I Need His Blood For My Poisons

When a harmless internet repost brings the ire of one commenter and the petty retaliation of another, two strangers will have their life courses forever altered.

  • Sean Parker
    Word on the Street, Coup de Cinema
  • Sean Parker, Austin Hillebrecht
    Word on the Street, Coup de Cinema
  • Sean Parker
    Word on the Street, Coup de Cinema
  • Austin Hillebrecht
    Key Cast
  • Sean Parker
    Key Cast
  • Alysse Fozmark
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sean Parker

I am a Portland-based filmmaker and co-creator of Hapstance Films, a comedy team that tries to help the world by making a few people laugh really hard.

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Director Statement

The internet can be a wonderful place... and also an intensely argumentative one. Folks will get in clashes over the most trivial matters in the comments section, and by the end, they can be just about at each others' throats, with baseless accusations flying fast and furious. It's generally accepted that this is just "the way of the internet," but it still bothers me to see people communicating so darn poorly in comment sections.

One day while browsing Reddit, I saw a post about a funny anecdote a parent had shared about their two boys. One of the kids got a bloody nose, and the other took his brother's blood-stained clothes and put them into a cooking pot to make "poisons." I thought it was hilarious, and knowing how charmingly twisted kids' minds can be, it was also completely believable.

There was a comment from someone else underneath the anecdote that felt otherwise. In one swift dismissal, they labeled the story as an attention-grab, with a sarcastic "That Happened."

For some reason, I responded to them, to ask why they chose to say this.

What followed was one of the weirdest, pettiest, and most entertaining arguments I've ever had. This film — a full text-to-screen adaptation of our actual conversation — was made mainly for my own (and their) enjoyment, all in less than a week. It tells the whole story, through the medium of finger puppets.

(Despite our silly argument, the anonymous commenter liked the film so much that we've become pen pals. I am now convinced that making puppet shows out of internet conversations is the truest way to make good buddies out of potential enemies.)