For Halloween, shudder in front of these horror shorts available on Arte

If you’ve ever scoured the list of the best horror movies on Netflix, Arte may have what you need. The TV channel recently uploaded a selection of horrific shorts, ahead of the Halloween party. Nine are already available, and three more will arrive on October 30, including the medium-length film by Gaspar Noé Carne. Two specials and five feature films will also be added to complete your program. What are the short films that you should definitely not miss if you are a fan of genre cinema? Vanity Fair offers you a quick overview.

Small fish killer by Alexandre Gavras (1997)

In Small fish killer, actor and director Alexandre Gavras tells the story of Jacques, a disturbed morgue employee who tries to elaborate on an elixir made from transparent fish that would make it possible to become invisible. The son of Costa-Gravas tells here how this increasingly invasive and even alienating project will have irreversible effects on the life of the employee and those around him.

I love sarah jane by Spencer Susser (2008)

Two years before being revealed in the film adaptation ofAlice in Wonderland by Tim Burton, Mia Wasikowska played the title role in Spencer Susser’s fifth short. In I love sarah jane, a young boy named Jimbo falls in love with young Sarah Jane and does everything in his power to spend time with her. Outside, zombies, who roam the middle of empty streets, have taken over the world. Spencer Susser here mixes post-apocalyptic film with teenage romance for a disconcerting yet thrilling result. Note that the Australian David Michôd, director of The Rover with Robert Pattinson in 2014, co-wrote the screenplay for I love sarah jane.

Junior by Julia Ducournau (2011)

Before the Palme d’Or won last July for his second feature film Titanium, Julia Ducournau directed a short film in 2011 entitled Junior. First collaboration between Garance Marillier and the French filmmaker who will meet again six years later with Serious, this film halfway between the teen-movie and the sub-genre of “body horror” follows Justine, 13, a schoolgirl who is struggling to find her place. After being diagnosed with fulgurating gastroenteritis, the one who is also known as Junior sees her body metamorphose and show strange signs. Here we find Julia Ducournau’s obsessions with cinema: the upheavals of the body as well as the end of an age imbued with innocence. A must if you liked Titanium.

Heat by Thessa Meijer (2019)

Heat is the shortest short film in the selection (less than three minutes on the clock), but it is far from the most uninteresting. In this universe both colorful and disturbing, an ice cream parlor sees a shy young girl arrive in her shop. She hesitates to say what she wants and stares the ice cream shop in the eye. She will soon discover that by meeting her gaze she made a serious mistake. Selected in 2020 at the Strange Festival, the film by the Dutch Thessa Meijer clearly claims a pop heritage and the influence of the clinical cinema of Yorgos Lanthimos’ films. A singular short film that does not lack humor.

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For Halloween, shudder in front of these horror shorts available on Arte

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