Kate and Dylyn have been dying to have a baby. When they finally find success, what follows is Kate's struggle with the early stages of an unusual pregnancy as it takes a horrific turn.

Ready to Burst was the film that started Bad Cookie Pictures and also marked Ariel Hansen’s debut as both a writer and director. It also marked Bad Cookie’s first collaboration with Off World Pictures who were integral in making the film a reality. After its completion in September 2016, Ready to Burst proceeded to play at over 15 festivals worldwide including the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego, Final Girls Berlin, Frostbiter Film Festival in Iceland, Ax Wound Film Festival, the Etheria Film Night Tour and the Vancouver Badass Film Festival where it won Most Badass Local Short. As well the film garnered nominations at the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival for best international film and at the PDXtreme Film Festival for best actress and best drama short.

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Previous Screenings

Rio Grind Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)

Vancouver Badass Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)              Winner - Best Local Short Nominee - Best Actress, Best Director, Best Production Design

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival (Berlin, Germany)

Etheria Film Night (World Tour)

Elmsta 3000 Horror Festival (Sweden)

Cinemafantastique (Vancouver, BC)

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival (San Diego, California)

Dead in Decatur (Decatur, Illinois)

Northeast Wisconsin Horror Festival (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

Horrorvision (Spain)

Fake Flesh Film Festival (Kamloops, BC)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival (Cary, North Carolina)        Nominee - Best International Short

Sick'n'Wrong Film Festival (Orlando, Florida)

Frostbiter Film Festival (Iceland)

Buried Alive Film Festival (Alanta, Georgia)

Ax Wound Film Festival (Brattleboro, Vermont)

PDXtreme Film Festival (Portland, Oregon)                      Nominee - Best Drama Short, Best Actress

Macabre Faire Film Festival (Ronkonkoma, New York)

Slaughter Movie House: Short Film Showcase (Kansas City, Missouri)



“Hansen creates a Cronenbergian world, where science is mad and doctors are not to be trusted.”

The Slaughtered Bird

“The idea of having a troubled pregnancy is the worst fear of many women. Hansen brilliantly plays on that fear by taking a very real horror and amplifying it to a terrifying, and quite satisfying, effect.”

Morbidly Beautiful

“It is a fun, gross, keep-you-guessing type body horror.”

Grave Plot Podcast