Maniacally Short Monday
I think I could just watch Christmas horror all year long! Holiday themed horror films are so well done and truly creepy! I came across Deathly Presents on Vimeo and I regret nothing.
A family gathers around their living room on Christmas Eve. The little boy, Jonny (Oliver Ebsworth) shows his excitement for the pile of gifts under the tree. Sadly his dad, Rob (Jonah Russell) tells him to stop being a giddy child and just eat a waffle instead, forcing him to wait for Christmas to open his gifts. Soon the family is startled by a ruckus from upstairs. And before you ask, yes I can describe the ruckus, it was like a bang or a thump or something like that, okay so maybe I can’t really describe it!
The mother, Steff (Sian Breckin), sends her hubby to check it out, but he comes back with the all clear. To help shake away the fear that came from the noise, Rob tells Jonny that he can open a gift, but only one. Weirdly enough, Jonny is drawn to the ugliest gift under the tree. We’ve all seen those gifts, wrapped in a plastic back or wrinkled paper with too much tape, but in this case it was the gift that had hair on it.
Uh oh, suddenly I’m flashing back to Christmas Vacation when the Aunt Bethany wrapped up her cat as a gift.
Anyway! Thanks to Steff being mother of the year, she stops Jonny from opening the gift and forces Rob to check it out. Seriously, this guy is always getting the shit end of the stick. Both Rob and Steff have no idea where the gift came from but they soon find out that this gift is a bit more terrifying than they thought.
Dear Rob, when your wife says “Just leave it,” JUST LEAVE IT! Everything might’ve been fine if he just listened to those words!
This was such a creepy little short! I love that they were able to balance both Christmas and horror. It’s pretty common to see Christmas themed horror shorts that have nothing to do with the holiday at all.
Deathly Presents definitely brought the True Fear! They have perfectly timed jump scares that don’t dominate the film, mystery, anticipation, and a false sense of security. Together that makes this short pretty scary to watch alone this holiday season. Enjoy!