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They thought she had the perfect life; wealthy and privileged, an honor student with her whole life mapped out. What they didnt know was what lied inside of her; pain and anguish; tearing ... See full synopsis »


Justin R. Romine


Heather Dorff (original story), Kelsey Zukowski



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Dorff ... Unnamed / Narrator
Kelsey Zukowski ... Sister
Tina Renée Grace Tina Renée Grace ... Ex-Best Friend
Kitsie Duncan Kitsie Duncan ... Mother
Bess Austin Bess Austin ... Beauty Queen's Mom
Dave Juehring ... Father
Tyler Klunick Tyler Klunick ... Ex-boyfriend
Jolene M. Aldus Jolene M. Aldus ... Beauty Queen
Tessa Newman Tessa Newman ... Young Unnamed
Charlize Anita Bowers Charlize Anita Bowers ... Young Sister
Gerald Fleming Gerald Fleming ... Orderly
Bernadette Lords Bernadette Lords ... Snobby Girl #4
Colleen McDermott Colleen McDermott ... Snobby Girl #3
Jill Meyer Jill Meyer ... Snobby Girl #1
Michelle Jacobson ... Snobby girl #2


They thought she had the perfect life; wealthy and privileged, an honor student with her whole life mapped out. What they didnt know was what lied inside of her; pain and anguish; tearing at her until there was nothing left.

Lost and alone, the young women (Heather Dorff), finds solace in the form of a glistening blade, splitting her skin deeply. Her self-indulgent mother and obnoxious sister (Kelsey Zukowski), are completely oblivious to her inner-turmoil. She has long since become numb to the world around her, getting that sensual release, as the razor cuts deeper, watching the blood drip, is all that matters. As soon as the last drop falls, the calm is stripped away from her with it. How far will she go to silence the hunger that now consumes her? Will she be able to regain control of her life, body, and sanity?

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Evil lies within. How long will it stay there?


Short | Thriller



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Release Date:

25 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Illinois, USA See more »


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$2,100 (estimated)
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Nominated Best Short - 2012 Indie Horror Film Festival. See more »

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1 August 2012 | by remo007See all my reviews

Troubled young women. They battle the world day in and day out - anger, loathing, despair - sometimes they spill over into violence - against others - against themselves. But what if there's more inside than seething rage and dark thoughts. And what if the cutting is a desperate attempt to get it out?

This short film explores those notions across a sixteen minute running time filled with raw emotion, nightmare imagery, some shocking violence, and several chilling moments that had me uneasy for quite a while after the movie had ended. It is all anchored by a compelling lead performance from Heather Dorff as the unnamed lead. She brings a laser focus to the role, jittery with pent up energy and swathed in disdain for the mundane world that refuses to see just what is going on inside her.

I don't want to say too much more as that would only lead to spoilers. The short is well produced; the acting from the supporting cast is pretty good across the board; and director Justin Romine marshals it all to the screen with a fine visual style and solid editing.

The short has been garnering awards at festival screenings all over the place - and hopefully will be available for everyone to see soon - as I highly recommend giving it a watch. My thanks to Heather Dorff for arranging a screening for me!

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