Several years ago, writer Luke Barnett and director Vincent Masciale’s short film Fear, Inc entered the Bloody Cuts contest. The short placed in the Top 5, where it stood alongside another short film that saw viral acclaim: Lights Out. It was a short made out of blood, sweat, and tears, all set to a series of simple rules: it had to be under 4 minutes, shot for under $1000, and loosely be based on the theme “who’s there?”.
The success of the short led to the creation of the feature-length version, which starred Abigail Breslin, Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, and several more talented thespians. Premiering at Tribeca, Fear, Inc played prestigious festivals such as Sitges, FrightFest, Popcorn Frights, and Screamfest LA, among others.
The short was originally released online but was taken down a few weeks later due to the crew making the feature-length version. But now, Screamfest LA is hosting the premiere of the short, bringing it back online for the first time since 2015.
Barnett tells Dread Central, “Rachel and the team at Screamfest are such supporters of the indie horror community, so we were thrilled when they offered to release our original short so that anyone out there trying to get their film off the ground could see how we went about it.”
You can watch the short below.
As for what’s next for Barnett and Masciale, they just wrapped their second feature as writer and director, a satire of the Christian film industry called Faith Based that stars Jason Alexander, Lance Reddick, Margaret Cho, David Koechner, along with Barnett and Tanner Thomason.