“When his brother goes missing, Chuck journeys to an old abandoned house and finds an impossible doorway… to a hellish alternate reality”.
‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’ is a mind-warping take on the haunted house genre, directed, produced and edited by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton. The film stars Aaron Ward (previously seen in our film ‘The Birch’) and the fabulously talented Malik Ibheis, who takes on dual monster roles in this technology-infused short.
Although this is a Bloody Cuts film through and through, this one’s a bit different from our usual fare. Not is it only micro-short, coming in at just over 2 minutes, but it’s also a film that was originally created for an anthology of short films called ‘Bite Size Horror’ made specially for Fox Digital. The film had a successful debut at Cannes Series in April 2018, and we’re now proud to be able to share the film online, in its complete form, as we originally intended.
For ‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’ we were lucky to once again have the marvellous Cliff Wallace lending his creature design talents to the production, creating some of the most memorable Bloody Cuts monsters to date. And of course we had many returning crew, including DOP Jonny Franklin, as well as Ryan Thompson and Chris Goodman on Visual FX duties.
A huge thanks to all our fantastic cast and crew, and for FOX Digital to giving us the opportunity to create some brand new horror for our fans!
A lycanthropic whoop rings out from BC Towers in celebration of the first public streaming of ‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’.
Our new horrifying short commissioned by FOX Digital last year for Halloween has been lying in waiting since it’s necrotic summoning and we’re over the moon to announce that it has finally been set free amongst such devilishly fine company.
‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’ is packaged together in a series of short horror films entitled ‘Bite Size Horror’ from FOX Digital and was premiered at CANNESERIES Digital competition this week.
Bite Size Horror - Vimeo
“BITE SIZE HORROR is a series of scares. Each 2 minute episode, is a stand-alone short horror film. ALL CITY Chief Content Officer, Tony Sella and Executive Vice President, David Worthen Brooks, created these disturbing films for Halloween season by teaming with innovative up-and-coming directors, such as Don’t Go Down to Wildor – Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton; Floor 9.5 – Toby Meakins; Gregory – John William Ross; Live Bait – Andrew Laurich; Mondays– Michael Thelin; Monstagram – Jerome Sable; The Replacement – Chris Leone; The Road – Jack Bishop & Justin Nijm; Salt – Rob Savage; and Scaring Grandma – Chris Leone.
The cinematic collaborations are presented in genre bending and terrifying 2 minute shorts. The BITE SIZE HORROR films are a festival of fright that explore every facet of human fear, from “Psychological Thriller” to “Horror Comedy” and everything in between, these slices of scare are guaranteed to put even the bravest viewers on edge. 10 two minute shorts will be screened at Cannes International Series Festival.”
Also, keep your eyes peeled as a special edition of ‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’ will be released right here and through the Bloody Cuts channels in a few weeks time.
Last and by no means least, all that’s left to say is a humungous thank you to everyone involved. (Cast and Crew)
It’s been a long time coming but we (Anthony and Ben) are so very proud of the achievement in reaching CANNESERIES and can’t express enough our gratitude to the cast and crew of ‘Don’t Go Down To Wildor’, along with FOX Digital and all of the other filmmakers involved in ‘BITE SIZE HORROR’.
CANNESERIES Digital is a competition dedicated to short formats which will take place during the wider Cannes International Series Festival, which will unfold its first edition from April 4 to 11 2018.
“The event aims to highlight series from all over the world and to give an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form.”
A world-renowned jury will judge an international selection of new high quality series headed up by Adi Shanker (Dredd, The Grey) and will be joined by Jessica Barden (Hanna) and Ed Solomon (Imagine That).
The award of ‘Best Digital Serie’ will be handed out during the festival’s closing ceremony which will be broadcasted live on Canal+ on April 11, 2018
We hope to be able to share our film following the competition, but for now it’s going to stay firmly locked in FOX Digital’s horror locker. So watch this space for updates.
‘Don’t Go Down to Wildor’ was written and directed by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton and shot by Jonny Franklin with fantastic creature effects from Cliff Wallace and chilling visual effects by Ryan Thompson. The Film Stars Aaron Ward (The Birch, Call the Midwife) and Malik Ibheis (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Silent Witness).
Also with ‘enlightening’ news, we’ve launched this new ‘lit-up’ creepy poster featuring artwork from Chris Goodman and Ryan Thompson, creature design by Cliff Wallace and graphic design by Anthony Melton.
In 1984 the upside down is spreading to military research centre’s across the pond. The town folk of Rendlesham, England are conducting their 12th search in the forest for one of many recent disappearances. Unfortunately on this night one of the searchers discovers what is taking these victims.
Sometimes watching a “fan film” can be an unpleasantly painful experience.
