by Alex Billington
October 23, 2019
“I thought we could do something fun first… you know, to get in the mood.” Alter has released the award-winning short film The Rat online for everyone to watch – check it out below. Written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Carlen May-Mann, the short originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Isabel Shill (from “Orange is the New Black”) and Collin Kelly-Sordelet, The Rat won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. It’s Halloween night, and Renee is left alone by her boyfriend in a haunted house. Growing increasingly frightened, Renee is forced to confront a terrifying situation, and must come to terms with the thing that, deep down, she is most afraid of… It’s a compelling and well-made short film posing quandaries and some questions to think about. Worth a watch.
Thanks to Scandal Co-Active for the tip on this. Original description from YouTube: “It’s Halloween night, and 18-year-old Renee is madly in love with her boyfriend Jim. They’ve made plans to go to a frat party, but after he picks her up he takes a detour, driving off the beaten path to a haunted house. Here, Renee is forced to confront a terrifying situation and come face to face with the thing that, deep down, she’s most afraid of.” The Rat is both written and directed by