DreamStalker Films

The Family That Decays Together…

Cast (in order of appearance):

Kelsey Stephenson as Satie Lares

Laura Rappleye as Mrs. Lares (Vampire Mom)

Scott Kos as Mr. Lares (Zombie Dad)

Katie Stephenson as Zombie Sister

Nick Benzer as Vampire Brother

Derek Lookingbill as Vindicator 2

Alanta Noel as Monster Student 1 (voice)

Joseph Benzer as Monster Student 2 (voice)

Shannon Griffith as Monster Student 3 (voice)

Scott Kos as Vindicator 1 (voice)


Writer, Director, Producer: Joseph M. Benzer

Executive Producer: Derek Lookingbill

Assistant Director: Todd Hutchings

Story: Derek Lookingbill and Alanta Noel

Story Consultants: Peter Haverson, Shannon Griffith, Scott Kos, and Laura Rappleye

Production Assistants: Shannon Griffith and Derek Lookingbill

Composer: Scott Kos

Glidecam Operator, Visual Effects, Editor, Sound Designer: Joseph M. Benzer

Boom Operator: Dori Perry

Grips: All cast and crew


A teenage girl named Satie, struggles with being an outcast amongst her peers.  Young Satie considers her origins as she feels just as segregated within her own family.


“The Family That Decays Together…” is DSF’s tenth film.  It was shot for A3F’s 48 hour Film Challenge Febuary 12-14th, 2010.

Competition Guidelines:

  • 1-5 minutes in length
  • Include the prop: A mirror, or reflective surface.
  • Include the line: “What just happened?”
  • Have the theme: A white lie

The guidelines were revealed at about 7:00pm on Feburary 12th and we had until the 14th at 7:oo PM to turn the film in to A3F in Phoenix.

Joe, Derek, Shannon, Alanta, Laura, Scott, and Pete got together and brainstormed ideas for awhile after.  Eventually, a storyline centering on an average teenage girl in a world of monsters…making her the outcast.

Joe went off to write and by 2am on the 12th he sent out a completed script.

The cast and crew gathered to once again shoot another film at Joe’s Parents’ House the next morning and completed shooting before 4pm.  The only real major issue was the fact that we could not get real brains on such short notice for a prop and had to use tongue instead.  (Oh and there was Joe’s brief meltdown, but that’s pretty standard).

Joe captured, and edited a rough by very early on Sunday morning.  Scott composed two original tracks for the music to the film in a few hours on Sunday morning as well, while Joe did visual effects, sound, and titles.  The film was completed by 4pm on Sunday, February 14th.  The film was on disc and delivered to A3F before 6pm.

56  films competed and made the deadline, but unfortunately “The Family That Decays Together…” did not make the coveted top 20 films of the competition.  However, the film was accepted into the 2010 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival and premiered on Friday, May 28th, 2010.

This film is featured on the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol I DVD.

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