BUT NOT THIS TIME:
The 12th Search - Stranger Things Fan Film 4K - YouTube
Something just screamed into my inbox, and dammit I want to scream about ‘it’ (so read the below as if I’m screaming) not an angry scream, but a confused scream – echoing excitement, terror, relief and satisfaction…
A scream riddled with glee over the fact that I unexpectedly just found myself transported back to the universe of Stranger Things…
Wait, enough about screams… Let’s go back a bit…
A few years ago Bloody Cuts ran the ‘BC Horror Challenge‘ where we invited horror filmmakers from across the globe to submit a 3-minute horror film based around one simple phrase – “Who’s There”.
We received a ten-ton coffin load of fantastically scary submissions and sadistically ploughed our way through every single one of them.
Judgements were made, prizes were distributed, and awards were given, including a special nod to ‘Lights Out‘ by David Sandberg (which went on to become the smash-hit feature film of the same name).
But I’m not here to talk about ‘Lights Out’.
I’m here to talk about the director who won our BC Horror Challenge – Mr Ryan Thompson with his film ‘Play Time‘.
In fact, I’ve rambled too much already. Enough words. If you haven’t already. Watch.
The 12th Search - Stranger Things Fan Film 4K - YouTube
Wow. Amazing right?
Everyone here at BC Towers is so impressed with what Ryan has achieved, capturing both the look and the essence of the hit Netflix show, whilst adding a delightfully darker edge and on a shoe-string budget to boot.
I loved this short horror film, great acting, great direction, great editing, great sound design and great score. Great, great… Yeah! Eh hem.
The VFX in this horror short are phenomenal, as is the attention to detail and commitment to the Stranger Things look and feel. ‘The 12th Search’ felt like an accurate expansion of the recently world-binged ST2 and an edgy and charming tribute to the Duffer Brother’s triumphant creation.
I am a massive fan of Netflix’s Stranger Things and wanted to make a short fan film to show my admiration for the show. I wanted to treat it almost like a spinoff set in England showing a connection between these research facilities around the world and the spread of the upside down as well as adding a new creature to the universe.
We’re honoured to have worked with Ryan from VFX Productions on our last 5 Bloody Cuts films and we desperately wanted to highlight this masterful short horror fan film with our ‘Bloody Cuts disciples of doom’ and hope that you’ll share it around on your digital upside down’s, and your upside down’s upside down’s.
Great work Ryan, and congrats to everyone that worked on your short fan film.
12th Search Credits:
Created by Ryan J Thompson
Character rigging and animation by Bradley Adams
Belle Mary Hithersay
Coco and Lawrie the chocolate labradors
As it’s the Halloween season, our films are yet again showing in a number of venues across the country. So if you fancy getting your eyeballs on some of our little terrors with a live audience (and maybe with us in attendance too!) then here’s an up-to-date list for you:
The Birch breached the THREE MILLION mark last night and we’re absolutely stunned with its success.
We’re over the moon for everyone involved and super stoked that it’s being enjoyed by our biggest audience of a horror short to date.
Anthony, Ben, Cliff and Jonny would like to extend their most heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew for helping us create Bloody Cuts’ most successful tale of terror.
Of course it goes without saying a massive big up to the good folks at Crypt TV (Especially Kate Krantz) for putting the film out there – We hope this is the start of a long and terrifyingly beautiful friendship.
If you haven’t yet seen the Birch then please head on over to Crypt TV’s Facebook page, there’s also a ton of other fantastic horror goodness to be consumed.
The Birch was shown as part of CryptTV’s Monster Madness screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on the 25th April 2017. Following the screening Bloody Cuts’ Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton sat on a Q+A Panel with horror legend Eli Roth, Gabriel Younes and the team behind CryptTV; Kate Krantz and Jack Davis.
Huge thanks from Bloody Cuts go to Mr Roth, who said some very kind things about ‘The Birch’ and the other films shown on the night. He also gave us some insight into the future of horror and together with Jack Davis and Kate Krantz, demonstrated their commitment to the exciting future of CryptTV and its support of blossoming horror filmmakers.
The event was well received by a supportive crowd and all of the films shown went down a storm, so Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton would like to offer their undying gratitude to everyone that showed up to support us and ask some really insightful questions.
The panel was live-streamed on Facebook and can be watched at the bottom of this page.
Join us for a LIVE conversation with filmmaker Eli Roth, Crypt TV Chief Content Officer, Kate Krantz, and Crypt TV filmmakers Gabriel Younes, Anthony Melton, and Ben Franklin. Moderated by Crypt TV CEO & Co-Founder, Jack Davis.
Ben and Anthony are over the moon with this win, and couldn’t be prouder of all of the team that helped summon The Birch into your dreams and nightmares.
Special thanks go to Cliff Wallace who brought the original story to light, as well as the practical effects magic which rose ‘The Birch’ from the earth; There would be no Birch without this lovely man.
Hats off to ALL of the cast and the crew, this is a win for all of us and we’re so stoked that this ‘People’s choice award for Drama’ recognises your work.
We’re indebted to Jonny Franklin for lensing this beast, his immense talents once again helping our vision become a reality.
And last and most definitely not least, further cheers, whoops and thanks go to everybody who voted for the Webby. You ‘The People’ have spoken and we love what you had to say. Cheers.