DARKLY Films

Horror Film Production Company | The Evil Twin of MIKAL Films

The Thing on the Shelf

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Official Selection, 60 Second Horror Challenge Official Selection, 15 Second Horror Film Challenge

Selected by Bill Oberst Jr. (3 From Hell, Scream Queens) as a Top 10 film in the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge (15 Second Cut)

Official Selection of the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge (15 Second Cut)

Selected by Jenna Kanell (Terrifier, The Bye Bye Man) as a Top 10 film in the 60 Second Horror Challenge

Selected by Edwin Neal (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974) as a Top 10 film in the 60 Second Horror Challenge

Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren) selects actress Aila June Lemond as a Top 5 actress in the 60 Second Horror Challenge for her performance in The Thing on the Shelf

Official Selection of the 60 Second Horror Challenge (1 minute cut)

"One of the best we’ve seen this year and every year proceeding this."
- Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

"A terrifying reminder to behave."
"As far as short horror films go, The Thing on the Shelf might take the cake."
- Shadoe Costa, Decay Mag

"I could feel my skin crawl towards the end of this."
- Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie

"Creepy vibe and beautiful lighting"
- John Migliore, Indie Horror Online

"Shot beautifully"
"I actually would like to see this expanded into a longer story. It definitely has me intrigued."
- David Garrett's Horror Film Review

"Pretty much the film that might keep you from falling to sleep this night."
- Michael Haberfelner, [re]SearchMyTrash

"Exceptionally creepy"
"Kid Friendly Christmas Horror"
- Dan Lee, 52 Weeks of Horror

"Love the haunting off-key piano in this creepy short horror"
- DC Harrison, Screamfix


The Thing on the Shelf is a short Christmas horror film in which a little girl goes to bed with visions of Christmas morning and Santa bringing her presents. However, when she awakens, it's not to the sound of the jolly one coming down the chimney.

Written, shot, edited and scored by MIKAL for DARKLY Films (The Evil Twin of MIKAL Films).

Starring Aila June Lemond and Jill Kathryn Lemond.

The Thing on the Shelf on IMDB