Max is desperate to make a meaningful connection, but when she decides to meet an online dating match at home she gets herself into a painfully sticky situation.

One half of the successfully crowdfunded Bad Cookie Combo, this highly stylized film is the Ariel Hansen's fourth film as a director and third film as a writer. The film stars theatre actor Ariel Slack in her on-screen debut as the lonely Max and features scream queen Tristan Risk as the object of Max’s affection. Nepenthes started it’s festival run in June of 2018 at the Portland Horror Film Festival and is continuing to make audience's skin crawl worldwide.



Previous Screenings

Portland Horror Film Festival (Portland, Oregon)

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (Santa Ana, California) Nominee - Best "Monster Show" Short Film

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival (Cary, North Carolina)

Monsters of Film (Stockholm, Sweden)

Northern Frights Film Festival (Sudbury, Ontario)

East Van Halloween Showcase (Vancouver, BC)

Heavy Hitting Horror Fest (Whistler, BC)

Ax Wound Film Festival (Brattleboro, Vermont)

Frostbiter Icelandic Horror Film Festival (Akranes, Iceland)

Blood in the snow Film Festival (Toronto, Ontario)

PDXtreme Film Fest (Portland, Oregon) Nominee - Best Practical FX in a Short Film

Final Girls Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Vancouver Badass Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) Nominee - Best Writing, Best Local Short Film

Weird Film Fest (San Francisco, California)

Okotoks Film Festival (Okotoks, Alberta)

Little Terrors - Monthly Short Film Series (Toronto, Ontario)

Happenstance Horror Fest (Haverhill, Massachusetts)

Filmquest (Provo, Utah)

Sin City Horror Fest (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Texas Terrors Film Festival (Dallas, Texas)




"The film is a brilliant metaphor for that furious hunger for love, the desire to be consumed by a relationship, and the longing for flesh. It’s a cautionary tale about what happens when we give ourselves to another who only wants to chew us up and spit us out."

-Morbidly Beautiful

"I love the way Hansen took the beauty and sexuality of a woman and turned it into a death trap."


"Without giving anything away, the end of this film is a twist I wasn’t expecting, with a shout out to one of my personal favorite classic horror icons."

-Nightmarish Conjurings