Jared Skolnick turned our attention to his short horror film captivatingly entitled The Earth Rejects Him, and we have to say it was an interesting ride to enjoy. A bizarre, disturbing story goes hand in hand with some good special effects and solid acting, and what we’re left with is a very unusual horror film that clearly shows this young filmmaker’s talent for transmitting chill from the screen to the audience.
The Earth Rejects Him, an original horror story written by Jared Skolnick, is a haunting and surreal tale of a young boy who accidentally discovers a corpse while biking in the woods. In a moment of impulsiveness he steals a tooth from the body, and buries it in the ground. His return to the burial site reveals a development he never would have expected.
Influenced by the films of Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick and Guillermo del Toro, as well as the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft, this project promises to be a unique and terrifying experience, an elegant horror film about modern man’s relationship with the unknowable powers found in nature.
The Earth Rejects Him is an attempt to create an atmosphere of dread in the serenity of the forest, in the calm of an open field. It’s about how we filter the infinite complexities and unknowable mechanisms of the natural world through our own limited perspectives, and how the end of that pursuit won’t always be flattering to the ego. It’s a lot to chew on for a 25-minute movie, but hey, it’s just horror, right? —Jared Skolnick, director/writer
Jared Skolnick is an award-winning filmmaker and freelance videographer who has written, directed, photographed and edited several short films that have screened at many international film festivals. Jared has a B.A. in Film from Fairfield University, where he produced his first short, an adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s short story The Music of Erich Zann. Since then, he has worked in the independent film industry in numerous capacities in the production process, from the set to the editing room.
Recently, Jared has been screening the short horror film The Earth Rejects Him on the festival circuit, and has edited the science-fiction feature Justice Is Mind, directed by Mark Lund. He is currently working as the director, cinematographer and editor of the short Girl In The Basement. As a freelancer, Jared is hoping to foster a strong relationship with local businesses and media outlets, providing video content to help build their reputation and outreach in the community. He currently resides in Western Massachusetts, where he continues to plan out strange new films to unleash upon the world.
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