Before Shazam! director David F. Sandberg made it big in Hollywood, he posted micro-budget horror films on YouTube under the marvelous screenname “ponysmasher.” And as it turns out, he still does. Sandberg and his wife Lotta Losten have collaborated on two new horror shorts during lockdown, and the latest one is a doozy.
Sandberg’s first feature film was Lights Out, based on a terrifying short film starring Losten as a woman haunted by a shadowy figure in her empty house. The new short, Not Alone in Here, follows a similar formula, building suspense as Losten’s character grapples with the fear and uncertainty of feeling watched in her own home.
Last month’s short film, Shadowed, relies on a neat little piece of camera trickery to spook another character played by Losten. The short is described as a companion piece to Lights Out.
Sandberg’s next big project is a sequel to DC’s Shazam, but with most of the U.S. film industry currently on hiatus, it could easily end up being delayed. Fortunately for Sandberg, his background leaves him uniquely equipped to keep busy at home. His career began with filming simple, succinct films that require little more than a camera, a house, and one actor––and sometimes that’s really all you need.