Blumhouse.com is proud to debut THE SMILING MAN, a disturbing new short written and directed by well-known visual effects artist A.J. Briones. This one is fresh off the festival circuit, having garnered a number of wins including “Best Short Film” at Shriek Fest and “Best Director” at the Midnight Horror Shorts Fest.
Here is a message from the film’s director, and be sure to check out THE SMILING MAN short below!
THE SMILING MAN for me was an exercise in tension building and whether we could use that to great effect to scare the crap out of audiences. I wanted to tell a story purely with visuals, so I wrote it without any dialogue. I like to work in allegory with all of my films, and THE SMILING MAN is about a woman’s introduction into the world of men, and how unfair and downright predatory that can be. It’s not meant to be overt, but those ideas are visually coded into the film. That said, it’s been really neat speaking to people at festivals who came away from watching it with their own meaning. It’s a vertical slice of a feature film that I hope to get the chance to work on someday!
While we are releasing the film out in the wild, we are still screening in a few upcoming festivals, namely Crypticon Seattle, International Horror Hotel, Calgary Horror Con and more. If you can make it out, I highly recommend it, as THE SMILING MAN was meant to be enjoyed on the big screen with a large audience!