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Lights Out Director David F. Sandberg Is Back with Some Seriously Terrifying New Horror Shorts

Don't be deceived: These short terrors linger long after they're over.

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Filmmaker David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) has been making the very best of his time in quarantine by releasing two new bone-chilling horror shorts. In early April, Sandberg released a short titled “Shadowed”, a companion piece to his notable short “Lights Out”. This 3-minute scare stars his wife, Lotta Losten, and explores the horrors our eyes conjure when we’re plunged into darkness.

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And now, Sandberg's back for more. Earlier this week, the filmmaker dropped a second horror short thrown together in quarantine, “Not Alone in Here”. Once again starring his wife, this hair-raising film clocks in around 6 minutes. Viewers follow a woman going through her nightly ritual of locking up her home. Yet the protagonist begins to suspect that someone may be in the house with her. An internal monologue unravels, taking audiences through the high-anxiety choices the woman makes as her terror grows.

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Sanberg has produced a wealth of horror short films and features. In 2016, he expanded his “Lights Out” short into a full-length horror film, starring Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman. More recently, Sandberg directed the 2019 superhero feature Shazam!, and the Swedish filmmaker is already tapped to direct the untitled sequel to the superhero flick. Sandberg also directed The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle: Creation.

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Sandberg first gained traction in 2006 by posting short animated films on YouTube while also working on a series of documentaries. After collaborating with producer Claes Lundin, he sold an animated documentary series called Earth Savers. Shortly after that, Sandberg switched over to focusing on no-budget horror shorts, establishing himself as a bold new voice in the horror genre.

Watch the two newest additions to Sandberg’s horror catalog below, as well as a collection of some of his best spooky shorts.

"Not Alone in Here"


"Lights Out"

"Closet Space"


Featured still of "Not Alone in Here" via David F. Sandberg