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Watch: Horror Short 'House of Straw' on Being Married to a Werewolf

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August 22, 2016
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House of Straw Short Film

"He really just needs someone to be here… for him…" One of the horror short films that played at last year's Fantastic Fest was this short, titled House of Straw, about a married couple dealing with some problems. Written & directed by Kyle Bogart, the film is about a troubled marriage that is on the verge of falling apart, but at the same time this has a twist because it's actually a werewolf story. It's best just to dive in and watch the entire thing and see for yourself, especially if you're a fan of werewolf stories or watching indie short films that come with a great script. This is an impressive little short that shows quite a bit of promise not only with the story but also the production. A feature version of this is already in the works. Have fun.

House of Straw

Original description for House of Straw from Vimeo: "It's six o'clock and Emma has a lot to do before sunset. But a domestic dispute threatens to throw a wrench in the gears. As disagreements turn into accusations, she has precious little time to lock her husband away before their monstrous secret begins to break free." House of Straw is directed by Austin based filmmaker Kyle Bogart, whose previous projects include the Artois the Goat (2009) and Necronomica (2013). The short stars Liz Beckham and Jason Newman. It premiered at Fantastic Fest in September of 2015. Kyle has already begun development of a feature film based on the short. For more, visit their Facebook page. For more shorts, click here. Thoughts?

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  • When you have to shoot, shoot! don't talk.
  • RJmacready
    Uh, spoiler alert maybe? The filmmakers clearly chose NOT to reveal the werewolf payoff in the logline description. WTF? You're a media critic and you clearly love films — use your head.
    • I was expecting someone to say this... Let me explain. I actually did use my head, and although I'm sure you'll refute this no doubt, I really don't think there's any harm here. Did you watch the short anyway? Then it made a difference. First things first, when I found this short the first thing I was wondering was: "Is this about a werewolf?" It debuted at Fantastic Fest in 2015, and if I saw it there and was writing about it during the festival, I would not spoil it. But a year later... When it's released online in full... That's like complaining about revealing that Neo is "The One" in the Matrix. Plus it's only a 15 minute short, and it's worth seeing just because you know it's a werewolf story. Here's where "using my head" comes into play. As someone who runs a media website, it's my job to try and convince people to actually take an interest in and care about a specific project/film. This is a hard one to convince anyone to watch when all I can say is it's about a "marriage" and a "monster" (which is then the same spoiler). So, because it premiered last year and I would rather get more people interested in it and watching it, I made the smart decision to mention that it's a werewolf story in hopes of getting more people to watch the film. I really don't think there's any problem, and I am intelligent enough to decide when/where I should break from what the filmmakers (or sometimes the studios) decide is a spoiler because it's not actually a big reveal and only helps bring more attention to the project. After 10 years of covering movies, I am more than experienced. And once you watch it, even knowing it's about a werewolf, it's still a fulfilling and enjoyable short film. The most important thing I can do is convince people to take an interest, and I believe I have done just that.
      • Steven
        I wouldn't of watched it to be honest if you didn't mention the Werewolf. Not enough good werewolf films around :)
      • RJmacready
        Fair enough. I would've appreciated the surprise but I see your point. (Fan of the site.) Cheers.
        • Understand fully. Generally I am very aware and won't spoil anything, but sometimes I make the decision to help something (like a short film) get more exposure.
    • Honestly, If it weren't for the werewolf, I wouldn't have watched this short. The makeup of An american werewolf in London (1981) is better than the one used in this short...
  • DAVIDPD
    An allegory for being married to some one with bipolar disorder, perhaps. I enjoyed this.
  • Bo
    I can't say that I thought very highly of this as it was way too long and way too boring. To me, it was awful from the beginning to the end. Mediocre at best with bad writing, bad acting and direction and horrible, horrible music. It was so illogical on so many different levels and the whole thing hinged on the werewolf thing, which is fine and dandy, except it had zero weight as to any kind of metaphor or symbolism making the whole endeavor rather ridiculous. To me, okay?..to me...lol...
  • Iván González
    This is great.
  • CShane
    Horrible make up artist, that werewolf looked ridiculous. I also didn't care for the music, seemed out of place. Although I thought the acting was decent.

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