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Rotten Shadows

A down on his luck paranormal investigator agrees to help a real estate prospector prove his family's abandoned house is harmless, but soon discovers that what lies in the shadows may be more dangerous than anticipated.

  • Nolen Sternkopf
  • Nolen Sternkopf
  • Nolen Sternkopf
  • Benjamin Rome
  • Drew Crosby
  • Draven Ford
    Key Cast
    "Matthew Carrianne"
  • Skylar Smith
    Key Cast
  • Nicolas Nipp
    Key Cast
  • Robert Eli Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Kierson Tusk"
  • Nicolas Nipp
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Genres:
    horror, noir
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Idaho Horrorween Film Festival
    Garden City, ID
    United States
    July 23, 2023
    Idaho Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Sessions September 2023

    September 18, 2023
    Audience Choice Finalist
Director Biography - Nolen Sternkopf

Nolen Sternkopf is a Pacific Northwest based independent writer and director. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2021 with a B.A. in Cinema. Nolen is constantly feeding his passion for storytelling and cinema with exciting filmmaking projects, many of which deal with the supernatural and twisting genre elements in creative new ways.

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Director Statement

As a big fan of genre-mashing and the exciting potential it holds, my goal for Rotten Shadows was to create a genre combo that felt oh so right but seemed virtually untapped: horror and noir. Not only are these genres two of my favorites, but they compliment each other beautifully with their tendencies towards moody darkness and spiraling danger. The idea soon became to take the familiar story of a haunted house and paint a thick coat of noir conventions over it, transforming the tale into something fresh in the process. The obsessive private investigator became a paranormal investigator, and the alluring femme fatal took the form of the house itself. And of course, it wouldn't be horror OR noir without some good ol' fashioned murder.