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Deathly – by Mike Williamson

And now, I'll love you to death...

10 – 15 | 2015 | Family | Horror | Live-Action | USA

Mike Williamson is a weird and curious guy. He fronts the rock band JR Juggernaut and curates the monthly Secret Sixteen screenings in Los Angeles. Director of the anthology tv series 1000 Ways to Die, he worked as editorial coordinator for Showtime’s Masters of Horror. But as you’d probably guess, he loves horror movies.

Premiered at the London Film4 FrightFest and screened at several festivals including Austin Fantastic Fest, Telluride Horror Show, Fantasporto, and Alamo Drafthouse Psychorama Film Festival, Deathly is his new haunting short. A family drama disguised as a tale of revenge from beyond the grave. Alan Ruck (Carnage Park, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, FOX’s upcoming The Exorcist series) plays a respected family man who, still grieving a lot of regret and guilt following the tragic death of his wife (Kathleen Wilhoite, seen in Road House and Fire in the Sky), is unsettled by chilling events in their house.

“I wanted to make a haunted house film — it’s probably my favorite subgenre in horror,” said the helmer to Entertainment Weekly. “It really came from me thinking about when there are couples who have been together a long time, and one of them dies, there’s this phenomenon where the other spouse dies within a year after that of a broken heart — they say. I started thinking, We assume it’s a broken heart. What happens if we didn’t know the whole story? That’s where Deathly came from.”

The experiment has proved successful, due to a powerful pitch, the use of the rules of the genre for something more, the simple and effective camera shots and angles, and the music of composer Clint Mansell, who scored most of Darren Aronofsky’s features, as well as Williamson’s earlier short In the Wall.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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