‘Grisly’ is an intriguing upcoming sci-fi / horror short film and webseries. Alex Yarde has the details.
“Like Chaucer’s Arcite of olde, she was kept in solitary and bereft of sleep, eat, or drink… Grisly to biholde, her eyes hollow and darkened. Her eyes fearful, horrible, dreadful, and harsh as she peered out at her captors.”- Grisly Tales
The Grisly film short begins with Carolyn Bronnicke on the run. Briefly escaping her pursuers, she locks herself alone in the bathroom where she violently transforms into a mutated swamp creature. Jumping ahead in the story, we discover that Carolyn is one of five “Gill Girls” running for their lives. Carolyn has been captured and her friend Kelly has been killed by deadly M-Agents belonging to the CIA’s black ops ACS/M-division. Carolyn is interrogated, tortured, and experimented on by her captors. Dir. Christopher Smalls, Prof. Matthew Lamb, and Sgt. Alex Stevens have predetermined that Carolyn and her fellow sorority sister Gill Girls are a threat to the Louisiana community and want to capture the three still-missing Gill Girls before the potential danger spreads further and the general public becomes aware of their existence.
Directed By Graham Cribbin & Written By Roger Lewis Grisly pits a team of four investigators—CIA Agent Milo Finn, hybrid human/amphibian Carolyn Bronnicke, paranormal investigator Neyton Finn, CIA Agent Brad Manning—against a covert subsidiary of the Central Intelligence Agency known as ACS/M-Division that is run by Director Christopher Smalls. When not taking on ACS/M-Div, the Grisly investigative team researches a slew of supernatural creatures that include vampyres, werewolves, wiccans, mummies, and zombies; and an evil prophecy called the Baphomet Sigil and the Blood of Five in which the Grand Adversary attempts to recreate the Nephilim, a race of antediluvian Biblical monsters.
Director Graham Cribbin explains:
“It truly has been an amazing experience directing Grisly. This project has brought together a countless group of talented and dedicated individuals who have also poured their hearts and souls into completing this film. I personally have put my blood sweat and tears into the production as have many, many others for whom I am eternally grateful. The story of Grisly appealed to me because of my personal interest in science-fiction, comic book movies, and horror films. The interesting part of this project was the main themes that could be addressed in such a short story. Good & evil, doing the right thing & duty, judging a book by its cover, light & dark, and fear & trust. Our story centers on a clandestine facility that has captured a co-ed that has mysteriously been transformed into a swamp creature or ‘Gil Girl’ named Carolyn. She knows where her friends are hiding and only super agent Milo Finn keen senses can help get the truth. The cast of characters at the facility don’t seem to be working on Finn’s side and he realizes he must help find these other girls before more damage is done. Carolyn’s emotional journey to rediscover her humanity – physically and mentally – is the emotional backbone of our story as we bring the audience on to the side of the monster. As a fan of the horror genre I find my favorite movies to be the stories with strong characters, moving story, and a good plot. I didn’t want to do a movie that was all gore and had no heart; so in an attempt to achieve this in Grisly, Roger Lewis, the writer, and myself worked on the story structure. We wanted to create an arc to our story where a relationship of understanding would develop between Agent Finn and Carolyn as she progressed back into a more human state. As her physical and emotional humanity continue to surface the audience quickly learns of the faculties’ dark nature.”
Cover Art-Grisly Tales
Interior Art-David Gaza