The iconic horror entertainment company Fangoria has acquired AFTER BIRTH, an original screenplay written by Laura Moss and Brendan O’Brien. Moss is set to make her feature directing debut on this all-female adaptation of the Frankenstein myth exploring feelings and circumstances around childbirth that are not frequently depicted in film.
Fun Size Horror's Mali Elfman will produce, along with Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk for Fangoria and Cinestate. Phil Nobile Jr. and Clay Neigher of Fangoria will executive produce. UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal and is representing the domestic rights with Cinestate.
The film follows a morgue technician who successfully reanimates the body of a little girl, but to keep her breathing, she will need to harvest biological materials from pregnant women. When the girl’s mother, a nurse, discovers her baby alive, they enter into a deal that forces them both down a dark path of no return.
“I couldn’t breathe for ten minutes after watching Laura’s short film,” said producer Sonnier. “I felt the exact same way reading the AFTER BIRTH script and knew I wanted to introduce this sophisticated filmmaker and her achingly scary story to our beloved Fangoria audience. Like me, they seek a certain level of pain in our movies in order to make us feel something.”
Director and production designer Laura Moss made waves with her most recent short film, Allen Anders: Live at the Comedy Castle – Circa 1987, which premiered at SXSW 2018. Her previous short, Fry Day, screened at SXSW and Tribeca in 2017. It has since screened at over 50 international festivals and received 19 awards including the top shorts prizes at Melbourne, Miami, New Hampshire and Hollyshorts. Moss’s design work has also been displayed at MoMA, Sundance, Telluride, Berlin and in competition at Cannes.