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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 »


Box Office


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

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What They Say , an amazing short film !
22 August 2012 | by johnginder1967See all my reviews

This short- well- what can I say- I really enjoyed it a lot . Technically what I liked about it was that it was about 16 minutes long, and through it the viewer is able to get the beginning, the middle story , then even the back story and the conclusion - all done very well and not in a confusing manner at all- all of this in 16 minutes- it would have taken me 16 minutes just to get the first scene done!!! They all rocked it ! The editing , to which has won awards, was exceptional, and the directing was teaser enough to cant wait for next project. The cinematography and sound effects- nice!!!!! I also must say- Heather and Kelsey- well, they made a cool writing debut, a kinda already done type scenario but with a fresh perspective- and way to grab you to wanna watch and not be thinking or mumbling "Ive seen this all before" ! Kudos to the two of them - and to the whole crew and cast. The story without spoiling it for you all is something like this- a young girl, once (at least what I gathered)popular, now an "outcast" and having many issues- ones that require in her mind venting in her own way, which is cutting herself with razors,and letting the pain leave her body and spirit in that manner. Heather does an incredible job via her persona , expressions etc in conveying how she is really hurting and even depressed!Kelsey does a great job at being perhaps the critical sister, or the sister rivalry type feel , the "oh get over it " and " she use to be cool" (my thoughts of how she viewed Heather in film) and Kitsie ,well Mom, she played the Mom that seemed very concerned and at times making excuses for her daughter. I could see her saying that her daughter is weird because she is a teen or young adult and having issues instead of she needs to deal with her stuff. Well- as the short goes, you get a chance to see what "her stuff" is- why she is the way she is, and well- the rest- You must watch!! It all kinda took me on a twist- through nook and crannies of inner turmoil while at same time- as soon as you figure it out,a sharp turn- now mind you, this is all in about 16 minutes- this is why I find it done very well,to make this whole story and to make it well and understandable in that short of time! So- I do hope you find this intriguing enough to look for it , to see it at a festival or con near you and to form your own thoughts on it- it is well worth it- and has me waiting and wanting more from these folks in way of a full length!!! So- check it out- and enjoy!

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