Genre-bending Horror Short YOU’RE DEAD HELEN Receives Oscar Nomination and New Trailer

The excellent short film You’re Dead Helen (AKA You’re Dead Hélène and its original title T’es morte Hélène; 2021), which Gruesome Magazine called “a remarkable genre-blending effort that takes viewers on a ride through three different storytelling genres and a wide range of emotions” in an enthusiastic review, has been shortlisted for Oscars nomination and received a new trailer, and the full short is now available to watch online. Following is the official press announcement, with links to watch the trailer and short.

The live action short YOU’RE DEAD HELEN / T’ES MORTE HÈLÉNE (Belgium/France), from Writer/Director Michiel Blanchart is shortlisted for Oscars nomination. Voting is happening right now until Feb. 1, 2022.

A supernatural romantic comedy, the film has been acquired by TriStar Pictures for a feature film remake.  Blanchart will direct the feature film as his feature film debut, and it will be produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at Ghost House and Michaël Goldberg and Boris Van Gils at Playbox Pictures. Caellum Allan will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures. Romel Adam will oversee for Ghost House.

The live-action short is produced by Daylight Films and Formosa Productions; is supported by Canal+, FWB and Region Grand Est; and has played at numerous film festivals around the world. It won an Oscar-qualifying Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best Short Film at Sitges, the Short Fuse Award at Austin Fantastic Fest, and the Grand Prize at the Gerardmer Film Festival.

Here’s the trailer:

The full film can be seen on ShortoftheWeek.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.