Hell's Belles Slashing its Way Through the Festival Circuit
We’ve been following this one from the beginning and thought we’d give you an update on Christian Ackerman’s short horror/comedy Hell’s Belles, which is currently making the festival rounds, as well as a look at some new exclusive art.
Written and directed by Ackerman, Hell’s Belles was filmed last year just outside Los Angeles (see our set visit here) and had a splashy premiere earlier this year in Hollywood, CA (we were there to cover that as well). The film stars Ariel Teal Toombs (daughter of pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) and Mayra Rodriguez as inexperienced occult specialists called by the local sheriff to help rescue a young girl from a sadistic demon from Hell. The film also stars Bonjah (yes, like ‘Madonna’), Trista Robinson, James Cavlo, Paul Gebeau, and Buffy Dakan.
Chatting with Ackerman, who recently completed the feature script version of Hell’s Belles (he’ll soon be shopping it around; production houses, take note!), the filmmaker stated of the short’s festival performance, “It’s been great so far! It played at Sacramento Horror Film Festival, where it won ‘Best Horror Comedy.’ The screening was euphoric, to watch it with such a receptive crowd. Mayra also won ‘Best Actress in a Short Film’ at the Buffalo Screams Film Festival. We’ve also been nominated for ten awards at the Killer Film Fest in Somerville, Massachusetts. It’s screening there on November 3rd, which is cool because Drina (Durazo), who produced with me, and I are spending Halloween in Salem and then hitting the fest. After that it’s off to San Diego for the Horrible Imaginings Fest on November 10th.”
Ackeman is contemplating the online debut of Hell’s Belles sometime in early 2013. In the interim he’s currently in pre-production on his next horror short titled Son of a Bitch!
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