The Frolic Short Film Now Available for Purchase or Download

We’re always on the lookout for interesting sounding new films to clue you guys into, and an email that recently landed in our inbox from director Jacob Cooney details just such a project: a short film entitled “The Frolic” based on a short story of the same name by Thomas Ligotti.

Here’s the skinny:

The FrolicDirected by Jacob Cooney and produced by Jane Kelly Kosek (Wonder Entertainment), “The Frolic” follows the story of Dr. David Munck, a prison psychologist, who uncovers a deadly supernatural force in one of his inmate patients that ultimately leads him to his breaking point.

Starring Maury Sterling (John Doe), Michael Reilly Burke (Dr. Munck), Jennifer Aspen (Leslie Munck) and Kailey Swanson (Colleen Munck), this short film has played in numerous film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Los Angeles International Short Films Festival, Dead by Dawn Film Festival, Shriekfest and Dances with Films and has frightened audiences across the world.

Synopsis: A prison psychologist returns home from his last day at work, an early retirement brought about by prolonged exposure to his latest subject, a serial killer known only as John Doe, who preys upon children. Doe is a psychotic Peter Pan who describes his murderous actions or “frolicking” as a way of “freeing” the children from their drab, earthly confines.

According to Stephen Jones (World Fantasy Award-winning author), “Jacob Cooney’s film version of The Frolic, from a script co-written by Ligotti himself, is a masterful slice of psychological horror given a creepy supernatural twist. This is a little gem of twisted terror.”

You can download “The Frolic” from either or Should you elect to order the DVD from, here’s what included:

  • Newly revised “The Frolic” short story with a new introduction by Thomas Ligotti
  • “The Frolic” short film
  • Interviews with Thomas Ligotti, Brandon Trenz, Jacob Cooney, Jane Kosek and Maury Sterling
  • Director Commentary
  • Actor Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes
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