We made it, readers! For those of us here in the States, the long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and what better way to spend some of that extra free time than by checking out some great short films?

For this installment of Daily Dead’s ongoing Salutes Your Shorts series, we kick things off with the ’80s slasher throwback Night of the Axe, which is definitely NSFW and was directed by Shawn Wright. Next up is Winnie Cheung’s Albatross Soup, which is more genre-adjacent than anything, but I love the psychedelic animation style and its unusual premise, so I promise it’s still very much worth your time. And to wrap things up, we have How to Be Alone, which was directed by Kate Trefry (who is also a writer on Stranger Things).

Night of the Axe (Directed by Shawn Wright)

Synopsis: A group of girls are stalked one by one by a sadistic, masked killer.


Albatross Soup (Directed by Winnie Cheung)

Synopsis: Albatross Soup is a delightfully fluid animation that lyrically complements a chorus of voices attempting to investigate a puzzling suicide: A man gets off a boat. He walks into a restaurant and orders albatross soup. He takes one sip... pulls out a gun, and shoots himself to death. So...why did he kill himself?

How to Be Alone (Directed by Kate Trefry)

Synopsis: A woman's deepest fears seem to manifest physically when her husband leaves for the night shift.

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    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.

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