Short horror films have surged in prominence over the past decade. Advancements in filmmaking technologies combined with the economic viability of equipment and software once only available to major studios, allow anyone with a passion for filmmaking and a creative vision to produce something extraordinary.
There’s another reason short films are gaining prominence; increasingly often, shorts are regarded as “proof of concept” for a feature-length film. Lights Out, Mama, Oculus, and many others actually began as short films. Another short film with feature potential is The Head, created by filmmaker Jim Hartman.
The Head is peppered with historical photos that work as an immediate hook, implying a centuries-old mythology. The film finds a trio of curiosity-seekers looking for the truth about an urban legend involving a severed head with inexplicable ties to the small town where the short takes place. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Three friends uncover the truth about a creepy local urban legend and a century-old severed head that just can’t seem to stay buried.
An unassuming funeral home shelters the object at the center of a long-rumored urban legend in an old Pennsylvania coal mining town – the Shamokin Head. Stan doesn’t buy a word of the legend while Danny is too scared not to believe that a century-old severed head rests on the other side of the gray metal door. Tonight, the friends have decided to investigate and find out the truth for themselves, but their plans get sidetracked when Vic, a true believer, shows up and sets off a night none of them will soon forget.