“You make a wish and then you make a special offering.”
Just in time for Halloween, it’s time to get witchy with a biting new film from budding horror maestros Paul Gandersman and Peter Hall and their burgeoning Dead Kids Club franchise. Their latest offering, a short entitled “Givertaker,” recently debuted at Fantastic Fest, and now the duo are making it available in full online to anyone looking for a nice twist on an old story.
“Givertaker” introduces a familiar scenario — a talented teen witch uses her powers to take out her enemies — and then flips the entire thing on its head. Sarah (Nell Kessler, in her debut role) is a pissed off teenage conjurer who endeavors to do something super-relatable: Smote the mean girls at her local high school who spread a vicious rumor about her by bringing forth a hulking evil known as the Givertaker. Teens! What can ya do!
But Sarah’s big plan is thrown into turmoil when the baddie she brings forth unearths some uncomfortable truths about her motives. Teens. What can ya do. You can check out the full short below, though it may make you wary of basements, coins and rumor-spreading for the conceivable future.
And check out the (very cool) poster right here:
You can find out more about “Givertaker” and the rest of the Dead Kids Club over at the official site for Arcanum Pictures.