Based on actual events, A Peculiar Thud is a short horror/thriller film about a home invasion in the middle of the night. It takes place in real time as Bill wakes up to an unusual banging sound downstairs. He makes his way through his labyrinthine home to find a man at his door asking to come in – and he won’t take no for an answer. Bill is forced to defend himself in his own domestic space, eventually taking matters into his own hands and confronting the intruder. One of them doesn’t make it out alive.
A Peculiar Thud is an unrelentingly suspenseful horror film in the vein of The Strangers, Them, and Inside. Thematically, the film explores and interrogates the norms of violent masculinity and maleness. It is written and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Ross Morin whose previous horror films, Deadpoint, A Wheel out of Kilter and Ad Noctum, play against tropes of the horror genre by critiquing aggressive masculinity, condemning physical violence, and rejecting traditional representations of the female body as object of sexual desire. As a gay filmmaker and feminist film professor, Morin brings a unique approach to his body of work, shooting his work through a “queer” lens and bringing political and intellectual perspective to a traditionally oppressive film genre - all while telling a story that is terrifying and breath-stoppingly scary.
Sanford International Film Festival. Sanford, ME. 2017. - Nominee- Best Horror
Great Lakes International Film Festival. Erie, PA. 2017. Nominee - Best Horror
Coney Island Film Festival. Coney Island, NY. Winner - Best Horror
Liberty Massacre Horror Short Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA. 2017. Winner - Best Actor
Sydney Indie Film Festival. Sydney, AUS. Semi-Finalist.
Atlanta Shortsfest. Atlanta, GA. 2017. Nominee - Best Thriller Short
Southeast New England Film Music and Art Festival. Providence, RI. 2017 - Winner - Jury Prize - Best Horror Short;
Winner - Audience Award - Best Regional Horror Short
International Horror Hotel Film Festival. Cleveland, OH. 2017 - Honorable Mention
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival. Detroit, MI. 2017. Finalist
Kickstarter - Project We Love
Macabre Faire Film Festival. Ronkomkoma, NY. 2018
Blow-Up International Film Festival. Chicago, IL. 2017
Terror in the Bay Film Festival. Ontario, CAN. 2017
Atlanta Horror Film Festival. Atlanta, GA. 2017
East Lansing Film Festival. East Lansing, MI. 2017
Kansas International Film Festival. Overland Park, KS. 2017
Cornwall Film Festival. Cornwall, UK. 2017
Orlando Film Festival. Orlando, FL. 2017
Fargo Fantastic Film Festival. Fargo, ND. 2017
Grimmfest. Manchester, UK. 2017.
Halloween Horror Picture Show. Tampa, FL. 2017
Great Lakes International Film Festival. Erie, PA. 2017.
Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival. Greensboro, NC. 2017
Coney Island Film Festival. Coney Island, NY. 2017.
Sanford International Film Festival. Sanford, ME. 2017.
Liberty Massacre Horror Short Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA. 2017.
San Antonio Film Festival. San Antonio, TX. 2017.
NewFilmmakers New York. New York, NY. 2017.
Atlanta Shortsfest. Atlanta, GA. 2017.
Pennine Film Festival. Accrington, UK. 2017.
Long Island International Film Expo. Bellmore, NY. 2017.
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Wilmington, NC. 2017.
International Horror Hotel Film Festival. Cleveland, OH. 2017
Film Festival of Columbus. Columbus, OH. 2017.
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival. Detroit, MI. 2017.
New Haven International Film Festival. New Haven, CT. 2017.
Unrestricted View Film Festival. London, UK. 2017.
Emerge Film Festival. Lewiston, ME. 2017.
Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival. Providence, RI. 2017.
Riverside International Film Festival. Riverside, CA. 2017.
Short to the Point International Short Film Festival. Romania. 2017.
D.C. Independent Film Festival. Washington DC. 2017.
Screenings with DAMNATIONLAND 2016
October 29, 2016. The Gem. Bethel, ME.
October 28, 2016. The Levitt Theater. Ogunquit, ME.
October 28, 2016. Magic Lantern. Bridgton, ME.
October 28, 2016. Apple Cinemas. Cambridge, MA.
October 27-30, 2016. Frontier Cafe. Brunswick, ME.
October 17, 2016. Nickelodeon Cinemas. Portland, ME.
October 14, 2016. PREMIERE. State Theater. Portland, ME.