Good morning my fiendish friends, I was sent a screener link to a short film that will be showing later this week at the Days of the Dead horror convention in LA. (Which I will sadly not be attending.)
This sick and twisted little film startled the most wicked laugh out of me so I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.
A Tricky Treat
Genre: Humor, Horror, Gore
Run time: 3 min 7 sec
Released: October 2, 2015
Director: Patricia Chica
Writer: Kamal John Iskander
Stars: Leonard Waldner, Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher
A man is kidnapped on Halloween night by a very strange family and his fate lies in the hands of the two children.
I think I actually caught this one, or at least a clip of it, close to it’s release last year, but I’m so glad it ended up in my inbox once more, because this short is playfully sickening, and a total treat.
One thing that did stick out to me on a production level was one odd choice made with the lighting. There’s one part where the kidnapped man goes from being in silhouette to suddenly exposed in harsh white light. I feel like the transition needed a light switch sound effect or something to help tell that part of the story. It took me out of the moment there because the transition was a bit jarring.
On the positive side
The gore effects are absolutely killer. heh heh… and so are the absurd puns. The perfectly timed puns had me totally cracking up.
If your guys get a chance to catch this short, it’s definitely worth checking out. And, even better, if you happen to be at the Days of the Dead convention, you can check it out there.
Also, I’m totally jealous that you’re going and you should send me lots of pictures from your visit.
More about the Convention
DAYS OF THE DEAD HORROR CONVENTION
Filmmaker Patricia Chica will be screening and speaking at the Etheria Film Panel
(Los Angeles, CA) – March 24th, 2016. Days of the Dead invades Los Angeles, CA from April 1st to the 3rd, and features one of the most diverse guest lists of any horror convention in the country. This year’s guests include Canadian film director Patricia Chica, who is known for her award-winning horror and fantasy films Ceramic Tango, Serpent’s Lullaby and A Tricky Treat.
Patricia Chica has been programmed by the curators of the Etheria Film Night (Heidi Honeycutt and Stacy Pippi Hammon) to screen A Tricky Treat and participate in a panel full of other outstanding female directors who will discuss their creative process and talk about the craft of making scary movies.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
2pm: Screening of A Tricky Treat (horror-comedy with a twist)
3pm: Female Directors’ Panel
Days of the Dead Horror Convention
Los Angeles Burbank Hotel
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA (USA)
Patricia Chica is a Canadian multi award-winning director-producer who has built a loyal audience and cult following internationally. Dread Central put her on the list of the“Rising Female Filmmakers” to watch. She specializes in high-quality author driven genre films that have great commercial appeal and that uplifts the audiences. One of Patricia’s principles is to always depict strong characters, with mood and tone, and exhibit visual ingenuity while delivering an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining story. Her horror shorts Ceramic Tango, A Tricky Treat, and Serpent’s Lullaby have won multiple awards. The latter was part of the “Coup de Coeur”selection of the favorite international shorts at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner). For the last three years, she has been part of the Massive Blood Drive PSA anthology curated by the Soska Sisters for the Women in Horror Month. Patricia Chica presently divides her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Montreal.
To know more about the Patricia Chica’s work, visit her sites:
Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans. Women make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Women direct The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Game of Thrones, as well as the next sequel in the Marvel and Star Wars feature film franchises. Etheria puts the women directors who make genre films and TV in front of the people who hire them.
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/207043409660044/
Etheria Website: www.etheriafilmnight.com