Happy Friday, readers! We made it though another week somehow, so why not celebrate by taking a load off and enjoying some excellent horror shorts from an array of subgenres?

Just because I felt like we could all use a laugh right about now, I’m kicking off today’s installment of Salutes Your Shorts with the dark comedy Sam Did It. Then, we have a special effects showcase to behold in Human Cattle from directors Carlos Henriques and Phil Pattison, and for a double dose of creepiness, be sure to check out both I Heard It Too and The Sermon (which I haven’t been able to get out of my head since I discovered it a few weeks ago.

Sam Did It (Directed by Dominic Burgess)

Synopsis: Sam is about to meet his celebrity idol... the only problem is, Sam works in a morgue... and his idol is dead.

Human Cattle (Directed by Carlos Henriques & Phil Pattison)

Synopsis: The Amazon is a beautiful place to visit but you wouldn’t want to die there. Three sexy teenagers take a fun-filled trip out to the Amazon for an exciting getaway filled with seductive pleasures and forbidden desires. Failing to hear the canoe tour guide’s (Mitch Markowitz, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein) warnings about the evils that lurk in the Jungle, they will now have to fight for survival against trigger-happy bounty hunters, blood-thirsty cannibals and massive flesh-eating monsters.

I Heard It Too (Directed by Matt Sears)

Synopsis: Based on the two-sentence horror story: A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room and said "I heard that, too."

The Sermon (Directed by Dean Puckett)

Synopsis: A young woman’s secret rocks an isolated church community in this folk horror tale.

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, and was previously a featured writer at and 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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