New York City-based genre production company, Sideshow Pictures, has announced their second annual Halloween short film, The House That Cried Blood. The film was written and directed by Frank Sabatella (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet) and produced by Frank Mosca of Harrington Talents.
A classic haunted house tale with a mix of scares and blood, the short follows four young adults who venture into the supposedly-cursed house of “Old Lady Death” in search of her rotting corpse. What seems like regular Halloween tomfoolery turns into a night of terror they may never survive, and what awaits them within the walls of this dilapidated home is an evil birthed from their worst nightmares.
A tonal shift from Sideshow’s knowingly-campy 2011 Halloween short, Night of the Pumpkin, the production company’s sophomore outing is straightforward horror from writer/director Sabatella. “My goal with The House That Cried Blood was to create an eerie atmosphere through the use of location, old fashioned scare tactics, and frightening imagery.”
He continues, “I wanted to step outside my own comfort zone as a writer/director and take the opposite approach I took with last year’s Night of the Pumpkin. I left behind the fun and splattery thrills of the 80’s styled VHS horrors and took more of a 70’s styled slow build approach to a creepy, nightmarish finale. Though it is different than what myself and Sideshow are known for, it will still have the style and appeal Sideshow has come to be known for.”
The House That Cried Blood stars Damian Maffei, Andrea Boelhke, Ashlee Mundy, Ray Zup, and Ann McGowan as Old Lady Death. Director of Photography is Stephen Franciosa Jr. with special effects created by Emmy-nominee Jeremy Selenfriend (Boardwalk Empire).
Sideshow Pictures will release The House That Cried Blood for free online via Sideshow Pictures’ YouTube channel during the final week of October, 2012, to coincide with Halloween. Check out last years short below.