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Shocktober Short Film Of The Week: ‘Spooky Club’

Grab a bucket of fake blood and get your best pumpkin smashing gloves on ‘cause All Hallows’ Eve is finally here. And to help celebrate the scariest night of the year, we’ve got a double-feature of frightful flicks coming to the short-form corner here at Cut Print Film. So lock your doors, kill the lights and get ready to laugh yourself to death with our first pick, Jo and Lloyd Stas’ spooktacular comedy Spooky Club.

The Plot: The Spooky Club’s scheme to reclaim the skull of Vincent Price does not go according to plan.

The Film:

We’ve been bringing you some of the most spine-chilling shorts Vimeo has to offer for a few weeks now. Over that time we can’t help but feel like the mood has gotten a bit … heavy. So let’s lighten things up a little. There’s no better — or spookier — way to do that than with Jo and Lloyd Stas’ horror comedy Spooky Club.

And let’s be honest, the horror/comedy genre is one of the more difficult cinematic realms to work in. But don’t try to tell The Stas Brothers that. Fueled by a screenplay packed with cracking, dry wit, punchy dialogue and a few masterfully executed set pieces, their Spooky Club is horror/comedy at its absolute finest.

Without spoiling much, we’ll just say that the film follows the ‘gifted’ members of the titular club — cloaked in full on Halloween regalia — on their quest to reclaim the skull of Vincent Price, which may or may not have been stolen after the horror icon’s death. Whether or not you know that story — or who Price is — doesn’t really matter … unless of course you want to join the club.

If membership is not your goal, then prepare to laugh out loud for four solid minutes, ’cause once Spooky Club’s plan is in motion, nothing short of comedic chaos ensues. The action is sharp. The plotting is flawless. And yes, the laughs come fast and furious. But Spooky Club is not just about the laughs. The overall tone is often as eerie is it is whimsical. The spirited interplay between Spooky Club’s hilarious hijinks and its ominous edges are what make the film so damn memorable … and ultimately what set it apart from much of its horror/comedy brethren.

Meet The Crew:

A film by: Jo and Lloyd Stas Starring: Michael Muyunda, Simon Curd, Clare Woods, Rowan Stas, Chewie and Daniel Scheinert Makeup by: Jade Louise Music by: Tongue Party

We hope you enjoy Spooky Club! Let’s be honest, there isn’t much to dislike about this film. And that’s got us very excited about what The Stas Brothers do next. They’re currently banging away at feature length scripts, so let’s hope they get one of those produced asap. Until then, you can check out some more of their work over at their Holomax Vimeo page. Blood Drinker is highly recommended.

While you’re kicking around, be sure to check out some of the thousands of other short films – scary, scarier and scariest – team Vimeo has curated for your viewing pleasure (via desktop or mobile device … SWEET!). You’re sure to find something interesting, and you may just stumble across your new favorite filmmaker.

Trick Or Treat Bonus Short:Working With Jigsaw

If you’re still in the mood for a creepy laugh or two, look no further than Chris Capel’s Working With Jigsaw. Working from a positively inspired concept — placing the puppet-sized version of the Saw franchise’s puzzle master Jigsaw in an office atmosphere —  Capel & Co. spin three and a half minutes of hilarity with an ever-so-slightly sinister edge. The approach is fresh. The setups are clever and beautifully executed. The jokes come and go with a breezy ease. And yes, the film is absolutely hilarious. Enjoy!


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Patrick Phillips is a Staff Writer for CutPrintFilm, looper.com and geekinsider.com. He reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, buys too many records and loves writing about movies. Find him on Twitter at @savagedetectiv. Follow his movie tastes right here - https://www.taste.io/users/patphiltaste/ratings.

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