STAY - A Short Horror Film

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STAY - Short Horror Film

An amatuer photographer spends the day exploring an "old spooky house in the middle of nowhere" all the while promising his family that he won't stay there much longer.  One room in the old house holds a peculiar fascination for the trespasser and soon day turns to night...

Have you ever had the curious urge to visit the inside of one of those strange solitary old abandoned houses in the countryside?  Here's your chance.  Shot in one day in the midwestern countryside, STAY follows a solitary interloper into the belly of a creaky old house and takes you on a brief little legend trip into a haunted house.

Director: Tony Kern
TRT: 7:59
Format: HD 1920x1080

Please check out the sister project to this film, the short documentary THE MITRE SPELL.

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STAY began as a curious trespassing into a creepy old house outside of Gibsonburg, Ohio.  After an unsuccessful attempt to find the owner of the seemingly abandoned house, I began to explore and take photos of it.  One day I left my camera in the living room to take a day to night time-lapse of the shadows crawling along the walls.  When I returned later that evening with a flashlight, I discovered to my surprise that the camera had disappeared!  It was replaced with a piece of paper and a phone number.  The phone number of course led me to the true owner of the property.

Upon meeting with the owner to retrieve my camera the next morning, he expressed great interest as to why I would leave my camera in an abandoned house in the middle of the country.  I explained that I had been trying to track him down and was taking a time-lapse shot for a short film I wanted to make featuring the old house.  He agreed to let me shoot for one day at the end of the week, explaining that the house was very dangerous and unstable and it was scheduled to be demolished in the near future.

Over the next few days, I wrote a simple script about an amateur photographer who is drawn into an old abandoned house – obviously based on my own exploration of this particular house.  My two brothers happened to have the day off from work so I enlisted them to help and the production was a throw back of sorts to the way we used to shoot the old "camcorder horror flicks" in the early 1990s. 

I intended to open the film with an oldies radio station broadcast using Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song "Stay" but then found a 2004 speech by President Bush on the war on terror in Iraq in which he says that "sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever."  It was simply too good to give up for the trailer.

The film STAY is really an homage to the spooky old house that used to live and breath on County Road 32.  A house that is now only a faded memory.  If nothing else, I’m satisfied to have captured it in the film before it disappears into thin air… not unlike a ghost.

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