Mills View and Stimson House served as the filming locations for the cinematic haunted houses of two creepy and quirky 80s horror movies.
A hunter holds up in a cabin to fend off a monstrous creature in this short animated horror film by animator David Romero, whose work can be seen on Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and The Simply Scary Podcast. Inspired by the legend of the Jersey Devil, Romero says “Pine Devil was meant to be short, quick and kinetic. An ugly little beast with minimal design and rough animation.”
David Romero loves legends of the Jersey Devil, but was disappointed in the lack of film and animation on the strange creature from cryptid folklore.
“And whenever there was,” Romero wrote, “it would always be very different from the source material and descriptions.”
With Pine Devil, Romero set out to create something that captured how truly terrifying he thought it would be to encounter the Jersey Devil in real life.
“So the short arose from the concept of realizing this creature into animation,” he said. “What would you do if you saw this thing in the woods?”
David Romero’s interpretation of the Jersey Devil
“The Pine Devil itself was an amalgamation of woodland creatures perverted into one monster,” Romero said of the creature in his film. “I wanted it to have spindly legs like a deer and the membranous wings of a bat. I referenced movements from newborn animals as well as the wing movements of vampire bats.”
See more of David Romero’s work right here.