The 7-minute YouTube version of The Box that's worth watching

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

A mysterious stranger offers the deal of a lifetime. If you press an ominous button, someone somewhere in the world will die—and you'll be given a briefcase containing $10 million. Sound familiar?

No, it's not RIchard Kelly's The Box. Nor is it the Twilight Zone episode "Button, Button." In fact, the creators of the popular YouTube video "Black Button"—which has more than 1.4 million hits—state that they only learned of the RIchard Matheson short story that inspired both of those adaptations "long after we'd finished the film."

And you know something? We don't really care. All we know is that for a budget of only $200, the filmmakers managed to come up with an award-winning short film worth watching.

Check it out below.