It’s been a while but the horror short series SCARY ENDINGS has delivered a Halloween surprise with an all-new short, JACOB. Written and Directed by John Fitzpatrick JACOB immediately sets a somber tone to set up a clever scare that wraps up the 5 minute short.
Who on Earth would go a’searchin in their attic only to find an old slide projector and feel compelled to turn it on and look at the slides? Nicole (Sarah Nicklin), that’s who. After moving into a new home, Nicole explores her new surroundings and uncovers an antique slide projector hidden away in her attic. There is clearly a reason it is tucked away in the dark, but Nicole, blithely unaware of any possible supernatural consequences, decides to investigate. The slides start off benign and become more macabre with every click. One slide asks the viewer to say “JACOB” and set him free. What does Nicole do? Yep.
Featuring a solid performance from Nicklin and Josh McKevitt as the titular entity, JACOB efficiently glides along on a veneer of foreboding until it decides to deliver the scare we came for. What I found particularly impressive with this installment of Scary Endings is the overall upgrade in quality and polish. The shots are cleaner, more refined, and we are given a nice build in tension in just 5 minutes.
Here’s to hoping the Scary Endings team gives us more!
Norm(an) Gidney is a nearly lifelong horror fan. Beginning his love for the scare at the age of 5 by watching John Carpenter's Halloween, he set out on a quest to share his passion for all things spooky with the rest of the world.