Watch: 'The Grey Matter' Short Film by The McCoubrey Brothers
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2014
"What were you expecting, a grasshopper with a top hat?" Take a moment to watch this short film if you're in the mood for a darkly humorous laugh. The Grey Matter is a dark horror comedy directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey, known as the "McCoubrey Brothers", who explained via e-mail this week that they started making music videos for a friend's band and eventually challenged themselves to make a narrative short. After premiering at film festivals throughout the year, including Brooklyn, Show Me Shorts and the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, it's now online earning a recent Short of the Week feature. There are some solid practical FX in it, and the dialogue is fun which helps keep the film interesting. It's a great short, have fun.
Here's what Peter McCoubrey wrote to us in an e-mail about their influences in making this short film:
"Having a soft spot for the genre movies of the 80s, we’ve always loved way they often bounced around from horror — to comedy — to enigmatic — to just flat out weird… as well as their inventive use of practical FX. Films like An American Werewolf in London, Return of the Living Dead, Big Trouble in Little China, The Fly, Brain Damage and Brazil all had a level of influence over the film’s initial conception. We wanted to honor the wild, inventive, and playful spirit of those films but at the same time create a film that felt modern, cinematic, and hopefully leave the audience wanting more."
The Grey Matter synopsis from Vimeo: An office stiff wakes up in an alley mysteriously covered in blood. In the aftermath, he attracts the attention of his beautiful coworker, granting him a new lease on life …but something strange is afoot… The short was directed by the McCoubrey Brothers, written by Peter McCoubrey, starring Ebon Moss-Bachrach & Lucy Walters. "I work with my brother Luke who's my DP as well as co-director and what started with two music videos for a college friend's band, grew into a half way decent career making music videos and TV commercials. The short arose from our desire to delve a bit deeper into character and story than the parameters of music video or commercial ever could allow," Peter told us. For more info on the short visit Vimeo or the official website. We hope you enjoyed it. Comments?