We recently shared the short film Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, the project by Mike Flanagan that became the feature film Oculus in 2013. It’s actually one of many well-known horror movies that began life as a short film. It gave us the idea to feature more of these embryonic manifestations, blueprints that would lay the groundwork for something expansive. It’s a series we’re calling Before It Was a Feature. As the popularity of short films continues to swell, we can expect to see more examples of this phenomenon in the years to come.
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I’ve been a huge fan of writer/director Richard Bates, Jr. since experiencing his first feature film, Excision, in 2012. While IMDB lists the film as drama/horror, I’ve always described Excision as a horror comedy—with a caveat: Laugh now but cry later. Excision was based on a short film of the same name, also written and directed by Bates. Seeing the short film, released that launched the movie gives some incredible insights into the filmmaker’s intentions; it’s also fascinating to see Excision’s evolution from short into feature. See for yourself below.
Official Synopsis: A neglected teen takes refuge in the dreams that used to haunt her and orchestrates a shocking plan to prove her worth to her disapproving parents. Excision is written and directed by Richard Bates, Jr. and stars Tessa Ferrer, Karen Tiegren, and Paul Fahrenkopf.
If you’ve never seen 2012’s Excision, do your best to rectify that mistake immediately! Peep the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. The film stars AnnaLynne McCord, Roger Bart, Ariel Winter, and Traci Lords.
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