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And by “side dishes” I mean classic horror shorts, of course.

Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon” touches on dreams, dopplegangers, and suicide. You can see when you watch this how it has influenced many horror favorites.

You can’t beat Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” with UPA animation, read by James Mason.

This 1966 adaptation of Conrad Aiken’s “Secret Snow, Silent Snow” will teach you not to daydream in class.


You don’t need to speak Spanish (which is great, cause there are no subtitles) to know “La Puerta” is surreally creepy. What is behind the secret door in the young man’s house?


“Recorded Live” may be a horror comedy but it scared many a young HBO viewer back in the day. From their “Short Takes” series.

“Panic” reminds us again not to pick up hitchhikers, even if they appear to be old ladies. Got that?

Stalk and slasher “The Dumb Waiter” is so well done it actually made me angry on behalf of the victim. The relentless stalker acts as if he has the right to terrorize her.


“Living Dolls” features a bunch of creepy mannequins and a janitor named Melvin. Listen, if your janitor is named Melvin, you probably should take it easy on him.

“The Dummy” makes me realize it’s a good thing for the horror genre that dummies are nightmare fodder already, because they conveniently work cheaply. Also, you should never threaten to throw out your husband’s childhood toys, cause they might be as attached to him as he is to them.

All I can say about “The Open Window,” is that this lady’s niece is a conniving little bitch. From the short story by Saki, which you all read in school and which demonstrates the proper meaning of the word “irony.”

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