You’ll be amazed how beautiful this iPhone short horror film is!
Written and directed by Colby Day (Black List 2016 screenwriter) and Tess Harrison (2015 Best Narrative Short Napa Valley Film Fest), Happy Vacation is an experimental horror short film that takes place entirely in a pool. Shot on the iPhone 6s using the Moondog Lens (Tangerine), with a micro budget of $2,500 — the film puts a surreal spin on haunted houses. Hoping for a relaxing weekend at an airbnb, Jess and Sash find themselves, for no apparent reason, trapped in the pool. How far will they go to escape?
The film was shot in Spring 2016 on location in Laguna Beach, with a skeleton crew. “We wanted to shoot on the iPhone so our cinematic point of view could match the characters state of mind. We were able to get right down to the surface of the water – that feeling of being trapped was what we were going after. It’s the most frustrating space to live in – a sort of wide open claustrophobia,” says director Tess Harrison.
Happy Vacation is a trippy, experimental little ghost story, about a dream house where something is lurking under the surface.
The writing/directing team is currently developing this into a feature film.
Your Film Review™: This is a great concept. We look forward to the film being made into a feature. It’s a twist on horror movies, because the focus is something we take for granted – our vacations. People rarely consider the type of home they’re renting. They don’t know the renters. We believe the renters have been thoroughly vetted, but who can be certain someone or something didn’t slip through a loophole? Makes you think! Who knows what dangers could lurk in those homes. So, our hats off to the director’s, Colby Day and Tess Harrison, for creating a mind-bending short!
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