Sophia and Michael produce horror-comedy short, Half-Cocked – playing at festivals now!


We had the pleasure of producing Aaron Barrocas's horror-comedy short, Half-Cocked!


Sick 'N' Wrong - Aug 10, 2019 - CityArts Orlando - Orlando, FL
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival - Aug 23, 2019 - Dipson Theatres Eastern Hills Cinema - Buffalo, NY
GenreBlast IV - Aug 31, 2019 - Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester, VA (Nominated: Best Actor - Pat Healy)
Filmquest - Sept 7, 2019 - Velour - Downtown Provo, Utah (Nominated: Best Comedy Short, Best Short Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor - Lundon Boyd)
Atlanta Horror Film Festival - Sept 12 - 14, 2019 - Synchronicity Theatre - Atlanta, GA (Winner: Best Horror Comedy Short)
Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival - Sept 25 - 29, 2019 - 2223 Theater - Philadelphia, PA (Winner: Best Short Film)
Shawna Shea Film Festival - Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 Starlite Gallery 129 Hamilton St., Southbridge, MA - 5 PM (w/Batraticus)
Fangoria Monster Fest - Oct 15, 2019 - Sydney, Australia
Sanford International Film Festival - Oct 16, 2019 - Sanford, ME (Nominated: Best Comedy Film, Audience Choice Award)
Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival - Oct 18 - 19, 2019 - Clemmons, NC (Winner: Best Short, Best Actress [Vanessa Benavente as Dr. Flores]; Nominated: Best Actor [Pat Healy as Dr. Kirby],  Best Writer, and Best Director)
Nightmares Film Festival - Oct 24 - 27, 2019 - Columbus, OH (Nominated: Best Horror Comedy Short)
HorrorHaus Film Festival - Oct 25 - 27, 2019 - Santa Clarita, CA
NYLA International Film Festival - Oct 27 -  Hollywood, CA 90038
Pennsylvania Indie Shorts Festival - Nov 2 - 3, 2019 - East Stroudsburg, PA (Nominated: Best Comedy, Best Writing)
Studio City Film Festival - Nov 10, 2019 - Studio City, CA - Winner: Best Horror Comedy Short
NYC Horror Film Festival - Dec 7, 2019 - NY (Chelsea), NY - w/ Star Light, Night Crawl, Pepper (Winner: Best Short)
Spotlight Film Awards - Jan 11, 2020 - Atlanta, GA - (Nominated: Best Comedy Film of 2019)
Scorpiusfest - Feb 3, 2020 - Park City, UT (Nominated: Best Director, Best Actor - Lundon Boyd)
NEVERMORE Film Festival - February 28 - March 1, 2020 - Durham, NC
Golden State Film Festival - February 29th, 2020 - Hollywood, CA 
Starburst International Film Festival - March 13 - 14, 2020 - Blue, Media City UK, Salford
International Horror Hotel 2020 (Winner: Best Horror-Comedy Short, Best Short Script)
Hollywood Horrorfest 2020 (Winner: Best Short, Best Director - Aaron Barrocas, Best Comedy Actress – Vanessa Benavente, Best Comedy Actor – Lundon Boyd)
Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival - Oct 1, 2020 - ​Virtual
Vancouver Horror Show 2020 - Oct 22, 2020 - Virtual (Nominated: Best Comedic Performance - Pat Healy, Vanessa Benavente)
Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival - Dec 12-19, 2020 - Virtual

Severed Limbs Film Festival 8: Happy New Fear! - January 8, 2022 - Facebook Event

Written, Produced, Directed, and Edited by Aaron Barrocas
Starring: Pat Healy, Vanessa Benavente, Lundon Boyd (with: Rakefet Abergel, Devi Veysey)
Produced by Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein
Director of Photography: Sophia Cacciola




Half-Cocked (2019) Short Film Review - Screen Fervor

It's a rare and refreshing find to discover a short horror comedy which neither banks on shock value nor stoops to bathroom humor. Written and directed by Aaron Barrocas, Half-Cocked rises high above the crop with a script that's both smart and comedic.

Watching Movies - Half-Cocked - Without Your Head

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FilmQuest Fest 2019 Interview: Writer/Director/Co-Producer Aaron Barrocas for HALF-COCKED

Sometimes in horror, you just need a hilarious palette cleanser to distract your mind from the things that make the world a little bit sadder. This is what the horror-comedy short does in spades. The HALF-COCKED follows two ambitious yet ill-prepared doctors who grant immortality to a begrudging and resentful test subject who had spent his life excitedly awaiting death.

Short Film Review: HALF-COCKED - Nightmarish Conjurings

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to be immortal? Wanted to know how you would react to the prospect of living life for all eternity with no way out? What if you had no say in the manner?

Nightmares Film Festival 2019: Shorts Recap, Part 1 - PopHorror

The most frequent lament I heard this past weekend at the Nightmares Film Festival was the inability to clone oneself. With four days, two screens, hundreds of great conversations, 155 shorts, and 23 feature films, astral projection would have been the only way to view all of the films from the most talented and ambitious horror filmmakers around the world.

Massive Recap of the 2019 Nightmares Film Festival - Bloody Disgusting

The Nightmares Film Festival has continued to grow in size and popularity over the four years since its inception. World of Death and I have been proud to be partners with festival organizers Jason Tostevin and Chris Hamel because of their uncanny ability to create an environment that is rich in independent networking coupled with introducing fans to some of the craziest and weirdest horror to hit the screen.

Half-Cocked, Short Film, Review and Interview

Supporting tabletop gaming of all types; including dice, board, card, and role-playing games.

Additional crew:

Camera Operators: Matt Stuertz, Paul Zurcher
Gaffer/Drone Operator: Bill Moldt
Assistant Camera / Production Photographer: AJ Cutler
Key Grip: Tyler Sage

Special Effects Supervisor: Joe Castro
Special Effects Assistant: Steven J. Escobar

Sound Mixer / Boom Operator: Winston Moore
Makeup Artists: Tffy DeJesus, Unique Chung
Composer: Catherine Capozzi
Visual Effects Editor: Rob Himebaugh

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