The Horrors of AutoCorrect

by Faruq Oyekan

The Horrors of Auto Correct is a horror comedy short straight from the mind of writer and director Alex Divencenzo. This is a short that will leave you crying with laughter and entertained from beginning to end.

Just as the title suggest, The Horrors of Auto Correct tells the typical story of texting gone wrong. However, despite the seen before plot this short film tells the story with a twist that is both inventive and fresh. Taking on the late night phone call trope made famous in the film ScreamThe Horrors of Auto Correct turns the trope on its head by introducing texting into the situation and a horror movie style villain with a horrible case of auto correct misfire.

I wanted to make a horror short that was funny and relatable. I had been toying around with several concepts, but when this one came to me, I knew it was perfect because it's a universal experience. The style was inspired by Scream and Halloween, with a hint of Dario Argento and Quentin Tarantino for good measure.

- Alex DiVincenzo

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This film is aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully shot. The short most surprisingly utilizing visual effects such as on screen text, that helps sell its comedic timing and increase the comedic pay off of the short’s vastly funny narrative.

The dialogue and plot progression of this short is one full of hilarious dialogue and extremely clever jokes that progress the film’s plot to its ultimate end. The premise, without debate is the short films strongest factor. While on the short side and slightly one note in terms of humor, the short film plays off more like a comedy sketch. However, a really good one. The Horrors of Auto Correct is a short sketch that will not disappoint and will have you sharing this piece of comedy gold with your family and friends.

The film’s lead puts on an amazing performance that grabs the viewers’ attention and has them laughing at their every word. The other member of this short is just as equally engaging. Together, they have a chemistry and comedic timing that sells this short’s concept fantastically. 

Coming in at a mere six minutes, The Horrors of Auto Correct showcases an interesting perspective on the current world we live in and how our technological advancements have made things differ so much from the old world.

The Horrors of AutoCorrect marks my first effort as a writer and director. I was able to piece together an amazing cast and crew based on my experiences working on other sets.

- Alex DiVincenzo

The short film, is a piece of comedy brilliance that will have you wanting more from director and writer Alex DiVincenzo. It’s a simple short with tremendously brilliant execution.

For fans of horror and fans of comedy, The Horrors of AutoCorrect  is a short film to check out!

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INTERVIEW with Alex DiVincenzo (Director/Writer)

First, how long have you been film making? What got you interested?

I've always loved movies, and I fell in love with the horror genre in my early teens. I visited my first film set when I was in high school and immediately knew that's what I wanted to do with my life. I have since spent a lot of time working as a crew member on independent productions throughout New England. The Horrors of AutoCorrect marks my first effort as a writer and director. I was able to piece together an amazing cast and crew based on my experiences working on other sets.

Where did the idea for this short originate from? 

I wanted to make a horror short that was funny and relatable. I had been toying around with several concepts, but when this one came to me, I knew it was perfect because it's a universal experience. The style was inspired by Scream and Halloween, with a hint of Dario Argento and Quentin Tarantino for good measure.

Any interesting production stories?

I guess I was naive as a first-time filmmaker, because I told the crew it would be about a 4 hour shoot. It ended up taking 8 hours, but thankfuly everyone stuck it out until 3 in the morning. We spent the first hour trying to nail a tracking shot on a stabilizer, which was by the far the most difficult part, but when I was editing the short, I realized it didn't fit and had to be cut. Even with the missteps, the atmosphere on set was a ton of fun. We were a small, tight bunch that collaborated well together.

What is it like film making now after having made this film? Has your approach changed?

I learned a lot while making The Horrors of AutoCorrect that I will apply to future projects. My general approach hasn't changed much - I like to keep things casual and fun - but I certainly picked up a lot of tricks that will make me a better filmmaker. After receiving such a great reaction from my first effort, I feel more confident in my abilities as a director.

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What projects do you have lined up for the future?

I just finished shooting my next short, Trouser Snake. It's a throwback to '50s sci-fi and horror movies... but with a giant penis monster. We had a blast shooting it, and I can't wait to release it later this year.

Any advice to filmmakers?

The best advice I can give to anyone who wants to be a filmmaker is to start working on local indie productions. Pay your dues, work hard, learn everything you can and make friends. Once you have those contacts, you should go out and make something of your own as soon as you feel confident enough to do so. Not only will you learn a lot from watching others, but working with a crew you know is always more comfortable and fun. Start with a group of friends and do a short for fun, then go from there.

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Faruq Oyekan is a San Diego-based screenwriter and filmmaker. Born and raised in California, Faruq dedicates his time to producing and participating in film projects across the region. Faruq's own film work consist of short film narratives that explore realms of fantasy, sci-fi, and the bizarre. To Faruq, short films are just the right length and the prime arena to inspire others with new and innovative narratives.

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The Horrors of AutoCorrect

Directed by: Alex DiVincenzo

Written by: Alex DiVincenzo

Cinematography by: J. Poisson

Starring: Nick Principe & Jaquelyn Fabian

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Runtime: 6 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Horror

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