Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Short Film: The Living Want Me Dead (USA, 2010)

'Tis the season to be jolly.... and to spend money you don't have. But how to earn the money? Give blood? Pass bad checks? Getting a "real" job is definitely out of the question — so: How about signing onto a medical experiment? Our hapless hero (Adam Conger) does the latter — and learns: never trust the government. They weren't testing Axe Deodorant — see: The Lynx Affect — that's for sure. Instead of suddenly being followed by bevies of babes, any person — or cat or dog, for that matter — that crosses his path goes projectile-puking berserk and is out for blood. Looking for a safe place to lay low, he heads off to a friend's place...
The X-mas short has won a bevy of awards, and it's easy to see why. Funny and bloody, it is better written, acted, and made than many a bigger-budgeted production.
As for the writer / director / producer Bill Palmer, Fangoria knows more: "Bill Palmer lives out an unending, mildly amusing horror film in LA as a camera operator on sleazy reality shows. When his pockets get fat, he burns the money producing short film scripts he scribbles in notebooks while waiting for D-listers to shamble out of their trailers. His last three shorts screened at bunches of festivals and won some awards and stuff. He recently served as 2nd Unit Director on Henry Saine's upcoming post-apocalyptic actioner, Bounty Killer (2013 / trailer), featuring rapper Eve, actress Beverly D'Angelo, and philanthropist Gary Busey. He hopes to direct a feature of his own by the next lunar eclipse."
Enjoy Bill Palmer's The Living Want Me Dead, our season-appropriate Short Film of the Month for December 2015. 

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