A woman answers a “room for rent” advertisement and quickly becomes friends with the homeowner. But are they the only occupants?
|Traci (Renter) — Kirsten Ray||Director, Camera — John Johnson|
|Kelly (Owner) — Elizabeth Mears||Writer, Editor — Scott Johnson|
This film was written in four hours and, except for two quick scenes, shot in one weekend. We wanted to do something quick and easy after shooting our last film, Screaming Hell, over eleven days in four months.
Traci sits on a park bench looking for a room to rent. She is getting discouraged, but makes one more call and finds an availability. She meets with the owner and moves in shortly after.
While Traci is unpacking, the home owner, Kelly, comes in to talk. Traci tells her that she isn’t sure how much to unpack because she’s not sure how long she’ll be staying. Kelly assures Traci she will love it there and they are going to become good friends. They then head out to a bar to celebrate their new friendship.
Over the next few days, Traci begins to experience unsettling events, such as seeing things in mirrors and hearing strange noises. Kelly says this is just Traci’s mind playing tricks on her as she is getting used to a different house. Everything should settle down soon.
But things don’t. They continue to get worse and Traci’s dreams become vivid and disturbing. She doesn’t sleep well and her days start blurring together. She eventually confesses her anxieties to her roommate, but Kelly has no answer. Kelly has not experienced these things and doesn’t know how to help.
On the final night, Traci is finally confronted by the evil stalking her and she barely escapes the house. Traci and Kelly travel to a friend’s house, where they begin to settle in for the night. The last shot is of the evil entity reaching out to choke Traci in her sleep.
Each time we make a film, we try to focus on a different technical aspect or process of filmmaking. This film allowed us to work on building tension and creating special effects. Although we didn’t put a lot of time into pre-production, we took care during the shoot to set up the right angles for composite shots.
There are a few effects that we are really proud of and plan to incorporate into future films.
On to the next one…