Huluween Film Fest (2019) Review
To celebrate their second year of Huluween scary programming, Hulu invited me and few other really cool, creative horror-lovers to experience a screening party like no other. The team drove us out to the middle of nowhere in the Nevada desert, to the terrifying and haunted (like actually haunted) Clown Motel. We not only were able to watch the seven, short-film contenders for Hulu’s Huluween Film Fest - we were basically thrown into our own horror film.
During the night, we hopped around eight different motel room, each designed with a unique theme and Halloween haunt-like elements, that not only elevated the film but made the screening party feel immersive. We experienced watching a film from inside a coffin in a real cemetery, watching a film through holes sledge-hammered into a wall, watching one from a bed covered in creepy dolls - while also experiencing a number of jump-scares and surprises (that made me scream every single time) between the films as we moved about the experience. I had a blast - and could see the time and effort that went into making this experience really special for us. The attention to detail was amazing. To see my entire stay at the Clown Motel, and my full Huluween Screening Party experience head over to my Instagram Stories HERE.
Most importantly, the short films were really fun! And I absolutely loved seeing the work of up-and-coming filmmakers celebrated in such a thoughtful way.
Hulu’s Huluween Film Fest, gives the seven up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their horror-themed short films on Hulu throughout the month. Collaboratively curated with the Sundance Film Institute, the short films, including – Hidden Mother, Ride, Swiped to Death, Flagged, Undo, The Dunes and The Ripper– will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 1 in conjunction with the Huluween experience and on Hulu’s social channels. The filmmaker with the highest level of engagement on Hulu and Hulu’s YouTube channel will win $50,000 towards production of their feature length film.
Each film had its own distinctive tone and direction - no two felt the same. But, there were elements of each that I liked. I loved seeing the modern themes of Ride, Swiped to Death, and Flagged; the gore in The Dunes; the strange, dark humor of The Ripper; and the terrifying visuals of Hidden Mother and Undo. I felt the merging of social media/technology, super spooky visuals and well-crafted suspense - made Flagged one of my absolute favorites of the seven.
To view all of Huluween short films, click on the image for each film below or visit www.youtube.com/hulu.
A month’s worth of scary programming heads to Hulu with its annual “Huluween” celebration starting October 1st. Viewers can head to Hulu’s personalized, Halloween-themed hub for a bone-chilling selection of popular Halloween TV episodes and movies, featuring 800 premium Halloween titles and more than 5,000 episodes of new and library TV series. The curated experience will also bring fans exclusive, new content throughout the month, including seven spooky short films from up-and-coming filmmakers, selected in collaboration with Sundance Institute, and the premieres of returning Original series Castle Rock, Light as a Feather, and Into the Dark and the highly anticipated Hulu Original Films Little Monsters and Wounds. With content from all zombie walks of life, Hulu will have new and fan-favorite Halloween TV shows and films available for viewers all 31 days and nights of October.
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