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Internet entrepreneurs Tom Brennan and Chris Grabow know what sells: “Clicks and eyeballs equals cash”. They’ve built their viral video website into a money-making machine, partly by providing “screamers”, videos that distract the audience only to freak them out. receives an intense screamer featuring a young girl at a gravesite and a disturbing-looking boogeyman, which becomes the top video on the site. But the team soon learn that the girl looks exactly like Tara Rogers, a girl who’s been missing for years. Tom and Chris hit the road with their team to find Tara, discover the truth and make even more money … but things don’t quite go as planned.

Technical Information

2016; United States of Ame; Horror; 85 minutes; DCP, ProRes; 1.77:1 (16:9); 5.1 mix, Stereo; Original Language: English


Dean Matthew Ronalds


Tom Malloy


Aaron Gordon


Jeffery Alan Jones


Michelle Alexandria, Luchie Saile


Trick Candle Productions


Emanuela Galliussi


Tom Malloy


Russ Adams


Yuqing Chi


Reynaldo Rodis


Dean Matthew Ronalds

Tom Brennan

Tom Malloy

Chris Grabow

Chris Bannow


Griffin Matthews


Abbi Snee

Tara Rogers

Theodora Miranne


Emanuela Galliussi


A critically acclaimed actor, Tom wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Tom became a trend setter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers and made it his business to learn as much about the filmmaking industry as possible. Over the years, Tom has raised more than $25 million in private equity from independent financiers and has written, produced and starred or co-starred in nearly all the films that his company Trick Candle Productions has made (save the two documentaries).

Some of these films include Hero of the Underworld, directed by John Vincent, and stars Malloy, Quinton Aaron, and Nicole Fox, the film Ashley, directed by Dean Ronalds, which was in theaters in 2013, Love N’ Dancing, which was directed by Rob Iscove (She’s All That), and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch, and Betty White; the psychological thriller The Alphabet Killer, directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Crime & Punishment in Suburbia) and stars Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Tom Malloy, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo; and a thriller directed by Mary Lambert called The Attic, starring John Savage, Malloy, and Elisabeth Moss.

As an actor, Tom has also appeared in principle roles on Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Kidnapped, The Seige (with Denzel Washington) and Anger Management.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tom is an accomplished author whose book Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films is considered the “gold standard” of indie film financing instruction. A second edition came out in 2012.

Tom has also competed and taught classes in the smooth, hip-hop dance style known as West Coast Swing. He was trained by seven time U.S. Open Champion Robert Royston in Swing and has trained in Salsa with World Champions Gary and Diana McDonald.

For 10 years, Tom was a nationally known motivational speaker for adults and kids and traveled across the country spreading his positive message to students of all ages. Over the years, he has spoken to more than 100,000 students.

Finally, Tom has mentored numerous film students, and Executive Produced and Produced their short films, and continues to do so.



Jul 13 – 23


May 19 – Jun 04



Turin –



Nov 18


Los Angeles –


Best Actor

Nov 10


Los Angeles –


Best feature

Nov 03


Buffalo –


Best Feature

Nov 02


Telluride –



Oct 14


Columbus –


Nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay

Jan 23

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Digital Journal

Screamers – Review 2018

Synopsis : When an internet company decides to investigate a series of ‘Screamer’ videos, they are confronted with havoc and hell they could never expect.

Review : 

First i would like to congratulate Ronalds and Malloy for setting the bar higher for found footage films. Also well done on a great cast. Sometimes in these type of films the acting can be a little worrying and it can feel a bit fake. This is the opposite. The acting is so good that after 30 minutes into the film i had to remind myself it was a horror and not a documentary on a real company.

I need to say something about Ronalds directing techniques because he seems to add a little suspense in there between scenes (Mainly snow falling at dark but it has the desired affect) The lighting the settings, i can’t praise any of it enough.

The plot is an original plot which is clever, confusing at times but still very clever and hasn’t been done like this before. Now when you make a film about screamer videos, then throw in a missing girl… oh and then lets add a bit of Francis Tumblety (A Jack the Ripper Suspect) Then you are surely on to a winner. As a Ripperologist i squealed with excitement when i saw this bit of the plot.

All i can say is you need to watch this beauty of a film. Oh and one last request, can we please have a sequel???!!


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