Night of the Slasher Short Competes for OSCAR® Eligibility

The horror short, NIGHT OF TH SLASHER, has been making some very big waves and catching the attention f some pretty big names during its festival run. NIGHT OF THE SLASHER is written and directed by Shant Hamassian and stars Lily Berlina, Scott JavoreAdam Lesar, David Swann, and Eve Constance. Check out the press release below for the plot crunch, the trailer, and for more information about this short:

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Horror Short Film Night of the Slasher Competes For OSCAR® Eligibility

(Hollywood, CA) – November 2nd, 2015 – Multi award-winning short film, Night of the Slasher, written and directed by Shant Hamassian, competes for Best Narrative Short at two Oscar® qualifying festivals; the St. Louis International Film Festival in Missouri, USA and the Foyle Film Festival in Ireland. If it wins, it becomes eligible for an Oscar® nomination.

Henry Selick (Director of Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline) saw the film at the Telluride Horror Show and said, “I really loved ‘Night of the Slasher’! It’s smart, clever, and funny!”

Night of the Slasher is a ‘shot-in-one-take’ film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.

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“I wanted to write a slasher film where on the surface, it is a self-referential genre film, however there is a deeper meaning behind everything we see and how we are all connected to this genre as a culture. I chose to write this film on a deep and personal level because I personally had to deal with a traumatic moment in my life. Making this film was an exploration on how to cope with those painful memories and to tell a story on how to not let the past control our lives. In the end, a great slasher film reflects the killer as a state of mind.”, explains director Shant Hamassian.

After its successful world premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, this highly stylized short has been programmed at 91 film festivals including the prestigious Screamfest (Los Angeles) and Frightfest (London). The short has been nominated for 28 awards and has won 15 including Best Short,  Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.

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Starring Lily Berlina (the Slasher girl), Scott Javore (the Bait), and Adam Lesar (the Killer), Night of the Slasher is written and directed by Shant Hamassian, produced by Adam LesarEve Constance, and Shant Hamassian. Cinematography by Eli Tahan, Visual FX by Alessandro Schiassi & Michaelangelo Frisoni, and Music by Simon Michel.

Shant Hamassian (@ShantHamassian) grew up in the rolling hills of Calabasas, California and attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has directed several music videos, comedic sketches as well various shorts that have won awards and played internationally in the film festival circuit. Shant is currently working with NBA Champion and former Laker, Rick Fox on a web series titled, Herman the Monkey. Night of the Slasher is a “proof-of-concept” based on one of many feature screenplays he has written, including Neville which made the 2011 Bloodlist.

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For more info on NIGHT OF THE SLASHER, be sure to follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and can keep up to date on the awards the film has won as well as its tour calendar by check out the official website. For now, check out the trailer:

Stay Bloody!!!


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