Happy Friday, readers! For this month’s installment of Daily Dead’s ongoing Salutes Your Shorts series, we have a trio of terrific short films you definitely should check out. First up is the gorgeously animated La Noria from Carlos Baena, which has been making the rounds online lately, then we have the thrilling Prey from Bill Whirity on tap. To wrap things up, we have the newly released Malacostraca from Charles Pieper, which features the brilliant special effects of industry legend Gabe Bartalos.

Enjoy!

La Noria (Directed by Carlos Baena)

Synopsis: From seasoned animator Carlos Baena (ILM, Pixar) and a crowd-sourced community of over 100 people, "La Noria" tells the tale of a grieving young boy who one day encounters dark creatures that turn his life upside down.

Prey (Directed by Bill Whirity)

Synopsis: While on a first date, a young couple finds themselves pursued by more than just each other.

Malacostraca (Directed by Charles Pieper)

Synopsis: A failing writer looses his grip on reality as his wife grows pregnant with their child.

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.