The Countdown

A short student horror film. Analiese is given 60 minutes to live by a demon that will inevitably possess her.

  • Taylor Neumann
  • Taylor Neumann
  • Adah Fretwell
  • Michael Phibbs
  • Jake Cuddemi
    Key Cast
  • Alexandra Ruth
    Key Cast
  • Kyle Holcomb
    Key Cast
  • Branden Kieft
    Key Cast
    "The Demon"
  • Ariana Muniz
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Taylor Neumann

Taylor Neumann is an award-winning filmmaker currently studying at the University of Colorado Denver. Previously she’s directed the drama “No Goodbyes” (2019), horror fantasy “Cinderellaahhh” (2016) and co-directed the horror “The Woodcarver”. “The Countdown” is her most recent directorial work. Taylor has also done location and post sound for various films, including the 2019 award winning short film, “Not Pictured”. Her upcoming sound credits include post sound for “The Countdown”, “Tipsy Talk - Sunday Funday”, and “Ma”.

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Director Statement

Having grown up watching horror films, I developed a passion for them. I remember watching my first horror film, “Thirteen Ghosts” when I was 4 years old. Ever since then I’ve been fascinated with the scary characters that lurk in people’s nightmares. In recent years I’m still fascinated with horror films and local ghost stories. My dream is to one day direct a feature length horror film at a notable studio. My goal is to use drama and horror to open a narrative for topics that don’t often get talked about enough. My debut film, “No Goodbyes”, was created to open a discussion about suicide and the effects on those left behind. While with “The Countdown” I aim to make a commentary on death and how you can’t out run it. I firmly believe that film is the ideal medium to create a conversation among viewers. Oftentimes topics are glazed over or avoided in everyday life. But films can be a way to open the doors to conversations about life, death, sexuality, mental illness and more. I believe it is a filmmaker's job to create films that are both beautifully crafted and entertaining, but also can be used as a springboard into various conversations.