Thank you to everyone who submitted films to be part of the inaugural Hollyshorts Horror Nights screening. The event will be the third block of films on Thursday, May 22 at 10:30pm at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. There will be time for Q&A at the end to wrap what will be a fantastic evening of film.
As noted in the original call for entries, films submitted are considered for both the May and October screening events, so if your picture is not on the list below, it is still in the running for this fall. In the coming weeks, we will spotlight each of these films as we build up to May 22nd. Congrats to everyone selected, and again, thank you to everyone who submitted.
Director John Pata
Separation can be a terrible thing. It can break you down; physically, mentally, and emotionally. The person you once were can begin to slip away. How much agony will it take before you lose yourself? Would you realize just how far gone you are? This is a portrait of a man at the bottom, struggling to find an answer, after the wrong things happened at the wrong time. This is a story of loss.
A NOT SO PLEASANT SURPRISE
Directors John Rocco & Abiel Bruhn
Director Skip Shea
A man awakens to find himself naked and tied to a chair deep in a haunted New England wood. He is surrounded by masked women and their congregation who are preparing an ancient yet familiar ritual as they listen to the strains of Alessandro Moreschi’s “Ave Maria” playing on an old Victrola. In a sacrifice for past crimes, body, blood and justice is served.
Directors Antonio Padovan & Bryan Norton
Jack’s favorite babysitter Elizabeth introduces him to the art of pumpkin carving on Halloween night. Nothing will ever be the same.
PLAYING WITH THE DEVIL
Director Nick Stentzel
Young sisters, Loreta, Jean and Mary give into curiosity one night while home alone. Loreta convinces her skeptical siblings to participate in a Japanese ritual, named Hitori Kakurenbo or “One Man Tag.” As they progress through the game, Mary’s favorite doll, Mr. Bixby, uncovers their deepest fears as their home becomes the Devil’s Playground.
Director Luke Asa Guidici
In 1950’s rural America, a postman’s first day takes a terrifying turn when a precocious young girl tells him of her family’s horrible tragedy.
UNTITLED ZOMBIE PROJECT
Director John Painz
Director Rob Himebaugh