NSFW: Look out, here comes The Chickening. This short is intended to be a fictitious theatrical trailer for Kubrick’s The Shining reimagined –on meth! Directed by Toronto-based filmmakers Nick DenBoer and Davy Force, it was just shown at Sundance. Scott Wampler of Birth Death Movies spoke with DenBoer about this amazing short,
How long did it take you to put this together?
Davy flew up to my studio in Toronto and we shot the shit for about a week, writing and rough editing to force our new narrative on the original film. We then parted ways and cranked on it for about 2 1/2 months; Davy from his studio in LA and me in Toronto. We collaborated remotely and I assembled it as it came together. This was intended to be a 22-minute piece, but we did this for zero budget in our spare time, so we did as much as we could until it worked as a balls-out trailer. If we made our 22-minute version as intended, the narrative would make a lot more sense, but I think it’s going to live as you see it and we are moving on to the next project.
Is there anything special you’d like to note about the short? Anything we might’ve missed the first time through, or any special behind-the-scenes goings-on that were particularly compelling?
There’s lots you probably missed the first time through. Maybe the pictures of ISIS on the wall behind Jack in the office, or the box of chicken-flavored condoms, or the pile of Tommy Wiseau references. This thing is loaded with Easter eggs and designed to be watched a bunch of times, so you’ll keep seeing new details. Kubrick was like that with all the details, too, and we think – although we sort of defaced his film – that we are still paying homage to a great piece of cinema. We wanted every still of this thing to have a WTF vibe.
This is sort of crazy-amazing. Share this far and wide. But first –WATCH! And then watch it again!
(T/Y, Greg; via Birth Movies Death)