Claymation

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? It’s The Raid. Made with claymation cats. By Lee Hardcastle. Do you need an embossed invitation? What will it cost? Only 3 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films Hat tip to Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener for sharing this on his site.

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Why Watch? Sometimes short films are used to deliver a punchline, and when Lee Hardcastle is at the wheel, it’s a sure thing that he’ll steer the horror comedy truck right off the cliff and it’ll only take him 5 seconds to do it. The guy is damned good, and this short movie is definitely good for a (very) quick laugh. What will it cost? Only 5 seconds. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? It’s a dull world out there. Your job has been shoved into a shoebox and means about as much, your time to create has been reduced, and there’s a bizarre light coming from your stomach. We’ve all been there. Mark Osborne‘s inspired short film delivers that timeless story in a color-drained way by using stop-motion animation and a little bit of magic. What will it cost? Only 6 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films. Special thanks to site contributor Adam Charles for suggesting this one.

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We’ve featured a few of Lee Harcastle‘s short films before, and they’re always good for a bloody violent, clay-filled time. Now, according to Twitch Film, he’ll be teaming up with Kill List director Ben Wheatley for a clay animated prison exploitation flick called Megaevilmotherfuckers. Score one for good titling. There’s limited information at this point, and Wheatley still has a black comedy (Sightseers), a non-black comedy (I, Macrobane featuring Nick Frost) and a science fiction movie (Freak Shift) on the table after Kill List hits theaters this week and The ABCS of Death  becomes available later this year. He’ll also probably have to stop to eat or sleep at some point. Great title, great pairing, great genre. Both Harcastle and Wheatley are about to be very busy filmmakers, so be prepared. Also, just imagine what sort of gore and sex and violence they can get away with when it’s all clay.

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Boiling Point

Political correctness is the bane of the artistic community, or so it would seem. It appears as though you can’t do anything in this world without upsetting anyone, and once they’re upset you must do backflips to appease them. Well, I’m here to say: fuck the blind. Just kidding, I’ve got nothing against the blind. But a recent news articledoes have me up in a furor. Aardman Animation, the company behind Wallace and Gromit and the upcoming feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits, are ditching already completed work on a joke about lepers because some people might feel bad. Are you serious?

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Why Watch? It’s the story about a snowman with no arms on an adventure to find some. It echoes Rankin & Bass, and it’s pleasantly low-budget the way the first South Park Christmas videos were. Plus, it’s delightful and only a little bit creepy. Enjoy the ending! Happy holidays! What does it cost? Just 8 minutes of your time. Trust us. You have time for more short films.

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According to a press release that left blood all over my inbox, Lee Hardcastle – a filmmaker twice featured in our illustrious Short Film of the Day feature – has won the chance to see his work next to 25 of the best horror filmmakers working today in the anthology picture The ABCs of Death. Drafthouse Films and Timpson Films held a contest that saw 170 entries narrowed down to 13 by the voting public. Those top 13 were then shown to the directors involved in the production, and they voted Hardcastle as the winner. T is For Toilet features a young boy who is learning to use the toilet all by himself, and the horrific monster that we all know lives inside all of our johns has different plans for him and his family. It should be shown to all potty training young ones, alongside this magical gem. Runners up, T is for Talk by Peter Haynes; T is for Turbo by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissel and Yoann-Karl Whissel; T is for Table by Shane Free; and T is for Termite by Steve Daniels will all be invited to be included in the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film. In the mean time, check out T is for Toilet for yourself:

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Why Watch? It features the revenge of a household item we’ve been dumping our shit in for years. For the next week or so, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of the short films from the ABCs of Death competition going on right now to find the 26th director for the upcoming horror anthology. Each entry starts with the letter T and has to pick a T-word to use in a deadly way. We’ve featured work from Lee Hardcastle before, and this new short has the same wicked charm and horror sensibility that manages to make you laugh while cringing. What does it cost? Just 4 minute of your time. Check out T is For Toilet for yourself:

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Evil Dead in 60 Seconds with Clay

Ah, fans. You always do find the most creative ways to pay homage to your favorite cult classics. And in the case of this little claymation short film from filmmaker Lee Hardcastle, it’s all about the most interesting way to tell one of the great B-level horror stories in one minute flat.

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