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Before The Big Screen: 5 Horror Shorts That Turned Into Features

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As a young producer, producing short films is a great way to get noticed. For horror producers, it’s more about getting the product out than making a buck. Few times, though, these ideas lead to major success. These short films, which you can watch now, got the Hollywood treatment.

Saw 0.5

Before Saw became a global phenomenon, it was a short film released in 2003. Often referred to as Saw 0.5, the 10-minute film, which cost $5,000 to make, was created to pitch the film to studios. Luckily, Lionsgate Films saw a huge opportunity and gave James Wan and Leigh Whannell a shot. This short is included in the Saw: Uncut Edition DVD release.

Lionsgate

Within The Woods

In 1978, director Sam Raimi got together with his friends to create Within The Woods. With a $1,600 budget, the film was aired locally before a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Due to the positive response, Raimi decided to make a larger scale version of the film called The Evil Dead.

New Line Cinema

Frankenweenie

In 1984, Tim Burton unveiled his short film Frankenweenie. Unfortunately, Disney wasn’t too pleased about its million dollar budget. They fired Burton soon after its release. Nearly 30 years after its release, Burton and Disney joined forces for a remake of the short. The original was included in the DVD release of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Disney

Seasons Greetings

2007’s Trick ‘R Treat became a cult classic upon its release. In 1996, director Michael Dougherty set the tone with the animated short Season’s Greetings. The short features Sam and his hunt for Halloween candy. The four-minute short is included in the DVD release of Trick ‘R Treat. 

Warner Bros. Pictures

Mama

Back in 2008, Argentine director Andy Muschietti unveiled his supernatural short film Mama. Guillermo del Toro saw the film and decided to aid Muschietti in revamping it for the big screen. 2013’s version of Mama gained critical acclaim and helped Muschietti land the director gig for the It remake.

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5 Actors Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won An Oscar

The Oscars are the highest award for actors around the world. All actors aspire to earn this prestigious honor, but even some of the best don't make it. It was a running joke that Leonardo DiCaprio would never get an Oscar, until he finally received one for his performance in The Revenant. Unlike DiCaprio, these five actors still haven't received an Oscar despite...

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This Is Why Netflix Canceled “Daredevil”

Coming off a strong third season, Netflix's Daredevil has become the latest Marvel television creation to be given the ax. The series is far from alone in the latest restructuring of Netflix's superhero restructuring, so what's the deal? Not The First As of late Netflix has been canceling multiple Marvel TV series. It's happened with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and now Daredevil. This leaves...

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The Best And Most Unexpected Horror Movie Of 2018

The best horror movie of the year didn't have to sweep the box office, have amazing reviews from critics, or feature Jim from The Office. This year the crown for Best Horror Movie goes to an unexpected champion: Mandy. The blood-drenched movie stars Nicholas Cage, and is directed by Panos Cosmatos. The Plot The story itself may not sound like anything...

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