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Country of Origin: Japan

Synopsis: Atsushi is a high-school boy who has developed the power to move and explode objects by telekinesis. He lives a regular life by concealing his special power in his pet cactus whenever he feels that he is about to lose his temper. Things take a horrible turn when he becomes the target of a brutal gang of bullies and gets badly beaten at school. He endures the bullying for some time, but finally loses control and kills two of the bullies using his pent-up power. One of the bullies manages to escape. Devastated at what he’s done, Atsushi jumps off a bridge to his death. The cactus is now passed onto Atsushi’s mother and she is about to learn the secret of the strange cactus and who is responsible for her son’s death……

“Thorn” will be featured during the “Natural Vs. Supernatural ‘Supernatural’” Short Film Block, starting at 1:25pm on Sunday, September 13th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego‘s full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!


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Director Bio: Soichi Umezawa

Born in Kanagawa,Japan, Soichi shot his first short film using 8mm when he was 12. Ever since than, he’s made 6 short films unit he turned 15. His interest in special effects makeup sparked during high school where he was asked to make ghosts for a haunted house at a school event. He then began to teach himself the techniques and mailed photos of his creations to legendary FX artists like Dick Smith, Rick Baker and Steven Johnson and received feedbacks from the masters. After working as a cinema projectionist for 2 years, Soichi begun his professional career as an artist at a special FX company through Rick Baker’s introduction. He launched his own studio in 1997 and has been working on numerous movies, TV dramas and commercials and has won Japanese special FX makeup championships as part of the TV Champion, a popular Japanese variety show. In 2004, he worked as a special fx artist and a writer on a segment “Real” for a horror anthology “Prayer Beeds”. His latest director credit is “Y is for Youth” which is one of the segments of the horror anthology feature, ABCs of Death2.

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