If you’re into short horror, the folks at ALTER have you covered. Rue Morgue wants to make sure you’re up-to-date on all of the cool stuff they have coming up, so each month we’ll be highlighting their upcoming releases. Take a look at what they have planned for August 2021:
She Lives Alone (August 3)
Director: Lucy Rose
A reclusive tenant lives on the barren Cumbrian moors with her only goal of getting from one day to the next. A familiar but bitter presence begins to fester in the home. Will she expel the spirit or succumb to its dark nature?
Bakemono (August 5)
Director: Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas
Today is February 3rd, known in Japan as Setsubun. Families celebrate by casting out evil spirits from their homes. But Ayumi is not convinced that they’re all evil. So she invites one in for a midnight snack…
Only Strangers Sleep in My Bed (August 10)
Director: Shane Bannon
A conman works his way into a lonely woman’s home by posing as her long lost son.
Animals (August 12)
Director: Tue Sanggaard
Animals is an absurdist contemporary short film about the transformation of nine people stuck in a moving metro. What seems to be a normal day quickly takes a strange turn, when the metro doors refuse to open. The passengers failed attempts to get out, descends into frustrated chaos. Losing all sense of rationality, they go wild in order to ensure their own survival.
The Elvis Room (August 17)
Director: Andrew Schwarz
Based on the story by award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones, upon checking into a historic hotel, two young women learn the terrifying secret of THE ELVIS ROOM. Every hotel has one – a single room left vacant in case a VIP arrives unexpectedly, or if there’s an emergency. But it comes with a steep price…
The Pickman Model (August 19)
Director: Tim Troemner
Join notorious artist Richard Pickman as he teaches you his three-part model for plumbing the depths of depravity toward artistic success. Enjoy, as one of H.P. Lovecraft’s best stories is reconfigured into…something truly unnatural.
Milk Teeth (August 24)
Director: Felipe Vargas
An orphanage spirals into mayhem when a boy discovers a shadowy creature who comes to collect more than just the children’s teeth.
Making Friends (August 26)
Director: Chris Vincze
Mo Patterson, a lonely weirdo with only his collection of stuffed animals for company, tries to avoid contact with the outside world, and the romantic attentions of his oddball tenant. An invitation to his old school reunion brings the opportunity to reconnect with his old childhood sweetheart – it’s just a shame she’s now married to the school bully who made his life hell all those years ago. Rebuffed at the party, Mo hatches a plan to force them to be his friends, but all is not as it seems as his quest for friendship takes a dark turn.
Exit (August 31)
Director: Ivan Basov
A trio of construction workers discovers an impossible spatial anomaly in the house they’re renovating: a regular closet has turned into a hallway into the darkest unknown. Led by its foreman, who isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, the team decides to brave the anomaly on their own: a choice that spirals the status quo out of control and straight into the realm of the bizarre.