There’s a chill in the air. Leaves are starting to fall. Ghoulish decorations line the streets. Pumpkin spice lattes, monster cereals, autumnal beers, and other seasonal treats are out in full force. There’s no question about it: Halloween is near.
What better way to kick it off the season than with a short horror film that captures Halloween’s frightfully fun atmosphere? Root of All Evil is now available to watch for free:
A Halloween party turns deadly for a group of friends who disrespect an ancient tradition.
The short was created for the Providence 48 Hour Film Project, in which participants are given 48 hours to conceive, produce, and hand in a completed short film based on specified requirements. It went on to win Best Film in the competition, along with five other awards: Best Ensemble Cast, Best Costumes, Best Use of Prop, Best Special Effects, and Most Lifelike Severed Body Part.
Root of All Evil is the latest effort written, directed, and scored by Alex DiVincenzo, who was tasked with creating a short in the “nature horror” genre. Jaquelyn Fabian, Topher Hansson, Jordan Pacheco, Anacaren Delgado, Acei Martin, Allie Marshall, and Jamie Dufault star.
“This was my first time participating in the 48 Hour Film Project,” explains DiVincenzo, “and I’m so proud of what we were able to accomplish in such a short span of time. I couldn’t have done it without my dedicated cast and crew. Despite the time restrictions, we had a lot of fun. The Halloween motif certainly didn’t hurt!”
The project is dedicated to Dustin “DuddyInMotion” Pace, an artist and active member of the horror community who passed away earlier this year. He created the poster for Root of All Evil, as he had done for several of DiVincenzo’s other projects.