Staff Picks: Our Top 10 Scary Shorts

Friday, March 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM

For our latest listener challenge, we asked you to scare the horror filmmaker Wes Craven with short films no longer than 30 seconds. Craven encouraged you to break rules and do away with conventions, but he did provide a theme: “young genius.” One month later, you have delivered more than 300 animated, claymated, and live-action terrors from Canada, England, Italy, and all over the United States.  Some are funny, most are scary, two are about eggs, and a few are too haunting to watch twice.

Craven will reveal the winner on next weekend’s show.

Meantime, the staff of Studio 360 made a list of our 10 favorites (plus an honorable mention).

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Selfie by RJ in Auburn, Maine


Young Genius — by Jason McKee in Spokane, Washington


The Dark  by Greg in Baltimore, Maryland


Egg  by Matthew in Austin, Texas


baby egg by Camilla in Brooklyn, New York


...Jack by Jake in Chicago, Illinois


Those We Love by Alex in Los Angeles, California


There is no God by Bernie in Seattle, Washington


A Boy and His Robot. by Tim in Cleveland, Ohio


BOOKWORM by Dycee in Nashville, Tennessee


Relative Genius by Tom in Dobbs Ferry, New York
An honorable mention goes to Tom who would have made a killer short film if it weren’t for his pesky dyslexia. You hit the nail on the head in more ways than one, pal.


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Comments [7]

jp from tejas

my top vote goes to Selfie.. an old concept with an up to day flair, well doine!

Mar. 16 2014 08:04 PM
Scott Barden from Leesburg, VA

"Selfie" was the one that really got to me and my son. Can't believe it didn't make Craven's top 10, which IMO features a few goofy ones that are really more impression pieces than horror narratives. "Those We Love" is an interesting idea, but I agree with Craven's observation that the final voiceover is unnecessary and takes away from the impact. "Selfie," on the other hand, requires no narrative, yet tells a complete story. It reminds me of some of Craven's best work.

Mar. 16 2014 07:48 PM
Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Joe -- these are not Wes Craven's finalists. He'll reveal winner and his runners-up on next week's show. Meantime, the staff of Studio 360 wanted to give a shout-out to our favorites. (though it was tough for us to narrow our list to just 10 + an honorable mention -- so many great entries!)

Thanks again to everyone who share their work with us!

Mar. 08 2014 11:01 AM

Agree with jlewis56 - "Those We Love" stands alone in a great field. My honorable mention is "The Dark" - very interesting visuals/feel.

Mar. 08 2014 07:46 AM
Joe from NW Pennsylvania

Are these shorts the one that Wes Craven will be picking the winner and runners-up from? So, the winner is in this group?

Mar. 08 2014 07:34 AM
Francesco from Italy

I'm the italian one! haha, not in the top 10 unfortunetely! But those are amazing! Really really good job guys! "Che vinca il migliore!"

Mar. 07 2014 11:10 PM

Some excellent films. But there is only one that made me think ... and keeps me thinking 2 days later. "Those We Love" is really that kingpin here. It is a complete feature length film in 30 seconds. It is horrifying in its implications. It has me pondering it 2 days after seeing it first time.

One man's opinion ...

Mar. 07 2014 11:42 AM

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