Here around the Dread Central offices we’re always on the lookout for interesting short and/or indie projects so we were more than a little intrigued by the note in our inbox from Steve Daniels touting his Southern Lovecraftian film “Dirt Dauber”. Check out the trailer he provided, and see if you agree with us that it seems to hold more than a little promise.
“Dirt Dauber” is a 33-minute short written and directed by Steve Daniels that was filmed in the Blue Ridge mountains of South Carolina. It features a mythical fertility monster based on Lovecraft’s literary creation Shub-Niggurath. The film’s prologue was shot on super 8mm film, and the remainder shot on DV 24p. It features veteran stage and film actor Lee O. Smith (as the driver) and newcomer Lyon Forrest Hill (as the passenger). “Dirt Dauber”‘s visual element develops from grainy black and white super 8 to a sharper, higher contrast look and then finally to color, representing a growth cycle similar to that of an insect’s from larva to pupa to adulthood. It also utilizes a unique pop-up book style puppet element that highlights themes of childhood memory and fantastical local legends.
In this disturbing Lovecraftian fairy tale, a man awakes naked and confused in an isolated mountainous region. He soon encounters a strange local who offers to help him. The stranger recounts local folklore that speaks of a murderous religious cult and an insect-like fertility god that is said to dwell deep within the mountain. The two men go underground in search of the truth and soon find themselves in a stygian black temple of horror.
Daniels is currently submitting the film to various film festivals, and we’ll be tracking its progress. There’s also an official “Dirt Dauber” website coming soon.
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