Pretty Dead Girl

Synopsis: In this twisted musical comedy, Mortie falls in love with the corpses who come through his morgue until a vulnerable nurse teaches him to love a woman who is alive.
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Short
25 min

Hey, dad.

Remember when mom told me that

monsters were just in my head?

That the world

didn't need vampires

and werewolves and zombies.

Because people were capable

of doing all the dark things.

The world had room for?

I don't want to be a monster.

And i don't want

to be experimented on.

I'm already dead already.

I just need a little help

lying down.

[ Voice breaking ]

Sorry, dad.

This isn't your fault.

[ Sniffles ]

[ Gunshot ]

[ Thud ]

When we're done

talking here,

I'm going to

have nurse boyle.

Treat that infection

on your face.

No, i told you.

Whenever i do that,

It just makes it

dig in further.

I'm also going to take

some blood from you,

And we're going to do

a general physical.

Please, please,


I understand that you are afraid

of what we're going to find,

But i think we need to know

what we're dealing with here.

I am not...

and i got to tell you,


What i think

we're going to find.

Is that you're suffering

from schizophrenia...


cotard's syndrome.

And when you're wrong,

what happens then?


either way,

We need to know

what's going on with you.

In order to cure you.

I am not schizophrenic.


Would you like to know

why i think you are?

Why not?

Your mother died

at a significant age.

In adolescent development.

The fungus you believe

that's inside of you.

Is very similar

to the staph infection.

Which killed

your mother.

The drug use,

the stress of becoming a doctor,

And getting engaged

all at the same time,

Not to mention overdosing

in a public restroom.

These are

all risk factors.

Which lead to the onset

of schizophrenia.


the nature of your situation,

As you described it

to me,

Is very similar

to the delusions found.

In these kind

of psychotic disorders.

But i...

i'm not delusional.

Did a doctor confirm anything

you found out about yourself?

Ryan confirmed it.


He's an emt.


I'm a doctor.


that isn't enough?

We f*cking videotaped it.

Where's the videotape?

It's... it's at my apartment

or the cops have it.


is often associated.

With delusions

of persecution.

You think

i faked it, too.

And what about the pictures

the cops showed me?

It's amazing,

Patients suffering

from cotard's syndrome,

What they would do

to prove to themselves.

That they are,

in fact, dead.

It's extraordinary.

[ Indistinct conversation

in distance ]

[ Laughs ]

And here we both are

on the ferris wheel.


I've been on this

once before,

But this

is ryan's first time.

It's my first time.

She's more experienced

than me.

In all things,


[ Gasps ]

is that true?



[ Chuckles ]

This could be the beginning

of a wonderful relationship.

A little more confidence,


I was gonna say something else,

but i bit my tongue.

So, this is our first time

together on the...

the ferris wheel,

and our official first date.

Did you... did you ever imagine

it would be like this?

I imagined it being better,



[ Chuckles ]


what could make it better?


What could make it better?

I don't know.

After this,

what are we gonna do?

Um... we should...

uh, we...

after this,

we're going to eat.

Oh, are we gonna eat

some scrimps?

[ Gasps ]


But i want scrimps.

That's good, too.

Okay, we'll do

whatever you want.

We'll do

what you want.

[ Chuckles ]


[ Laughs ]


[ Rock music playing ]

[ Indistinct singing ]


What are you doing?

You starting to get nervous? No.

Starting to get nervous?

Shut up!

Look at her wiggling.

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Shawn Ku

Shawn Ku is a U.S. choreographer and motion picture director. He has also danced on Broadway, and acted in an independent feature-length film. Inspired by his family's personal connection to the Virginia Tech shooting and unexpected death of a visiting friend, Shawn Ku developed his 2010 film Beautiful Boy from those experiences. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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