Happy Friday, everyone! Today, we have the very first installment of Daily Dead’s Salutes Your Shorts column for the brand new year. With SYS, this ongoing series that celebrates the best and the brightest in punctuated horror, Daily Dead aims to put the spotlight on filmmakers out there working in short-form genre storytelling twice a month.

On tap today, we have the horror comedy We Summoned A Demon from Chris McInroy, the latest from Luchagore Productions—The Cull, Brian Feeney’s The Knock at the Door (which will have you second-guessing everyone who shows up on your doorstep), and Nightbird by Rob Sorensen.

We hope you enjoy this latest round of Salutes Your Shorts, and be sure to check back in two weeks for more horror shorts right here on Daily Dead.

We Summoned A Demon (Directed by Chris McInroy)

Synopsis: They just wanted to be cool. Instead, they get a demon.

The Cull (Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero)

Synopsis: The Cull tells the story of a Mexican family with a dark secret who struggle to survive in divided America.  

The Knock at the Door (Directed by Brian Feeney)

Synopsis: Both a store owner and her ward are terrorized by a maniac.

Nightbird (Directed by Rob Sorensen)

Synopsis: To save his family from a supernatural force, a man must break free from his mistress.

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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