Momma, Don’t Go

A mother and daughter struggle to survive a deadly home invasion.

“This is an absolutely amazing short that features great performances and a lot of emotional depth without skimping on the horror elements.” – Morbidly Beautiful

“A great, self-contained short that hits all the right spots, Momma, Don’t Go is an example of a more complete short film experience.” – Horror Obsessive

“Writer/director Rafael De Leon Jr.’s short is gripping and gruesome, boasting taut suspense and fine special effects makeup work, along with great performances from…” – The Scariest Things Podcast

“If you ever wanted to show somebody a short film to showcase efficiency and payoff within a very short amount of time, then look no further.” – Horror Facts

Now streaming on ARROW PLAYER.

Press links:

Review at Ubiquitous Horror
Review at Bloody Disgusting
Review #1 at Nightmarish Conjurings (spoilers)
Review #2 at Nightmarish Conjurings
Review at Beats, Boxing and Mayhem
Review at Horror Obsessive (major spoilers)
Review at The Aisle Seat
Review at Morbidly Beautiful
Review at Horror Facts
Review at The Scariest Things
Review at Horrornews.net
Interview at TerrorWeekend.com
Interview at Twelve Cabins

Winner – Best Short Film – Highlands Horror Film Fest
Winner – Best Short Film – Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival
Winner – Best Horror/Thriller – Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
Winner – Best Director (Horror/Thriller) – Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
Winner – Best Actress (Horror/Thriller) (Julia Tolchin) – Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival
Winner – Best Director (Horror) – The Brightside Film Festival
Winner – Best Special Effects – Southern Gothic Film Festival
Winner – Best Makeup/Special Effects – Spook Screen Film Festival
Winner – Best Makeup – Things 2 Fear Film Fest
Winner – Best Actress Performance (Julia Tolchin) – The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest

Nominated – Best Recurring Nightmare – Nightmares Film Festival
Nominated – Best Horror Short – GenreBlast Film Festival
Nominated – Best Director – Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival
Nominated – Best Cinematography – Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival
Nominated – Best Gore – Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival
Nominated – Best Director – Houston Horror Film Festival
Nominated – Best Horror Short – AtomaCon Short Film Festival
Nominated – Best Special F/X – AtomaCon Short Film Festival
Nominated – Best Short Short – The Brightside Film Festival
Nominated – Best Horror – The Brightside Film Festival
Nominated – Best Thriller Short – New York CineFest
Nominated – Best Actress (Julia Tolchin) – Grindhouse Nights Film Festival
Nominated – Scariest Film – Spook Screen Film Festival
Nominated – Best Suspense/Horror/Thriller Short – Central Florida Film Festival
Nominated – Best Special Effects – New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival
Nominated – Best Special Effects – Southern Gothic Film Festival
Nominated – Best Cinematography – Southern Gothic Film Festival
Nominated – Best Horror Micro Film – Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
Nominated – Best Actress (Julia Tolchin) – Reel Horror Fest
Nominated – Best SFX – Reel Horror Fest
Nominated – Best Score – NOOGA Underground Film Festival
Nominated – Best SFX – The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest
Nominated – Best Short Under 10 Minutes – Peekskill Film Festival
Nominated – Best Twist – Vancouver Horror Show

Official Selection:

Nightmares Film Festival 2019 – Columbus, OH
PDXtreme Film Fest 2019 – Vancouver, WA
Panic Fest 2020 – Kansas City, MO
Cryptshow Festival 2020 – Barcelona, Spain
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2020 – Amherst, NY
GenreBlast Film Festival 2020 – Winchester, VA
Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival 2020 – Seattle, WA
Coney Island Film Festival 2020 – Brooklyn, NY
Santiago Horror Film Festival 2020 – Santiago, Chile
Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2020 – Philadelphia, PA
Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival 2020 – Silver Spring, MD
Killer Valley Horror Film Festival 2020 – Ashland, OR
iHorror Film Festival 2020 – Tampa, FL
HorrOrigins Film Festival 2020 – Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Horror Film Festival 2020 – Atlanta, GA
LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest 2020 – Puerto Rico
Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival 2020 – Vancouver, Canada
Northern Frights Festival 2020 – North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Frightening Ass Film Fest 2020 – Chattanooga, TN
HorrorHaus Film Festival 2020 – Los Angeles, CA
Panic Fest presents Tricks & Treats 2020 – Kansas City, MO
Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival 2020 – Rochester, NY
Monster Fest 2020 – Melbourne, Australia (screened in front of The Dark And The Wicked)
Be Afraid Horror Fest 2020 – Gorizia, Italy
Minimalen Short Film Festival 2021 – Trondheim, Norway
Grave Plot Film Fest 2021 – Seattle, WA
Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival 2021 – Milwaukee, WI
SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival 2021 – Providence, RI
Houston Horror Film Festival 2021 – Houston, TX
Peekskill Film Festival 2021 – Peekskill, NY
Spook Screen Film Festival 2021 – County Cork, Ireland
New York Latino Film Festival 2021 – New York, NY
New York No Limits Film Series 2021 – New York, NY
The Dead of Night Film Festival 2021 – Liverpool, England
Halloweenapalooza Film Festival 2021 – Ottumwa, IA
Highlands Horror Film Fest 2021 – Highlands, NJ
Sin City Horror Film Fest 2021 – Las Vegas, NV
Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival 2021 – Portland, OR
Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival 2021 – Sleepy Hollow, NY
Things 2 Fear Film Fest 2021 – Winchester, VA
Terror in the Bay Film Festival 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Spooky Empire’s International Horror Film Festival 2021 – Orlando, FL
Reel Horror Fest 2021 – Lombard, IL
Devil’s Night Gallery: Film + Art Event 2021 – Waterford, MI
Beer + Blood Film Festival 2021 – Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Hellifax Horror Fest 2021 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bleedingham Horror Film Festival 2021 – Bellingham, WA
The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest 2021 – Bremerton, WA
Studio City Film Festival 2021 – Los Angeles, CA
Another Hole in the Head Film Festival 2021 – San Francisco, CA
Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival 2021 – Tampa, FL
Central Florida Film Festival 2022 – Mount Dora, FL
Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2022 – Sanford, FL
Romford Horror Film Festival 2022 – Romford, England, UK
Short. Sweet. Film Fest. 2022 – Cleveland, OH
Wake Forest Film Festival 2022 – Wake Forest, NC
Southern Gothic Film Festival 2022 – Lafayette, LA
The Brightside Film Festival 2022 – Jersey City, NJ
New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival 2022 – Atlantic City, NJ
Grindhouse Nights Film Festival 2022 – Garwood, NJ
Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival 2022 – Asbury Park, NJ
NOOGA Underground Film Fest 2022 – Chattanooga, TN

New York CineFest – May 13, 2022 – New York, NY
AtomaCon Short Film Festival – May 14, 2022 – North Charleston, SC
The Halloween Horror Picture Show – May 22, 2022 – Orlando, FL
Monsters of Horror Film Festival – October 15-16, 2022 – Catoosa, OK

Starring:
Julia Tolchin
Leanne Watson
Melissa Sutkowski
Anthony Franqui

Written/Directed/Produced by Rafael De Leon Jr.
Cinematographer: Brendan Engle
Makeup FX: Anthony DiFolco
Sound Recordist: Raymond Rodriguez
Production Assistant: Joseph Rubino