Short Horror Film: YOU ARE AWAKE


What a great, surreal little nightmare this is. You Are Awake is a psychological horror short film that is much, much better seen than described. In four minutes it manages to be unsettling, alarming, jarring, eerie, so many things. A bit narration heavy? Who cares? This is excellent work.

Director Pedro Martín-Calero has an outstanding style and vision. Not to get too film-geeky about this, but that dolly zoom shot into the mirror alone is superb. I’m sure someone else out there can point to a movie moment where it’s been done before, but I can’t think of one. Who is this guy? The godchild of Tarsem and Hitchcock? Exorbitant praise, I know, but did you see what I just saw? Why isn’t this guy attached to the one of the best psychological horror/thriller scripts in the world already? Somebody hire this man. Please. Immediately.

J. Compton is an author whose stories have appeared in Pseudopod, Arkham Tales, Fantasy Scroll Magazine and other publications. As co-host of the BNC he hopes you enjoy the site and only asks that you please remember to use coasters.