If you’ve been paying attention at all to the short film circuit over the past year, Nick DenBoer and Davy Force’s “The Chickening” has probably turned up in numerous places. The short has become something of a midnight movie sensation after screenings at TIFF, Beyond Fest, Telluride Horror Show, and, most recently, Sundance, and now you can finally see what the fuss is about thanks to DenBoer’s Vimeo page.
Equal parts insane and genius, “The Chickening” remixes Stanley Kubrick’s horror film “The Shining” by digitally altering the movie into a poultry-stuffed comedy adventure. In this unforgettable version of the story, the menacing Overlook Hotel becomes the outrageous Charbay’s Chicken World, a state-of-the-art poultry production facility and resort strategically built on an active volcano. Jack Torrance is the facility’s new senior chief night manager, but things go horrifically and hilariously awry when an experimental BBQ sauce reveals nasty side effects.
The plot synopsis sounds nutty, but it’s truly just the groundwork for a bat-shit-crazy reimagining of one of cinema’s most iconic works. While the very idea is ridiculous, DenBoer and Force’s execution is simply astonishing, breathlessly layering their new vision of Kubrick’s frightening foundation. “The Chickening” must be seen to believe, so take a peek below.