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A Fright

Two sisters and their boyfriends are going to their older sister’s wedding, far away from the city. The trip is laden with urban legends and eerie, popular myths. When they arrive at their lodging, they are told that said wedding has been called off… which leads to a series of strange and mysterious events.

  • Federico Antonio Morlio
  • Federico Antonio Morlio
  • Paloma Torras
  • Universidad del cine (FUC)
  • Camila Pizzo
    Key Cast
  • Sol Zaragozi
    Key Cast
  • Paco Gorriz
    Key Cast
  • Juan Ignacio Uguet
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Carrizo
  • Clara Ortigoza
    Production Designer
  • Gonzalo Komel
    Sound Director
  • Agustín Piva
  • Federico Antonio Morlio
  • Federico Antonio Morlio
  • Lucas Luis Casolo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Un Susto
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    Horror, Fantasy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
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    Yes - Universidad del cine (FUC)
Director Biography - Federico Antonio Morlio

Federico Morlio was born in Germany, in 1992. At the age of two, he moved to Argentina and has been living there since then. He studied at Universidad del Cine(FUC). "A Fright” is his 2nd short film.
He is now editig another fiction short film, and developing his first feature film.

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Director Statement

The story is based on a premise as simple as it is classic: Two young couples plan to spend the weekend away from the city. The narrative promise might appear to be a well-trodden path in the recent history of Argentine cinema. However, the approach diverges significantly in a key aspect: horror.

What might seem, at first glance, like another story of bucolic middle-class youth heading to the countryside for a weekend getaway transforms into a tale of fears and suspense. This transformation is achieved through the introduction of specific themes, and fear initially manifests through words. No monsters make an appearance in this movie (yet, something unsettling occurs nonetheless). The conventional scenario of four young people spending a weekend in the countryside is approached not from the genre's commonplaces, but rather as a portrayal of a young sector of society.

To reiterate, the story is simple: two sisters and their respective partners plan to attend their older sister's wedding, which is located far from the city. Midway through the journey, the wedding is called off, but they decide to proceed with the trip to enjoy the weekend since they have the house to themselves. The road trip unfolds amid horror stories shared by the characters. Strangely, all the horror elements introduced during these stories manifest at the end when they gather for a small party in lieu of the canceled wedding celebration.

The horror element enters the narrative with the typical tension of the genre and imagery common to such stories. However, everything unfolds in a state of possibility, a sense of "perhaps something is happening." Orality plays a fundamental role in the film. I strongly believe in the appropriation of stories by those who tell them, especially in tales of the macabre or supernatural.

I've been researching the genre for some time now, and my projects in development (another short and a feature-length film) also share a common thread with it. We could say that this short film, "A Fright," serves primarily as a training ground for future works.