Once again, Shudder is exclusively showcasing the films of the 10th Etheria Fest from July 2 to July 31.
Etheria Fest focuses on new horror, comedy, sci-fi, action and thrillers by emerging women directors. This year’s films are from directors Jennifer Zhang, Alix Austin, Genevieve Kertesz, Zoey Martinson, Mai Nakanishi, Natalie Metzger, Samantha Aldana, Nikki Taylor-Roberts, Chelsea Gonzalez, Meg Swertlow, and you can watch them all as part of Ehteria Film Night 2023, which is streaming exclusively on Shudder.
Here’s the complete list of short films and synopses for each.
NO OVERNIGHT PARKING
Directed by Meg Swertlow (8 min) (Horror) (USA)
A woman fleeing her abusive husband gets locked in an underground parking garage with a masked killer.
Directed by Jennifer Zhang (16 min) (Science Fiction/Thriller) (USA)
A lone pilot on a homebound space vessel finds herself trapped in a waking nightmare when her holographic “virtual companion” begins to defy his programming.
Directed by Alix Austin (8 min) (Horror) (UK)
To her horror, Sam discovers her sister Caitlin has bee infested by a monstrous leech creature slowly sucking her life force dry.
THE ERL KING
Directed by Genevieve Kertesz (16 min) (Fantasy/Horror) (USA)
Leora runs away from her strict, religious village into the loving arms of an ancient woodland god called the Erl King, but Leora realizes that he’s had sinister plans for her all along.
Directed by Zoey Martinson (10 min) (Horror) (USA)
Evan is on house arrest in a haunted house. Or so he thinks?
Directed by Mai Nakahanishi (5 min) (Horror) (Korea/Japan)
A young woman turns on the tv to watch her favorite Korean romantic drama but realizes, to her horror, that she may be the one being watched.
Directed by Natalie Metzger (10 min) (Horror) (USA)
A restless new mother confronts a dangerous terror whenever she tries to sleep.
Directed by Samantha Aldana (7 min) (Science Fiction/Horror) (USA)
Beulah has almost given up hope on her mother recovering from a deadly illness until a meteor containing a mysterious being falls from the sky and lands in their fields.
GO TO BED RAYMOND
Directed by Nikki Taylor-Roberts (7 min) (Horror) (USA)
You should listen when your kid tells you someone is in their room.
MAKE THE CALL
Directed by Chelsea Gonzalez (15 min) (Horror) (USA)
Two former best friends reunite in a changed world, finally confronting the demons that ripped them apart.