Cathedrals will fall, the river will run red... and THE BIRD will be SLAUGHTERED!

The Man in the Rabbit Mask

In the winter of 1995, Lucy and Cara’s lives were forever changed when a nursery rhyme spoken over candle light invited an unexpected visitor, offering a gift… for a price. As the allure of the ultimatum makes both girls question their better judgment, the illusion of safety begins to fade in the presence of the masked stranger.

Winner of Telus Storyhive’s $10,000 grant, this 5 minute short is reminiscent of horror classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and The Exorcist. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ariel Hansen and written by Canadian Screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (Becky, He Sees You, Midnight Lovers) the film stars a diverse cast with breakout performances by Iris Truong (Lucy), Holly Burr (Cara), Katherine Slingsby (Brenda) and Chris Walters as the cryptic Mr. Rabbity.


This project also serves as a proof of concept for the feature film script of the same name also written by Joel H. Brewster. Following the same footsteps as other modern short films turned features such as Oculus, Saw, Mama and most recently Lights Out. With anticipated release among the local Vancouver horror scene, Akuma Films and Bad Cookie Pictures are looking to make the next iconic horror monster from Canada an international success.

Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia this project marks the first collaboration with indie film companies Bad Cookie Pictures (Ready to Burst) and Akuma Films (Becky, Midnight Lovers, He Sees You), in association with Fixate Films. Produced by Alex Glua, Mat Lo, Tarun Keram, Joel H. Brewster and Associate Producer Ben Gaumond.

You can view The Man in the Rabbit Mask from February 6th HERE, where you can also give it your vote. Votes can be cast daily during the voting period.

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