Teratomorph – A Short Film By Joe Meredith

I got the opportunity to screen the highly anticipated underground short film Teratomorph. The film is the sequel to Joe Meredith’s South Mill District. Although, it’s a sequel it could easily be a stand-alone film. It takes place in the same universe and has the same virus, but the characters and plot are much different. I do still recommend watching South Mill District for more background and because it’s a great film. In South Mill District we’re given a lot more information about the Havoc virus and Eon Corp. In Teratomorph we get to see more of the virus in action and witness the second outbreak.

The film starts out in a bleak seaside setting, a young boy (Elijah Meredith) looks out at a blood-soaked shoreline and pokes dead bodies with a stick. He makes his way through an empty city scavenging what he can before returning to his small hidey hole. His character reminds me a little of Newt (Aliens). He discovers that his arm is infected and, in an attempt, to save himself from the virus cuts off his hand, but it’s already too late. His arm grows into a grotesque, elongated limb that eventually develops a mind of its own and completely takes over his body turning him fully into a teratomorph.

Cidney Meredith makes an appearance in this one as Svetlana a soviet spy trying to steal a sample of the virus to use and sell as bio-weaponry (I assume). She extracts the virus and is quickly taken down by a full blown teratomorph spewing face melting acid, poor Cidney doesn’t last long in her husbands’ films!

You won’t recognize him, but Martin Trafford (indie artist) also plays a part in this one as the cyborg. I love the cyborg in this, it looks great and is reminiscent of Ash (Alien).

I loved South Mill District and was excited for this, but I really didn’t expect what this turned out to be. This was an obvious labour of love right down to the last slimy tentacle and fluorescent goo filled syringe. An amazing project put together by a family and group of friends. The film had no funding outside of their own pockets and still managed to look fucking incredible. Kudos to both James Bell and Joe Meredith for spectacular fx. The use of colour lighting and fluorescent fluids was ace and the creatures in this were birthed from an intelligent imagination. I especially loved the many headed beast and cyborg. I can’t wait for the next Havoc outbreak that I hope is being made into a third film…

You can buy South Mill District now and coming in February you can order a copy of Teratomorph. You can get them with special edition covers painted by Joe Meredith and hand numbered. You’ll be able to purchase it here

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