It's time for to finally announce the winner of Fun Size Horror's Holiday Filmmaking Contest, a tournament we launched as a way of keeping the winter season spooky long after Halloween passed us by. And that winner is... Monsters, directed by Steve Desmond! Congratulations to Desmond and the rest of the Monsters team on creating such clever and disquieting short horror film, and thank you for participating!

We'd also like to thank our auspicious panel of judges who kindly gave their time to view the submissions and sink their various fangs, talons, brain-sucking tentacles, hatchets, and Goldblum-y digestive-enzyme-vomit into this project: Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Daniel Noah (cofounder of SpectreVision), Josh C. Waller (cofounder of SpectreVision), Ryan Turek (Director of Development at Blumhouse Productions), and Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon). Our judges were extremely impressed with the submissions that were presented to Fun Size Horror, and found the selection process quite difficult, if only because there were so many interesting and well-made films to choose from. We probably owe them a lot of hefty fruit baskets or back rubs.  

And now, we are proud to present our Holiday Filmmaking Contest winner, Monsters, now a part of the Fun Size Horror Originals pantheon (watch all of our Originals here)!  

Co-written by Desmond and Michael Sherman, and starring Caitlin Carmichael, Ione Skye, Christopher Wiehl, and Joey Luthman, Monsters is a sharp, startling burst of horror, folding multiple genre accents (post-apocalyptic horror, sci-fi, coming-of-age tales) into a twisted structure that will prove pleasantly familiar to those acquainted with such horror/sci-fi anthologies as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.   

Our Honorable Mentions go to This is How You Haunt Your House directed by Will Mayo and The Grey Matter directed by The McCoubrey Brothers.  

While our holiday contest may be over, remember: Fun Size Horror is always looking for more short horror film submissions to add to our grab-bag of bite-size terrors!