The 13th Floor

Exclusive Premiere: The Surreal Short PERDITION Conjures a Grisly Existential Nightmare

Some short-form horror films serve up concentrated shocks, while others creep inside your head and make you question everything you’ve seen. Writer-director Jake E. Sampson’s moody horror short PERDITION falls into the latter category, and we’re honored to host its online premiere, just in time for Halloween.

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PERDITION finds desperate protagonist Alan (Dan Heyerman) inexplicably transported from behind the wheel of a moving car to being chained to a chair in a dark, grimy room. When he comes to his senses, he quickly realizes he’s at the mercy of a sadistic, masked inquisitor (Asger Folmann)… giving a whole new meaning to one’s own “Personal Hell.”

If this tale recalls the compact storytelling of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, it’s no coincidence: the director told Blumhouse.com the classic TV series was a major inspiration for the project, as the show often would “take a seemingly simple premise and inject a dose of suspense and doubt that leaves the audience guessing.”

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Sampson, who executed this film on a tight schedule and budget and only a four-person crew (including the actors), is currently at work on another film project, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress.

But first, let’s settle in for the brain-twisting PERDITION…

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