SMEAR (2017) 

Chloe thinks she's just going in for a routine test...things do not go as planned. 


Director: Kate Herron 

Writers: Kate Herron & Briony Redman

Producer: Douglas Cox



"One of the best shorts at the 61st London Film Festival" - Flickering Myth

"One of the best horror shorts to come out of this years FrightFest " - LOVE HORROR

"Hilariously reflecting Chloe’s self-conscious anxieties about the icky monstrousness of her own femininity. " - SCIFINOW



2017 BFI London Film Festival 

2017 Raindance Film Festival

2017 Encounters Film Festival

2017 Upsalla Film Festival

2017 Morbido Film Festival

2017 Aesthetica Film Festival

2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival

2017 Cucalorus Film Festival 

2017 Underwire Film Festival 

2017 Lund Fantastisk Film Festival

2017 Cambridge Film Festival 

2017 Frightfest Film Festival

2018 London Short Film Festival


Smear is a short film that satirises the fear and embarassment some women experience around having their first smear test.

Inspired by Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors and Tremors, it's a horror-comedy using tentacles to talk about a problem in a way probably you haven't seen before. It was shot by Nicola Daley ASC, score by Patrick Jonsson (composer on Oscar-winning White Helmets) and stars Sophia Di Martino (Flowers), Nick Mohammed (Mr Swallow), Rose Johnson (Birthday Girls) and Izzy Laughland (Chubby Funny). It's produced by Douglas Cox with his production company Shadowhouse, their last short Dawn of the Deaf played at Sundance, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia and won Best Short at Sitges.