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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 01.31.11] movie news short horror thriller

Sean Ellis' Claws began life as a short film about a group of young friends who set out into the Canadian wilderness to find the father of one of their number, who has disappeared while hunting down the legendary Yakatutch. They find more than they bargained for.

Now, according to Robert Hood over at Undead Backbrain, the film will become feature-length as the first feature film, and to that end the Beverly Hills Film Festival event and the short was always intended as a major step in bringing his vision to life.

"At this stage, the film is about one year away from production. The shoot will take place in the winter, in a mountainous area of the US or in Canada. The creature from the film is being designed currently, but no artwork is available yet. It will likely be a suit with some CG enhancements."

For 350 years, the Tutchone people of Western Canada have told stories about the Beast known as Yakatutch, which lives in the remote wilderness of the Yukon. Once a fierce warrior, Yakatutch was cursed for an unspeakable crime against his tribe, and banished to the farthest mountains. But the tribal leaders who cursed Yakatutch could not foresee what has come… a large population, living on the edge of its habitat.

When an unknown animal starts killing people near the small Yukon town of Whitehorse, Anthropologist Marcus Fletcher discovers DNA evidence of something part-human and part-animal. He believes it is the legendary creature, but his son Scott (22), a local snowboarding champ, is unconvinced. Marcus meets with a Tutchone Elder, who explains that Yakatutch can only be killed by one of his descendants. The Elder sends Matusa, a powerful-looking but quiet young tribesman, who has been raised for one purpose: to kill The Beast.

You can watch the original, award winning short after the break.

More as it comes!

CLAWS - Ten Minute Short from Sean Francis Ellis on Vimeo.

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igormontage (11 years ago) Reply

They live in Canada and they drink F#$%&*# Budweiser, you gotta be kidding!


Anonymous (11 years ago) Reply

Now where have i seen that artwork before? Ahh yes....


Rev Wright (11 years ago) Reply

hmmm... about as interesting and realised as a live action episode of Scooby Doo

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