If you’re a Nerdist fan you are probably familiar with Andrew Bowser. If not, he’s an incredibly talented filmmaker who’s responsible for some of their funniest and most viewed clips as their in-house art director. He’s also a huge horror fan and House Mother is his latest short film created as a proof of concept for a feature length story written by Bowser. He describes it as “House Mother harkens back to both Clive Barker’s gothic body horror classics like Hellraiser and Nightbreed, and Stuart Gordon’s absurdist Lovecraftian masterpieces Re-Animator and From Beyond. ”
The film stars tars Jessica Parker Kennedy (Black Sails, Colony), Shelby Steel (Powers, Teen Wolf), Emily Rudd (Olive Forever, Sea Change)… oh and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next) in her first role as a monster!
Watch the short right here!
“House Mother” features Barbara Crampton’s first time playing a MONSTER! Check out the short film by Andrew Bowser right here!
Posted by Bloody Disgusting on Thursday, September 21, 2017
The awesome VHS ART for the short is featured in the Slashback Video art installation.
House Mother tells the story of Sarah Chalmers, a sheltered teenager who was raised in a Mennonite community. She was brought up in a very conservative Church and by parents who don’t want to see her leave home. But Sarah decides to attend College at a LARGE University and get a taste of what life is like outside of her family’s farm.
At the University she meets a group of Sorority sisters who encourage her to pledge to their Sorority PHI KAPPA PHI. Wanting to make new friends, Sarah does so – and the hazing process begins. Sarah soon learns of an Urban Legend that exists amongst the sisters of Phi Kappa Phi. Rumor has it, over 100 years ago when PHI KAPPA PHI was founded – an evil evil woman named Demetria Clemm served as House Mother over the sisters. She was very strict and enforced a strong set of rules over the girls.
In an attempt to keep them “tamed”. If the girls acted out in any way, Demetria would demean them and even physically punish them. She would heap shame on the girls when they were caught in acts she deemed “wicked” and would torture the girls for experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality. Eventually the abuse became too much to bare so the girls banded together and killed their ruling House Mother. Most of the girls were imprisoned or sent to mental institutions – and the spirit of DEMETRIA is said to live on within the walls of the PHI KAPPA PHI house. In present day, Sarah is told that the more bad they do – the stronger Demetria gets, and if you recite a certain passage while looking into a mirror – House Mother will appear to judge you for your wicked ways.
The hazing process at PHI KAPPA PHI takes Sarah to places she never thought she could go…and gives Demetria just enough power…to rise again…to judge the sisters of Phi Kappa Phi with brutal finality.