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Short Film: ‘Shhh’ Channels Guillermo del Toro’s Childhood Nightmares

28 October 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? There’s a reason that young Guillermo barely has any hair left, and it’s the same reason he’s afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Gorgeously framed with an antique horror feel, this short from Freddy Chavez Olmos and Shervin Shoghian delivers a Gothic story about standing up to bullies (with just a little twisted revenge in the mix). The child acting is what it is, but the real stars are the fairy tale feel and the disgustingly good creature design (Dr. Finkelstein from Nightmare Before Christmas meets Alien?). It’s simple but satisfying. Perfect for this time of year. What Will It Cost? A little over 8 minutes A New Short Film Every Weekday »

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Del Toro-Inspired Short ‘Shhh’ Creeps In For Halloween!

24 October 2013 10:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

They won’t let us forget that Halloween is well on its way, but if by some ghastly miracle you have, here’s another little reminder – a short film inspired by the lucid childhood dreams of fabled horror director Guillermo Del Toro. Now, as you might have guessed it’s pretty f*%$!* up! Shhh tells the story of a bullied young boy whose tortured imagination manifests in the form of a hair-hungry toilet monster. This creature bares strong resemblance to one seen in Del Toro’s Pan’S Labyrinth. The director wasn’t involved in the project but he has said that the film has “strong visuals and solid atmosphere!” and he’s not wrong. It’s definitely a strong one amongst the zombie horde of shorts out to capitalise on the coming holiday. Check it out below.

Shhh has had a widely positive reception at festivals in the last »

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Watch: Horror Short 'Shhh' Inspired by Guillermo del Toro's Dreams

23 October 2013 8:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"His time runs out, for the monster's hunger is surely here to stay." Time for a bit more horror to creep you out this month. Another well-made short from Mexico/Canada that we need to feature is one called Shhh, inspired by the lucid dreams of director Guillermo del Toro during childhood. It runs about 10 minutes and it definitely has a very creepy atmosphere and one ugly "monster" that hungers for a little boy's hair every time he goes to the bathroom. Del Toro wasn't involved in making this (though he should mentor these filmmakers), but he did provide a quote they've been touting: "strong visuals and solid atmosphere!" I would definitely agree, this is the perfect short to freak out little siblings if you have any. Happy Halloween! Hat tip to GeekTyrant for first finding this online. Watch Freddy Chávez Olmos & Shervin Shoghian's Shhh: From Vimeo: Shhh »

- Alex Billington

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Watch the Guillermo del Toro-Inspired Short Film Shhh

22 October 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

After screening globally in over 30 international film festivals, scooping up awards and acclaim, Freddy Chavez Olmos and Shervin Shoghian's short film Shhh has been released online, just in time for Halloween!

The tale of a young boy who uses his imagination to overcome his bullying sister, Shhh is heavily inspired by the work of Guillermo Del Toro, who described it as having "strong visuals and solid atmosphere" - two things that Del Toro's films are always rich with.

Check out the incredible 11-minute short film below, which the two directors are looking to eventually turn into a feature. To keep tabs on the project, "like" the Shhh Facebook page.

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- John Squires

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