We recently shared the short film Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, the project by Mike Flanagan that became the feature film Oculus in 2013. It’s actually one of many well-known horror movies that began life as a short film. It gave us the idea to feature more of these embryonic manifestations, blueprints that would lay the groundwork for something expansive. It’s a series we’re calling Before It Was a Feature. As the popularity of short films continues to swell, we can expect to see more examples of this phenomenon in the years to come.
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Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat succeeds on so many levels: It’s one of the best Halloween-themed horror movies of all time, one of the best horror anthologies ever, and a near-perfect horror comedy. The orange-clad, bulbous-headed demonic prankster Sam is one of the most iconic horror villains of the 21stCentury. But Sam made his first appearance back in 1996 when Dougherty produced an animated Halloween card (below), where he epitomized the mischievous spirit of horror fans’ favorite holiday.
Official Synopsis: From the same writer/director of the highly lauded Trick ‘r Treat comes the 1996 short animated film “Season’s Greetings,” which first introduced the character of Sam.
Official Synopsis: Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small-town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight and a grumpy hermit’s encounter with a sinister trick-or-treater.
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