Blood Mansion Trailer (1983)

A retro-inspired trailer for a non-existent horror movie purportedly shot in the early 80s and set in the late 60s. Part genre exercise and part love letter to classic horror, the movie is about a trans woman who attempts to navigate her relationship with a local artist while dealing with a vengeful spirit in her new home.

As the trans author of this work, the project deals with the deconstruction of my own dysphoria in a body haunted by cisnormative expectations (living in a "house" that is associated with blood for some, the spectre emerging from the mirrors signifying body dysmorphia and an oppressive cisnormative beauty culture, patriarchal trauma triggering cycles of violence, etc.).

The trailer, which was created in conjunction with a soundtrack album, can be downloaded at and comes with a .pdf detailing each scene its associated song accompanies. It is intended to be the first of a trilogy exploring genre as it relates to horror and queerness (the second, currently in production, being a western monster movie, and the third being a new age folk horror).

  • Timmi Meskers
  • Timmi Meskers
  • Jackie Soro
    Key Cast
  • Molly Fischer
    Key Cast
  • Roan Parrish
    Key Cast
  • Timmi Meskers
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Gothic horror, romance, slasher
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 11 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Timmi Meskers

A multimedia artist based in North Country, NY with a passion for world building and distinctive moods. Known principally for her scoring efforts and pop music under the name Garden Gate, her emphasis on nostalgia and atmospherics recently manifested in a short film which further develops the world of her characters and their uniquely haunted quality.

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Director Statement

Interested in the queering and reclamation of genre tropes through merging of multiple mediums and experimental production techniques, with the intent to create a body of work that obscures the boundary between conventions and creates new paradigms for storytelling and art in the digital age.