Last month we ran a piece on an infographic describing how you can survive a horror movie. Later this month in theaters we have a group of scouts showing the world how to survive a zombie epidemic. The so called “rules” of a slasher film have been burnt into the minds of horror fans for sometime and now they get to see how badass the theory can be. The short NIGHT OF THE SLASHER by filmmaker Shant Hamassian is a sexy and hip offering that any horror fan would enjoy. It follows a young woman marking off a checklist of “horror sins” until she is confronted by a masked killer. The film is up for two Oscar (R) qualifying festivals including one in Horror Movies Uncut backyard The St. Louis International Film Fest. Check out the full details on this amazing honor ahead and enjoy a few words about the short from HMU’s Travis Brown.
(Hollywood, CA) – November 2nd, 2015 – Multi award-winning short film, Night of the Slasher, written and directed by Shant Hamassian, competes for Best Narrative Short at two Oscar® qualifying festivals; the St. Louis International Film Festival in Missouri, USA and the Foyle Film Festival in Ireland. If it wins, it becomes eligible for an Oscar® nomination.
Henry Selick (Director of Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline) saw the film at the Telluride Horror Show and said, “I really loved ‘Night of the Slasher’! It’s smart, clever, and funny!”
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 prestigiousScreamfest (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.
America’s reference site for horror movies, Dread Central said that Night of the Slasher “is surprisingly both funny and suspenseful in one small package.”
Starring Lily Berlina (the Slasher girl), Scott Javore (the Bait), and Adam LesScott Javore(the Killer), Night of the Slasher is written and directed by Shant Hamassian, produced by Adam Lesar, Eve Constance, and Shant Hamassian. Cinematography by Eli Tahan, Visual FX by Alessandro Schiassi & Michaelangelo Frisoni, and Music by Simon Michel.
Shant Hamassian (@ShantHamassian) grew up in the rolling hills of Calabasas, California and attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has directed several music videos, comedic sketches as well various shorts that have won awards and played internationally in the film festival circuit. Shant is currently working with NBA Champion and former Laker, Rick Fox on a web series titled, Herman the Monkey. Night of the Slasher is a “proof-of-concept” based on one of many feature screenplays he has written, including Neville which made the 2011 Bloodlist.
To find out more about Night of the Slasher, full list of awards, and its tour calendar, please check the official website www.nightoftheslasher.com.
NIGHT OF THE SLASHER -review
NIGHT OF THE SLASHER is a horror films fan dream. From start to finish it’s quite a rush. I really enjoyed the cat and mouse dynamic with the final girl and the killer. Very funny with just enough of the right stuff to poke at the slasher genre in one of the most creative ways to date. Hip and sexy NIGHT OF THE SLASHER will be a short you have to see.
- Travis Brown (Horror Movies Uncut)