MY MONSTER

Teaser, Reviews & Screenings

Nominated: Best Short Film; Gruesome Magazine 2018

Nominated: Best Director, Short; Les Femmes Du Genre, Best Score; GenreBlast 2018

Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Short (Adam Egypt Mortimer); FilmQuest 2018

It's in you.

 Christmas is coming. If that's not stressful enough, Lily (Brea Grant) has to contend with a clueless partner (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and an unexpected, inter-dimensional holiday guest who just wants two things — blood and cuddles. 

 

Starring: Brea Grant, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Steve Johanson

 

Shot and lit by: Shaheen Seth

 

Editor: Bryan McKay

Score: Shyane Gryn

VFX: Bryan McKay & Eli Dorsey

FX: Sabrina Castro

Prosthetics: Motion Picture FX

Production Manager: Hugues Barbier

Sound Mixer: George Tataje

 

Location Manager: Mary C. Russell

Poster Art: Bryan McKay

 

Executive Produced by Richard Stringham/S & Drive Cinema

 

Written, Produced & Directed by Izzy Lee

 

Thank you: Jen & Sylvia Soska, Women in Horror Month, Dave Lawson, Olivia Saperstein, Heather Buckley, James A. Moore, John McIllveen, Haverhill House Publishing, The Russells

 

 

 

"... Lee's films remind me of early Cronenberg in that they're kind of messy and unhinged, as much about the ideas as they are about the horror elements. My Monster is the most overtly comic short Lee has made to date, but the laughs aren't slapstick or jokey. This is a comedy of identification and exasperation: we laugh because we've been there and because what Lee sets up is just silly enough to tip the short over into humor. It's structured like a comedy, too, with an obvious punchline (then again, horror and comedy aren't too dissimilar in terms of their structure and timing) that really lays out what Lee wants to get across about what we put into relationships versus what we get out of them and how patterns of behavior repeat themselves. That's a lot to pack into a short film that runs just about seven minutes -- especially when she's also introducing bloodsucking monsters from alternate dimensions into the mix. It's fun to see Lee's usual bite applied to a more comic sensibility, and the casting of Brea Grant is inspired not just because these are two women who should be working together, but because Brea Grant is in the same category as Carla Gugino: any movie with Brea Grant is automatically better than that same movie without Brea Grant.

 

"Supporting good work like this -- and especially getting the word out about good work like this -- is essential if we want to at least level things out some more. In the meantime, we can continue to enjoy their bodies of work while pushing for something even bigger for both. Izzy Lee and Jill Gevargizian are essential voices in the horror genre right now. The world needs more of them." — Patrick Bromley, F This Movie!

"If Hollywood hasn’t taken notice of this virtual diamond-in-the-rough, they need to unfuck that soon and give her a shot at a feature-length production. She’s got vision, talent, and imagination and I’ve come to expect the unexpected from her, a promise she delivers on every single time. If you get a chance to view this utterly hilarious, horrifying, and unforgettable film from the mind of an up and coming superstar you should jump on it immediately." — Shane Keene, Ink Heist

“…a really fun short horror film with an original twist. Izzy Lee continues to shine as one of the most talented, hardworking female genre filmmakers out there. Keep your eye on her!” — Michelle Swope, Dread Central

“Filled with great paradigm shifting story elements, a cool, practically realized monster, a strong cast, and an unexpected sense of fun; My Monster is a rock solid horror comedy short with neat sci-fi overtones, that also has a little message hiding in there too (as is traditional in Lee’s work).” 

Dan Wilder, Horror Fuel

“I don’t know how much more proof Hollywood needs to green light her on a feature. A musical perhaps? I think a perfect fit for her would to be a part of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot. Wherever she goes next, one thing is for sure, Izzy is amassing a unique body of work that zigs when you expect it to zag. After her last film, Rites of Vengeance, a film like My Monster is the last thing I expected and I love that.” — Tim Murr, Biff Bam Pop

“The dialogue is excellent and the characters play together perfectly. The humor comes across smoothly with perfect timing and doesn’t have the forced feel that happens far too often. Honestly, it’s put together by an excellent writer and director and it clearly shows. It’s short, well played, and left a smile on my face.” — Andrew Hass, Superficial Gallery

As always Lee’s visuals are on point and she crafts a mood that is palpable using simple lighting and camera angles. My Monster strikes a nice balance between scary, funny and joyously absurd and that’s the type of short film I could watch all day long.” — Mike Vaughn, Bloody Flicks

“Honestly, I love everything Izzy Lee does. She is driven by a unique and creative talent that I think stands out above others. Although I think she has some signature marks, she always surprises me, especially with My Monster.”   — Tori Danielle,  Pop Horror

MY MONSTER SCREENINGS

World Premiere

Boston Underground Film Festival

Cambridge, MA

March 25, 2018

Plays with Something Wicked This Way Comes

Little Terrors

Toronto, Canada

March 28, 2018

Weird Film Fest

San Francisco, CA

April 2, 2018

 

Chattanooga Film Festival

Chattanooga, TN

April 6 & 7, 2018

Plays with All the Creatures Were Stirring

SSFF Spring Shorts Film Festival

Bolton, MA

May 19, 2018

Slaughter Movie House

Kansas, MO

June 4, 2018

Six-Year Anniversary Party

Portland Horror Film Festival

Portland, OR

June 15, 2018

Cinepocalypse

Chicago, IL

June 22, 2018

Plays with Await Further Instructions

Snake Alley Festival of Film

Burlington, IA

June 22, 2018

 

Etheria World Tour 2018

Days of the Dead Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

June 23, 2018

 

Scares That Care

August 3, 2018

Williamsburg, VA

FrightFest

London, England

August 24, 2018

European Premiere

 

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Santa Ana, CA

September 1, 2018

 

GenreBlast

Winchester, VA

September 1, 2018

Plays with Clickbait

 

FilmQuest

Provo, UT

September 10, 2018

Shorts Block 5

Shocktober Film Festival

Champaign, IL

October 3, 2018

Shawna Shea Film Festival

Uxbridge, MA

October 6, 2018

Idaho Horror Film Festival

Champaign, IL

October 12, 2018

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Brooklyn, NY

October 15, 2018

Knoxville Horror Film Festival

Knoxville, TN

October 18, 2018

DEDFest

Edmonton, Canada

October 19, 2018

Frightening Ass Film Festival

Chattanooga, TN

October 27, 2018

Phenomena Film Festival

Sao Paulo, Brazil

November 3, 2018

Days of the Dead

Chicago, IL

November 17, 2018

Plays in the Etheria block

Ho Ho Horrible Imaginings

San Diego, CA

December 1, 2018

Plays with All the Creatures Were Stirring

PDXtreme Film Fest

Portland, OR

January  5, 2019

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

Berlin, Germany

January  31, 2019

Plays in the Tainted Love Block

Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

Somerville, MA

February 10 & 15 2019

Plays in the Apogee Block

Starburst International Film Festival

Manchester, UK

March 15, 2019

Vancouver Badass Film Festival

Vancouver, Canada

March 30, 2019

Plays in North American Shorts

BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival

Seattle, WA

April 13, 2019

MisCon Interational Short Film Festival

Missoula, MT

May 24, 2019

 

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