KILL YOUR LOVER
Kill Your Lover is a horror feature film where "Blue Valentine" meets the "The Fly" in a psychological drama - with a punk edge and skin-crawling body horror! When Dakota tries to break off her toxic relationship with Axel, it starts transforming him into a monstrous creature with increased aggression, a touch that melts skin and worst of all, he’s contagious...
KILL YOUR LOVER
Having made over 40 projects together (from music videos, to commercials and of course short films) over the last decade, we're confident that with KILL YOUR LOVER we've found the right project to take the plunge into the feature arena!
Picture the heart-breaking hard drama of ‘Blue Valentine’ on a collision course with the intense body horror of ‘The Fly’. Alternatively, in the case of our previous films: ‘Portrait’ meets ‘Retch’ (which you can watch below!)
A stormy night. A picture of a loving couple hangs on a wall. Suddenly, two bloody hands rip the framed picture from the wall. SMASH - the picture is hurled to the floor cracking the glass. The bloody hand grabs a long broken shard.
We linger on the framed picture of the happy couple behind the broken glass, while in the background we hear the sound of a woman struggling and the utterances of an inhuman monster.
Dakota's voice narrates, "I've come to realize this was never a love story."
Axel and Dakota are stuck in a toxic relationship, slowly poisoning each other both mentally and physically. When Dakota tries to finally break it off, it causes a violent, physical reaction in Axel that slowly starts transforming him into a monstrous creature with increased aggression, a touch that melts skin and worst of all, he’s contagious...
Dakota is trying to figure out how to break up with her long-term boyfriend, Axel, who she shares a flat with. She has a wild past. She represented exciting opportunities to him. He represented stability to her. But they haven’t been able to make it work because fundamentally they are incompatible.
The past and present intercut and juxtapose the promise of their new relationship with their disintegrating future. Things quickly turn sour, as Axel begins to develop into a horrendous creature. He sweats thick goo and sprouts dark veins. Dakota tries to get him to the hospital, but Axel turns aggressive and animalistic at the fear of being left by her. Cornered by two paramedics who insist he needs to go to the hospital, he kills both and holds Dakota hostage, demanding answers as to why she wants to give up on them.
The toxicity fully takes hold and Dakota becomes equally infected, as the pair grapple with the remains of their relationship, which threatens to come to a bloody end...
A lot of KILL YOUR LOVER will be execution based and since we’ve proved what we can do in short form - it’s high time to take it to the next level in the form of a feature!
We’re fortunate to be working with an excellent and very accomplished team, who are the reason we’re able to make this film for such a crazy low amount. We are all hungry to prove what we can achieve - and moreover make a hellishly entertaining film!
CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER TEAM: Alix Austin & Keir Siewert
Alix & Keir (aka AK)'s most notable work so far includes the London segment for Horror Anthology ISOLATION (alongside Dennie Gordon, Larry Fessenden and Bobby Roe), which premiered at Frightfest & Screamfest 2021. They also co-created 'Best Horror' winning short RETCH (which premiered on ALTER) and multiple award-winning PORTRAIT that have toured at over 50 festivals globally.
Their newest horror short SUCKER is entering the 2022 festival circuit, but you can watch RETCH below right now!
LEAD SFX MAKE-UP: Rebecca Wheeler
Rebecca is a highly skilled Make Up professional having trained at The Iver Make-Up Academy at Pinewoods Studios and creates her own prosthetics as well as working closely with The Makeup Armoury.
She is excited to be leading the charge as the Lead SFX artist on Kill Your Lover, having previously worked with Switchblade Cinema on ‘Do Not Resuscitate’.
Having worked across Special Effects, Prosthetics, Hair and Makeup, among other skills and having recently wrapped on Aquaman 2. Other credits include Boiling Point and The Midwich Cuckoos.
Thibault is a French composer & professional musician specialising in scoring for Films, TV and Video Games, with a Masters in Composing for Film & TV from the National Film & Television School
He lends a particular edge to Kill Your Lover with his previous experience as a professional guitarist, having previously opened for multiple bands, such as Motörhead! His scores are especially distinguished by his knowledge and use of sound design elements as part of the instrumentals.
"I personally have this sort of undying hidden rage coming from my hard rock metal background that I combine with highly experimental sounds. I feel this “contained” anger, that feels like it could explode any moment, aligns perfectly with the core of Kill Your Lover's story, which I would be excited to create."
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Oscar Garth
Oscar is a Director of Photography and Colourist and stands apart with his striking style. Not afraid of dynamic shots or colour, he creates innovative sequences to emphasise each project he works on, regardless of the medium or genre.
He’s over the moon to be working with twisted minds behind Retch and Sucker, and stoked to be achieving all the SFX practically in-camera and is particularly looking forward to crafting a distinct, grungy visual style for the film, one that harks back to horror classics of the 80s/90s shot on 35mm (and with vintage glass).
He’s a big horror fan and is particularly drawn to visceral imagery and films such as in The Thing and Chris Cunningham’s work, who heavily uses body horror (e.g. Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy”).
Some of the effects from our previous films, including RETCH, Sucker and Do Not Resuscitate!
In addition, we're very excited to be collaborating with the band VUKOVI: http://www.vukovi.co.uk/ who will be providing tracks from their back catalogue to the film.
The band would be standing in as the film's fictitious band 'Black Glove Killer' that the lead female character, Dakota, was a part of. They would also be providing the credits song, our favourite choice for this currently is "La Di Da", featured in the Kill Your Lover Playlist below!