Happy (Good) Friday, everyone! We have another trio of terror-filled short films on tap for you to enjoy today as part of Daily Dead’s ongoing Salute Your Shorts series, including the phenomenally creepy The Dollmaker from Al Lougher, Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund’s Mystery Box, and the revenge-driven Casting Couch by Matt Thiesen and Justin Lee.

Enjoy!

The Dollmaker (Directed by Al Lougher)

Synopsis: A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences.

Mystery Box (Directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund)

Synopsis: A young woman named Moa is surprised to find a strange box tangled in her fishing nets while on vacation at a cabin outside Stockholm. She takes the box back to the cabin, storing it in a shed until she can dispose of it properly. Later that night, however, she hears a sound outside and opens the door to find the mysterious box waiting for her.

Casting Couch (Directed by Matt Thiesen and Justin Lee)

Synopsis: Since the dawn of Hollywood, an evil being has lurked in the shadows, feeding off the insecurities of auditioning actors and actresses. It has grown stronger over the decades, consuming hopes and dreams with reckless abandon. But in 2019, has it finally met its match?

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.