The Horror Slowly Builds in This Short Film, Daddy's Girl

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This short film opens quietly, with a pair of atmospheric shots that set up a magnificent, dark story. Daddy’s Girl is horror at its best: slow, brooding and holding off on the terror until the last possible moment.


The story follows a prison guard after he gets off of work. When he discovers a bicycle on the road, he sets off to investigate the whereabouts of its owner.


What really works well here is just how quiet it is. This isn’t a horror film that’s set to scare you with jump shots; rather, its long takes build up the tension little by little. The simmering tension makes you think the worst, right up to the surprising end.


Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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Couldn’t he just like, run away?