Kurayami no Wa


When Hallowe’en is hijacked by a Japanese doomsday cult, a girl and her siblings are forced to flee into the harsh conditions of winter.


“The second short from the 2015 Blood in the Snow Film Festival, KURAYAMI NO WA is a rather batshit-crazy short film made by–get this–fifteen year old director and co-writer Morgana McKenzie. In it, a Japanese doomsday cult hands out tainted candy on Halloween which turns the population into murderous zombies. The plague spreads and the survivors are forced out into the harsh Canadian wilderness. The acting by the young cast is fantastic, and McKenzie tells the story in such a way that Tarantino himself could learn a trick or two. This is a fantastically fun and crazy short.”

Anything Horror – Best Horror Shorts of 2015

“This one’s a doozy. Kurayami no Wa (Japanese for “of the darkness”) follows teens in the wilderness as they try to survive an apocalypse induced by Halloween candy that turns people into zombies. It’s got a classical guitar score that will immediately make you pay attention, and offers a really compelling depiction of children learning to deal with a violent world. There’s also a detail about this short that I simply can’t leave out. The director, Morgana McKenzie, is only 16 years old. Making a film that’s this beautiful and offers such a unique perspective on a tired trope at her age is a remarkable achievement. I can only hope that McKenzie continues to work in film. If Kurayami no Wa is any indication, she has a fantastic body of work ahead of her. I commend BITS for showcasing her talent.”

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Blog post updates on Kurayami no Wa

  • Ellie moves to post (and festival updates) (Sunday September 27th, 2015) -- I had an amazing summer, filled with friendships and film work. I had planned to do a post talking about the highlights of my two month break, but I’ve been slammed with work ranging from Ellie work to home work. So until then, I have a brief update on the post production of Ellie, and some ... (Read more)
  • A month of insanity (Sunday May 17th, 2015) -- I feel like I blinked and woke up in mid-May. The past few months have been absolutely insane, attending festivals for both “We All Go the Same” and “Kurayami no Wa”. I was still wrapping up the final colour grading for Kurayami no Wa (even on the plane), so I wasn’t able to submit it to NFFTY 2015. ... (Read more)
  • Festivals, Kurayami no Wa, and an Unnamed Music Video (Tuesday July 08th, 2014) -- Morgana is away (on her own) for the month of July, and this week she is attending Prodigy Camp outside of Seattle on a scholarship she won at NFFTY. So I (her dad) am tasked with keeping her website and social media engagement going until she returns. My first order of business? To round-up all the ... (Read more)
  • Casting Call: 9 to 11-year-old actress for my next film (Monday May 26th, 2014) -- I am working on pre-production for my upcoming short film “Kurayami no Wa“, and I’m looking for a young actress for a supporting role. Here are the details: Production Title: “Kurayami no Wa” Genre: Dark Thriller Production Type: Independent/Student Project Length: Short Film (Under 10 minutes) Production Location: Ottawa Compensation: Non-paying/volunteer, credit in film, meals & snacks  Audition Date: By appointment, June 25-27 Character: ... (Read more)
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