Why Watch? Killer sharks, haunted houses and antique auctions. The classic triumvirate of horror stories. Maybe that last one sticks out like a bleeding thumb, but this short from Toby Meakins is a good argument for its inclusion on our list of fears. In it, a collector starts tinkering with a forgotten camera and finds something delightfully pants-wetting inside.
Brief but bursting with atmosphere (built both by an eerie score and the constant clock-reminiscent click of a film reel), LOT254 is a “punchline” style horror short that angles up toward a beautiful jump scare without relying on it. Everything snaps into place here — from design to photography to acting — to create a fun nerve-tester that feels like it could be the pre-credit sequence for something much bigger.
What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes.