Give a bunch of aspiring filmmakers a creepy film set and creative free reign, and what you'll end up with is something truly scary, as Guillermo del Toro and Legendary films have proven with this short film contest.
Last month, the announcement came down that YouTube would make five Guillermo del Toro-inspired sets available for the contest, inviting those with established channels to try their hand at the horror oeuvre, with the grand prize being a consultation with del Toro and funding from Legendary to develop their idea into a feature-length project. And now, just in time for Halloween, the fruits of contestants' creative labors are becoming available for our viewing pleasure. All 100 entries will go up on the YouTube Spaces channel between now and Halloween, but for maximum scares right this minute, you can check out a few of the hopeful prize-winners below.
Five millennial social media addicts face a horror like no other, in "What Terrifies 20-Somethings on Halloween."
The already-famous "Internet Trolls: The Musical" peers into the ghastly blackness inside every internet troll."
Two cops on a routine call encounter something untoward in "The Passing."
What's on the menu in "Dinner"? You probably don't want to know.
And in "Human Chair," a woman engages in a life-or-death struggle against a piece of evil furniture.
Which of these films should take the grand prize? Weigh in with your comments below!