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Film / The Box (2018)

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The Box is a Short Horror Film by Jessica Curtright, made for Hulu's Huluween Film Festival.

A young boy (Travis Burnett) is out in the woods one day playing wizard. While he's out there, he comes across a box just left out in the open. Curious, he takes it home to see what's what with it. This proves to be a mistake.

The film was released on October 1st, 2018.

The Box contains examples of:

  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: If that kid had just left that box where he found it, he wouldn't have summoned a doppelganger to replace him and trick his mom into summoning her own.
  • Doppelgänger: The spell the kid reads out loud summons one in his closet. A doppelganger of the kid's mom appears when she reads the spell out loud as well.
  • Downer Ending: The kid mysteriously disappears at the hands of his own Doppelgänger, who tricks the kid's mom into summoning her own, who will likely do the same to her.
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  • Improvised Lockpick: The boy manages to unlock the padlock holding the box shut with a knife.
  • MacGuffin: The titular box that the boy finds in the woods.
  • MacGuffin Title: The Box, of course.
  • Magical Incantation: The boy finds a piece of paper inside the box with one of these on it. Reading it out loud summons a doppelganger into his closet.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters are named.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: The kid wears a fake wizard hat and cape.
  • Summon Magic: The Magical Incantation mentioned above causes a Doppelgänger of whoever recites the words to soundlessly appear out of nowhere.