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Five gothic short films you should not miss


Short films are generally considered motion pictures that run for forty minutes or less, there are many different genres and many awards given out to the short film makers that spend so much of their time creating at times simply breathtaking art and often mind-blowing stories.

Gothic short films are by far my favourite genre of this art form, with their ability to romance and horrify, these stories dance at the edge of the darkness often making what small light there is, shine even brighter.

This hub is a quick list of my personal favourites and I had a hard time choosing which ones to include here , I do hope you enjoy them as I have tried to keep them varied and no longer then 6 minutes each.

So please go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit back and let these great Gothic stories entertain you for awhile

The Colors Of Evil

Is a wonderful and bizarrely sweet film, in which young Vivian struggles to deal with an obnoxious bully on her school bus. Her method of finally ridding herself of this bully and gaining the vengeance that she so craves is sure to leave you smiling.

Created by Phillip Simon and Alyse Miller while studying at Ringling College of Art and Design, it has won itself a great deal of attention not only for the clever script but also for the beautiful art work and design of their entire project .

On his blog Phil In The Blanks, Phillip is quick to point out that they did have a lot of help with the production of this short animated film, from both his professor and professional artists visiting from Dreamworks and Sony imageworks .

So sit back and enjoy this short for the true work of art that it is…

The Colors of Evil

Vincent Price, King of horror

Vincent Price, King of horror


This marvelous short Gothic film depicts the story Of Vincent Malloy, a young boy who’s idolization of Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe takes him down a strange path as he slowly loses touch with reality and indeed becomes more then he is.

First written as a poem by Tim Burton who originally thought to use it as a book for children, but was soon convinced by two Disney executive’s (Julie Hickson and Tom Wilhite) instead to make a film adaptation of the poem with a budget of $60,000.

Working with animators and professions Burton was able to create a stark film, much like the early German expressionist films of the 1920s, in which Vincent Malloys decent into his own madness is captured beautifully.

Narrated by Vincent Price himself ( a childhood hero of Tim Burtons) this is a true classic in the making. But Disney didn't necessarily know what they had or what to do with it, so while it garnished its fair share of acclaim and awards, it has been left as an add on to many of his DVDs collections.

But thanks to youtube and other such sites we can all share the love that is Tim Burtons Vincent.

P.S for all you Tim Burton fans out there, watch out for the cameo appearances that occur in this short Gothic film, an early form of Jack Skellington can be made out at least twice …

Vincent... by Tim Burton

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos translates simply as the day of the dead, which is a Mexican holiday. In this sweet animation a young girl learns what the true meaning of the holiday is and how that can lead her to a happier future.

Although not “Gothic” I have included it in as it is a beautiful way to embrace the idea of death and how that effects those of us still living.

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This film was also made by students at Ringling College of Art and Design Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds and Lindsey St Pierre and went on to be the student academy award gold medal winner of 2013 .

So sit back and let these students show you how good a short gothic film can be…

Dia de los Muertos.

Sebastian’s voodoo

created in 2008 for a second year project at the ULCA Animation Workshop by student Joaquin Baldwin, this charming little film tells the story of a small voodoo doll doing the best he can to save his friends, it will have you thinking about Voodoo dolls in a way I am sure you never have before. (I know it did for me)

Sebastian’s Voodoo was Joaquin second short film, a wonderfully crafted story that has earned itself over 29 awards from 30 nominations, which is not bad for a 4 minute film.

Do yourself a favour and check it out today and see why this rising artist is now working with Disney on such projects as Wreck it Ralph and Frozen…

Sebastian's voodoo

Behind Closed Doors- A Short Gothic Film

Is an artistic short film about a boy learning to embrace some fears to be able to conquer others. Written and produced by British artist and independent film maker Jonathon Button, this dark film is quite worth the 6 minutes that it takes to share its story with you.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

Behind Closed Doors

Mysterious stranger

Now I know your thinking.... didn't the title say Five Gothic movies that you shouldn't miss, and here is yet another?

I wasn’t going to include this next one which is based on Mark Twain’s “Mysterious Stranger” for a couple of reasons, first it is a clip from a much larger movie so technically not a short film and second well there are so many good movies to showcase here that I didn't want to crowd them out.

But as you can clearly tell I couldn't finish this hub without adding the following clip. This movie was originally made for children but it didn't take long for the censors to ban it when it was first released. But bless youtube for here it is for us to enjoy today…

Mysterious Stranger


Missy Smith from Florida on October 15, 2015:

Hey Nighthag. I am so glad I stopped by your page. This hub was so awesome! I enjoyed every one of the short films. After watching Vincent, I just knew that one was my favorite already. After all, I love Tim Burton's work, and Vincent Price contributed with narrating it. That was just excellent!

However, I kept watching and Sebastian's Voodoo was just so Goth and caught my attention visually.

The mysterious stranger was really something else, and going back to Dia de los Muertos, it was so creative. Those students deserved that Golden award.

I'm glad you included the last one, it was so interesting and truthful in many ways. I have a few friends I know will love the theme of that one so I'm going to share this hub for sure.

I've never seen any of these films, but I love short films, they're often my favorite part at the beginning of Dreamworks movies. I'm also a pretty dark person. Introverts and poets usually are, so these are just fantastic to me.

Great Job! :)

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on January 27, 2015:

I do really enjoy watching shorts so sharing my faves seemed the next logical step :)

I am so glad you enjoyed them, I will have to post some new ones soon

Michael Augustine from Arizona on October 24, 2014:

Great list of shorts. I especially like the animation style of Behind Closed Doors, it really completes the creepy vibe of the piece. I love cruising short films I've never seen before, thanks for helping me broaden my horizons.

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on March 25, 2014:


I am so glad that you enjoyed them all, I have to admit Sebastian's voodoo was a hidden gem that I only discovered when i put this hub together, I am so glad that you came back and found a new favorite :)

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on March 25, 2014:


Ah I do have to admit Tim Burton really does spin a good yarn, and his poem was no disappointment. having Vincent Price as the narrator just pushed the whole video into sublime perfection , so glad you enjoyed my little hub, I had a bit too much fun with it :)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 22, 2014:

Nighthag, I enjoyed all these. The first was a bit of a I enjoyed Vincent, Behind Closed Doors, and the Mysterious Stranger piece because I am a Mark Twain fan, but the one I found adorable but sad was Sebastion's Voodoo. Loved it.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 21, 2014:

Wow.. This took some time and skill to put this together. I liked Vincent. I never missed any of Vincent Price's movies. He was one of the best. I don't think he can be replaced ever. Awesome hub...

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on March 21, 2014:


I'm so glad that this hub got your attention

I had a lot if fun putting it together I just had to be carful not to add all the ones that I admire so much :)

I would love to know which you enjoy the most, if you can choose one :)


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 21, 2014:

This is a great hub nighthag. I haven't had time to watch the video's yet but I intend to do that as soon as I get a chance later tonight. They sound intriguing. My sort of short animated films. Voted up.

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