Payment – short, USA, 2018

Payment is a 2018 American horror short film written and directed by Ben Larned (shorts: Bacchus; Chaos Theory; Dead Heart). The Smucky Productions movie stars Thomas McNamara and Jamal Douglas.


In a remote motel room. Stephen (Thomas McNamara) undergoes a protective ritual. A knock at the door interrupts him. It’s the Salesman (Jamal Douglas), coming to collect Stephen’s long-owed debt: his soul.

His feelings for Stephen, unnatural for an inhuman being, prevent him from doing so. Though he shares these feelings, Stephen makes a desperate choice and frees himself from eternal suffering – but damns himself to a lifetime of guilt…


Payment was an official selection at the 2018 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. It can be viewed online via ALTER.

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