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Killer Deal

Haunted cabins don't rent themselves.

  • Jeremy Herbert
  • Jeremy Herbert
  • Christopher Herbert
  • Jeremy Herbert
  • Deven Fenn
    Key Cast
  • Morgan McLeod
    Key Cast
  • Jenson Strock
    Key Cast
  • Alex Hirz
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nightmares Film Festival
    Columbus, Ohio
    United States
    October 23, 2016
    World Premiere
    Best Ohio Film
  • Director's Cut Competition
    New Philadelphia, Ohio
    United States
    November 21, 2017
Director Biography - Jeremy Herbert

Fan of frozen beverages, loud shirts and drive-in movies. Attempted filmmaker. Lover. Not fighter.
Jeremy learned everything he needed to know about the world through a VCR. This is why he still avoids abandoned summer camps and can't do math. Horror wasn't his earliest genre of choice, but it was waiting for him; horror accounted for half of his all-time favorite movie, GHOSTBUSTERS. The other half probably accounts for how he ended up working on a live comedy show in college, where he met the merry band of talented, tolerant friends that would form DANGEROUS DAYS PRODUCTIONS. Named after his first attempt to make a Serious-with-a-capital-S movie, Dangerous Days was the earliest working title for BLADE RUNNER, which he shamelessly ripped off for his first Serious-with-a-capital-S movie. Now, it means something else. Horror has a near-impossible flexibility, more than perhaps any other genre. Metaphors become monsters. Zombies are never just zombies. Ordinary people are tested beyond the limits of rational fear by aliens, vampires and other assorted evils until all that's left is their most primal essence. Horror can say a lot behind the screams. Dangerous Days Productions attempt to do just that, to find fresh angles on scary stories that seem all told out and hide a message among the mayhem. And if that doesn't work, God willing, they're at least occasionally funny. For better or worse, that's his only filmmaking absolute: It doesn't matter what you're saying if it's not entertaining. Whatever project of his you might be watching or reading, he just wants to show you a good time.
And maybe spook you once in a while.

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Director Statement

This short sprang from a single line in the original Evil Dead, when someone wonders why they got the cabin for so cheap. After all, somebody has to own it and not mind that the last renters never came back. Imagine the poor realtor who has to show it off to groups of dumb teenagers before their untimely demise.

From color to camerawork to score, Killer Deal was an attempt to ape the style of a no-budget late-70s "woods" movie. With that came most of the headaches of a no-budget late-70s "woods" movie, too. An anamorphic adapter that threatened to rip every lens off the camera. Nearby gunshots of passing hunters. A legally protected heron egg we had to shoot around without moving. It all just added to the flavor.