HDSLR Horror: Fun & Freaky Flicks Shot On HDSLRs

With Halloween here and rearing its candy coated horror head, it’s a good time to track down a few films (some short, one not) that are good for a fun creep. Whether they scare you is debatable, but they will all have one thing in common: they were all shot on DSLRs! It seems there’s no end of horror shorts created with our favorite kind of camera, and we’ve assembled a handful here for your viewing pleasure this spooky Halloween night. Don’t forget to watch in HD!
1. Broken Night

Broken Night, the movie. from Nikon_USA on Vimeo.
Type of Horror: Spooky, Weird Children, Isolation
Camera: Nikon D800
We’ll start off with the intriguing ‘Broken Night’. Starting off innocent enough, it quickly flips you on your head and pulls you in. From there on you’re entranced by the struggle of a mother to discover what’s happening to her and her young daughter. The performances are strong, and I found myself deeply concerned for the welfare of those involved. And thoroughly spooked by the aforementioned ‘weird children’. Those creepy little rascals.
From the film’s website,

Guillermo Arriaga, the award-winning writer of Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros and two-time Academy award-winning cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski, the DP on Schindler’s List, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Lincoln, have joined forces to create a story as  frightening as it is drop dead beautiful. The result: Broken Night, a short film shot entirely on the Nikon D800.

2. Infernal

“Infernal” Short Horror Film from Jakob Owens on Vimeo.
Type of Horror: Spooky, Ghosts, Haunting, Darkness
Cameras: Canon 5d MarkII and Canon T2i
A short made over the course of two days for a midterm, ‘Infernal’ fills the spooky ghost haunting criteria of our night. It’s one of those “This could easily happen at any time, and I wouldn’t know until it hit me” kind’s of scenarios. Makes me want to keep all the lights on next time I sit down for too long at the table…
From the Vimeo page:

Shot for our class midterm at ASU we were required to produce a 3 -7 minute short film.
Watch FULLSCREEN with the music up for full effect! Hope you enjoy it! Shot in one evening and edited the next day. We only had 2 days to complete this film.
Shot on the Canon 5d MarkII and Canon T2i, 24-70mm 2.8 Canon Lseries and Tokina 11-16mm 2.8,
Directed and Written By Jakob Owens
DP: Barry Rubbin
Sound: Ryan Mix
Producers: James Houda and Jake Worley

3. Potable

Potable from Jaryl Lim on Vimeo.
Type of Horror: Scientifically Explained Zombie Virus, Forlorn Future, Realistic Apocalypse Scenario
Cameras: Canon 5d MarkIII
‘Potable’ keeps it (mostly) real, and is one of those sort of cautionary horror tales about conservation and such. It starts off as what seems to be a fairly normal day for an agent sent to find viable water sources, but quickly takes on a sort of ’28 Days Later’ vibe. With a simple decision, our agent could hold all life as we know it in the balance. You know, the usual.
From the Vimeo page:

It is the near future and a shocking incident with a water catchment area has left thousands dead. The cause: a waterborne virus that could possibly spread across the globe in a matter of weeks. The government enlists the help of trained professionals to seek out and inspect all water sources across the nation for signs of contamination. The protagonist is simply one of the many agents working on the case. Just another day at work for him, however, turns into a decision that could change the course of history.
Directed by Jaryl Lim and Kew Lin, Director of Photography Jaryl Lim, VFX Kew Lin, Original Score by Hibiki Haruto, Sound Design by Vikas Shivakumar, Matte Paintings by Jason XiaoCast: Peer Metze, Carly Marshall

4. Rubber

RUBBER TRAILER from Nick Mason on Vimeo.
Type of Horror: Comedic Horror, Campy, Farcical, Fun, Slasher
Cameras: Canon 5d MarkII
Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to see Rubber, and only the trailer is available without money getting involved. However, it seems to be absolutely bizarre, and very possibly not for everyone. The killer is tire with psychic abilities. So there’s that. But according to the hype online it gets into a very weird space. Watch this one with caution, and don’t say I didn’t warn you…
From the site,

Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert and then suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages.

5. Silent House

SILENT HOUSE OFFICIAL TRAILER from total:spec on Vimeo.
Type of Horror: Suspense, Child Abuse, Haunting, Intruders
Cameras: Canon 5d MarkII
This may seem like a cop-out to some as the only non-short on this list, but I really like ‘Silent House’ despite all the mixed feedback it received. I also really like Elizabeth Olsen as an actress (Avengers, 2015!), and her and the entire cast’s performances are really great. This one makes a good final feature after warming up with the other four above, and is a pretty well rounded horror/suspense flick. Again, your mileage may vary. We actually did a story on ‘Silent House’ a while back on its use of the 5D Mark II which is worth the read.
From their IMDB page:

This movie is about Sarah as she and her dad go to their lakeside retreat to pack things up inside because it is being sold. While there, her uncle also helps get the place up to scratch so they can sell it. The uncle has to leave to get an electrician to check the wiring, but after he goes she starts hearing noises and seeing what she thinks are people inside the house. Soon she and her dad are attacked by someone or something and they end up in a fight for their lives. But there’s something more going on here than she thinks.

We hope you enjoyed our little HDSLR horror tour, and that you enjoy this little list of spooky flicks. Did we miss your favorite DSLR horror film? If so let us know, and tell us what you think in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter!

Written by Jake Fruia

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