The wonderful Rose McGowan is certainly no stranger to the horror genre, making turns in films like Scream, Planet Terror and Jawbreaker, so it should come as no surprise that her first directorial effort—the short film Dawn—is dark and plenty disturbing. The acclaimed short made some noise during its festival run, and now it’s online for all to witness.
Coming in at 17-minutes, Dawn is an unshakable story about a young teenage girl who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. But when she finds this freedom through a handsome young man, she’s lured down a dark and unfortunate path. Set in the ’60s, Dawn has that wonderfully innocent charm to it, much like its titular character, making McGowan’s short all the more painful.
It stars Tara Lynne Barr, John Grady, Hannah Marks, Reiley McClendon and Julia Sanford.