Short film from Untamed Aggression Productions and MJF
The mind-blowing new short film from Untamed Aggression and MJF
Ellie is a young woman at her wits’ end. Unlucky in love and undervalued at work, her frustrations with life lead her to discover her uncanny talent for exploding skulls. Initially happening during outbursts of anger, soon her abilities began to spiral out of control and the heads begin a-poppin’ left and right.
Ellie is one of the top property agents at the development company she works at. Not that she wants to be, she is a struggling artist trying to make ends meet. Nonetheless, she works hard and busts her ass to get the job done, despite the lack of appreciation from her boss or her clients. It’s a good job she can’t explode people’s heads, otherwise there’d be trouble.
Ellie’s best friend. An artist herself, Natasha has embraced her corporate role in a much more pragmatic way than Ellie. Still, she supports Ellie in her endeavours and sticks by her when things get difficult in life and the workplace. And when brains start splattering.
Mitchell is North America’s leading property developer, allegedly. Loud, brash, and arrogant, his ability to annoy is beyond reproach. But hey, he’s North America’s leading property developer, what does he care what you think? He’s HANK FUCKIN’ MITCHELL, you Limey prick.
Ellie’s hate-interest. Their first date after being matched on a dating app did not go well, not that Jordan noticed (He got a free meal and a sounding board for his next batch of memes he’ll be launching). Now Ellie’s not returning his messages, she’s annoyed when he turns up unannounced at her house, what more can he do?
Ellie and Natasha’s boss, a division manager and boy, does he create division. Stubbornly old-school, he refuses to interact with any technology more advanced than a calculator. Luckily, he is a top-notch brown-noser, managing to sleaze his way into a cushy supervisory role so he can dump his work onto his underlings (i.e. Ellie and Natasha) whilst simultaneously claiming credit for their actions. Everyone wins! Go team!
Local psychiatrist. She’s seen everything (She successfully managed to talk Christian Bale out of his own arse), very little phases her anymore. However, she’s about to discover that her training and experience does not cover cranial detonation.
Loogy is a troubled young man. It’s hard to decipher what he does, exactly, but he’s always sat at some bus stop, alienating passers-by with his less than optimal social skills. So far, he’s been getting away with it, but he might just push his luck with the wrong person struggling to contain their penchant for mind-scrambling.
In late 2017, for some reason, the phrase “heads-a-poppin’” popped into filmmaker James Raynor’s brain and stuck fast. Inspired by his dead-end retail job and the current socio-political climate, Raynor weaved a tale of Ellie, an artist, frustrated with dealing with incompetent management and the idiot public, who inadvertently develops a unique version of telekinesis. It starts small, manifesting in moments of high emotion, causing headaches and nosebleeds to those nearby, but before long, she is detonating skulls left and right with no control and no one to turn to…
By early 2019, Raynor had written a couple of drafts and producer Matthew Jay France came on-board to begin securing the cast (a mix of old and new faces from previous productions) and locations. On a whim, it was decided to submit a pitch to the Fresh Blood competition at Frightfest 2019 to win additional funding from Genera and Blue Finch Films. Surprisingly, we won, giving us the cash to secure some more sophisticated practical effects for the aftermath of numerous head explosions.
Shooting began in early November 2019 in Richmond, London. With only five days to shoot 32 pages, packed with dialogue, multiple locations and special effects, time was of the essence, but the whole cast and crew worked at the top of their game to bring the production in on-schedule.
Now, with the film in post-production back in Raynor’s hometown of Leeds, West Yorkshire, HEADS-A-POPPIN’! is on track to be the cinematic event of the century. We are aiming to have the film completed for submission to Frightfest 2020, so watch this space.
In the meantime, follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with all developments, and check out the trailer right here on Headsapoppin.com
It’s CLERKS meets SCANNERS. It’s Ken Loach meets Lloyd Kaufman. It’s a socially-aware comedy splatterfest with an ending that-furies THE FURY.