Red Balloon (2010)
A teenage babysitter has to deal with a small child who keeps waking up, but soon discovers there is something far worse than a nightmare to be worried about.
This 13 minute horror short starts off with someone telling the story of a scary urban legend, there's a TV newsflash about an escaped madman, and there's a small child that's frightened of a man-sized toy rabbit in her bedroom. Bet you can't guess where this is all going...
To be fair, Red Balloon is technically decent. The cinematography creates a creepy atmosphere very well, and there's some impressive camera work. However, a beautifully-filmed collection of horror cliches is still a collection of horror cliches, however you dress it up. Scary campfire story? Check. Escaped 'lunatic'? Check. Babysitter in peril? Check. Creepy toys? Check. Lights suddenly going out? Check. Predictable reveal? Check.
The script is laughably unconvincing at times. (Apropos of nothing - 'let me tell you a scary story my mother told me', for example. Or a simple comment means the babysitter instantly knows what's going on. Er, really?) The acting performances are just about acceptable, the sets and location are ok. But other than that, I can't really recommend this.