Red Iron Road is an animated anthology series, based on the works of famous European authors. The content explores dark themes through horror/thriller adaptations of short stories from literature, some of which were originally written in the 1800’s. There will be 6 episodes in the first season, between 10-20 minutes, produced with different creative partners, using a variety of animation techniques with an entirely unique visual style designed to suit each story.
A traveller caught in a snowstorm is forced to take shelter with a poor Serbian family. When the family warns him of “beasts” that hunt in the night, he mistakenly dismisses their fears as superstition and fairy tales.
EP 01 VRDLK: FAMILY OF VURDULAK
Directed by Sam Chou of Look Mom! Productions (Canada)
A young boy's desire for success and status in a VR game leads him into a terrifying new reality.
EP 02 THE FOREST KING
Directed by Lubomir Arsov (Canada)
Using defining moments in history, rats are trying to seize power all over the world. 1920, in Petrograd, the rats decide it is time to rise from the underground.
EP 03 THE RATCATCHER’S DAUGHTER
Directed by Adam Jeffcoat & Jim Bryson of Studio NX (Canada)
Adrian the Undertaker, a gloomy and silent man, doesn’t have many friends. Nevertheless he decides to throw a party and invites only his favourite people: his deceased clientele.
EP 04 THE UNDERTAKER
Directed by Sergei Kibus of Nukufilm (Estonia)
Environmental disasters, wars, and epidemics led to the near destruction of human civilization. The survivors of the disaster have built new cities and settlements and battle mutant foes for supremacy.
EP 05 LORD
Directed by Aljosha Kilmov (Germany) & Hirofumi Nakada (Japan)
EP 06 NO. 8 REPORTING
Directed by Aljosha Kilmov (Germany) & Matthew Lyon (Canada)
Citizens from the well-fed, fenced off city can only venture beyond the walls on a train that distributes humanitarian aid. One reporter is determined to find out what really happens outside the city.
EP 07 IN THE HEAT
Directed by Sam Chou (Canada)
When a bruised and battered man claiming to be Santa Clause is arrested for the murder of a child, the interrogating officers uncover a story more bizarre and horrific than expected.