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The Hands of Another

LOGLINE: Following an accident, a former hand model receives a double hand transplant. But these new limbs may still belong to their previous owner...

SYNOPSIS: Sonia grieves. In this horror-thriller short, a former hand model struggles to adjust following a terrible auto accident and the amputation of her once valuable limbs. However, her wealthy girlfriend has paid for an expensive surgery: a double hand transplant. As Sonia mourns her old life, she begins to realize that these new hands of hers may still belong to their previous owner…

  • Steven Cady
  • Briley Jozwiak
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    horror, suspense, Hitchcockian, body horror
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Writer Biography

Steven Cady is a screenwriter and director based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in South Dakota, he’s been deeply interested in movies from an early age and first started making short films as a teenager. Steven has attended both the New York Film Academy and the Northwest Film Center, and he has directed numerous shorts and music videos. With this short film serving as proof-of-concept, he plans to ultimately expand THE HANDS OF ANOTHER into a feature-length film.

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Writer Statement

The film is stylistically influenced by a number of disparate yet spiritually-related films and filmmakers — the constructionist suspense pictures of Alfred Hitchcock; the hot-blooded melodramas of Douglas Sirk and Pedro Almodovar; the delirious highs of Cronenbergian body-horror; and the meticulous chamber-piece tensions of films like BOUND and PANIC ROOM.

For me, this project fulfills two particular desires as a filmmaker: 1) to construct a genre-driven exercise in pure cinema with commercial appeal, and 2) to provoke thought around issues like PTSD, depression, dissociation, codependency, and body dysmorphia.

Horror cinema can hold a mirror to our individual and collective fears, anxieties, and struggles. Through such a recognition, I believe that a shared catharsis between artist and audience can be found.