Directed by Carter Smith

Hosted by Director and Screenwriter, Carter Smith,


Official selection

Overlook Film Festival 2022
Fantastic Film Festival 2022


US in Progress (Finishing Services Prize)


Carter Smith


Carter Smith


Jose Colõn, Cooper Koch, Jena Malone, Mark Patton


Witchcraft Motion Picture Company

USA 2022 93 mins OV English Subtitles : English
Genre HorrorThriller

"SWALLOWED is the Transgressive Queer Cinema we need more of.”
- Terry Mesnard, GAYLY DREADFUL

“Breaks away from the heteronormative approach to the genre by combining gay themes with body horror that create believable and surprisingly heartwarming moments”

“A queer horror film guaranteed to make you squirm”
- Rachel Shatto, ADVOCATE

Set in a remote township on the border of Maine and Canada, Benjamin (Cooper Koch) and his Dom (Jose Colon) are headed for the lights and promises of the city of angels, with the dream of Ben becoming a professional porn performer. Though Dom proclaims he is straight, their friendship is delicately intertwined with sexual tension and a deep emotional bond. Attempting to earn some quick cash, they meet up with Alice (Jena Malone). Smuggling drugs across the borders is no easy task. One does not become a mule overnight… though our two friends are “persuaded” by Alice to swallow up those little bags, and boy, that’s only the beginning of their troubles.

Beloved genre director, Sundance and Fantasia alumnus, Carter Smith (THE RUINS, BUGCRUSH) returns to the roots of his bug-focused debut with the extreme piece of queer body horror SWALLOWED, starring Jena Malone (THE NEON DEMON, THE HUNGER GAMES)—with whom he had already teamed up with in THE RUINS—and a flamboyant Mark Patton (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE, and subject of the delightful 2019 documentary SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), embodying here the villain role like no others. This creepy-crawly-fable of survival and heartwarming friendship is as delightfully grotesque and suspenseful as it is compelling and unsettling. To be devoured without moderation. – Celia Pouzet