Don’t Watch This: Netflix drops surprise horror shorts featuring Antoni Porowski
James R | On 30, Oct 2018
With Halloween upon us, Netflix has saved one last shock for last, with the surprise release of a new compendium of horror shorts. Called Don’t Watch This, the anthology showcases five takes on horror from five different creators.
The collection arrives as anthologies enjoy something of a revival, thanks to Inside No. 9, which just unleashed its own Halloween live episode, and Black Mirror, which Netflix has grown from a Channel 4 success to an international hit. With Netflix also embracing short films, usually documentaries, and ordering a growing number of short-form series, such as Explain This, it’s only natural that the streaming giant should turn to horror shorts for a Halloween release.
Indeed, one short in particular is guaranteed to grab Netflix viewers’ attention, as it features none other than Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski. In an age of self-care of avocados, Antoni gamely sends himself up with a mini-remake of American Psycho, which gives us an inside look at his daily routine, from watering plants and yoghurt face masks to some basic exercises. The rest? Let’s just say it’s not suitable for vegans.
The overall collection is produced by Crypt TV and the people behind Haunted, Netflix’s recently released true crime series, which features re-enactments of people’s recollections of real life ghostly goings-on. Here’s the full rundown of the five shorts, along with a trailer for the whole collection:
Friendship Bracelet (9 mins)
When two popular girls show up to her birthday party, outcast Julie goes to chilling extremes to make them her best friends.
CTRL+ALT+DEL (5 mins)
A dark web villain who preys on Internet trolls lures a spiteful hacker into a dangerous virtual reality game.
Incommodum (2 mins)
Ominous symbols, bodily horrors and other frights converge in a surreal nightmare that’s not for the squeamish.
Keep Out (7 mins)
Teaming up for one last spooky viral video, friends Noah and Alex break into an abandoned house, only to discover they’re not alone.
Antoni Psycho (2 mins)
As Queer Eye avocado king Antoni Porowski shares the secrets of his morning rituals, hints of a darker side emerge.
Don’t Watch This is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.