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Slasher.com

There's a serial killer somewhere in Missouri known as the S/ash.er, because all serial killers need catchy names and this one has a fair amount of computer ability. He hunts women on dating sites, you see, and is a master of deception when it comes to things like hiding his IP. Police are at a loss, reduced to warning women to stay away from OkCupid, and presumably also Slasher.com.

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Momma and Jesse try a little too hard to entertain their guest, Jack.

Bloodrunners

You know you're in for a wild ride when a movie's first shot is of Ice-T playing the trumpet in a 1930's speakeasy, with a couple of corrupt cops enjoying the show. Throw in some vampires and things are guaranteed to get weird. If you think about it, Prohibition would have been an excellent time to be a creature of the night, since so many otherwise regular people were already getting swept up into doing sneaky things as it was. Even some cops took bribes to ignore bootlegging operations. As one character puts it, who doesn't live a double life these days?

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Ice-T entertains some guests. No, the one in the middle isn't happy to be there.

Will Reading

Gathering for a will reading seems like a dying tradition these days, no pun intended. But Wendy (Katie Weigl) is hosting one nonetheless, after the recent death of her husband Will. Sadly, there's no mention in the film as to whether or not his last name is Reading, but I like to think it is. Wendy is a vegan chef, so this is a dinner party as well as a will reading, but she isn't exactly starting with a recipe for success.

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There's a surprising amount of green screen work for a story set inside one hous

Deadly Virtues

One ordinary Friday night, a man (Edward Akrout) enters a nice house in a nice neighborhood somewhere in England, and makes himself at home. There's just one little problem: it isn't his house. It belongs to a nice married couple, Alison and Tom (Megan Maczko and Matt Barber), who are extremely startled when he interrupts them during an intimate moment. But in Deadly Virtues what starts as a simple story of a home invasion takes several sharp turns along the way.

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The stranger with his favorite tool. He's really into the whole rope thing.

Romeo's Distress

James (Anthony Malchar) has a few more problems than your average nerdy 20-something. He never knew his parents, having been raised by his now largely helpless grandmother (Renee), and he doesn't have any friends. Photography is a bit of an obsession with him, including photographing graveyards. He often gets beaten up by Bobby (Adam Stordy). Of course he's also madly in love with a pretty girl named Jane (Kimberely A Peterson), which isn't a surprise for any 20-something, though the violent opposition from her father, Dale (Jeff Solomon), is a little unusual.

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James in his natural habitat, the cemetery.

Quality Control

The trouble with waiting rooms is that you're so often waiting for something bad. Maybe you're there to see a dentist, to have a serious talk with your child's teacher, or going on a job interview -- which could potentially be good but is definitely going to be stressful. The people in the waiting room at the start of Quality Control have it even worse, though. They're waiting to see if they'll get to survive the day.

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Auditor 451 and 36. You never know when someone's watching you.

The Winemaker

As a man walks the lonely halls of a winery, they soon become less lonely as he catches glimpses of two children. They seem perfectly at home, but it also seems as though they shouldn't be in any of the places where they appear... and perhaps they aren't in those places, not really.

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Yes, it's very trippy in parts.

VooDoo

After a rough couple of years back home in New Orleans, Dani (Samantha Stewart) is taking a much-needed vacation in Los Angeles with her favorite cousin, Stacy (Ruth Reynolds). Stacy ran off to start a rock band, and now shares a house -- a creepy house, according to Dani -- with her fellow bandmates as they struggle to make it big. There's Spencer and Trey (Dominic Matteucci and Daniel Kozul), but the bandmates are mostly interchangeable.

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An arcane symbol. I'm sure it means something, but it's never explained.

Under the Flowers

Jackie (Katie Stahl) has dropped out of college and doesn't quite seem to know what to do with her life. Worse, she's being plagued by a recurring dream that's almost a nightmare. A young boy she doesn't know (Jacob Wilner) beckons her to follow him across a little wooden bridge and down a wooded path, but she's afraid to -- fear always stops her before she reaches the bridge. Best friend Ella (Gabby Huggins) tells her not to get too worked up, but that's easier said than done when Jackie starts seeing the same boy while she's awake.

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Under the Flowers logo

Night Job

Things are starting to look up for James (Jason Torres). He's had to take a break from college, but he's just finished training for his new job, working as a doorman for a New York apartment building. As the title says, though, this is a night job, and he isn't used to working the graveyard shift, plus he was called in at the last minute to cover for someone who was sick, so when he starts his shift he's already been awake all day. And when the very first person you have to deal with is a priest (Robert Youngren) saying he's there for the exorcism, you know you're in for quite a night.

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Local bodega employees initiate James into the bizarro world of the night shift.