the little Death (sometimes listed as The Little Death) is a 2006 American micro-budget mystery-thriller directed by Morgan Nichols. It stars Chris Butler, Laura Lee Bahr, Oded Gross, G. Maximilian Zarou, and tells the story of a man who attempts to find a mysterious box hidden by his father in an L.A. apartment. Atlanta Film Festival director Jake Jacobson called the little Death "a beautiful mystery-thriller done on a shoestring." Seventeen years ago, Sam (Chris Butler)'s father hid a mysterious box in the walls of apartment 1412, and now Sam has come to Los Angeles to claim it. But the rooms have been renumbered and Sam's hunt soon leads him into the world of a mysterious young woman in what is ultimately "a sinister tale of a very unmerry Christmas." Critic Curt Holman wrote "Director Morgan Nichols displays an eerie, deadpan style reminiscent of David Lynch or Barton Fink-era Coen Brothers."