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What happens if a psychiatric patients madness becomes contagious?

'This is the very impressive directorial debut of Jon James Smith. It is a disturbing, unsettling, well shot horror film that was made on a zero budget.' -

'It's a good concept that is very well executed by Smith who has a great eye for framing and mood but Spira is particularly memorable for Hephzibah Roe's excellent performance as Laura and Smith's own sound design which is remarkably effective. This is an impressive debut.' -

Nominated British Horror Award, British Horror Film Festival 2013
Nominated Best Short Film, British Horror Film Festival 2013
Nominated Best Actress, British Horror Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, British Horror Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Florida 2013
Official Selection, Cornwall Horror Fest 2015
Screened at The Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival 2014
Screened at Empire Cinemas in Leicester Square London
Screened at Cinema Carnival: Frightmares in Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2015
In-Cahoots Film Screening, Brixton, London
Featured on
Featured on the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights website and YouTube channel
Featured on the National Youth Film Academy Top5 TV series, and the Top5 greatest hits special episode

Eric is a psychologist appointed to determine the mental state of a dangerous psychiatric resident. As their sessions develop, Eric falls into an unsettling world of mental and physical disarray.

Director's Note
This is my directorial debut. Shot on a zero budget in just two days in Dorset, south UK. The aim was to create something from nothing and a gripping and rounded story that takes you on a psychological journey of horror with the main character. By blurring the lines between reality, insanity, and the paranormal, the audience is put in the main characters shoes and taken on a disorientating and disturbing journey.

Eric – Seth Thomas Marron
Laura – Hephzibah Roe
Wife – Sarah Suzanne Biggins
Psychologist – Trisha Lewis
Witch Demon – Scarlett Bloom
Bowler Hat Demon – Peter G. Langdown
Corpsed Faced Demon – Mat Duchesne
Nurse – Hannah Gover
Orderly – Dan Smith

Writer & Director – Jon James Smith (
Script Editor – Johnathon Major
Sound Design – Jon James Smith
Sound Mixer – Liam Pickett
Cinematography & Editing - Jon James Smith
Production Design – Louise Saunders
Make Up Effects – Paisley Alice Randell Shillabeer
Production Assistant – Rachel Louise Crowhurst


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