When a workaholic city police officer and her laid-back partner try to stop a dishevelled girl staggering down the middle of a country road, they discover she’s being stalked by some unseen entity with a horrifying ultimatum: you stop moving, you die.
STOP DEAD is a high concept horror that is both a truly immersive visual experience and a philosophical view on the question of freedom. We're given this illusion of freedom in life, when actually we're constrained to a set of rules dictated by someone or something else, forcing us to walk the path society has designed - keep moving, keep working, keep breeding, keep paying, keep obeying, keep going - until you die.
STOP DEAD is written by David Scullion and produced by Jude Goldrei (Lunar Lander Films) and Douglas Cox (Shadowhouse Films). The script was one of six winning films selected by Directors UK and ARRI for Challenge ALEXA and was made as a proof of concept for a feature entitled THE STILL MAN.
The short was scheduled to shoot in March 2020, but was shut down due to the Covid pandemic. Production finally went ahead in March 2022 and the film is currently touring the international festival circuit.
BTS photos courtesy of Willie Runte Photography