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Written by Richard Taylor   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Directed by: Todd Sheets
Written by: Todd Sheets
Produced by: Amanda Payton
Editing by: Todd Sheets
Special Effects by: Bradley Beeghley
Cast: Nick Randol, Dilynn Fawn Harvey, Eve Smith, Mike Gordon
Year: 2016
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 18min

Studio: Nightfall Pictures

Legendary underground filmmaker, Todd Sheets, returns to be a part of a sequel to Hi-8, titled Hi-Death. Hi-8 was a collection of short horror films from a plethora of different well known indie directors, such as Sheets, Ron Bonk, Marcus Koch, Tim Ritter and more. Hi-8 meaning "The Horror Independent 8". This second collection was said to have Marcus Koch, Dustin Mills and Ryan Nicholson, in a Fangoria article I read but on IMDb it says the four directors are Anthony Catanese, Amanda Payton, Tim Ritter and Todd Sheets. This being said, I'm not exactly sure how accurate any of this information is so don't quote me.

Todd Sheets was kind enough to share with me his contribution to Hi-Death and itís a great little ass kicker of a short. Titled "The Muse" Todd has really let loose with this one and pulled out all the stops, cramming in all sorts of sick and twisted goodies in its just under 20-minute runtime. We get some great gore make-up, creative visuals, titties and even some bush, not just pussy but actual bush and did I mention more titties bouncing up and down covered in blood?

The story behind The Muse has an artist who seems to be bizarrely coaxed into painting different pictures which are supposed to evoke a dark lord to cross over to earth or something of this nature. How does the artist do this you ask? Well, by using the contents of a demons entrails, mixed with hookerís blood and his own blood, it seems. Itís a bizarre scenario but itís very cool and plays out well on screen. The demon forcing the guy to paint has this cool retro eighties look going on and the idea of using the blood and guts to paint brings back fond memories of Guinea Pig: Mermaid in a Manhole, when an artist realizes his success relies on the exploding pus sores on a mermaid he discovers.

The effects are great, plentiful and bloody for the 18-minute runtime. The piano music in certain scenes seems to be similar or lifted from Lucio Fulci's The Beyond. The conclusion to the short has this great orgy of intertwining limbs and naked female bodies -- it really delivers. If all of the shorts on the Hi-Death anthology are going to be as good as this, then I definitely want to check out the whole finished project when it is completed, because Sheets has raised the bar high. Check out The Hi-Death Facebook Page where you can find lots of stills and information on the project.





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