On the eighth day of Christmas, Glass Eye Pix gave to me “I Could’ve Been Sweet”, a tasty treat made from the perfect mix of festive and frightful fun.
The 2018 Creepy Christmas Film Fest from Beck Underwood and NYC-based production company Glass Eye Pix treats us to another recipe for delicious holiday horror fun with “I Could’ve Been Sweet” from the talented Andujar Twins. The gifted duo manage to perfectly capture the essence of beloved stop motion holiday classics from our childhood, while gleefully reveling in the dark side of the season — serving up a twisted tale that is both creepy and darkly humorous.
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 giving a holiday-themed prompt to inspire their short film.
For their short, the twins were given the prompt GINGERBREAD. They explain their creative process:
“Our topic, GINGERBREAD made us think deeper about the strange tradition of eating cookies shaped like men. We dove into the psyche of a gingerbread cookie: we imagined that their goal was to be perfectly baked, iced, and enjoyed during the holidays, with the ultimate honor being plated as an offering for Santa himself on Christmas Eve. Our gingerbread man is denied a good life when a careless granny burns his batch and throws away his family’s charred bodies, leaving him hellbent on exacting revenge.”
They went on to explain:
“The project also benefited from having some of our other go-to creative people on board:Our DP Andy Hoffman, who makes lighting miniatures look easy and also coined the term “Ginger-B Horror”; Ariana Campyloptera, slime and snow FX queen; Ben Fee, whose wit is unparalleled; Manuel Taylor-Alcocer and his velvety smooth narration; and Gustav Baller, who crafted a truly wild soundscape and score.”
The ANDUJAR TWINS are identical twins Courtney & Hillary Andujar who co-write, direct, and design surreal horror films. Influenced by giallo films, Westerns, and classic creature features, they live for genre narratives that are subversive, surreal, and show feminist and queer perspectives. They were 2016 AMC Shudder Labs Fellows for their feature script Lovespell, a teen scream about an erotic fantasy that causes a girl to question her sanity.
Check out “I Could’ve Been Sweet”, the Andujar Twins’ submission for Day 8 of the Creepy Christmas Film Fest below.