Teenager Anna is able to receive warnings of impending doom from her deceased mother by way of an antique Snowglobe that’s been in the family for years. Little do Anna and her best friend Trish know, a serial killing madman dressed as Santa Claus prowls the snowy streets right outside their door. Now, the girls must piece together the Snowglobe’s warning before it’s too late.
MELINA VALDEZ & JAKE HAMMOND
PAULA ANDREA GONZALEZ
RYAN MARTIN BROWN
CURRENTLY ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT!
When my mom was a teenager, she lost her mother to cancer. Years past and I was born and, sometime around middle school, she told me that she felt she had been "visited" by her mother a few times. Each time it happened, my mom would be lying in bed and she would suddenly feel an embrace - the exact feeling of comfort she felt as a child, when her mom would hold her tightly. She told me that these visits would often coincide with the onset of something difficult she was about to experience in her life. It was as if her mother knew what was going to happen, but she was coming to let her know that she was still there, watching out for her. I fully believe my mom's encounters and it's fascinated me for years. Her story is what initially inspired "The Snowglobe."
Once this idea was set in motion, I pieced the story together, drawing from many favorite genres. I’ve always had a huge passion for horror, and also wanted to blend some other non-horror influences into my work. To me, “The Snowglobe” is a horror film, but is inspired by other types of characters, feelings, and inspirations outside slasher norms.
The biggest inspiration was Mattel’s Barbie movies. The girls’ relationship and the whole magical element, the idea of an enchanted snowglobe, stems from the imagery and situations in many of these family films. Barbie and her friends always share an undeniable connection with each other, something that I find quite moving. These innocent feelings of pure friendship and love shaped the relationship between Anna and Trish in “The Snowglobe”.
Another inspiration came from my attachment to late 90s/early 2000s kids films and TV shows I watched growing up (Goosebumps, Freaky Friday, Don’t Look Under the Bed, Halloweentown, Lizzie McGuire). These particularly inspired the music video credit sequence. These works are filled with energy and style, with magical, non-realism elements. And lots of them feature pop anthems that, since I can remember, have always resonated with me. Meanwhile, the horror plot draws inspiration from the slasher “Silent Night Deadly Night” and the “Tales From the Crypt” Christmas special "And All Through the House."
I wanted to infuse my mom's very personal story with the passion I feel for all of these films. "The Snowglobe" is a collage of memories, colors, music, terror, magic, and feelings that each of these sources of inspiration provided me while growing up. It's a love letter to works that I believe have the power to express horror in reality.