Special Mention (Horror Features), FantasticFest 2017
Vampire ClayJapan, 2017 : Alberta Premiere
An art prep school in the country. Kaori Hidaka, a transfer student from Tokyo, finds a bundle of dried-up clay in the storage room, and uses it to create a clay sculpture. However, the clay was cursed, carrying the deep grudge of a sculptor who died tragically at his workshop. The cursed clay “Kakame” starts to suck up the students one by one and turns into a monster. The directorial debut of acclaimed special makeup effects artist Soichi Umezawa, VAMPIRE CLAY is filled with wall-to-wall phenomenal practical effects and some of the zaniest indie-horror style since the original Evil Dead.
Toronto International Film Festival 2017
Fantastic Fest 2017
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017
Soîchi Umezawa was born in Fujisawa City, Japan. He is a special-effects makeup artist and director who made his debut with "Y IS FOR YOUTH," a segment in the anthology ABCs OF DEATH 2. He has also directed the short film THORN. VAMPIRE CLAY is his feature debut.
press for Vampire Clay
"...it was without a doubt the single strangest thing I saw at Toronto this year..."- The Verge