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.
We’ve been a bit hectic of late over at BC Towers, but I felt compelled to take a break from my mallevolent schemes to give a Watch Out! to this fantastic short thriller – A Film by Vera Vaughn.
Inventive, beautiful to look at, well shot, well performed, well written and well directed. Well good.
In this ghost story for the digital age, filmmaker Vera Vaughn works late into the night, editing her psychological thriller about a woman jeopardized by a mysterious home intruder. But when she’s interrupted by a knock at the door, Vera’s world takes a frightening turn toward the surreal as life threatens to imitate art – or is it the other way around…?
The film has been realeased today and features on Short of the Week, and in our opinion rightly so.
This is a fantastic piece of work that I urge you to check out immediately.
A huge bravo and bloody high five to director Sorrel Brae from all of us here at team BC.
A little while back we were contacted by LA based studio Terror Films, who were putting together a brand new anthology movie titled “Patient Seven”. They were fans of the 7th episode in the Bloody Cuts series – our terrifying crime horror “Death Scenes” (directed and written by Joel Morgan) – and thought it would be a perfect fit for their film.
The great news is, if you’re in the USA then Patient Seven is now available for you to buy and watch, so you can see for yourselves how it’s turned out!
The film is on the following streaming/download platforms: