Those corrupters of content over at The Outer Darkness have released their latest episode of ‘From Script to Scream': An episodic documentary tracking the production of the latest film from the creators of Bloody Cuts. Watch the Ep here:

“They’ve released 4 episodes so far which can be viewed over at Kessler University, an awesome site that budding filmmakers would do well in checking out… Slide on over there and explore the other great content from the good folks at Kessler…”

The next episode peers into the malevolent workings of post production… BELIEVE IN HORROR


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December 4th, 2014

December 2nd, 2014


Mother Died: Special Edition

The burnt husk of house rests in the wake of an apocalypse. The air is still, the ground covered in ash. Nothing lives, nothing moves…

But something is scratching beneath the rubble, moaning, clawing at a memory, a memory of a mother… A mother who died. Do you remember?

Eh hem… anyways…

Mother Died: Special Edition

As the season of goodwill and all things festive approaches, we wanted to offer our loyal followers this early gift to get you in the mood for the holidays.

So tear off the blood soaked wrapping paper and gorge yourselves on this very special edition of Mother Died; the fourth episode from Bloody Cuts.

Team BC have been working very hard to bring you a brand new presentation of Mother Died, directed by Neill Gorton and produced by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton.

Mother Died: Special Edition

This new cut of the film includes a fresh grade by the super talented Patrick Inhofer (Colorist Flight School), a beautiful new score from Patrick Jonsson and a very special treat from VFX wonder boy – Ryan Thompson.

Earlier in May 2014, Colorist Flight school released a ‘Mother Died Grade Along’, which allowed subscribers to virtually sit down with Patrick Inhofer and be schooled in the dark art of colour correction, taking the film from it’s flat raw state to a fully graded final product.

Mother Died: Special Edition

Check out the Tao of Color / Colorist Flight School website for more information, it’s a unique resource for not just folks wanting to become a colourist, but all breeds of film makers interested in making their films look amazing.

Mother Died: Special Edition

If you liked Mother Died, be sure to check out all of the other films available right here on

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December 2nd, 2014

Be prepared for a NEW HORROR from the demented minds that brought you Bloody Cuts. Check out the official website NOW before the darkness get’s you.

‘The Outer Darkness’ will be produced and directed by Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton, is written by Joel Morgan and will once again see Jonny Franklin as director of photography. The team will be periodically updating you with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, blog posts and images as ‘The Outer Darkness’ comes to life in collaboration with Kessler University.

Over the next few months a series of episodes of “The Outer Darkness: From Script to Scream” will be released for free by Kessler on the Kessler University website, with the short film itself also coming very, very soon.

So keep your eyes and face peeled for news, updates and exclusive content on the official Kessler University website as the creators of Bloody Cuts reveal morbidly fresh and horrifying short tales of terror –  be sure to follow ‘The Outer Darkness’ on Twitter as @faithindarkness and their Facebook page.

What lurks in ‘The Outer Darkness’? Keep following us to find out…

The Outer Darkness

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August 4th, 2014



We are offering up this limited edition A2 Suckablood poster as a last chance to pick up some Bloody Cuts merchandise.

Visit the Ebay page to buy yours today, now, right now, momentarily and for all of time…

This signed piece of exclusive memorabilia was printed just before Christmas 2012 and was scrawled upon in a nefarious manner by most of the cast and crew of the eight episodes in the Bloody Cuts series.

There are 4 of these left in existence and we’re letting them go today. Last chance to own some rare Bloody Cuts swag!!!

As an added bonus we are offering the buyer a chance to have their name added to the ‘Contributors’ page of the Bloody Cuts website, and whilst we’re not making any more episodes the BC site has no intention of shifting off of this mortal coil anytime soon.


  • Size: A2 ~ 420 x 594 mm ~ 16.5 x 23.4 in
  • Print: High Quality, Coated Silk
  • Additional Features: Signed by Most of the Cast and Crew
  • Limited Edition: This is one of ten signed at the Bloody Cuts Christmas party 2012
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July 17th, 2014

Bloody Cuts producers Anthony Melton and Ben Franklin recently got involved with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK, helping students on their Digital FX course to make a special effects driven short film.

Here’s the final result, a little piece called “Escape Zero” that Ben and Anthony took directing duties on. The film was also made with Millennium FX on awesome SFX duties as ever!

We hope you find it a fun pulpy and quite gory love letter to Sci-Fi and Alien flicks…

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June 4th, 2014

You know those announcements that announce something you already knew? Yeah? This is one of those! Hey, it’s important to Bloody Cuts, so… yeah. Get over it.

Dare - Bloody Cuts

We have finally put DARE on the official Bloody Cuts website, complete with full cast and crew details and the awesome Behind The Scenes, which delves into the messy, dirty, dead-birdy madness that was creating our example short for the first ever Bloody Cuts Film Challenge.

Want to know how we made Dare? Check out of the Behind the Scenes! It’s genuinely quite informative.


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March 29th, 2014

Lights Out - Bloody Cuts Best Director - BC Horror Challenge

Huge congratulations to David F. Sandberg and his team for smashing the 1 million mark on Vimeo with their excellent horror short ‘Lights Out’, which was applauded with the Best Director award in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge.

It’s awesome that the film is getting so much well deserved recognition, hurrah, whoop whoop and well done.

If you like what you see and still have the nerve for more, then please stop by and check out the rest of the finalists and award winners… and if you haven’t yet opened the Bloody Cuts crypt of fiendish delight, then click your boney fingers right here…. IF YOU DARE….

Lights Out – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.

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March 18th, 2014


It is time.


The votes are in. Counted. Double checked.


Triple checked.


The winner has been decided.


The awards have been chosen.


No waffle, fluff or hyperbole.


Just the winners.




Let’s go –






Title: Play Time

Written / Directed by: Ryan Thompson

Location: England

OVER $9500 in prizes (Full details here)




Title: A…

Written / Directed by: Peter Czikrai

Location: Slovakia

OVER $1600 in prizes (Full details here)




Title: Invectum

Written / Directed by: Adam-Gabriel Belley-Côté and Francis Fortin

Location: Canada

OVER $600 in prizes (Full details here)





Chosen from over 280 entries, these awards represent the individual achievements of filmmakers, as voted for by our individual judges chosen specifically for each category.

Please note: these awards were chosen by the awards judges, without them knowing the result of the ‘Top 6’ shorts or the other awards.


Best Acting

Lisa Sumiyoshi


Prize: The generous folks over at are giving away a 1 year membership to their invaluable network for independent filmmakers as a prize to the winner of this award (UK only).

Best Cinematography

Gerald Schank


Prize: The generous folks over at are giving away a 1 year membership to their invaluable network for independent filmmakers as a prize to the winner of this award (UK only).

Best Director

David Sandberg

Lights Out

PRIZE: 1 year subscription to Celtx Edge

Best Editing

Andrew Hoffman


PRIZE: a copy of Final Cut Pro X Video Training from Ripple Training

Best Effects

Jennifer Dionne, Rémy Couture & Sébastien Montpetit


PRIZE: As an extra special prize, Rampant Design Tools have given us a copy of their “MonsterFX Undead” visual effects creature kit, to go to the winner of this award

Best Grading

Ryan Thompson

Play Time

PRIZE: Flanders Scientific are going to award the winner of this award with a magnificent CM171 17” Professional Grading Monitor.

Best Sound

Ryan Thompson

Play Time

PRIZE: an amazing bundle of Horror SFX packs from the fantastic sound library at

Best Writing

Alistair Quak

Post It

Prize: 1 year subscription to Celtx Edge

So… that’s it.


Congratulations to the winners and to ALL the filmmakers who created so many amazing short films. The judges – all of them – were blown away by the range, quality, depth, talent and originality on display.

Following this Blog post, over the next couple of weeks our judges will be revealing why they chose the winners of each award, chatting about the ‘runners up’ and honourable mentions, alongside defining what makes a good ‘script’ or ‘edit’ etc…, giving an insight into the award judging process.

The winners will be contacted within the next week regarding delivery of prizes etc… but feel free to contact us if you’re one of the prize winners and let us know delivery addresses etc…

Once again, a MASSIVE thank you to every single person who entered a short film into the Bloody Cuts Film Challenge 2013. You are the future of Horror.

We hope you’ve been as inspired as we have.

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February 23rd, 2014

A number of Who’s There Challenge filmmakers have contacted us recently, rightfully questioning one of the most-flouted Term & Conditions, which is the following:

“18. All submissions must have the 5 second TITLE CARD at the beginning of the short. This is downloadable from the competition website. This Title Card cannot be altered, tampered with or displayed with any sound; doing so would lead to immediate disqualification.”

It is the “displayed with any sound” section that has caused some confusion and frustration.

A number of entries were submitted with sound under the Title Card, but we realized this confusion was undoubtedly caused by our example film “Dare”, which also features sound under the Title Card.

This was an error on our part, and we apologise for the confusion.

It was only after we received all entries that we noticed this rule wasn’t 100% adhered to on some occasions, so there was little we could do about correcting or amending the Terms & Conditions (posthumously, so to speak…) and certainly didn’t want to automatically disqualify a number of entries because of this.

However, we can confirm that having sound under the Title Card has not negatively or positively impacted our overall judging decisions in ANY WAY.

All entries with or without sound under the Title Card shall be considered for the Final 6, but rest assured that the additional five seconds of additional sound (I’m sure you’ll agree) hasn’t vastly improved or ruined any entries chances in any way.

We hope this clears up any issues / questions / queries etc… in regards to this, and apologies for creating any confusion over the rules.


…onto the Final 6.

The Final 6 shorts will be revealed on Sunday 27th January at 6pm GMT!

50 great films to choose from
6 Films to be chosen
2 Days to go


Be ready.

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January 24th, 2014

BC Horror Film Challenge - Top 50

The films have been watched. The votes have been discussed. The films have been re-watched. The judges argued. Table-slapped. Yelled. Had a fight.

There was crying. Hair-pulling. Cup bending. Exasperated fist-shaking. Anthony bit someone’s nose. Ben disowned his brother. Jonny didn’t care. Dave lost his fake hand somewhere in the melee.

This was – in all seriousness – the toughest decision we’ve had to make, in our lives. Ever.

The selection of talent out there was outstanding. The films, fantastic.

We judged the shorts on a HUGE amount of factors, from writing, directing, cinematography to grading, acting, SFX and theme.

But the Top 50 has been decided. And it cannot be un-decided.

Over 280 entries whittled down to 50. That’s over 230 groups of filmmakers – hardworking, talented people – that we’re leaving disappointed and saddened (and maybe a little angry?).

Rest assured, your work was watched and considered and appreciated. The hard work is there on the screen, on all the entries.

We wish everyone could win, but then that’d be a pretty lame competition…


This is it. The time to reveal it.
Prepare yourself.
The list is coming.
 In alphabetical order. By film title.




999 – Submitted by: Stephem Oxborrow

A… – Submitted by: Peter Czikrai

Abominio – Submitted by: Lorenzo Fassina

Archive 361 – Submitted by: Desislav Angelov

Behind Closed Doors – Submitted by: Stanislava Beuvich

Behind The Door – Submitted by: Baylea Hart

Book vs an Antiquarian – Submitted by: Stanislava Beuvich

The Burner – Submitted by: Colin Watts

Chestwyrm – Submitted by: Gary Rogers

Cut – Submitted by: Peter Lemper

D.S. – Submitted by: Federico Sfascia

Departure – Submitted by: John Lipartito

Devil Woods – Submitted by: Yvette Solis

Dispossessed – Submitted by: Andrew Hoffman

The Divide – Submitted by: Imanuel Thallinger

Don’t Look At Me – Submitted by: Ash Beheshti

Emerentia – Submitted by: Shams Abou El Enein

Fear, INC – Submitted by: Vincent Masciale

Free – Submitted by: Derek King

Frostbite – Submitted by: Josh Thays

GhostFace – Submitted by: Luka Belle

Harvest – Submitted by: Craig-James Craig-James

Headshot – Submitted by: Ryan Wolfe

Hypnosis – Submitted by: Wyatt Irmen

Invectum – Submitted by: Adam-Gabriel Belley

Juice – Submitted by: Midian Crosby

Lights Out – Submitted by: David Sandberg

The Lost Ones – Submitted by: Marko Grujic

Love Me Again! – Submitted by: Abdullah Jassin Kadiri

Malware – Submitted by: Sachan Nathan

The Monster – Submitted by: Sebastian Khayat

Open House – Submitted by: Richard Northwood

Play Dead with Me – Submitted by: Chaz Schoenbeck

Play Time – Submitted by: Ryan Thompson

Possessed Forklift of Death – Submitted by: Levi Caleb Smith

Post It – Submitted by: Alistair Quak

Pripyat – Submitted by:   Chris Lodge

The Psychopath – Submitted by: Chris Stone

Rainy Nights – Submitted by: Richard Greenwood Jr

Rat, The – Submitted by: Andreas Wißkirchen

Roshambo – Submitted by: Dean Q. Mitchell

Samaritan – Submitted by: Brian Lillie

Shackled – Submitted by: Stephen Wise

Sins of the Father – Submitted by: Adam Milicevic

Slasher – Submitted by: Basil Beyah

Stranger – Submitted by: Geoff Stebbins

Suckin Face – Submitted by: Jesse James Hennessy

Who’s There? – Submitted by: Gene Blalock

Who’s There? – Submitted by: Steven Bray

The Workshop– Submitted by: Asim Chitrakar


Congratulations to those who’ve hit the Top 50.


6 of those Top 50 films above will be chosen as the TOP 6 finalists and will be judged by our panel of industry experts; Joe Dante, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Drew Daywalt, Gale Anne Hurd, Soska Sisters, Sam McCurdy, Ryan Connolly, Neill Gorton and Scott Beggs.

The TOP 6 will be revealed at 6pm GMT on Sunday 26th January 2014.

Before anyone asks – to pre-empt this! – we cannot give individual feedback on shorts that did not (and did) make the Top 50. Due to the volume of entries and the busy behind-the-scenes process we’re currently going through, we simply won’t have the time to give decent and detailed feedback.

Thank you – once again – to everyone involved and THANK YOU for entering the Who’s There Horror Film Challenge 2013. It has been – genuinely – emotional.

The TOP 6 will be revealed at 6pm GMT on Sunday 26th January 2014.


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