A high school cheerleader faces a grisly manifestation of her self-deprecating inner demons.
Starring: Isadora Leiva, Pablo Gonzalez, and Isabella Groff
Directed by: Jake Hammond
Written by: Jake Hammond and Nicola Newton
In “Pigskin,” a high school cheerleader, Laurie (Isadora Leiva), appears to be battling an eating disorder because she throws up behind the bleachers before cheerleading practice. The team gets together with the football team, and one of the players has taken an interest in her. They do a little flirting, but it seems like her mind is also on something else. They agree to meet up after cleaning up in the locker room.
Things get weird when she’s starts massaging her stomach in the shower, and then sees an ugly creature behind her. She doesn’t necessarily fear it, but is running from it figuratively and soon literally. She clearly is trying to hide these scars, which becomes hard when Glenn (Pablo Gonzalez) takes her to the pool for a swim. The creature appears again, causing her to freak out, and run out onto the football field. This is where her insecurities completely take over.
Horror films come from all sorts of ideas. Sometimes those ideas are born out of real life situations like in “Pigskin.” Credit the filmmakers for creating a simple horror film out of a young girl’s insecurities. The creature is certainly creepy, and film ends nice and bloody. I give it 2.5 pools of blood.
*This short film was shown at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival