I Took Some Bad Acid! A Review Of Djinn Short ‘Bad Acid’

May 22, 2016

Written by Capt McNeely

Georgia Division ZADF Twitter: @ZADF_ORG

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Maybe it was all just bad acid?! I screened recently Bad Acid a short for HF and boy was I entertained! Bad Acid follows the tale of a bad illusionist trying to make a living. When he fights with a heckler, he runs to his friend for a loan. The loan his friend gives him is that of a box belonging to a dead heavy metal artist. The box contained a genie’s lamp which inside held an acid tablet . When the illusionist put the tablet to work, his reality became twisted and wildest dreams were revealed. The price? His soul!

Per Press Pack
“David Chaudoir, writer/director, has worked for 25 years in UK Broadcast Television and as- sociated crafts. He has directed award winning promotions for The Walking Dead and The Wire and music videos for bands such as Athlete and Starsailor.

Sukey Richardson, producer, has produced / production-managed a range of features, documentaries, commercials and short films including Toby Stephen’s In Vitro (2015)”

Festivals and Screenings submitted to:
“Dark Scream (Hampshire, UK)
A Night of Horror International Film Festival (Australia)
Los Angeles Short Film Festival (Los Angeles)
The Box Film Festival (Newbury, UK)
ScareLA (Los Angeles)
Fantasy Anime Sci-Fi Horror Film Festival (Santa Monica, USA)
Cornwall Film Festival (Cornwall, UK)
London Short Film Festival (UK)
Grimmfest (Manchester, UK)
MHFF – MOLINS HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (Barcelona, Spain)
Cambridge Film Festival (UK)
FrightFest (London, UK)
The Shortest Nights [Short Sighted Cinema] (London, UK)
Screamfest Horror Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Encounters Shortfilm Festival (Bristol, UK)
Celluloid Screams Horror Film Festival (Sheffield, UK)
Abertoir: The International Horror Festival of Wales (UK)
Show Me Shorts Festival (New Zealand)
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (USA)
Bram Stoker International Film Festival (Yorkshire, England)
Monsters of Film (Sweden)
Fantastik Film Festival (Sweden)
No Gloss Film Festival (Leeds, UK)
Leigh Film Festival (Lancashire, UK)”

Bad Acid’ is somewhat in the same vain of the ‘Wishmaster’ franchise. Taking your classic genie Disney tale and steps it back to its original “Jinn” origins. The Jinn or Djinn is a creature based within early Arabic and later Islamic mythology and theology. The creature is something of a demon in Christian beliefs.

Per Wikipedia here’s the full definition.
“Jinn (Arabic: الجن‎, al-jinn), also romanized as djinn or anglicized as genies, are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology. An individual member of the jinn is known as a jinni, djinni, or genie (الجني, al-jinnī). They are mentioned frequently in the Quran (the 72nd sura is titled Sūrat al-Jinn) and other Islamic texts and inhabit the world. The Quran says that the jinn are made of a smokeless and “scorching fire”,[1] but are also physical in nature, being able to interact in a tactile manner with people and objects and likewise be acted upon. The jinn, humans, and angels make up the three known sapient creations of God. Like human beings, the jinn can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have free will like humans.[2] The shaytan jinn are akin to demons in Christian tradition, but the jinn are not angels and the Quran draws a clear distinction between the two creations. The Quran states in Sūrat al-Kahf (The Cave), Ayah 50,[3] that Iblis (Azazel) is one of the jinn. Read more here

Bad Acid’ dubbed by the creators a “love letter to the portmanteau horror films of the 1970’s and a wry sideswipe on the fleeting nature of celebrity”, stars Tristan Beint, Madeleine Bowyer, Tiffany Haynes and William Kempsell.

David Chaudior [writer/director] is an award-winning writer/director whom worked on networks and music videos throughout the U.K. He worked on U.K’s BBC network, Channel 4 and has written and directed music videos for UK bands such as Athlete, Starsailor, Ladytron and Graham Coxon. Chaudior went on to direct a viral award-winning promo for AMC’s The Walking Dead in 2010 and is currently returning to his love of the genre with his debut feature film script Montague, Bad Acid and more.


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