Celebrate International Women’s Day with SMEAR

To celebrate International Women’s Day today the hilarious horror comedy short SMEAR has been made available in all its gory glory by the talented filmmaker Kate Herron that lady behind the laughs and screams.

Described by us as “One of the best horror shorts to come out of this years Frightfest” and featured as ‘One of the Best Shorts at the 61st London Film Festival’ by Flickering Myth who said it “Gets more and more sensational with every watch… Pure Genius” SMEAR is a lube-tastic horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins, Tremors and Little Shop of Horrors, about a woman going in for her first pap-smear test starring in the lead, Sophia Di Martino of the BAFTA-nominated Flowers and Nick Mohammed (Mr Swallow 4**** The Guardian).

It also stars Isabella Laughland (Harry Potter), comedians Ben Target (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year), Mariam Haque, Briony Redman and Katherine Bennett Fox of The Free Association (“UK equivalent to the professionalised improv of Chicago’s Second City or Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the FA are it” – FestMag) and Rose Johnson from sketch-group Birthday Girls (“This is Joy” The Skinny).

Made by director Kate Herron (Screen International Star, BBC Hot New Talent List, Forbes 30 under 30), with her writing partner Briony Redman, together they are currently developing an original comedy series with comedian Tom Davis’ (Murder in Successville) production company Shiny Button.

“Smear” is produced by Douglas Cox of Shadowhouse Films (Sundance short film Dawn of the Deaf). It includes a score by emmy-nominated composer Patrick Jonsson (Virunga, The White Helmets) , was shot by Nicola Daley ACS (8th woman in Australian history to be accredited into Australian Society of Cinematographers) and practical effects by BIFA-nominated SFX artist Dan Martin of 13FingerFX (High Rise, Free Fire). Fun fact the inside of the tentacle is the face hugger from alien, modelled on Giger’s wife – that is one famous vagina!

Kate made the film to explore pap-smear anxiety, “My friend told me my first pap-smear would be the worst thing that ever happened to me… it wasn’t” Cervical cancer screening has the lowest attendance numbers for women under 35 but is the most common cancer for women in that age-bracket. Nine women die everyday and two will be diagnosed every day with cervical cancer. Kate hopes the film will encourage more women to go, “tentacles felt the most natural way to do this”

Watch the full film below:


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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