Eel Girl

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Eel Girl
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Directed by Paul Campion
Produced by Jennifer Scheer
Elisabeth Pinto
Written by Paul Campion
Starring Julia Rose
Euan Dempsey
Nick Blake
Robyn Paterson
Music by Sanch (Paul Handford)
Cinematography Richard Bluck
Edited by Jeff Hurrell
Release dates
  • July 14, 2008 (2008-07-14)
Running time 5 minutes
Country New Zealand
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget Unknown

Eel Girl is a 2008 horror science fiction short film written and directed by Paul Campion, in which what appears to be a sort of human-eel hybrid woman, being studied by scientists in a Naval research facility, takes revenge on one of the scientists who are studying her.

The film was produced by Elisabeth Pinto and Jennifer Scheer, and was shot in Wellington, New Zealand. The special makeup effects were created by New Zealand based company Weta Workshop.

Plot[edit]

Deep in a secret navy research facility, an armed security officer enters a secure observation room, filled with electronic monitoring equipment and shelves full of dissected fish specimens. The officer requests one of the scientists accompany her immediately. He protests, quoting navy protocols that require two people to remain in the room at all times, but the officer makes sure he knows he has no choice.

The remaining scientist watches them leave the facility on a security monitor. Satisfied he's on his own, he quickly begins to activate override commands on the computer. A warning begins to sound, and the scientist steps back to stand in front of a large observation window, which looks into a dark tiled and dirty room, in the center of which stands a large bath, filled with black viscous liquid. Opposite the window is a large secure door, above which warning lights flash green, then red. The scientist becomes more agitated, breathing heavily, as he sees the door open, and a webbed hand curls around the door frame.

Out of the darkness appears the Eel Girl, naked, her skin pale, gills visible in her cheeks, small fins on her forearms. Slowly she steps into the room, walks around the bath. The scientist watches as she slides into the thick black liquid. In the observation room the computer begins to flash warnings. Distracted by the computer, the scientist doesn't notice the Eel Girl climb slowly out of the bath. She steps up to the window, hands against the glass and looks through. The scientist sees her, moves to the window, places his hands against hers through the glass. She stares back, mouth opening and closing slowly, revealing rows of sharp teeth.

She signals with her eyes, and the scientist moves to the security door that connects his room to hers. He activates the security code and opens the door. Inside she is waiting for him. He walks into the room and embraces her. She reaches up, gently holds the back of his head with one hand. And suddenly - her jaw extends and she pulls his head into her mouth, then lifts him into the air and swallows him whole, vomiting up his shredded clothes. She climbs back into the bath and lies there, caressing her now massively enlarged belly, and the scientist inside it - still alive.

Cast
Actor Character
Julia Rose Eel Girl
Euan Dempsey The Scientist
Nick Blake Senior Scientist
Robyn Paterson Military Officer

Awards[edit]

  • 2012 Shocker Award - Knoxville Horror Film Festival, USA
  • 2009 Honorable Mention - Best Short Film, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, USA
  • 2009 Best Director, Landcrab Film Festival, England
  • 2009 Best Special Effects, Landcrab Film Festival, England
  • 2009 Best Special Effects, Backseat Film Festival, USA
  • 2009 Sci-Fi London Horror Award, London Short Film Festival, England
  • 2008 Canal+ Cocette Minute, Brest European Short Film Fetival, France
  • 2008 Grand Prix, Court Metrange Short Film Festival, France
  • 2008 Best Special FX, Rhode Island Horror Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Visual Effects, A Night of Horror Film Festival, Australia
  • 2008 Best Special Effects, Dark Carnival Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Fx, Eerie HorrorFilm Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Super Short, Shriekfest Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Visual Effects, Tabloid Witch Awards, USA
  • 2008 Honorable Mention, Tabloid Witch Awards, USA
  • 2008 Best Short Film, HP Lovecraft Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Special Effects, HP Lovecraft Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Comedy, HP Lovecraft Film Festival, USA

Nominations[edit]

  • 2009 UK Film Council Award for Best Film, London Short Film Festival, England
  • 2008 Outstanding Technical Achievement In A Short Film, Qantas Film and Television Awards, New Zealand
  • 2008 Best Short Film, Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival, England
  • 2008 Best Cinematography, Dark Carnival Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Special Effects, Terror Film Festival, USA
  • 2008 Best Music Score, Terror Film Festival, USA

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