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Occurrence at Mills Creek (2019)

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Cassandra awakens to a nightmare as her pleas to be seen and heard by her sister Clara are taken as supernatural occurrences.


Don Swanson


Don Swanson



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Credited cast:
Betsy Lynn George ... Emily
Ava Psoras Ava Psoras ... Clara
Alexa Mechling Alexa Mechling ... Cassandra
Joe Fishel ... Victor
Jace Armentrout Jace Armentrout ... Jason
MaLynda Parker MaLynda Parker ... Aunt Estelle
Robert Alcorn Robert Alcorn ... Father Farris
Myla Swanson Myla Swanson ... Young Clara
Rosie Koster ... Alex
Kathy Ciesielski Kathy Ciesielski ... Diana
Keith Otto Keith Otto ... Clark
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kobe Brown Kobe Brown ... Mourner
Joe Ciesielski Joe Ciesielski ... Mourner
Sammijo Cooper Sammijo Cooper ... Mourner
Noah Crissman Noah Crissman ... Ice Fisherman


15 year old Cassandra awakens to find herself weak and on display in a casket under the vigil of her elder sister Clara in their home. As she slowly regains her strength, Cassandra's desperate attempts to be seen and heard are perceived as terrifying and unnatural occurrences by Clara, forcing her to consider possibility that she may actually be dead. Written by Don Swanson

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See me. Hear me.


Short | Drama | Horror



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Release Date:

5 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


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$2,000 (estimated)
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Spruce Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Ava Psoras, who plays Clara, is the real life daughter of Betsy Lynn George who plays Clara's mother, Emily. See more »

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It is the mythology passed on like heritage along with few other sinister behaviours that cradles you into this nightmare.
23 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Occurrence At Mills Creek

Swanson lives for the pleasures of the horror genre and his splashy attitude towards it, will make the fans drool all over it. In times, where political correctness and gender equality is forced by the makers for approvals, this is more honest and humbling journey to go through. This nuanced short film never preaches for women to take charge and instead states it as a part of narrative. The film uses color and pace of the camera to express the state and environment that surrounds these characters. The background score adds a spooky vibe with Mia Zanotti humming that plays as an enchanting introduction to this world.

There are scenes specifically set to serve the metaphorical purpose which with a whisk of wild cinematography and editing creates the ambiguity that keeps you at the brisk of your seat. A fine example of it, is a pivotal scene that takes place in the funeral. You are bound to be hooked with its mythological approach which I think is the best asset of the film. The writer and director Don Swanson isn't afraid on speaking the subtextual material by adding new characters in this dysfunctional family.

His world is perpetually pushing the boundary as soon as the finiteness is broken by revealing information, and this remains the double edged sword that he cannot help himself from. This step by step breaking and widening of the terror gives you an exhilarating dose periodically but then also poses the question "What now?" in capitals. And this is why this short film has to and does work as the first act of a forthcoming film. Occurrence At Mills Creek is a potential film that carries the kinetic momentum through the promising performance of the cast that I cannot wait to see it in its entirety on a large screen.

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