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Tuck me in (2014 Film)
Tuck Me In (2014)
Directed byIgnacio F. Rodó
Produced byIgnacio F. Rodó
Written byJuan J. Ruiz
Based onjustAnotherMuffledVo
Music byMarcos Fernández
CinematographyPatri San Martin
Edited byJosep M. Gifreu & Laia R. San Juan
Release date
3 June 2014 (Spain)
Running time
1 min

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The film is a 2014 Spain one-minute horror film based on a 2013 two-sentence horror story on Reddit written by a platform user "just Another Muffled Vo". The film is directed and produced by Ignacio F. Rodó and was written by Juan J. Ruiz. The film tells the story of Alex and his father, who asks his father to tuck him in and check under the bed, something creepy happens, Dad sees another Alex under the bed. The film including cast list play time is a mere one minute long, the strange background music and black screen-time left unlimited horror imagination space to the audience, many details in the film need the audience to consider constantly. It was released in Spain on June 3, 2014, the short film attracted worldwide attention since it released, especially the favors of film festivals, it received nominations and rewards from international film festivals. The short film won the award at the best one-minute Film of 2014 in FILMINUTE international one-minute film festival, and it earns a high reputation in Spain as well, which won the award of 2014 Best 90 seconds film in Almería International Short Film Festival. And it received many reviews, with critics praising the horror atmosphere, convey tone and pithy of narrative. And the monster under the bed became a common horror feature in the later horror films, the similar theme of the short horror film has the film "Bedtime" and "I hear it too".


As night falls, a little boy is snuggled under the blankets ready to sleep. His father goes through their nighttime ritual, tucking him into bed and kisses Alex' forehead. “You forgot to look under the bed,” the smiling boy tells his dad. And that’s when things take a turn for the creepy. This time the joke from child paranoid about monster under the bed comes true, Dad sees another Alex under the bed who told him someone occupies his bed. The story ended with Dad gets up and stares the Alex on the bed.

Original story[edit]


About a year before the film launched, a user took to the AskReddit forum making a simple request: they wanted to hear the best horror stories users could come up with in just two sentences. The top submission - which has 6,038 up-votes - was written by Juan J Ruiz (username justAnotherMuffledVo), and the film "Tuck me in" was based on this two sentence horror story from Reddit user - just Another Muffled Vo, another short horror film "Bedtime" use this two sentence horror story as the original inspiration as well, its entirety below:

"I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”



Stars Character
Luka Schardan Alex
Mark Schardan Father

*Mark Schardan is an actor who known for Las pequeñas cosas(2016), Megan Leavey (2017) and Lost in the West (2016). And Luka Schardan is his son both in the film and reality.

Director of photograph Frederic Comí
Sound Maijo García
Sound Mix Stereo
Gaffer Mireia Gimeno
Electrician Jordi Balcells
Production assistant Ander Muntadas
Graphic design Laia R. San Juan



Award Year Category Recipes and Nominees
Almería International Short Film Festival 2014 Best Film Winner

Best 90 Seconds Award - National Competition

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival 2014 Best Short Film Nominee

Jury Prize

Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2014 Best Short Film Winner

Audience Award

South African Horrorfest 2014 Best Short Film Nominee

Horrorfest Award

Alcalá de Henares Short Film Festival 2015 Best Short Film Nominee

National Short Film Award

FMK International Short Film Festival 2015 Best Horror Winner

Festival Prize

Huesca Film Festival 2015 Best Short Nominee

Iberoamerican Competition

iHorror Awards 2015 2015 Best Horror Short Film Nominee

iHorror Award

IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival 2015 Best Film Nominee

Competição Internacional

Landshut Short Film Festival 2015 Deadline Award Nominee

Deadline Award

Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema 2015 International Competition Nominee

International Competition - Grand Prize

Short of the Year 2015 Best Short Film Winner

Special Jury Mention

Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival 2016 Best Short Film Nominee

Maremetraggio Competition


Critical response[edit]

Media review[edit]

David Girvan from Hammer considered "Tuck me in" is concise, creepy filmmaking of the highest calibre. The brief narrative unfolds like a joke, with a 'punchline' that'll stay with you for days."[7]

Tardio from MTV News affirmed "Tuck me in" film was scary enough to say, he commented, "the director made the crappiest story that had mere two sentences come to vivid, the visual film is more than horrid. Moreover, the film is very unfriendly to friends who are afraid of monsters under the bed."[8]

Editor Sarah Barness from the Huffington Post, who commented "Tuck me in" film in the same year of the film release. She was sure that the film was well-produced and said there was every reason why the film had achieved excellent performance at numerous film festivals.[9]

H. Perry Horton from Film School Reject on March 2, 2017, commented on the movie "Tuck me in" creates a great horror atmosphere and convey tone. There is no jump scare in the minute, and it still can scare you through genre and logic. Even though the film is only one minute long, it absolutely will stay in your mind for a very long time. "[10]

The editor Noel Murray from Dissolve on June 19, 2014 commented to the film "Tuck me in". Murray thought the film "Tuck me in" is less terrifying than "Lights Out," He pointed Spanish filmmaker Ignacio F. Rodó's "Tuck Me In" is just as skilled at turning a common situation into something profoundly unsettling. Juan J. Ruiz's story is set at bedtime, as a father (played by Mark Schardan) tucks in his young son (Luka Schardan), and performs the requisite under-the-bed check. To put it in clickbait terms, what happens next… may surprise you.

At only one minute long, Murray believed "Tuck Me In" is more a scene than a film—and really may be more of an image than a scene. However, Murray gave Rodó credit for knowing what's frightening here: not a jump-scare or a special effect, but the look on a child's face as he suggests that something's not quite right. Never mind the supernatural implications of what the dad finds when he looks under the bed in "Tuck Me In." What's troublesome for parents is that the child's too young to explain or even really describe what's happening in his room. However, it's his father's problem now.[11]

The reviewer Kat Hughes made the review on Dec 12, 2016. Hughes thought the short film "Tuck me in" is definitely short, clocking in at barely one minute. Yet the editor emphasized it is just a starting point for the feature, it does not explain a thing, that means it would be a long distance to make it a full-length film which could be thousand different directions. [12]

See also[edit]

  • Lights Out (2016 Film)


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  8. Staff, MTV News. "This Mini Horror Film Will Terrify You In 60 Seconds Flat". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  9. Barness, Sarah (2014-10-11). "This 1-Minute Film Will Chill You To The Bone With Terror". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  10. "'Tuck Me In' Packs the Punch of a Horror Feature in Just One Minute". Film School Rejects. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  11. "Short Cuts: "Tuck Me In," a one minute creep-out, set at bedtime". The Dissolve. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  12. Hughes, Kat. "What should follow 'Lights Out'?: The scary shorts that should be features | THN". Retrieved 2019-06-03.

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