This film was made with support from Talkies Community Cinema & Shortsighted Cinema.

Dir. Kate Herron
2017 • 4 MINS • UK

Genre: Comedy-horror • Language: English

Chloe thinks she's just going in for a routine test... things do not go as planned.

Very funny. Great work by a gifted group of filmmakers.
— Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids, ghostbusters)

Cervical cancer screening has the lowest attendance numbers for women under 35 but is the most common cancer for women in that age-bracket. Nine women die everyday and two will be diagnosed every day with cervical cancer. Kate hopes the film will encourage more women to go, “tentacles felt the most natural way to do this”

Kate: I made the film to explore pap-smear anxiety, “My friend told me my first pap-smear would be the worst thing that ever happened to me... it wasn’t”


Aesthetica Film Festival - Best Comedy (Nominated)
Underwire Film Festival - Best Comedy (Nominated)
Encounters International Film Festival - Grand Prize (Nominated)


BFI London Film Festival 2017
Fright Fest 2017
Raindance Film Festival 2017
Encounters Film Festival 2017
Aesthetica Film Festival 2017
Underwire Film Festival 2017
Cambridge Film Festival 2017
Cucalorus Film Festival 2017
Fake Flesh Film Festival 2017
Lund Fantastisk 2017
Morbido Film Festival 2017
Citizen Jane Film Festival 2017
London Short Film Festival 2017
Upsalla Film Festival 2017
FlickerFest 2018
Motel X 2018
BUFF 2018

Gets more and more sensational with every watch. Cleverly scripted and totally unapologetic, it’s the definition of a fun short, whilst still being steeped in deeper ideas. And all in the space of a meagre 5 minutes. Pure genius.
— Flickering Myth
Hilariously reflecting Chloe’s self-conscious anxieties about the icky monstrousness of her own femininity.
— scifinow
One of the best horror shorts to come out of this years FrightFest
— Love Horror


The Best Short Films from the 61st London Film Festival in Flickering Myth
Smear (short) Film Review in Bloody-Flicks
Critically-acclaimed director Kate Herron chats tentacled vagina monsters and her festival favourite short Smear in Flickering Myth
Straight from Frightfest a hilarious smear-test comedy-horror short in Love Horror
Vagina Minilogues: Two Anatomical Short Films at the Horror Channel Frightfest 2017 in SciFiNow
Kate Herron talks "Smear" at Frightfest in Bloody-Flicks
Smear in Gits and Shiggles programme at London Film Festival
Smear in Comedy Block 1 at Flickerfest
Smear screening in NEW SHORTS: Sketch Night and Live Comedy at London Short Film Festival
Smear screening before TRAGEDY GIRLS at Cucalorus Film Festival
Smear in Under the Moon Shorts Programme at Citizen Jane Film Festival
Smear in UK Shorts programme at Raindance Film Festival
Fantastisk Film 1: The Harder They Come The Louder They Sing at Uppsala
Smear screening in Female Trouble at Underwire Film Festival
Smear screening in Body Shock Comedy at Aesthetica Film Festival
Horror/Fright Night Shorts Screening at Lund Fantastisk Film Festival
Smear screening at Lund Fantastisk Film Festival
Smear screening in Blood Drenched Comedy at Morbido Fest
Smear screening at Cambridge Film Festival with Tonight She Comes
Smear in Late Lounge Red at Encounters Film Festival
Smear in Short Film Showcase III at Frightfest