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The Withered Ghoul's Ceremony

An all-powerful entity struggles to make the perfect pair of humans. Through trial and error, the withered ghoul becomes frustrated with the characteristics of the humans by testing their curiosity, self-control, gratitude, and guilt. The humans are forced to perform unbearable acts, inevitably causing a cycle of life and death. The two hope to one day escape the withered ghoul's ceremony.

  • Xavier Terhorst
  • Xavier Terhorst
  • Xavier Terhorst
  • Yessenia Palma
  • Kaityln Valenzuela
  • Anthony Sayo
  • Andile Pelelani
    Key Cast
    "The Withered Ghoul"
  • Anthony Sayo
    Key Cast
  • Sadie C
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Alexander
  • Brandon Dixon
  • Noorain Maredia
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Thriller, Psychological, Art House, Existential, Short Film
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Xavier Terhorst

Xavier Terhorst (2000) is a young director and screenwriter from Las Vegas, NV and an alumni from the Los Angeles Film School.

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Director Statement

As my first film, I hope to create a work that indulges the viewer on an intimate level. I created this film to invite my audience into a world that has only ever existed within my mind. For the past two years, it has been a long journey in being able to translate my original script into film. Thanks to a number of artists and friends that were willing to help create my vision, I finally got the chance to create my first short. "The Withered Ghoul's Ceremony" taught me many lessons along the way, but it was through this project that I was able to share my own short story with others.