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[Halloween Treat] Grotesque Practical Effects Work Highlight Stephen King Short “Gray Matter”!

Director Red Clark has a Halloween treat for you guys as he’s uploaded an insanely awesome trailer for his short film “Gray Matter” to YouTube! The short is a horror film adaptation of a story by Stephen King from his collection “Night Shift.”

Starring indie producer/director/actor Larry Fessenden, the short was done using all practical effects (matte paintings, animatronics, puppets), and will be playing in festivals in the upcoming winter.

This is really just a passion project done for pure love of the genre, King, and practical effects,” Clark tells us. “I was lucky enough to get some of my horror favorites involved.

This was a follow up to a “Just After Sunset” trailer Clark did for King’s publisher a few years back that he chose as winner and blurbed about.

The poster was done by The Dude Designs (Innkeepers, Hobo with a Shotgun) Tom Hodge.




    what the hell does this story have to do with Spiders????? Love the trailer, but c’mon man.

    • CTHL

      Yea, I don’t remember any spiders… or any gore whatsoever (his transformation wasn’t exactly violent from what I remember, he just gradually became blob-ish). Frankly a little disappointed this is what I finally get after waiting so long for my favorite King story to be made into a movie.

      Still it looks decent in it’s own right… except the spiders (too SyFy lookin).

      • Red Clark

        CTHL, thanks for checking out the trailer. The spider is only a small part of the film, but it is definitely is very gory I’m afraid. I hope I did the story justice, I definetely stuck close to the source material. Will love to hear your thoughts if you end up watching. Take care! – red

    • Red Clark

      Hey Arthur! RED here. The spider is only part of it. People seem to have forgotten its place in the original story. I really tried to stay true to the text, but expanded on it a bit in the tail end, but its def the same story. I also didn’t want to give away too much in the trailer, as there is another monster, a big one. Though I feel like your comment should be the end-card of the teaser, “what the hell does this have to do with spiders???? C’MON MAN!” haha. I just hope you guys will get a kick out of the flick or at least be entertained by it. I’m just honored to have it posted here, so thanks for watching and posting your thoughts.

      I’ll be giving updates on the film at if you want to follow along.

      All the best,


  • Skratchy

    Holy hell! This looks awesome. Dig the old school vibe.

  • flesheater24

    WTF just happened ??? Seriously now. LOL I love the 80’s vibe sooo sickkk

  • En_Noir

    That poster is an absolute beauty

  • dupuis

    hi what year this film

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