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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.

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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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Netflix Reaches 137 Million Subscribers, Sends Stock Prices Skyrocketing

Netflix, the world's favorite streaming service, has skyrocketed in subscriber growth for the 2018 third quarter. In the second quarter, subscriber rates took a downturn which dramatically reflected in stock trading after the report was released. However, Netflix is once again on the up and up, with almost 12% increase in stocks and unprecedented subscriber additions. Netflix Is Officially Over The...

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Gordon Ramsay Turned Up The Heat In These Five Awesome Moments

Chefs around the world breathe a sigh of relief whenever Gordon Ramsay isn't in their restaurant. Since 2004, he's been one of the biggest chefs out there, with numerous TV shows on the air. Here are some moments where Gordon Ramsay turned up the heat, from his various shows and beyond. The Debate Rages On One of the biggest debates to...

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How Stars Dressed Up for Halloween Before They Were Famous

Halloween is many things. For children, it’s a spooky night out in the neighborhood, and an excuse for eating tons of goodies. For adults, it’s an even better excuse to wear racy outfits to a night out in town. Even older adults enjoy the holiday: they’re the ones handing out candy to the children that knock on their door. Celebrities aren’t exempt here – they celebrate Halloween too. Yes, it’s true that they never need an excuse to do anything, but what about way back when they weren’t rich and famous? Read on and discover what costumes some of the biggest names in entertainment wore for Halloween long before fame found them!

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