Mayday.

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 5.05.46 PMToday’s featured horror short is one of the best I’ve ever seen.  Directed by Clark Baker and written by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, Vessel is a 14-minute-long science-fiction-horror masterpiece.  The official synopsis reads:

Vessel is the story of the passengers of Flight 298, a red-eye on its way from Boston to San Francisco. Midway through the flight the passengers encounter an otherworldly force and are subsequently thrown into a fight for their lives. The story focuses on Danny (an everyday traveler), Emma (a flight attendant), Chloe (an unattended underage passenger) and Jim and Murray (the two pilots).

The story is clear and concise, the characters are well developed, and the SFX, executed by Jeremy Hunt (Case 39) and Mark Villalobos (Bloodsucking Bastards), are exceptional.  Vessel, released in 2012, is reminiscent of the alien-themed horror films of our youths, like Close Encounters of The Third Kind, and Alien.  Shortly after the release, Paramount purchased it to develop the short into a feature.

If aliens aren’t your thing, and if heavy use of SFX makes you upset, this short may not be for you. If, however, you dig both aliens and SFX, look up “Vessel” on your preferred search engine and Internet browser. I would include the video in this article, but due to Clark Baker’s privacy settings on his Vimeo account, I cannot. I promise, though, it’s worth the search.

 

 

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