Every so often I come across a horror short that scares the living daylights out of me long after I’ve finished watching it. Found via Shortoftheweek’s excellent horror channel, Special Day is the most bastarding slice of terrifying hell since David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out (the original 2013 short).
Directed and written by Teal Greyhavens and Nikolai Von Keller, and photographed/edited with an absurdly cinematic quality by the aptly-named Devin Cutter, this tale is set at a girl’s 18th birthday party, in which a creepily cloying family in a dimly lit room gather to tell the birthday girl about a special family secret. I mean, I just got a plastic key with my age on it, but whatever.
The acting all-around is natural, with everyone hitting their beats perfectly, and Rafif Haj Ahmad‘s make-up effects are a joy to behold. You definitely get the vibe that this was a labour of love for everyone involved, so it’s no surprise that there are whispers of a feature-length adaptation.
However, I hate this film, because its simple-yet-brilliant concept crawled under my skin and scared the heck out of me. I literally threw up after being having finished watching all 7 minutes of it, but I’ve also been sneezing amid feverish chills all day, so I’m probably just coming down with something. It’s still scary as heck, though. Go share it far and wide and be prepared for friends to tell you they also hate you. Watch the twatting arsing hellish thing above.