The smell of burning Clausflesh wafted into the night air, smoke pumping from the crackling chimney like a nuclear silo. It was days before police found the body in the boy's coatroom - distracted, as it so happened, by the wife's delicious homemade cookies every time they showed up on her doorstep for questioning. Their guns drawn, the officers burst into the back bedroom, only to find a set of knotted sheets dangling out the second-story window and a trail of little size 7 footprints that grew cold as the miles stretched on.
They found his paramour in a truck stop south of the border, with five bricks of candy cane hash taped to her stomach and three more clogging up the toilet. They couldn't stick him with anything, so he just spent a sleepless night in a holding cell while "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" blared from the nightwatchman's radio. The next day, he stumbled out of the border patrol station to find that coyotes siphoned the gas from his motorcycle. Unmoved, he struck a match on his boot, lit his penultimate Marlboro, and watched the December sun peer through the thicket of clouds.
"Ever thought about how bad it would suck to be a tree during the Christmas season? This wildly bloody and ingeniously insane short from HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN filmmakers Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill shines light on the forgotten victims of the holidays. Prepare to have your Yuletides yacked!"
-Honorable Mention (for Shorts) @ Sundance Film Festival
-2008 International Watch List
-Audience Award for Best Short Film @ New York City Horror Film Fest
-Best Local Film @ The Coast Magazine (Halifax)
-Audience Award for Best Short Film @ Toronto After Dark Festival
-Audience Award for Best Short Film @ Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, QC)
-Best Editing @ Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
-Best Short Film @ Fantastic Fest Online (Austin, TX)
-Audience Award for Best Short Film @ San Francisco Independent Film Festival
-Rue Morgue Magazine - Best Short Film
-Boston Underground Film Festival - Best of the Fest Short Film
-A Night of Horror Film Fest - Best SPFX (Sydney, Oz)
-RINCON Film Fest - Best Fright Night Film (Puerto Rico)