Scratch To Make General Audience Debut in 2018

Scratch Film Details Director: Emma Bell Writer: Helen Shang Scratch

Director: Emma Bell

Writer: Helen Shang

Release Date: 2017

Release Format: Film Festival

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Short, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: 14min


When a repressed 1950s housewife is left alone by her philandering husband, she makes a horrifying discovery about the noises in the house that are coming from the walls.


Screenwriter Helen Shang composed a compelling narrative centered on infidelity, trust, and psychology. Scratch is one of many recent films that have conveyed social commentary as an intimate theme. What establishes a meaningful horror film? Whether it is a full feature or short, it is the underlying message cloaked amidst Horror that determines a successful narrative.

For its fourteen (14) minute running time Scratch provides a mix of excellent benefits arrayed against a period backdrop. The performances, tonality, and cinematography secured a Lizzie award for Best Thriller Short Film at the 2017 Women in Horror Film Festival.

The following is an excerpt from our film review for Scratch published on October 20th, 2017.

Scratch even though it doesn’t have any physical violence in it, it has a voice of its own as well… You can feel the power behind it. The message, the shame and the truth. Lily struggles to keep her husband interested, but why should she be the only one trying?

Why can’t he be more interested in her and care for her as she cares about him? The film reflects on how we want to change to feel desired and feel noticed. Or how much should it take to go there?

David Teixiera, DecayMag Content Contributor

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Scratch will debut online as its 2017 film festival season falls to a close. General audiences will have to wait until 2018 to catch this female-driven production. The team behind Scratch are displaying a devilish sense of humor with the release date set Wednesday, February 14th, 2018.

Further details are unavailable at the moment. Stay tuned to DecayMag for a further report and interviews with the talents behind this project.


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