When you were younger, a mere child even, were you ever troubled by the thoughts of monsters living in your closet? Kept awake at night by sudden bumps and scrapes and the sounds of breathing under your bed? Or maybe you were like me and saw the original The Amityville Horror movie way too young? Well filmmaker Brent Sims has a steady eye when retracing the fears that once plagued our innocent nights.
In his anthology of kickstarted short films entitled Grave Shivers, Sims' plays around with common childhood fears and turns them into something gory and super fun! In "Teddymare", the first of the three short films, we see a little girl protected from night time terrors by an unusual saviour. Check it out!
In A House Somewhere In The Suburbs
An innocent prayer from little "Boo-Boo", but will they be answered? Hmm...
Bed Time For Boo-Boo
Suddenly a doting father approaches with plush pal in tow! How sweet, how serene.
A Tale Of Legendary Heroics
Despite having to get up early, Dad reads his little Boo-Boo a creepy tale of teddy bears doing battle against The Immortal, "a pale and powerful monster from another dimension". That's some pretty good dad-ing...
Exit Light, Enter Night
After a quick check for monsters under the bed, it's lights out for sleepy-time. Never a good idea, but utility bills, financial crisis. Sorry, I digress. It seems as if something is keeping a keen eye on the little one...
Riddles In The Dark
There it is, a hint of the night time stalker chilling in a little girl's closet. Get a job you creep!
The Big Reveal!
It's an Immortal! No, Boo-Boo wake up, it's trying to take your soul! If only there was a hero on hand to defeat this foul beast...
In the dark of the bedroom, a hero stirs. But who could it be?
Small Frame, Big Heart
Boo-Boo's teddy bear comes to her aid and pulls her back from the brink of becoming soulless husk. What a hero!
All in all, Brent Sims' Grave Shivers is a fun ode to the things that went bump in the night. Watch them all if you dare, especially "Teething Tiffany". I didn't see its ending coming at all, which is always nice.