An office stiff wakes up in an alley mysteriously covered in blood. In the aftermath, he attracts the attention of his beautiful coworker, granting him a new lease on life …but something strange is afoot.
So things will get weird, mysteriously and crazily weird. But in a good way. The McCoubrey brothers Luke and Peter were destined to create a film that had the appetite of an 80’s comedic horror films, and with a storyline where a man gets romantic guidance from a bizarre creature he unearths from his head wound, things get absurdly unorthodox.
Having a soft spot for the genre movies from the 80s, we sort of missed they way those films often bounced around from horror to comedy to enigmatic to just flat out weird… as well as their inventive use of practical FX. Films like An American Werewolf in London, Return of the Living Dead, Big Trouble in Little China,The Fly, Brain Damage and Brazil all had a level of influence over our film’s initial conception. We wanted our film to honor the wild, inventive, and playful spirit of those films but still feel modern, cinematic and potentially leave the audience scratching their heads.
Despite it being inspired by 80’s films, the story does get just as deep as the head wound in the film, and will gracefully make you dig deeper for more answers. Luke and Peter want you to dig as deep as you can.
We love films that inspire you to think or leave you wanting to solve them afterwards, so with that in mind much of the narrative of The Grey Matter takes place off screen and through subtle suggestion. We are definitely asking that the audience pay close attention to the details to figure out what’s happening to Simon. I wrote the film with a very clear intention of what Simon was going through. All the necessary pieces to the puzzle are presented in the film… but we’ve now heard so many different takes and theories from various audience members that we can no longer say that one interpretation is the de facto one. We love that about the film… as well as any film that does that.
For the curious ones that love to see short films made into feature length, the brothers already have a feature script written. What first started out as a short turned into a feature film, but they realized that since the story is just weird, it would be best to showcase the look and tone would probably be to make a short. So if any millionaire producers are reading this, you can find the script on the blcklst.com.