The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival is proud to announce the World Premiere of one of the year’s most anticipated horror shorts GOODNIGHT, GRACIE, written and directed by Stellan Kendrick, produced by Kendrick & Gloria Sandoval, and executive produced by Graham Wetterhahn, all UCLA graduates. The film stars 8-year-old Caige Coulter as Gracie and Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN, THE ‘BURBS) as Billy the killer.
In GOODNIGHT, GRACIE a mother gets hacked to pieces by her latest lover, Billy, while her devout child daughter, Gracie, fights to escape the same fate.
Inspired by the director’s real life divorce of his parents, GOODNIGHT, GRACIE proclaims the thematic resonance of “blind faith leads to death” through the power of horror clichés and suspenseful storytelling.
“Goodnight, Gracie” sprang out of my emotional turmoil dealing with my parents’ divorce. I woke up every night with terrors. I would imagine that some man came for me after killing my parents. Since I believe horror provides a great medium for metaphor, I switched out myself for a little girl and added a theme to the story: blind faith leads to doom,” says director Stellan Kendrick. “If you want to deal with your troubles, prayers aren’t enough. You’ve got to take action. If one person sees this short and makes a change in their life, I’ve done my job.”
The team behind GOODNIGHT, GRACIE is hoping to turn it into a feature film sometime soon. It could also be a springboard for their other projects.
“Goodnight, Gracie is a proof-of-concept for our crew. We’re looking to further develop our team as we work toward a feature film. We have several horror projects in development,” says producer Gloria Sandoval.
Check out the trailer below.