I’m a filmmaker, lecturer and researcher, specializing in the horror genre.

I wrote and directed MUIL, a mutiple award-winning short horror film. You can buy MUIL now on DVD here.

Trailer MUIL

I co-wrote the horror short FAMILY MATTERS (for director and co-writer Steve De Roover) which is part of the horror anthology Deathcember, featuring directors like Ruggero Deodato, Lucky McKee, Isaac Ezban, Pollyanna McIntosch … Deathcember will have its world premiere later this year (2019).

deathcember

I am currently writing and developing several feature length projects.

You can contact me on twitter, facebook, or linkedin.

All pictures on this site are by Jo Voets.
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Muil

Richard has an unusual fantasy: he is sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten by an animal or monster. Through a contact ad he meets the mysterious Max and with that encounter the chance to fulfill his depraved fantasy. Can Richard escape his dark desires or not?

DIRECTOR / WRITER
Jasper Vrancken
CAST
Pascal Maetens, Matthieu Sys, Myrthe Kramer
PRODUCER
Skladanowksy: Kevin Hoed & Steve De Roover
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Hyun De Grande
ART DIRECTOR
Bénédict Van Acker
SOUND DESIGNER
Yves De Mey
COMPOSER
Pepijn Caudron
EDITOR
Ives Jossa

made with the support of the VAF/Flemish Film Fund, SABAM & EyeLite
AWARDS
Best Foreign Short (FilmQuest)
Best Actor - Matthieu Sys (Nola Horror Film Fest)
Best Shortfilm, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction (Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Luis)
Mélies D'argent (RazorReel)
Golden Skull (Morbido Fest)
Most Shocking Short (Hexploitation Film Festival)
Best International Shortfilm (Madeira Fantastic Filmfest)
XIII Premi Serra Circular (Cryptshow Fest)
Best Actor - Matthieu Sys (Cryptshow Fest)
Best Director Short (Rojo Sangre)
40+ FESTIVAL SELECTIONS (full list available here). Some highlights include:
Fantasia International Film Festival (2019)
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2018 (World Premiere)
Morbido Film Fest (2018)
Overlook Film Festival (2019)
Cryptshow Fantastic Film Festival (2019)
FilmQuest (2018)
Hexploitation Film Festival (2018)
Fantasy FilmFest (2018)
Telluride Horror Show Film Festival (2018)
International Short Film Festival Leuven (2018)
REVIEWS
Cinergie.be [Grégory Cavinato] (French)
FLUX SDH [Thomas Lyn] (French)
Gruesomemagazine.com [Joseph Perry]
Kortfilm.be [Jannes Callens] (Dutch)
ReadySteadyCut [Alice Field]
Terrorweekend [Josep M. Luzán] (Spanish)
Interview Schokkend Nieuws [Barend de Voogd] (Dutch)
Review short film block Fantasia [Pop Horror]
Review short film block Fantasia [Cinema Crazed]
Interview Testkammer [Doreen Matthei] (German)
Interview Testkammer [Doreen Matthei] (English)
Testkammer [Doreen Matthei] (German)
Horror News [Sean Leonard]





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Family Matters

Marc is about to spend his first Christmas with his girlfriend and his in-laws. But not everything is what it means…

DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER
Steve De ROOVER
CO-WRITER
Jasper Vrancken
CAST
Mathias Van Mieghem, Hannelore Stevens, Victor Peeters, 
Aza Declercq, Vince Van Gossum
PRODUCER
Skladanowksy: Kevin Hoed & Steve De Roover for Deathcember: 
Dominic Saxl, Ivo Scheloske, Frank Vogt
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Julien Cherpion
SOUND (RECORDING / EDIT / MIX)
Eneas Mentzel
COMPOSER
The Nightstalker
EDITOR
Pieter Vermeersch

Deathcember is world’s first cinematic Advent calendar – filled with 24 short films about the dark side of the festive season, by 24 directors from around the globe: Ruggero Deodato, Lucky McKee, Isaac Ezban, Andreas Marschall, Pollyanna McIntosch … and our very own Steve De Roover!

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Research

I’m currently pursuing a PhD in the Arts entitled “Male Nightmares. Defamiliarization and horror film production.” 

My film work is heavily inspired by Julia Kristeva’s concept of the abject, especially the concept of the archaic-mother as developed by Barbara Creed in her seminal work “The Monstrous-Feminine”. I am interested in how filmmakers can use theoretical concepts from critical theory in general (like the abject, defamiliarization, the grotesque…) and/or specific visions and theory about horror in particular (like John Clute’s specific story structure for horror, or Noel Carroll’s complex discovery plot) as a dramaturgical tool for developing a horror screenplay. I’m planning on writing a mainstream publication about these dramaturgical tools, aimed at a filmmaking audience. The aim is to help filmmakers think in new and refreshing ways about horror, deepening their (and mine) understanding of this genre, and hopefully helping in developing strong new horror films. Horror is a genre and an industry that craves new voices, new ideas and has a deep need of and a longing for innovation. 

My first academic publication, Horror as Affective Estrangement, will soon be published. You can already read it here. I speak in broad terms about my research project and go deeper into the use of defamiliarization and horror, and the inspiration and development of Muil. 

You can find my academic CV here.

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Contact

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