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Dive Into the Uncanny Valley with Crypt TV’s Chilling Short Film “MANNEQUIN”

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Exclusive

By: MADDI MCGILLVRAY

“Whatever you do… STAY AWAY from that BOX!”

Founded by twenty-five year old entrepreneur Jack Davis and horror auteur Eli Roth, Crypt TV has become one of the go-to places for horror short films in recent years. Their chilling horror stories cover almost ever horror trope imaginable, including monsters, ghosts, witches, cults, serial killers, possessions, aliens, cannibalism, zombies, and plenty of gore. Feeling a serious lack of horror on social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat, Davis and Roth aimed to have their horror shorts watched on the smallest screens. While there have been many viral hits and marquee characters such as the creepy clown Giggles to come out of Crypt TV, the recently-premiered Mannequin by Dante Aubain and Danny Summonte may be one of their most unnerving films yet.

Mannequin follows a young man named Dylan (played by Summonte) who receives a mysterious package at his door addressed from “Uncle Charlie” along with a note saying “Take care of her.” The box contains a nightmare inducing mannequin head that looks just a little too real. Aubain and Summonte’s carefully composed shots and use of minimalist sound makes for an effective slow burn that will make you never want to ask the question “What’s in the box?” ever again. 

Watch here to find out what happens.

Click here to view more horror shorts from Crypt TV.

Maddi McGillvray
Maddi is the Editorial Assistant at Rue Morgue Magazine. She is also a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, where she writes extensively on the horror genre. Maddi is completing her doctoral dissertation on women working in horror. She is also currently writing book chapters titled "Fleshy Female Corporealities: The Cannibal Films of the New French Extremity" as well as "To Grandmother’s House We Go: Documenting the Aging Female Body in Found Footage Horror Films."