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Horror Short ‘Malacostraca’ Shows a Father’s Anxieties in the Form of a Lobster Baby

"A horrifically scary film full of universally relatable feelings and fears."

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Logline: A man who’s lost his mind sees his baby not as his own, but instead as a hideous crawdad creature. What will he do?

Elevator Pitch:

“Malacostraca” is about a married couple going through extreme difficulties. The film is seen through the unreliable eyes of the husband who’s losing his mind and ability to love. One day when, seemingly suddenly, his wife announces that she’s pregnant, his mind snaps. When the baby is born he doesn’t see it as being his, or even as being human. Instead, he sees his baby as a hideous lobster-like creature…

Production Team:

Director/Writer: Charles Pieper
Special Effects: Gabe Bartalos (“The Cremaster Cycle,” “Gremlins 2,” “Brain Damage” and more)
Producers: Kimmie Yan & Travis Cultreri
Cinematographer: Ava Benjamin

About the Film:

In this film, I’m exploring the fragility of the human mind, the male ego, and difficulties in communication. It’s a personal exorcism of sorts and is something I’ve spent two years developing. “Malacostraca” will be a horrifically scary film full of universally relatable feelings and fears. What is scarier than one’s mind failing or having a child with the wrong partner? Nothing, I think…

Current Status: Fundraising via Indiegogo began last month.

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