A hilarious portrayal of online dating, DON’T TEXT BACK is the story of a naive young woman who seeks the help of an energy healer to rid herself of a cursed necklace that strangles her every time she doesn’t text back her bad Tinder date.

Drawing from the comedic goldmine of dating “horror stories” that circulate amongst every urban friend-group, DON’T TEXT BACK uses snappy humour and horror conventions to form a playful satire of heteronormative dating culture.

Directed & produced by lesbian power couple Mariel Sharp (creative producer extraordinaire) and Kaye Adelaide (writer of wacky horror), DON’T TEXT BACK was shot on a shoe-string budget with a talented crew of women and lgbtq+ artists. The film features the multi-talented Danielle Lapointe (Shooting the Moon) and Montreal comedian Nancy Webb (BECCA).

DON’T TEXT BACK will be presented with the feature film BLEED WITH ME (d. Amelia Moses) as part of the Underground section, which was also produced by Mariel Sharp and features special FX by Kaye Adelaide. Screenings are scheduled for: Wednesday, August 26th 7:10 PM, and Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00PM.

For more on the film and the Fantasia Film Festival, visit www.fantasiafestival.com.

Don’t Text Back – Short Film Trailer from Mariel Scammell on Vimeo.

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Shannon is the Founder of Nightmarish Conjurings and a lover of all things horror and haunt related. When she's not obsessively collecting all things "Trick 'R Treat" related, or trying to convince everyone that "Hereditary" is one of the greatest horror films ever made, you can find her designing interiors for commercial restaurants. An avid haunt fan, Shannon spends the entire year visiting haunts and immersive experiences throughout the Southern California area and hopes to one day design her own haunted attraction.
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