Director: Tom Ryan
Cast: Heather Brittain O’Scanlon, Adam Ginsberg, John Zion
Production Company: Theatre of Terror
Runtime: 19 minutes

An old adage reminds us to beware of strangers bearing gifts. Director Tom Ryan sheds some new light on this subject with his short film The Gift (2018).

In the short, a prostitute (Heather Brittain O’Scanlon) hides in an antique shop after fleeing from the scene of a crime. The shop’s owner (Adam Ginsberg) helps her to remember her past life…

Heather Brittain O’Scanlon from Knit (2016) plays a sympathetic character with a lot of depth and emotional range. That’s usually difficult to achieve in a short film!


The Gift has a solid twist ending that will come as a surprise for most viewers. In many ways, this short film is very much like an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Music is used sparingly in the film. The exception to the rule is Solstice, written and performed by Ross Bugden. This instrumental piece really captures the emotional impact of the story.

The film earned an “Audience Choice Award” from the Macabre Faire Film Festival, a “Best Actress” award for O’Scanlon, and is an official selection of the 2018 Garden State Film Festival.


The Gift is only the first chapter of a horror anthology entitled Theatre of Terror. The second and third chapters are also complete, with the final chapter currently in production.

The Gift is something you’ll want to unwrap and experience for yourself. Just remember that other old adage, you can’t always get what you want…

– John Migliore

For more information on the film, check out the links below…

Official Trailer 

IMDb Page 

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Official Site