Drew Daywalt

Why Watch? To its credit, Craigslist has plenty of warnings. Watch out for scams, people who demand that you wire money and terrifying things living inside the free chair you just snagged from a kind stranger. Drew Daywalt and his nightmarish visions are no stranger to this column. Neither is A.J. Bowen, who co-stars in this quick story of a young woman (Kaylee Score) just off the boat in Los Angeles trying to outfit her apartment with some gratis furniture. The result is a keen display of horror construction and special make-up effects. There’s a slightly indulgent jump scare just before the conclusion, but otherwise, it’s about as clean and effective as a scare can get. Plus, there’s a twisted creativity behind the horrifying truth of the chair. This short might do for sitting in your living room what Jaws did for hanging around with Roy Scheider. Hat tip to reader Andrew F. for suggesting it. What will it cost? Around 20 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.

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Why Watch? It’s been an A.J.  Bowen-heavy week, and that’s as it should be. The indie horror staple has proven again and again that he’s got acting chops (as well as literal chops whenever he’s handed an ax), and in Drew Daywalt‘s newest flick, he and Ed Ackerman get to play a little “Who’s on First?” without all the pesky name confusion and baseball. The pair play two friends driving down a long stretch of road having just committed a heinous act of violence. Talking their way through the situation, they have to rationalize their actions and plan a dinner menu. Those looking for blood-splatter and gore won’t be satisfied here. This is purely cerebral, and the joy is watching the chemistry between the two actors as they try to figure out what to do with the…thing…that they’ve killed. It’s a nice reminder that two people talking can still be imaginative, entertaining and transportational – even if their particular Dinner with Andre is serving a seriously exotic first course. What will it cost you? Only 4 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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Why Watch? Because we should all be checking the backseat before nighttime car trips. This one goes quick, and you’ve got to have your eyes peeled, but it’s highly effective horror in its ability to share a secret without placing red arrows all over it. Creep is a short that trusts its audience to figure out what’s going on, which is incredibly refreshing in a world where spoonfeeding seems like the norm. Plus, it’s got a great soundtrack. If you didn’t see it the first time, don’t give up. What does it cost? Just 2 minutes of your time. Check out Creep for yourself:

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Why Watch? Because sometimes it only takes a minute to be scared to death. A father sits at his computer listening to the soothing sounds of his young child on a baby monitor. In the tightest storytelling possible, it goes from sweet to shattering in a short that has to be seen instead of read about. What Will It Cost? Less than 2 minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Check out Mockingbird for yourself:

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