New Zealand’s H2Ow Productions is bringing horror fans around the world 6 weeks of frights and delights on YouTube with Ao-Terror-Oa, a new anthology of short horror films linked by one element- New Zealand culture.
The series is the brainchild of Hweiling Ow, creator of numerous short horrors on YouTube and Facebook, who has recently received NZ Film Commission funding for a round targeting women in horror. Her short film, Vaspy (a twisted take on the iconic NZ Buzzy Bee toy) will be shooting in November.
The six shorts that make up the series cover a wide range of subjects, from sunburn to rugby. They also range in tone from tense to outright gross, with most of them containing the perverse sense of humour that Kiwis are famous for. Producer Hweiling Ow describes the series as an opportunity to tell some horror tales that would be impossible to set anywhere else. The series is directed by Peter Haynes and Nick Burridge, and co-produced by Johnathan Guest, Jocelyn Bunch and Monique Hoseason. The shorts also feature a wealth of Kiwi acting talent, including Calum Gittins (Mortal Engines, 6 days, The King’s Speech), Tian Tan (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, Born to Dance) and Jordi Webber (Power Rangers Ninja Steel).
Screening alongside the shorts on the series’ YouTube channel will be two additional mini-series, Hweiling watches, where producer Hweiling Ow (Who ironically doesn’t enjoy watching horror) hilariously reacts to watching horror while hooked up to a heart monitor, and Body FX Basement of Horror, where Jules and Yolanda from Body FX (an Auckland based makeup company) give makeup tips in their own unique style.