In a new gay horror short, YouTuber Calum McSwiggan shows just how terrifying bullying can truly be.
Danny’s Nightmare centers on 15 year-old Danny who is closeted and afraid to come out. He wakes up in a strange and disturbing place, living his worst nightmare: being face-to-face with the hateful bullies that haunt him.
Said McSwiggan of the inspiration behind the project,
“Thinking back to when I was a teenager I remember how terrifying my school bullies seemed, the fear I felt when walking through the school corridors was far worse than the fear I felt when watching my favourite slasher flick. My school bullies were far more frightening than any ghost or ghoul dreamt up by Hollywood.”
“I really want the viewer to feel that fear and to understand how horrifying it can be to be tortured by a bully, I want them to understand why it leads so many tortured young LGBT+ kids to suicide, and I want them to understand that they have a responsibility to speak up and do something when they see bullying taking place.”
Watch the powerful short that simultaneously terrifies and sends a strong anti-bullying message, below: