It is said that at this time of year, the veil between our realm and the spiritual world thins, making it easier for spirits to contact the living. Whether or not you believe the concept, it makes for a great background for some spooky films that deal with death and the afterlife.
So what happens when we die? Christopher Sheffield just came out with two horror shorts that have some insight to this question:
Here to Stay
In this short, we meet Jude who is not really dealing with his grief of losing his friend Ben. Exhausted and not wanting to be at the funeral, Jude tries to get some rest only to be awoken by odd occurrences in this home. Is it a spirit? Is it Ben? Does he have a message for those he left behind? There is a lot packed into this under 7-minute short. It moves quickly and gives off a good spooky vibe and a few jump scares. I just wish it had been longer!
Who is Listening?
In this under fourteen minute short, Violet has a spirit in her new home. She wants to connect with the spirit so she visits Madame Hyacinth, a medium. But with a thin veil between the living and the dead, it seems that Violet and Madame Hyacinth have connected with someone unexpected. This short shows that you never know who is listening when you reach out to the spirit world.
I know that each of these descriptions make the shorts sound quite simple, but they are very well done. I was so into Here to Stay that I was surprised when the end credits rolled. As for Who is Listening, I watched with my mom and stepdad who both enjoyed it and my mom doesn’t even like horror movies. So clear your schedule for this evening and be sure to check these two out.