The multi award-winning short film, Night of the Slasher, written and directed by Shant Hamassian, is now Oscar® qualified! Dozens of horror publications wrote news articles that went viral, circulating in over 3 million facebook feeds. The film has been one of the highest rated horror shorts as reference movie site Horror Freak News placed it as #1 Horror Short of 2015. Now, it’s the first Vimeo Horror Staff Pick Premiere!
Night of the Slasher is a ‘shot-in-one-take’ film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.
“I wanted to write a slasher film where on the surface, it is a self-referential genre film, however there is a deeper meaning behind everything we see and how we are all connected to this genre as a culture. I chose to write this film on a deep and personal level because I personally had to deal with a traumatic moment in my life. Making this film was an exploration on how to cope with those painful memories and to tell a story on how to not let the past control our lives. In the end, a great slasher film reflects the killer as a state of mind.”, explains director Shant Hamassian.
After its successful world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, this highly stylized short has been programmed at 91 film festivals including the prestigious Screamfest (Los Angeles) and Frightfest (London). The short has been nominated for 28 awards and has won 15 including Best Short, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.
Here at the ‘Corpse, we were lucky enough to get to take a look at the short, and I have to agree that it’s “A Killer Night”. It reminds of the best of the slasher sub-genre of the early eighties, while at the same time making an interesting statement about the genre itself. The music, camera-work, and overall atmosphere brilliantly took me back to the glory days of the hack ‘n’ slash (and I’m already a fan of the ’80s-themed song over the closing credits!). The short manages to be a suspenseful tale with a compelling story going on, while simultaneously being a tongue-in-cheek homage to our favorites from days past. Lead actress Lily Berlina does an excellent job of conveying her emotions to the audience without the use of any spoken dialogue, coming across as both the typical sexy fodder for screen slashers and the strong, determined woman that our ubiquitous “final girls” have evolved into; I was very impressed with her performance.
I have to tip my hat to writer/director Hamassian; I’m a fan. I certainly wish the best of luck to Night of the Slasher as it continues on its journey to the Academy Awards…it’s about time horror got its due there.
See for yourselves below, Fellow Fans — courtesy of Vimeo…and let’s hope the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is paying attention as well!
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