Avey Tares Slasher Flicks is proud to share the short film for Catchy (Was Contagious), from their debut album Enter The Slasher House out now on Domino. The tense, eerie 9 minute short is inspired by early black & white horror films, and finds its perfect soundtrack in the supernatural sounds of Slasher Flicks.
The video for Catchy (Was Contagious) was directed by Abigail Portner, with Giovanni Ribisi working in the role of Director of Photography. It was shot in and around Atwater, Los Angeles, in August of this year.
I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffauts 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergmans films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal – to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950s feel to it but the undertone is still very dark. – Abigail Portner on Catchy (Was Contagious)
The short film will have its live premiere tonight, prior to Avey Tares Slasher Flicks set at the Haunted Hotel Bash at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. In addition, the Halloween party will feature a screening of John Carpenters horror classic Halloween; DJ sets by Zach Cowie (Wooden Wisdom), Amason (Miike Snow), Clifton Weaver (Funky Sole), and Neil Schield (Origami Vinyl); and visuals by Abigail Portner. More info here.
Catchy (Was Contagious) Production Credits
Producer – Stellascope
Production Manager – Cody Moore
Director – Abigail Portner
Dir Photography – Giovanni Ribisi
Catchy (Was Contagious) Cast
Boy – Cosimo Hansen
Werewolf – Sean Pecknold
Balloon Girl – Tuesday Hansen
Mom – Haley Pearl
Shop Owners- David Portner & Angel Deradoorian
Frankenstein – Travis Clark
Creature From The Black Lagoon – Abigail Portner
Invisible Man – Sam Muller
Listen to a Halloween-themed playlist by the band HERE.
Watch the bands full live set at this years Pitchfork Music Festival HERE.
AVEY TARES SLASHER FLICKS
Slasher Flicks by name alone is not what it appears to be. Scrambled horror film soundtracks? Not even remotely. A bunch of East Coasters making their quintessential LA album? No, more like escape from LA, say guitar-wielding Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), keyboard player and singer Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon). If LA is an environment to get lost in, as they claim, this group sewing roots in SoCal have become lost in the best way: relocating and reinventing sounds theyre already skilled in making, sounds that as Avey Tare says, are not only regionally unrestricted but that come from a place thats not human.