TOP HORROR-COMEDY SHORT TO PREMIERE ONLINE HALLOWEEN EVE
Multi-award-winning “Born Again” hits Short of the Week starting 10/30 at 10 a.m.
Columbus, OH – Born Again, a horror comedy short film featuring the “worst Satanists
ever” and their hilariously misguided attempts to summon the Prince of Darkness, will
hit the internet Oct. 30 via one of the biggest platforms on the globe – Short of the
The short has toured the world on the film festival circuit for the last year, including
stops at Oscar-qualifying festivals Sitges, Rhode Island Vortex and Cleveland
International. In that time, it’s accumulated more than 60 awards and nominations, and
made several end-of-year lists, including: Best short film of 2016 (Cinema Constant), top
five horror short of 2016 (iHorror), top 10 short of 2016 (From Dusk Till Con), and top 20
horror short of 2016 (Fright Meter Awards).
Born Again was created under director/co-writer Jason Tostevin’s Hands Off Productions
banner, whose genre shorts have been screened and celebrated around the world. The
team has never before released one of its shorts online, but felt compelled to premiere
Born Again because of “overwhelming audience response,” Tostevin said.
“So many people have seen it at fests and asked to see it again, or heard from friends
they had to see it, we just felt it was right to arrange an online premiere,” he said.
The seven-minute film tells the story of “five amateur Satanists who have their
summoning ceremony go terribly wrong, and accidentally create the holiest holy shit
moment ever,” according to director and co-writer Jason Tostevin.
“We wanted to go back to our ‘80s horror roots, when you could get a laugh with your
blood splatter,” said Tostevin. “And we wanted to push some boundaries. I know for sure
we were left out of some programs because of the ending.”
The short stars award-winning actor and indie horror icon Ellie Church (Frankenstein
Created Bikers, Harvest Lake, Time to Kill) as the pregnant leader of the cabal, returns
veteran Brian Spangler (Progeny) and introduces Randall Greenland as “Greg,” the
affable screw-up who might just have ended the world.
The team’s last festival short, A Way Out, starred Hollywood icon Robert Costanzo and
played more than 100 festivals. Before that, I Owe You was named indie short of the year
by movie blog Cinema Constant. And the ’Til Death, their first fest short, was included in
the horror anthology Seven Hells.