If you are looking for a quick jolt of horror or have an interest in short films, cable television’s FEARnet On DEMAND is the place to satisfy both of your cravings. Five fear shots are served on the house all month long courtesy of Roanoke Cox Cable Channel 1. Select the Free Zone, Free Movies and then FEARnet to access these efforts by up and coming filmmakers at your convenience.
Writer-director Phil Mucci’s 2007 award winning short “Far Out” takes us back to swinging 1972. A Hollywood producer throws a sex, drugs and rock and roll induced party. The unexpected turn of events is as funny as it is horrific.
“Infected” is a simple, low budget yet clever five minute short from 2011. Set entirely in a hallway with failing lighting, the movie presents a young woman fleeing a giant insect-like monster. But the real horror awaits.
“Juan con miedo” (“Fearful John”) is Spanish writer-director Daniel Romero’s 2010 short inspired by a fairy tale. Well photographed in nice locations, this film concerns a young boy and girl who take shelter from the rain in an abandoned house. The girl then tells the story of a monster scarecrow.
“Suicide Girl” is a chilling and all too real four minute shocker from 2010. Like something straight out of the headlines, a teenage girl hangs herself for all to see on the internet following a hurtful prank. If that’s not horrific enough for you, just wait.
The longest and perhaps overall best of the bunch is “Tinglewood” (2009). This spooktacular from down under was an Australian Film Institute Awards nominee for Visual Effects. The tragic and scary outdoors tale sees mom and dad take their sullen teenage son and sweet little girl on a camping trip. If only they had put more wood on the fire.