On the ninth day of Christmas, Glass Eye Pix gave to me “Crafty”, a wickedly funny and unforgettable short from the Creepy Christmas fest founder.
Beck Underwood’s funny, fiendish, and exceedingly creative stop motion short “Crafty” feels destined to become a holiday classic. It’s a brilliantly executed short that made me smile from ear to ear, from the hilariously unexpected opening scene to the gloriously mischievous ending you won’t see coming. Just when you think there’s some heartwarming holiday cheer woven into this well-crafted tale of terror, Underwood devilishly reminds us all that this film fest isn’t called Creepy Christmas for nothing!
Beginning December 1st and leading up to Christmas Day, the Creepy Christmas Film Fest will highlight one original horror short a day from talented and up-and-coming filmmakers. In a similar vein to the highly creative horror anthology film ABCs of Death, each filmmaker is given a holiday-themed prompt to inspire their short film.
For her short, Beck was given the prompt CHRISTMAS TREE. She explains the craft that went into her creative and wonderfully naughty film:
“When I first drew my prompt CHRISTMAS TREE from the wicked Santa hat, I was quite stumped. Eventually an idea burrowed into my psyche — and a couple of characters took shape. The resulting buddy film is a celebration of all the cuddly ne’er do wells I love: Goonies, Grinches, Gremlins and my own murderous sister cats, Lola & Scout. It also fiddles with the notion that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. And sometimes, in the case of extreme crafting, you have to spill a little blood.”
BECK UNDERWOOD claims she rarely knows what she is doing, but is always doing something. She credits her family and friends with inspiring and encouraging this questionable work ethic. Beck is very proud of her collaborations in theater, film, software & product design, publishing, and most recently, as a teacher at the LES Girls Club. She has been affiliated with Glass Eye Pix since its inception, working in various capacities on many of their films (Habit, No Telling, I Sell the Dead, Stakeland, Bitter Feast and more.) She lives in the Lower East Side of New York City with Scary Larry, a pair of sister cats and, once in a while, a boy named Jack.
She had the following message for the other talented filmmakers who joined her to create this welcome gift for horror fans:
“I’d like to thank all the filmmakers who accepted their invitation to this crazy fest. Sharing your work with the world has made the holidays very merry and a little bit dark …in other words, perfect.”
Check out “Crafty”, Beck Underwood’s submission for Day 9 of the Creepy Christmas Film Fest below.