Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker and its dwellers blame a tramp.

Director:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An old Viking is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy.

Stars: Phillip Sacramento, Alberte Thorning Agerskov, Jack E. Sovtar
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A freedom fighter known as Azureus breaks into a interstellar city colony to shut down the city's evil computer controlled military drones.

Director: David Weinstein
Zero III (2010)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

Director: Christopher Kezelos
Stars: Nick McKay, Reina McAndrew, Shelley Hepworth
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.

Director: Joaquin Baldwin
Balance (1989)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk.

Directors: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Envoy (2014)
Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young boy discovers a deadly alien creature and winds up entangled in a top secret government operation.

Director: David Weinstein
Stars: Elijah Allan-Blitz, Paul Thomas Arnold, Will Spencer
Abe (2013)
Short | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

ABE is a tense, psychological horror about a robot who's looking for love in all the wrong places.

Director: Rob McLellan
Stars: Sam Hoare, Claire Huskisson, Emily Baxter
Animation | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human

Director: Robert Morgan
Stars: Livy Armstrong, Daniel Hogwood-Kane, Victoria Hayes
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The separation of conjoined twins and its extraordinary consequences.

Director: Robert Morgan
Alma I (2009)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Alma, a little girl, skips through the snow covered streets of a small town. Her attention is caught by a strange doll in an antique toy shop window. Fascinated, Alma decides to enter.

Director: Rodrigo Blaas
Ruin (2011)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a future where cities have crumbled and been reclaimed by nature we join a lone man exploring the ruins of the company Haven Nanosystems. Recovering a locked container he seems to have ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Ball
Bobby Yeah (2011)
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bobby Yeah is a subhuman creature who experiences a series of increasingly bizarre, nightmarish encounters after stealing a malevolent baby's prized pet.

Director: Robert Morgan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Zebulon Whatley ...
The Tramp (voice)
Lucien Dodge ...
The Minister (voice)
Phillip Sacramento ...
Bubba (voice)
Laura Post ...
Townswoman (voice)
Robert Bennett ...
Voice Work (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker. The town priest and the faithful think that a merry non-religious tramp brings the death that follows living in an improvised shed in the middle of the town. It looks like when he sings the undertaker visits. But is he the one to blame for their misfortune? Written by GitanillaOZ

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

town | death | priest | guitar man | killing | See All (8) »


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
The Tramp: [singing] The shadow of the undertaker creeps across your floor. Go lock up all your children and paint blood upon your door.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Needed A Stronger Subtext
7 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The first words of this animated short are " The shadow of the undertaker creeps across your floor . Go lock up all your children and paint blood upon your door " which led me to mishear the lyrics for a second and think the undertaker may be the pope in disguise . After all is does state in the Bible I think that " no child's behind is left " or something like that and indeed immediately after this lyric we're shown a hell and damnation preacher

THE BACKWATER GOSPEL is an animated short featuring religion as its target but I didn't feel this subtext was developed strongly enough . Instead everything is down to the imagery of the animation which is suitably ugly as the townsfolk are portrayed as being inhuman ghouls blindly following the preacher in a frontier town . It does have a dark sense of humour but I felt the story needed to be a little bit stronger


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Backwater Gospel (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?