Video contest winners include tricks and treats

A sneak peek at a full-length comedic horror movie shot in the Rogue Valley nabbed first prize in the Mail Tribune/Daily Tidings Spooktacular video contest

Medford filmmaker Ray Robison took first place for his campy "Vampire Camp" trailer. The trailer, edited by Ross Williams, promotes a feature directed by Robison and written by Cathy Stadtfeld, of Central Point.

"It was something that would have been made either way, but the contest kind of forced our hand on getting it done more quickly," Robison said.

The contest garnered 17 entries, and horror icon Bruce Campbell, Rogue Valley filmmaker Alex Williams and Mail Tribune/Daily Tidings videographers Mandy Valencia and Ryan Pfeil decided on the top three.

"A big shout out to all the entries," Campbell said. "Filmmaking can be very time-consuming, and I appreciate all the effort that went into these entertaining shorts!"

Second place went to Randy Granstrom, of Medford, for "GogDawg," a fake commercial depicting an unusual snack for zombie apocalypse survivors.

"This short was utterly ridiculous, skirting the edge of bad taste, but I got a good laugh out of the cheeseball special effects and the 'unique' way to get rid of zombies," Campbell said.

Ashland resident Eli Turner's "A Demon Among Us" clinched third place. Turner said a mythological, faceless creature called the Slender Man was the basis for the film, which tells the story of an individual being followed by an expressionless entity.

"Pacing is great in this little film," contest judge Williams said. "The end effect was unpredictable and very well-done."

Brian O'Connor's "The Chase" won the People's Choice Award. The film tells the story of a girl on the run from a sadistic, knife-wielding killer.

"I wanted it to be quick," O'Connor said. "It was a very small crew and just a couple of actors. It was a fairly quick process."

Head to www.mailtribune.com/spooktacular to watch all the entries.

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