Fantastic Fest ’10 – Legend of Beaver Dam Short Film Review


Like Glee for horror geeks, a rock ‘n roll slasher short.

Every one of us has told ghost stories at some point in our young lives. We sit at a sleepover and try our hardest to scare our friends with tales of Bloody Mary or creepy games of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. In the horror short Legend of Beaver Dam, a scout master attempts to scare his troops with tales of local legend Stumpy Sam with hilariously gruesome results.

Danny is a geeky little kid, sitting around the campfire with his troop. He’s made fun of by bullies, and is belittled by his Pathmaster (scout master) in front of the girl he’s trying to impress. Just when Danny can take it no more, the Pathmaster sings a song about Stumpy Sam, the local legend who will come to kill you if you say his name three times. “Stumpy Sam, Stumpy Sam, Stum…py…….Sam”

To everyone’s horror, Stumpy Sam appears behind their Pathmaster, slicing him through. Danny takes the lead in fighting this legend and saves his friends. But all while singing an extended rock n roll song that will have you cheering, tapping your feet, and wishing you could buy the soundtrack as you leave the theater.

Legend of Beaver Dam is only 12 minutes long, but it will rock you, scare you, and make you wishing for a feature length version. This is like Glee for horror geeks, like Repo! The Genetic Opera for every kid who was ever made fun of. Legend of Beaver Dam just won Best Horror Short at this year’s Fantastic Fest and was also a favorite at the Toronto Film Festival. With any luck, it will be showing soon near you.

Director: Jerome Sable
Notable Cast: L.J. Benet, Sean Cullen
Writer(s): Jerome Sable, Eli Batalion

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