Surprise! We have a double feature!

We’ve all heard the story: it’s late at night, a babysitter hears a news story about an escaped maniac, she checks on her charge to find that she or he is upset because of a life-size doll in their room, the babysitter calls the parents for permission to remove the doll. “What doll?” the confused parents ask.

This campfire story is practically done to death at this point, but somehow, it still manages to scare the living daylights out of us.  Maybe it’s because the majority of us have babysat before, and this is a babysitter’s number one worst fear (followed closely by having to call the Poison Control Center).  Maybe it’s because the fear of home invasion is deeply ingrained in our minds and heavily exploited in the horror genre.

The shorts featured today are titled ‘Stitches’ (2011) and ‘Red Balloon’ (2010).  They are both slightly different interpretations of the same story, and are each chilling in their own ways.  ‘Stitches’ was directed by Ben Kent and produced by the United Kingdom-based film-making collective Bloody Cuts, and stars Bethan Hanks and Paul Ewen.  ‘Red Balloon,’ staring Rachel Bright and Niamh Palmer Watson, was directed by Damien Macé and Alexis Wajsbrot.