The Short Horror Film Malacostraca, Featuring Effects By Gabe Bartalos, Is Live On Indiegogo

August 8, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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Writer/director Charles Pieper’s upcoming short horror film you must see, titled Malacostraca. With a great director, a wonderful cast, a special effects icon and producers well versed in the film and entertainment industry, this psychological short horror film should not be missed, and you can be part of it. Keep reading to find out how.

Pieper has written and directed several great short films including Night Sight, Morning Cloth, Last Remnants, and 2007’s Eye contact. He was also in the animation department for Nanuq, Pink Sock, I Am Asian, and How Are You. He worked as a set director for Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing, and  Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope.

The film stars Amber Bollinger and Charlie Pecoraro as a married couple. The film is seen through Pecoraro’s character’s eyes. He’s losing his mind and his ability to love. When his wife announces that she’s pregnant, his mind snaps, and then when the baby is born he doesn’t see it as human. Instead he sees the baby as a hideous lobster-like creature.

Bollinger has starred in several films and series including Drugs & Other Love, Fun Size Horror, Blood Wings, Cavemen and Sutures. As for Pecoraro, he co-starred in the series Living with Models, Dinner with Dons, Apples and Oranges and Pitiful Creatures, among others.


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Special effects master Gabe Bartalos, owner of Atlantic West Effects, who has worked on many iconic horror films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,  Friday the 13th VI, Leprechaun, and Gremlins 2, is creating the effects and creatures for Malacostraca.


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Ava Benjamin serves as cinematographer for Malacostraca. Benjamin has short films, music videos, and documentaries to her credit. Her documentary Playing with Power was a Vimeo staff pick in 2015.

As for the film’s producers, Kimberly Yan is producing along side Travis Cultreri. Yan served as producer for The Devil’s Carnival and its sequel The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!. She currently produces content for the Motor Trend on Demand network and has worked on Hell’s Kitchen. Recently she was the music supervisor for Scott Eastwood’s Dawn Patrol featuring Eastwood and Rita Wilson. Travis Cultreri  was the post production coordinator for Fifty Shades of Black and is currently in post production on NBC’s Emerald City. He’s been involved with projects from Disney, Cuts Deep Entertainment, and Anthem Films. Cultreri also worked with Yan on The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!.

The storyboard is by concept artist James Iles who has worked on shows such as Doctor Who and Sherlock.


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Impressive, right? The Indiegogo campaign is currently running. How could you not want to get involved with  Malacostraca ? There are great perks to be had like buttons, postcards, autographs, pendents, key chains, etchings, personal guitar lessons from Cultreri, cooking lessons from Yan, a personal tour of Bartalos’ Atlantic West Effects studio, and producer credits. Hell, if you pledge $30,000 Charlie Pecoraro will “take your hand in marriage”. Want another reason to get behind the film? Today, Malacostraca was chosen as Indiewire’s project of the day. That says a lot about the short horror film’s quality.

Stop by the Malacostraca Indiegogo page, check out all the details and grab your perk, we have. This is one short film you definitely want to be part of. Below are 3 teasers and the fundraiser video for Malacostraca.  We can’t wait to see the finished short film!






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