About Chomp


Chomp PosterMillie is determined to prove to the world that she’s captured the first real zombie–even if he’s not one.  A short horror comedy written & directed by first-time director Lynne Hansen, starring Susan O’Gara, Kyle Porter, Ellah Durliat and Joel D. Wynkoop. Features music by Claire and the Potatoes and Trevor Strong.


“A delightfully breezy and wholly enjoyable cinematic romp with enough blood and guts to satisfy hardcore fans.”–Dread Central

“CHOMP is one of the most highly anticipated short films in recent memory.”–Rick Danford, Halloween Horror Picture Show founder and programming coordinator

“I honestly can’t wait to see more from this talented first-time director.” –Tonjia Atomic, Horror Honeys

“Yes, it’s a zombie comedy, but there’s almost like a Jack Ketchum sort of vibe in it as well…It’s a very dark look at humanity.”–Dread Media

“Regardless of how you may feel about zombies, whether you love ’em or hate ’em…you’re bound to find this little movie fun and darkly humorous!”–Phillip Wilcox, Dark Comedy Productions

Director’s Statement

When a woman is held captive by a maniac, you sympathize immediately with her plight. How will she ever be able to escape such an intimidating foe? Too often, though, the stories end up being excuses to torture a skimpily clad, big-busted woman of questionable intelligence. The forgettable girl ends up being just “the victim” and it’s always the villain you gleefully tell your friends about after the credits roll.

With Chomp, I wanted to make a movie that turned the tables on the stereotype, putting a young man in jeopardy in a circumstance that seemed impossible to escape. And I wanted to pit him against a non-traditional villain–Millie, the sweetest, most twisted little old lady you’d never want to meet. Chomp is Misery if Annie Wilkes had wanted a zombie.

Run Time

12 min


October 2014

7 Awards Won

  • Best Short Horror Film of 2015 – Fright Meter Awards
  • Best of Fest – GeekFest Shock Pop Comic Con
  • Best Short Film – GeekFest Shock Pop Comic Con
  • Filmmaker to Watch – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Supporting Actress – Sunscreen Film Festival
  • Best Performance – Bloodbath Film Festival
  • Best Short – Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival

21 Nominations

  • Best Comedy Short – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Actor – FANtastic Horror Film Festival
  • Best Supporting Actor – FANtastic Horror Film Festival
  • Best Director – FANtastic Horror Film Festival
  • Best Line – FANtastic Horror Film Festival
  • Best Comedy – FANtastic Horror Film Festival
  • Best Actress – Horrible Imagingings Film Festival
  • Best Director – Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
  • Funniest Horror Comedy – Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
  • Best Local Director – Creative Loafing Best of the Bay
  • Best Short – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Florida Film – Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
  • Best Short Horror Film – Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
  • Best Action Horror Finalist – Highway 61 Film Festival
  • Best Horror Comedy Film Runner Up – Upstate New York Horror Film Festival

55 Official Selections

  • Halloween Horror Picture Show – Tampa, FL
  • Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat Room 217 Movie Night – Estes Park, CO
  • Florida Horror Film Festival – Tampa, FL
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival – Buffalo, NY
  • Florida Film Network Showcase – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Geekfest at Shock Pop Comicon – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Horror Happens Film Showcase for Women in Horror Month – Lake Hopatcong, NJ
  • Nevermore – Durham, NC
  • Geekfest at Long Beach Comic Expo – Long Beach, CA
  • Rise of the Dead II – Tampa, FL
  • Weird Film Fest II – Berkley, CA
  • Jennifer’s Bodies – Edinborough, Scotland
  • Sunscreen Film Festival – St. Petersburg, FL
  • World Horror Convention – Atlanta, GA
  • Geekfest at AC Boardwalk Con – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Rise of the Dead III – Tampa, FL
  • Reel Bronx International Film Festival – Bronx, NY
  • FuMPFest – Chicago, IL
  • Dead in Decatur – Decatur, IL
  • Innovative Film Festival – Tampa, FL
  • Scares that Care Film Festival – Williamsburg, VI
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival – Tampa, FL
  • Joel D. Wynkoop Day at the Movies – Tampa, FL
  • Necon Night at the Movies – Portsmouth, RI
  • Rome International Film Festival – Rome, GA
  • Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – San Diego, CA
  • Ottawa Spook Show and Fantastic Film Festival – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Highway 61 Film Festival – Pine City, MN
  • Lilliputian Film Festival St. Louis, MO
  • Fargo Fantastic Film Festival – Fargo, ND
  • Ax Wound Film Festival – Brattleboro, VT
  • Scream in the Dark Film Festival – Omaha, NE
  • 15 Minutes of Fame in Florida – Orlando, FL
  • Orlando Film Festival – Orlando, FL
  • Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest – San Juan, PR
  • Tucson Terrorfest – Tucson, AZ
  • Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival – Belfast, Ireland
  • Bloodbath Film Festival – Dallas, TX
  • Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival – Winchester, Virginia
  • FANtastic Horror Film Festival – San Diego, CA
  • Spooky Empire International Horror Film Festival – Orlando, FL
  • Halloweenapalooza – Ottumwa, IA
  • Upstate NY Horror Film Festival – Rochester, NY
  • Acocollona’t Film Festival – Girona, Spain
  • Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival – Bruges, Flanders, Belgium
  • Woman Up Independent Film Series – Inglewood, CA
  • Sleep Cure World Premiere – Tampa, FL
  • Buried Alive Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA
  • HorrorVision Trash Film Festival – Barcelona, Spain
  • Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival – Tampa, FL
  • Evil Santa Horror Film Festival – Portsmouth, UK
  • Sunscreen Film Society Movie Night – Largo, FL
  • Women in Horror Month Celebration – Dublin, Ireland
  • Slaughter Movie House – Kansas City, MO
  • Dark Scream Film Festival – Titchfield, Hampsire, UK

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