Characters in horror movies are notoriously, and necessarily, poor decision makers. The second they see an abandoned cabin, they just can't seem to wait to start with the truth-or-dare and Ouija boards. These tropes have been deconstructed before--even in feature-length fashion in Joss Whedon's and Drew Goddard's Cabin In The Woods--but there's something viscerally satisfying in seeing those characters actually make good decisions in the face of the traditional horror movie setups.
That's the premise behind Hell No: The Sensible Horror Movie, a short film structured as the trailer to a fake horror movie in which smart characters opt to stay out of obvious danger. The short recalls a number of horror movies from a variety of different schools of the genre--there are nods to Jaws, Cloverfield, Hellraiser, The Ring, and a bunch of others--and really highlights the extent to which every horror movie, whether striving for faux-realism, supernatural terror, or old-fashioned splatter--really is based on having a bunch of people make the dumbest possible choices.
Directed by Joe Nicolosi, the Austin-based filmmaker whose previous videos--like "The Matrix Retold By Mom", the "Marios Bros. Indie Film Trailer" and The Lego Wire--may have caught your attention, Hell No delivers exactly none of the thrills you might expect from a horror movie.
(h/t The Austin Chronicle)