Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith is a South African born Canadian filmmaker and actor. Deborah is a self-taught film-maker who first began making films in 2014.
Her short films have screened at various festivals:
Sisters' Promise, a dramatic short, screened at the 2nd Annual Tottering Biped Film Festival in Burlington, Ontario, Canada in March 2015.
viSitor, a suspense short, screened at the Hamilton Film Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in November 2015.
Lunch In The Park, a comedy short, screened at the Berlin Shorts Film Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in February 2016 and achieved a 3rd place. This was a co-production with John Migliore of Survival Zombie Films.
AWAY, a dramatic short, achieved the honour of Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan College of New York Film Festival in New York, New York, USA in September 2016.
The Hider, a phycho horror short, was selected to screen at the Mediterranean Film Festival in Syracusa, Italy in 2017. The Hider also screened at Shock Stock 2017, Horror at the Hooker 2017, the 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival 2017 and the 3rd Annual Ax Wound Film Festival 2017.
Deborah is best known for her acting work in Friday Night Death Slot, The Demon Weed, Poltergeist Encounters, The Johnny Ghoulash Halloween Special, The Midnight Movie Palace – all directed by John Migliore, as well as Partially Devoured Movies, Can't Escape, Prisoners of Time, Sisters' Promise and Lunch in the Park. More recently Deborah has appeared in two of John Migliore's latest films, Poltergeist Encounters and Exorcism of the Dead.
Deborah works closely with her partner, Geoff and her teenage sons, Cassidy and Keaton, who make up Deborah's production team at Two Goods Sons Productions.
Deborah enjoys acting in character roles, period films, and embraces the challenge of portraying diverse characters in both film and television.
Deborah lives with her family in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Unique traits: Professional Ballroom Dancer
Exorcism of the Dead
Film (Horror) Actress Candace is a deeply troubled young woman who is possessed by an ambitious demon. Her family has tried every conventional method to heal her, but both medicine and psychology have failed. As a last resort, they reach out for aid from the church. They are unaware that the priest who arrives to deal with the situation has his own dark secrets.
Film (Horror) Actress A notorious cult kidnaps a young girl, and sacrifice themselves by the light of the locust moon. The next morning the girl awakes, caked in dried blood and surrounded by corpses...but safe - or so she thinks. Years later, the locust moon is about to rise again and the girl is captured once more by a surviving member of the cult. She is taken to a remote cabin where she learns that a demon has been growing inside of her all these years, and before the dawn it will rise. Written by unknown
Film (Short, Horror and Sci-Fi) Actress This is a cautionary tale that takes place in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world where a woman remains on earth while most of civilization has gone on to colonize other planets. She is at the mercy of the decimated environment that has become Earth's legacy.
Film (Documentary and Short) Director Actual events that took place during the filming of the historical fiction film The Frozen Goose by ML Holton are documented, depicting treatment of cast and crew. Title "Trough" comes from an occasion when the director was asked if there were going to be kraft services for her cast and crew, responded that she was "not feeding pigs at a trough". Written by Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith
Let Her Out
Film (Horror) Actress Let Her Out follows Helen, a bike courier who suffers a traumatic accident. As she recovers, she begins to experience strange episodic-black outs, hallucinations, and night terrors-that lead her to discover that she has a tumor, a benign growth that is the remnants of a "vanishing twin" absorbed in utero. Over time, the tumor manifests itself as the dark and demented version of a stranger. As Helen's emotional and psychological state begins to deteriorate further and further, she begins to act out in psychotic episodes that are influenced by her evil twin - making her a danger to herself and her best friend, Molly. Written by unknown
Lunch in the Park
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Film (Short and Horror) Director In The Hider, little Megan's fear of the dark is so severe that she is being treated by a psychiatrist.
The Frozen Goose
Film (Short and Drama) Costume and Wardrobe Department World War One has ended, the men are coming home. All is not well on the home front.
Film (Mystery and Thriller) Actress A young artist becomes trapped in her new life after buying an old home full of charm, mystery and death.
