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After Dark

These shock-filled, spine-tingling, and wildly strange visions will keep you up late into the night.


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Antlers

Scott Cooper  |   United States
From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Hostiles) and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) comes Antlers. In an isolated, economically depressed Oregon [...]
  
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The Beta Test

Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe  |   United States
When hot-shot Hollywood talent agent Jordan Hines receives a mysterious purple envelope containing an invitation for an anonymous sexual encounter, the offer proves too tempting to resist. But the liaison [...]
  
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Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Jacob Gentry  |   United States
On November 22, 1987, a masked figure interrupted broadcasts on two Chicago TV stations in a mysterious hack that was never solved. In 1999, while archiving videotapes in the basement [...]
  
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Hellbender

Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, and John Adams  |   United States
A spooky forest, a monstrous witch going up in flames, a mother-and-teen music duo cranking out a ferocious rock song—that’s just the beginning of this freaky coming-of-age occult horror film. [...]
  
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The House of Snails (La Casa de Caracol)

Macarena Astorga  |   Spain, Peru, Mexico
In this wholly original take on the werewolf tale, novelist Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) arrives at a remote mountain town in Southern Spain hoping to find peace and quiet to [...]
  
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Mad God

Phil Tippett  |   United States
Set in a hallucinogenic hellscape populated by mad scientists, defecating monsters, crushed humanoids, and voracious pig-beasts, this wildly imaginative stop-motion animated adventure follows a lone intrepid soldier on a mission [...]
  
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The Sadness (哭悲)

Rob Jabbaz  |   Taiwan
After a mysterious virus begins to spread throughout Taipei, violent packs of infected citizens— driven to kill, rape, torture, and mutilate—begin to hunt unsuspecting citizens. Before long, destruction consumes the [...]
  
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Shorts 3: Unexpected Terrors (After Dark)

Annalise Lockhart, Murat Emir Eren, Johan Tappert, Gustav Egerstedt, Matthew Avery Berg, Mitzi Sair Martinez, Alexandra Pechman  |   Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, United States

These six shorts spanning four countries show the real world is just as terrifying as the supernatural, highlighting how the uncanny and the unexpected can be found even in mundane situations.