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Horror short film by Kevin Sluder

Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.

Writer/Director:  Kevin Sluder

Producers:  Rachel Ferrell, Jose Luis Gonzalez 

Executive Producers: Kevin and Jennifer Sluder

Composer: Steve Moore

Cinematographer:  Mike Testin

Editor: Matt Mercer

Production Designer:  Rachel Ferrell

Cast: Stacy Snyder (Shelby Lattimore), Joanna Sotomura (Clare McKaskill), Matt Mercer (Deano Ross), Blaine Vedros (Brandt Childress), Ron Morehouse (Tripp Flynn), Melody Melendez (Admin)

Poster by: Rachel Ferrell


Constellation Films in association with Sunshine Boy Productions


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Reviews / Interviews

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"Highly Recommend" 

"Heartless is a tightly-wound and compact gem, with strong performances, a strong sense of tone and plenty of wonderfully bloody gore effects.” -- Michael Klug, Horror Freak News, Feb 2, 2018


“… an intelligently-executed, visually stunning piece of horror…”

“(Heartless) would most certainly be applauded by Poe himself and fans of intelligent horror as a whole.” – Wess Haubrich, The 405, Mar 17, 2018


"...a clever way to bring Poe’s Gothic horror into the 21st century."

"Gone is the shadowy stalking of Edgar Allen Poe’ s original story, replaced instead by fluorescent office lights which capture the crimes so much more vividly." - Erin Grant, Fear Forever June 23, 2018

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"… one of the best short horror films we have seen.” 

Heartless of the best short horror films we have seen. It breaks through the barriers of what is possible to accomplish in a short film, and really goes the extra mile to set an example of a film that filmmakers should all strive to make.” --  Midnight Horror Show, Feb 10, 2018

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"It’s a clever, modern-day adaptation of a classic story with a strong female lead and a punk rock attitude.

"“Heartless” as a whole is tight, coherent, and of solid production quality that is both socially relevant and aesthetically pleasing. And really, really fun." - Remy Cashman,, May 17, 2018

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"… a gruesome good time.”

“… great independent filmmaking, with just the right amount of blood, gore, and body parts to please its viewers.”  “...“This original adaptation...will entertain any fans of the genre who enjoy some good (and gory) twists and turns.” -- Abigail Braman, Nightmarish Conjurings, Feb 8, 2018

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"... a giddily gruesome updating of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.

On Heartless: "Sluder has crafted this Poe retelling with grisly set pieces, wicked attack sequences, and some darkly comic moments. Though the basis for Heartless is a well-known story, this version of it feels fresh and holds plenty of unpredictable jolts" - Joseph Perry, Ghasthly Grinning, May 7, 2018


“… this retelling of Poe’s Tell Tale Heart left me thirsty for more.”

 “…the kind of spectacle we all find appealing after a long day at the office or slaughterhouse.”  "Director Kevin Sluder sure knows how to shoot a good bloodletting.  Lots of screaming, gouging and slashing...”  -- Paul Parcellin, Film Threat, Apr 28, 2018

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On Heartless: "From start to finish this film is brutal, bloody and an absolute blast." 9/10

"...this film is filled with blood-drenched gore, a bit of perfectly timed humor and full on bat s*** crazy." -- Andrew Hass, Superficial Gallery. June 8, 2018

NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST Red Carpet with Heartless Writer/Director: Kevin Sluder, Star: Stacy Snyder, and EP: Jen Sluder on filmmaking and women in film OLIVE THE WOMEN WOMEN by Martini Shot Productions is a show that recognizes women in the film industry with a goal to help young women working to succeed.

Jennifer and Kevin Sluder are a husband and wife filmmaking team who founded Sunshine Boy Productions in 2015. Their projects include Play Violet for Me, with producer/director Matt Mercer, Feeding Time (horror) directed/written by Matt Mercer, Mainline (sci-fi/thriller) directed/written by Eric Kleifield, Kevin stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut, the horror short, Heartless, which will be hitting the festival circuit early 2018.


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Bloody Horror International Film Festival, Semi-Finalist 2018 Deadly Session

Production Stills

Film Festivals

Behind the Scenes

Set Photography by Rachel Collins, Bryan Ricke, Jessica Hernandez

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