Bed of the Dead
Film (Horror) Actress Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed's secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one. Written by unknown
Prisoners of Time
Film (Action, Drama, Romance and Thriller) Actress Prisoners of Time is the story of two wounded souls who answer each other's cry for help, though they live generations and worlds apart. Willis James a Canadian war correspondent wounded in the Korean war and Rebekkah a young Quaker woman from the 17th century are suffering emotionally and physically. When their spirits connect they develop a love affair that sustains them through unbearable suffering but has a ripple effect in their respective worlds. As their lives intersect in strange and inexplicable ways, the people around them are impacted and the results are tragic. Unable to bear a life without Rebekkah, Willis withdraws from the world and retreats into himself. With their spirits freed of the physical limitations of time and space they find one another in a place where time and pain do not exist.
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The Midnight Movie Palace
Television (Horror) Actress The Midnight Movie Palace screens short horror films with Johnny Ghoulash as your host. Trixie Treats, Fraida Frankenstein and Uncle Skulle are also involved in the usual skulduggery.
Film (Horror) Actress A questionable group of paranormal investigators with their own web series receive the offer of a lifetime: stay one night in a potentially haunted house for a large sum of money. What could possibly go wrong? It seems like easy money to Anton, team leader of the group, and privately, an unbeliever in the supernatural. Mick, Roach and Terrance are all investigators that take the entire situation far too lightly at first, before everything they believe changes. On that fateful night, they learn that it's all fun and games until things get real.
The Demon Weed
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Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Actress A man finds a connection in the most unlikely place.
Film (Drama and Thriller) Actress Chase (Adam Langton) is a man who is losing his struggle to come to terms with the tragic loss of someone close to him. Time slips away as he barely exists, spending most of his days at his mind numbing job of editing adult movies. Circumstances lead him to meet a girl named Valentine (Gwenlyn Cumyn), who is definitely not your average call girl. Of course, she has a rather dark past and before he knows it, Chase in involved with not only Valentine but all the skeletons in her closet as well. Written by JF
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Film (Drama and Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew Penny is plunged into an upside-down world in search of a father she's never met, only to discover a dark secret that will change her life forever.
The Johnny Ghoulash Halloween Special
TV Movie (Horror) Actress The Johnny Ghoulash Halloween Special is a mix of horror, comedy and music in the same vein as variety shows of days gone by.
Film (Horror) Actress While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she's able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite. Written by unknown
The Friday Night Death Slot
Film (Horror) Actress Johnny Ghoulash and his pal, Skulle are serving up their usual array of trash television on their late night show, The Friday Night Death Slot. Chainsaw, one of the toughest roller derby chicks around, decides to settle in and watch the show. As the night goes on, things take a turn for the worst in both the show and Chainsaw's life... Written by John Migliore
Late Night Double Feature
Film (Comedy, Horror and Thriller) Actress During a late night taping of Dr. Nasty's Cavalcade of Horror, bloody chaos takes place while screening two features (Dinner for Monsters and Slit). Samantha/Nurse Nasty is frustrated with how the show is being run by its womanizing director and its drunk and crazy host, Dr. Nasty.
Film (Short and Thriller) Director A young mother struggles to deal with childhood fears and traumas.
Screen Me Brussel Sprouts
Video (Short and Comedy) Actress Screen Me seeks to educate youth on the dangers of sun exposure and to promote sun safe behaviours. Created by Melanoma Network of Canada and the Douglas Wright Foundation.
Johnny Ghoulash Escapes from Creightonville
Film (Horror) Actress In a world where reality and make-believe often collide, a late night horror host is flung headlong into the very film he is presenting. Now, he must bring the events in the film to their logical conclusion, or be trapped forever in celluloid. Unfortunately, this film never had a logical conclusion. Written by John Migliore
Film (Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Actress After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison's four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from. Written by Anonymous
Partially Devoured Movies
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Semi-Finalist Metropolitan College of New York 2016 for short film, AWAY