Spanish director Samuel Ortí Martí spent more than a decade as an animator for Aardman Films, the studio renowned for the Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit series. Martí's first independent full-length feature film is Possessed
), a stop-motion-animated film that surreally blends spellbinding claymation characterizations with nightmare-inducing horror. Trini, a depressed flamenco dancer, suspects her son Damian is behind a recent spate of brutal killings. Her only recourse is to ask a defrocked priest for help. Featuring over-the-top gore and a wickedly irreverent sense of humor, Possessed
screens at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday and at 7 p.m. Wednesday (November 10 and 11) at the Hi-Pointe Backlot (1005 McCausland Avenue; 314-995-6273 or www.cinemastlouis.org
) as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Tickets are $10 to $12.