There are times when you’re able to watch a lengthy superhero movie, or binge watch an entire season of a show and walk away still wanting more. But then there are times when you can barely get through a music video without tuning out. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best new sci-fi, fantasy and horror shorts out there today. Hopefully, this will give you that quick fix you need when it comes to entertainment.
A lawyer named Henry wakes up after going home with a beautiful woman he met at a bar the night before—except she’s not a human, she’s a three-eyed alien, and she’s spouting all kinds of talk about how he’s been chosen to “represent his species” as part of a shady interplanetary trade negotiation.
Sword of the Dead
Director Stephen Vitale made a really cool Star Wars fan film called Hoshino a few years back, but his latest project Sword of the Dead is a bit different. It’s a samurai zombie film that Vitale describes as “Yojimbo meets 28 Days Later”. The film is in black and white, and the musical score seems to pay homage to John Carpenter.
This is Katy Wang’s animated short, which shows a stranded astronaut who sends a message into the universe. He’s hoping to find a friendly voice or even a way back to Earth from his lonely planet. What he finds leads to a stunning conclusion that gives us both hope, and yet takes it away as well.
Scary clowns get all the attention, but there’s something awfully sinister about a scarecrow that’s just, like, posted up in the woods for no reason. Dan Allen’s suspenseful film only runs two minutes and change, but it’s chock-full of some very compelling reasons why you should never, ever approach a rogue scarecrow.
This is a very short, and yet, very scary film. This one is from filmmaker Julian Terry, and it will make you think twice about using your home assistant. Nothing more needs to be said about this one.
Instant is co-executive produced by Rod Roddenberry, who happens to be the son of Star Trek creator Gene. This film takes place in a dive bar, and not in outer space, and is actually a hostage drama. Essentially, the people in the bar are held hostage, while a heavily-armed man forces the patrons to sit tight for hours while he hides from the cops, who are outside. This one is a bit longer, and a little more melodramatic than some of the others, but still worth a watch.
Ten years ago, a young girl slipped out of sight while playing at the park, and her devastated mother—who’s long since turned to heroin as a coping mechanism—can’t shake the feeling that even after all this time, her daughter is still out there somewhere.
This is technically a medium length short as it runs for 30 minutes. But don’t let that deter you. This is a well-crafted film that charts the life of the last man on Earth. He was raised by a robot since childhood and holds some very specific and potentially dangerous spiritual beliefs. He is also weirdly obsessed with horoscopes. As am I.