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Slash-in-the-Box (2011)

When Adam brings home an antique jack-in-the-box for his wife, pop goes the evil.


Nick Everhart


Nick Everhart


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Credited cast:
Tyler Hollinger ... Husband
Elizabeth Masucci ... Wife


Excited, a young husband brings home to his beautiful wife an antique Jack-in-the-box toy, however, much to his surprise, she finds it repulsive and scary. But are her fears justified? After all, it is only a harmless and innocent little toy, isn't it? Written by Nick Riganas

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Pop goes the evil...



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Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA


Box Office


$2,000 (estimated)
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Aweso Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This short was shot entirely in one night for a mere $2000 budget. Post production was completed in one week. See more »


Edited into The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013) See more »

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Great Suspense, and Perfect Ending
15 October 2011 | by AmblinRulesSee all my reviews

Most horror shorts show their low budget with bad lighting, poor acting, and/or cheap effects.

Slash-In-The-Box wins on all fronts. At five minutes, it runs the risk of being too long for a "hit viral video" but the pacing is excellent, and it never feels like it's dragging. The actors look great, the cinematography is beautiful, and while the jump scares may not work as well as the director probably imagines, the last shot is the payoff that the entire piece builds toward, and it works wonderfully. In fact, I'm not sure how they did it, but it's a neat bit of effects magic.

This is a perfect example of a simple concept executed extremely well. The director and his team (including Producer/DP Leigh Scott of Transmorphers infamy) come from a sordid history of terrible DTV schlock, but they seems to be making up for it here. Can't wait to see what else these filmmakers have up their sleeves.

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