Directed By: Chloe Okuno

A retro aesthetic with a very contemporary message. Horror has always been a genre drenched in commentary. It’s often displaying a ridged morality and show social ills as horrific. I think one that’s certainly become prevalent or more apparent in recent news is that of grooming and manipulative behavior.

Self-confidence can be a tough battle, and it’s unfortunate that someone will always benefit when people sell themselves short. I think this short film does a good job of demonstrating predatory behavior in a natural setting. The antagonist isn’t so sinister until it pivots into horror. There’s an overload of style on display and it’s the creativity that makes the filmmaking just as thoughtful as well. I adore the editing, there’s some split screen, some point of view, superb amount of coverage that it’s a remarkable production.

I think what separates this short from others is the characters journey. This one demonstrates a clear arc in which the self-doubting wallflower grows into a confident self-assured badass. It’s satisfying to see the external struggle solve the internal conflict and why that’s commonplace in stories a lot of short horrors don’t take the time to develop that specific relationship.

‘Slut’ is a Alter film but it is also showing on the Screamfest YouTube channel. Slut won the best student short at the 2014 Festival. Screamfest is a longstanding, LA festival that showcases some of the brightest up and coming filmmakers in the business. If you enjoy shorts such as the 31 Spooks selection, consider donating towards their fundraiser. If you want to help give these filmmakers a platform Screamfest is collecting funds to help continue to do an excellent job of showcasing and promoting horror short films. To be honest I think there’s more charitable uses of your funds but if you want to support the arts and the efforts of festival organizers than any contributions will probably be gladly appreciated.

Please don’t play hard to get with that follow button, so I can continue to delve into more spooky horror shorts. If you do, I’ll see you soon.

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