By far on of the best horror shorts to come out of this years FrightFest Short Film showing was the hilarious comedy-horror Smear.
“The idea for “Smear” came about when I had my first smear test. A friend of mine advised me that it would basically be the “worst feeling in your life” … it really wasn’t” said director Kate Herron “I kicked around the idea of exploring this anxiety for a few years then brought it to my writing partner who also had a similar story. We were surprised doing research that a high number of women put off smear tests from being nervous about the pain and embarrassment of it.
There’s been such a brilliant wave of female authored horror stories recently with films like Raw, The Babadook and I felt inspired to work within the horror genre to use this as a way to explore this common anxiety, inspired by some of my favourite creature movies like Tremors, Gremlins and Little Shop of Horrors… tentacle puppets felt like the natural choice. I made SMEAR with my writing partner Briony Redman and producer Douglas Cox (Dawn of the Deaf) who I am currently working on my beauty pageant horrror-comedy feature, MISS UNIVERSE with.”
SMEAR stars Sophia Di Martino (Flowers) in the lead and supporting we have a tonne of british comedians inculding Nick Mohammed (Ed-fringe hit Mr Swallow). It was shot by Nicola Daley ASC, score by Emmy-nominated composer Patrick Jonsson and on tentacles Dan Martin (High Rise, Free Fire).
Try and track this down at Raindance, London Film Festival, Lund Fantastik where its showing and check out the trailer here: