Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"Twisted Innocence" Short Film Showcase

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There is something that generally unifies much of horror fandom: our exposure to the genre started at an early age. This is not 100% true, but it is quite prevalent. With all the fear that horror movies will destroy kids' lives and make them into delinquents, it is more true that what it really does is make them horror fans, horror artists, horror filmmakers, horror writers, or, like myself, horror curators. It is also quite true that horror is at its most potent when we are kids, our imaginations are boundless, our life outlook less jaded. For me, childhood and horror are not strangers at all, but rather perfect relatives. How fun it is, then, when we get stories where children are not the target of terror, but the source of it. Not all of the short films here are exactly that, though--some are about other forms of innocence, and the horror is less overt than a scary kid. I am quite fond of this collection.

A macabre girl laments about the inevitability of death after being given a melting cartoon character popsicle.


This animated microshort truly defines the phrase "poetry in motion." To hear that poetic recitation in the voice of an animated young girl is all the better for the darkness of the message! -Miguel


"Adorable AND macabre! Love the mix of cute and disturbing imagery--Awesome!" -Programmer Ashlea Wessel


Director: Nikki Chapman is a 23 year old animator from South Bend, Indiana. Her mother is a doctor and father is an art teacher and puppeteer, so she grew up in a household where creativity and hard work were encouraged. As a kid, she constantly drew comics and passed them around the classroom. Originally, she wanted to be a comic book artist, but when she saw the film ParaNorman in high school, she dedicated her life to animation. Chapman went to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a year, then transferred to Ringling for Computer Animation in 2016.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    2 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Nikki Chapman
  • Screenwriter
    Nikki Chapman
  • Producer
    Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Cast
    Shelby Lewis
  • Animator
    Nikki Chapman