Sunday, November 25, 2012

Horror Movie Daycare

Horror Movie Daycare--not Letting the Right One In

I took a bit of a vacation after my 31 Days of Halloween daily postings, which were really, really challenging.  So challenging to post, in fact, that I had totally forgotten to post the last one, which I did today, oops.  That mammoth undertaking did not curb any of my love for tasty horror, though.  Or of evil children.

The Twins want to play with Danny!
I actually worked daycare one summer, working with kids from 2-3 years old, and I really liked it.  The kids were sweet and really smart.  They only became truly evil twice a day--when their parents dropped them off and picked them up.  Then they would devolve into screetching, bawling little monsters, eager to suck all the life out of the room (and out of all adults in the vicinity).  When their parents were not around, they managed to be good little social citizens, playing nicely with others.  Coincidence?

Story time at Horror Movie Daycare
You cannot say the same about the kids in this lovely little short.  They will make you think "no kids, just kittens" in no time.  The video nods to many films:  The Shining, Ringu, Let the Right One In, The Omen, Children of the Corn, Village of the Damned, Evil Dead, and, of course, The Exorcist, to name just a few.

Check out the video in glorious full screen mode here.

31 Days of Halloween--Day 31 NO WAY OUT (2011)

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I made it through 31 Days of Horror, barely, despite a wicked cold, a hurricane, and power and internet outages.  Wooooo!  As I've said before, I'm so impressed with so many of my favorite writers who not only post diligently and consistently, but with insight and thoughtfulness (check out my list off to the side for my favorites).

One thing I could not have done without this month--Short films.  I have grown to appreciate their wit and artistry, and the way that these storytellers can make so much with so little, whether it's time, money, or star power.  So, I'd like to end my 31 Days with this rather horrifying film by Kristoffer Aaron Morgan, No Way Out (2011).  The film was shot over two days for less than $3000, and it is damn effective.  I kept saying to myself over and over, "corn syrup and chocolate sauce, corn syrup and chocolate sauce."  This film is not for the fainthearted, so beware.  You can see a beautiful, crisp version here.