Title

Aha!

Lead Author Major

English

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Pati McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Department

Film Studies

Abstract/Artist Statement

“Aha!” is short silent horror film about a woman who kills her sister out of jealousy when the unexpected happens. Her sister has everything the woman doesn’t—a fiancé, their parents’ love and admiration, and not to mention, prettier looks. So when their parents give her sister the prized family heirloom as an engagement present, the woman snaps and strangles the sister. She takes the heirloom, wraps her sister up in a comforter, and buries her in a field hoping that now she will be the favorite daughter because she’s the only one left. Little did she know that the heirloom might be more than just a harmless little necklace. This film was for a creative project about the uncanny and I decided that I wanted to portray it in a story. The four main things that are featured in this tale to convey the uncanny are death, Ouroboros, an old object, and the color red. The death of the sister is not only a dark thing but a new beginning for the woman, the Ouroboros tattoo (aka the snake eating its own tail) symbolizes return and rebirth, the old object is something that’s haunted or cursed, and the red light of the room symbolizes malice.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

5-5-2015 7:00 PM

End Date

5-5-2015 10:00 PM

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May 5th, 7:00 PM May 5th, 10:00 PM

Aha!

Janet Leigh Theatre

“Aha!” is short silent horror film about a woman who kills her sister out of jealousy when the unexpected happens. Her sister has everything the woman doesn’t—a fiancé, their parents’ love and admiration, and not to mention, prettier looks. So when their parents give her sister the prized family heirloom as an engagement present, the woman snaps and strangles the sister. She takes the heirloom, wraps her sister up in a comforter, and buries her in a field hoping that now she will be the favorite daughter because she’s the only one left. Little did she know that the heirloom might be more than just a harmless little necklace. This film was for a creative project about the uncanny and I decided that I wanted to portray it in a story. The four main things that are featured in this tale to convey the uncanny are death, Ouroboros, an old object, and the color red. The death of the sister is not only a dark thing but a new beginning for the woman, the Ouroboros tattoo (aka the snake eating its own tail) symbolizes return and rebirth, the old object is something that’s haunted or cursed, and the red light of the room symbolizes malice.