We all know Halloween is when the monsters come out to play. But writer-director Stephen Johnson’s short horror-comedy Puppy Love poses the question: “Who is the REAL monster here… and what’s it going to do to that cute little dog?”
Starring Andrew Kirsanov (Dexter) and Azure Parsons (Astronaut Wives’ Club, Salem), Puppy Love is the story of a scientist, his beloved dog Margot, and a dark secret that becomes increasingly twisted as we discover his master plan for marital bliss.
Puppy Love is the latest genre short from Stephen Johnson, who previously co-wrote and coproduced the G4 “Epictober” short Kart Driver – which won a Telly Award for Best Writing in 2012, and garnered two Webby Award nominations – and his previous short Away from it All originally premiered on Blumhouse.com.
With an extensive writing & filmmaking background and a wicked taste for the bizarre, Johnson drew on his love of vintage exploitation cinema to concoct an eerie but hilarious tale designed to make viewers laugh, gasp and squirm in their seats.
Shot in North Hills, CA, Puppy Love is co-produced by Simone C. Williams and Matt Chapman, with Robyn Simms Johnson as Executive Producer. Chapman also served as Director of Photography, working alongside camera operators Breezy Baldwin, David Schneider, Juan M. Martinez and Kerry Myers. Schneider edited the film and supervised post-production, and Gregory S. Burkart composed the retro-flavored score.
Chapman’s production design lends the film a ‘60s vibe, which heightens the vintage horror/SciFi aspects of the story… but you’ll have to watch and see how it plays into the film’s unforgettable blood-soaked climax. Puppy Love is released by Stephen A. Johnson and Art Adjacent Productions.