016 | 0:14:49 | Swedish with English subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Melissa suffers from amnesia. When she slowly regains her memory, the world isn't what it supposed to be.


The Eve, Directed by Luca Machnich

USA | 2015 | 0:20:24

Shot on 8mm film stock.  Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. The night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.


Expecting, Directed by Jackie Perez

USA | 2016 | 0:12:57 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

A woman with a perfect life learns she's carrying a baby she didn't expect.  With no one to turn to for help, she carries to term and really comes to understand the saying "your life is over when you have kids."


Forever Mine, Directed by Paul Bradford

MADE IN ARKANSAS | 2016 | 0:06:00 | SPECIAL SCREENING (out of competition)

An unexpected phone call forever changes Valentine’s Day for Travis and his girlfriend.


Graveyard Girl, Directed by Steven Oder

MADE IN ARKANSAS | 2016 | 0:17:00

A quirky teenage girl that hangs out in graveyards must cope with loss while being stalked by a demon.


Hada, Directed by Tony Morales              

Spain | 2015 | 0:09:00 | Spanish with English subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn’t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.


I Wish I Could Forget, Directed by April Bedan

USA | 2015 | 0:20:15 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

It begins with dreams and nose bleeds. The ringing noise that pierces the ear becomes a sign that they’re near. A distant cousin of the greys, they feed on rotten meat. They’re out for blood, and the violence is unspeakable. This is something you wish you could forget.


I.V. League, Directed by Patrick Rea


A twisted web surrounds a badly injured doctor, his wife and a beautiful nurse, all set inside a hospital room, in this short dark comedy from Patrick Rea. 


Knob Goblins, Directed by Christopher G. Moore

USA | 2015 | 0:07:35 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

As part of his final psychotherapy treatment, a mental patient is allowed to return to the basement of his deserted childhood home, so he can face his fears involving the death of his younger brother. Or to put it more bluntly, it's about a demonic creature that bites your penis off.


Maskerade, Directed by Haven Nutt

USA | 2014 | 0:10:00

Shot on 8mm film stock. A young woman is haunted by a series of unknown, unspeaking masked people. This day-her life-is an interminable dysfunctional experience. Haunted by the masked unknown, she lives in the midst of her mortified mind.


MAYDAY, Directed by Sabastien Vaniček

France | 2015 | 0:12:49 | Arabic, English, French with English Subtitles | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Michel, subject to violent hallucinations, must overcome the imminence of death during his extradition flight towards USA. He will face head-front his delusions, the other passenger’s judgment, the firmness of US-law enforcement and the stress of an imminent crash. Way too much for this weak, aging and disturbed maniac.


Monsters, Directed by Steve Desmond

USA | 2015 | 0:12:26 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside!


Mr. Man, Directed by Haven Nutt

USA | 2015 | 0:29:00

Shot on 8 mm film stock. He's across the way. He's deep in my head. He's right behind me. He's under my bed.


Nana Needles, Directed by Annie Murray

Australia | 2016 | 0:00:24 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Based on a nightmare. Nana and her knitting needles terrorize a young girl in a surreal dream sequence.


Paranormal Shopping Network, Directed by Micaela Colman

USA | 2016 | 0:03:05 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

This short film version of the Paranormal Shopping Network web series plays all three episodes from the first season in order. These commercials of mail-order brains for zombies, breath mints for vampires, and a GPS for ghosts present a complete story of one woman's struggle with the undead.


Pillow Fright, Directed by Patrick Rea

USA | 2015 | 0:05:00

What seems like a simple pillow fight between several co-eds soon turns deadly.


Roadside Assistance, Directed by Bears Fonte

USA | 2015 | 0:07:15 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

A mysterious woman stranded by the side of the road hitches a ride with a passing stranger - neither of them is who they seem.


Spectre-O-Scope, Directed by Mark Cluvane

MADE IN ARKANSAS | 2015 | 0:27:29

After his wife was killed by a vicious cultist, a scientist on the edge of madness attempts to bend time to bring her back. But he may have to choose between saving her, and revenge.


Studio 203, Directed by Greg Martin, David Wittkower

USA | 2015 | 0:14:02 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

An artist under pressure to finish a sculpture for an exhibit breathes life into his creation with unintended results.


The Stylist, Directed by Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian

USA | 2016 | 0:14:58 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.


A Swarm Come April, Directed by Mary McDade Casteel

USA | 2016 | 0:11:57 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

A small religious community prepares for a series of insect swarms that terrorize them every spring. As the eve of the swarm approaches, a young woman struggles with the consequences of her isolated society's beliefs.


Terminal, Directed by H. M. Mirza

UK | 2015 | 0:06:30 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

A father who has been distant from his son turns up at an airport to lecture him about money. Unable to articulate his feelings for many years, the father begins to question the basis of his own life.


They Will All Die in Space, Directed by Javier Chillon

Spain | 2015 | 0:14:47 | ARKANSAS PREMIERE

The starship Tantalus drifts through space.

The Fantastically Horrifying Cinema schedule is currently being finalized and should be announced some time the week of September 12.

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