Fair warning, if you have an intense fear of spiders maybe skip this one. Oh those itsy-bitsy creepy crawlies are certainly enough to send shivers down spine. Whether it’s due to superstition, the daunting exoskeleton form, or the potential dangers of poising that spiders have become a common and well known fear. Are you brave enough to endure these spooky shorts centered around arachnids?

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

I feel like this is what it would be like if Spider-Man was a DC character. The grim dark and foreboding lighting is really on display for the short. There’s a lot of neat tricks they do like the train passing by which not only visually is cool but establishes that they’re poor. The cinematography is also something to marvel at. Sometimes the composition is a bit dry but there’s a lot of clever pans and tilts that direct the eye and creates some effective storytelling.

It’s really eerie what is left to your imagination and how it’s not really super concrete on what is happening and how. There is some hints to the drawing having some organic nature. The drawings on the wall are certainly unsettling. Take a deeper look and you just might find that a picture is worth a thousand deaths.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Artist’s Asylum

Damn I never expect a horror story to have the base drop like this but damn that was really effective. It honestly has shades of Uzumaki and Junji Ito to this one with it’s grotesque black and white sketches and tales of obsession and insanity. I’ve never gotten too far down the Crypt TV rabbit hole but I am aware that they do have continuity between there shorts. I believe that this is a continuation to the last short.

Dead Meat James does a great job narrating. There’s something lulling about his voice and he does bring the intensity when he needs to. The blurring of delusion, and the supernatural, and trauma, and repression, and ominous forces all blend to create a chilling story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Octophobia

I thought we could all use a good laugh after those last 2. The acting is below porn level. Really, I somehow thought that this was really stilted dubbing lines. When I realized it wasn’t I somehow left thinking that would have been better. It’s impressive the amount of effect work went into it and the location is impressive. It doesn’t have the right lightning or detail to make any of it believable it’s serviceable to get the point. It is a creepy thought to be transported to the world of spiders so the short does leave an impression. Whether it was horrific creatures or horrific acting this short has some spooky charm to it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

2 thoughts on “Arachnophobia Crypt Shorts – 31 Spooks

  1. That’s the first thing I was thinking of as well: Uzumaki when I saw that short film. That already for me was liking taking a trip down into one of the craziest nightmares, and this one wasn’t very far off either. Chilling indeed😅😅

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