01: Horror Shorts (Pilot)


In our pilot episode, we discuss two short films: Oculus Chapter 3: The Man with the Plan (2005) and Don't Look Away (2017). Plus, we discuss the horror genre and what it means to us. 

(Theme music - "Baba Yaga" by Kevin MacLeod; synopsis music - "Anxiety")

Sources and Extra Reading:

  • “Don’t Look Away” (2017) by Christopher Cox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f3hG-5grlw&list=FLTXD7o6Ce6Cu6As9NirormA&t=0s&index=3
  • "Reversed Facial Images and the Mere-Exposure Hypothesis” by Theodore H. Mita, Marshall Dermer and Jeffrey Knight (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8/1977) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232497305_Reversed_facial_images_and_the_mere-exposure_hypothesis
  • “Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves?” by Robbie Gonzalez (io9, 10/22/13) https://io9.gizmodo.com/why-do-we-hate-seeing-photos-of-ourselves-1450081943
  • “Why Are the Mirrors Covered in a House of Mourning?” by Aron Moss (Chabad.org) https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2969340/jewish/Why-Are-the-Mirrors-Covered-in-a-House-of-Mourning.htm
  • “How Mirrors Work” by Gallagher Flinn (How Stuff Works, 8/5/2009) https://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/everyday-innovations/mirror.htm
  • Snopes Fact Check: Bloody Mary (Fact checker: David Mikkelson, 10/5/2008) https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bloody-mary/
  • Snopes Fact Check: Breaking a Mirror (Fact checker: David Mikkelson, Updated 5/13/2016) https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/breaking-a-mirror/
  • “4 Creepy Mirror Legends, Because Sometimes Your Reflection Isn't All That's In There” by Gabrielle Moss (Bustle, 10/21/2016) https://www.bustle.com/articles/186405-4-creepy-mirror-legends-because-sometimes-your-reflection-isnt-all-thats-in-there