Creative Producer: Mel Sangyi Zhao
Director of Photography: Marco Yizhou Zhang
Production Sound: Siyuan Liu
AC: Siyan Qin
Sound Design: Chenqing Zhu
Re-recording mixer: Aidan Reynolds
Color: Jack Tashdjian
Beck as Ash
Adrienne Lauren as Elle
Kayla Aguila as Sid
Tetiana Sklyarova as Jess
Shelley Bloom as Sal
Collin as The Smile
Photo by Ryan Schude
Enter the colorful world of a queer chosen family of five monsters. These siblings are inseparable, always supporting each other and just trying to make it through each day. When Sal goes on a quest of self discovery, the group tries to muster on without them, but feel like they are missing a piece of themselves. Sal’s return is supposed to be joyous, but an evil being that was unleashed on their journey tags along. This being is determined to isolate and kill each of the monsters one by one.
The film highlights the helplessness of individualism through the narrative of a slasher film. In typical slasher fashion, victims are pursued and killed when they are on their own, but when the characters are together they are able to fight back against a seemingly indestructible killer.
It is the power of community and coming together that is manifested in an exhibition within the film. Ten artists were invited to make works that adorn the walls of the monochromatic rooms in the film. The invited artists all work in some way with either conceptual art or abstraction, while fostering a sense of community within their own practices through teaching, organizing and supporting other artists. These works will be exhibited at Lauren Powell Projects in summer of 2023 coinciding with the premier of Red Night at a separate venue TBA.
The “final girl”, Goes off on a journey of self discovery only to come to home to find themselves caught in a murderous rampage. They’re clever and intuitive with a survivalist background. Would do anything to help her friends.
Close with Sal, almost an older sibling like relationship, supportive and encouraging, never runs out of patience. Has an interest in Sid beyond friendship but has too much responsibility to make time for it. Has a chronic back injury. They’re often stretching to relieve tension.
Curious and attentive, nothing gets by them. Would make a good private detective. A little stiff compared to the others, last to get on the dance floor but the kind of person you want helping to plan the party. Don’t sneak up on them though! They’re a little jumpy! They admire and are deeply close with Ash.
A somewhat aloof but graceful monster who enjoys a nice boogie, a good friend but seems to hear and dance to music no one else perceives.
The youngest of the bunch, they have a lot to learn but make up for it in effort. They look up to Elle who helps steer them in the right direction. That doesn’t stop their rambunctious nature from coming out from time to time! Kind of a klutz! Always bumps into the table in the dining room and is slipping.
Family Photos by Elizabeth Preger