01 November 2016

Gothic Bedtime Story Short Film 'Dead Hearts' Starring Valin Shinyei

Gothic Bedtime Story Short Film 'Dead Hearts' Starring Valin Shinyei

"Milton Mulberry Jr. was going to die. Now, you're probably thinking: 'what a morbid way to start a story…'" Looking for something fun to watch this Halloween? Check out this amusing new short film Dead Hearts, a "gothic bedtime story" about two young lovers that is filled with "taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves". Valin Shinyei stars as a young unfazed-by-death mortician along with Dalila Bela as the taxidermy-loving blind girl he falls for, and they make for an adorable couple. I shouldn't make the obvious comparison but this definitely has the "if Wes Anderson made a horror movie" vibe, though it's really quite charming and enjoyable. I appreciate the way the story shifts in the second half, bringing the film full-circle.

Description from Vimeo: "A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves." Dead Hearts is both written and directed by Stephen W. Martin (found on Twitter @Stephen_W_M), a young filmmaker who is also a children's book author. The film is produced by Alex Glua, with cinematography by Sean Cox. Starring Valin Shinyei, Dalila Bela, Duncan Templeton and Don McCorkindale as the narrator. The film has played at 155 film festivals and won 45 awards, including Best Live-Action Short Film at The St. Louis Film Festival, and Audience Choice Award at Toronto AfterDark. For more shorts, click here. Dig it?

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