Born Again in Horror Comedy, A Short Film by Jason Tostevin
Born Again Short Film Details
Director: Jason Tostevin
Release Date: October 2016 (USA) *IMDb
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Short, Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 7 Minutes
When a group of bumbling Satanists has their summoning ceremony go terribly right, they’re left to face the decidedly holy shit consequences.
Horror comedy can tend toward the lowbrow. It’s the nature of the beast when you have a genre that’s already filled to the brim (literally and figuratively) with body fluids.
That’s why Born Again, a short film directed and written by Jason Tostevin, and co-written by Randall Greenland, refreshes the scene with its meticulous wit.
Great care was taken to infuse humor into every aspect of this daring and subversive horror short, which sets it apart from other comedic efforts within the genre, many of which rely on gross-out shock value to elicit laughs.
Born Again starts off with a bang as Ellie Church, playing the role of Eve, huffs away in labor in a dark garage. Church has on-camera charisma; you want to watch her. Cultists, dressed in crimson robes and devilish masks, stand bedside.
Before you think this is going down the road of typical horror stock, the cultists surrounding Eve are interrupted by Greg, (played by writer Randall Greenland), who is comically ordinary in manner and dress.
The character of Greg plays off nicely against the other cultists: Marduk, (played by Brian Spangler) and Aranunna, (played by Tiffany Arnold). Spangler and Arnold play their roles straight, which enables chuckle-worthy exchanges between Marduk, Aranunna, and Greg as the birthing ritual gets underway.
A lot should be said for the editing (which was done by Brant Jones), and the writing pace, because despite being a short film, Born Again has layers. It’s not a one-trick ride.
I won’t spoil the punchline for you, but I will say actor and filmmaker Jaysen Buterin, credited as The Big Guy, provides a priceless performance at the film’s fiendishly funny finale, to which I laughed out loud.
Born Again, is what I want in a short comedic horror film. It’s funny, layered, detailed, well-written, well-acted, and cleverly subversive. The film will screen as part of the “Scary Funny” shorts block at 5:15 PM during:
• Winchester, VA
• Saturday, September 9th, 2017
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