Birthdays can suck, it’s true, but none with quite such the unsettling edge as the “celebration” found in this new clip from the Annie Clark–directed horror short The Birthday Party. The short, which debuts today as part of an anthology of female-directed horror shorts under the banner XX, stars perennial indie-film darling and newly engaged actress Melanie Lynskey and looks like the kind of feminist horror film you’d expect from someone as eccentric and uniquely talented as Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent, who makes her directorial debut with this project and spoke to Vulture about it earlier this week). Plus, and let’s be honest here, what’s creepier than excited kids when you just wanna chug from your flask and be alone (right, Grammys Rihanna)? The Birthday Party and its three companion shorts are available now on demand or in the coolest indie cinemas near you.