THE S FROM HELL (2010), directed by Rodney Ascher

Room 237 director Rodney Ascher, before making that Kubrick-obsessed documentary (our interview with the filmmaker about it can be found here), premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival a short film entitled The S From Hell.

Perhaps it’s best to let the movie’s official site explain:

“THE S FROM HELL is a short documentary-cum-horror film about the scariest corporate symbol in history – The 1964 Screen Gems logo, aka ‘The S From Hell.’ Built around interviews with survivors still traumatized from their childhood exposure to the logo after shows like Bewitched or The Monkees, the film brings their stories to life with animation, found footage, and dramatic reenactments.

Not an exhaustive historical documentary, THE S FROM HELL is a subjective film whose aim is make the audience feel the same fear and confusion as the children who were first confronted by the vexing, unfolding sights and mournful, dissonant sounds that hid in the cracks between their favorite TV shows.”

Thanks to Vadim Rizov for bringing this one to our attention.

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Spencer Everhart curates the Worth Viewing video blog for The Seventh Art. He joined the team after his first video essay ("Malick's Lyrical Branches - The Tree of Life") was published in our seventh issue. He currently resides in Toronto and is pursuing a M.A. in Cinema Studies at York University.