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.

When an odd boy is confronted by a bully, conflict leads to a grim conclusion.


Director: Ashlea Wessel is a writer and director hailing from Toronto, Canada. Wessel's work uses elements of horror, sci-fi and fantasy as a framework to explore themes of social, political and personal upheaval. She tells her stories using an arresting visual style that couples stark realism with a phantasmagoric flair.  Ashlea’s first two short films INK and TiCK screened at festivals around the globe.

In 2019, Ashlea was a recipient of WIFT's From Our Dark Side award, and participated in the Frontières Shorts to Features pitch session where she pitched the feature version of TiCK. She recently took part in the WIDC Career Advancement Module in Toronto and workshopped her feature-in-development, Perpetua. Ashlea looks forward to 2020 and the many projects she has underway, including the release of her upcoming short, Weirdo.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    8 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Ashlea Wessel
  • Screenwriter
    Ashlea Wessel
  • Producer
    Shannon Hanmer, Ashlea Wessel
  • Cast
    Spencer Hanson, Shawn Vincent, Reece Presley, Shannon Lao