What were you going for with this movie?
wanted to make a movie that went back to the 70ís style of horror.
Not a gory fan film, but more a Halloween style implied gore. I've
found, if you go too far with the gore, you sometimes lose the
Has that 70ís style horror genre passed us by?
lot of the current films are missing the point. They arenít scaring
people, they are just trying to be hip. The genre never goes away,
itís just that good ones are few and far between. When something
good comes back, people say, ďHey, horrorís backĒ. Well, it never
went away, just nothing was good.
the limited theatrical release planned?
No, it definitely wasnít planned. We shot on 35. Because it was so
low budget, we couldnít get any named actors and we really didnít
want to go with named actors. The indie scene is so different from
what it was even 5 years ago. Unless you have one or two named
actors to hang your hat on, you really have a tough road to get
distribution. We got lucky and won a few festivals in NY and
Screamfest. That lead to a video deal and because we had so many
companies interested in the film, we were able to procure a
theatrical release. It will be playing in a few key cities, but
they are trying to expand it to play through Halloween and then a
DVD release for Christmas. It was supposed to come out in the
Spring, but we had to wait for our MPAA rating and decided we didnít
want to compete with the summer blockbusters, so we pushed it out to
does the quality of the movie compare to the big budget films?
we did this movie for under 200k which is nothing. We spent a long
time casting and really lucked out in getting good performances out
of our actors. Of course looking back, you want to do so much
differently. I mean if we had a crane or rain towers, you know.
The cinematography is outstanding. We picked up this guy, Tsuyoshi
Kimoto from Japan who won a student academy award for one of his
What has been the reaction from test screens?
tested really, really high even with the female audience. The test
audience really liked the fact we had no humor, just a scary
suspenseful movie. Itís not kids going out and having sex and
getting killed like so many slasher films. We had people walking
out in one screening and I was like, ďOh no!Ē. So, I went out and
asked them why they were leaving and they said they were too scared
to watch the rest of the movie. I said, ďYeah, alright, I can live
LMC: Is it a straight forward slasher plot?
not at all. There is alot of inspiration from Psycho. It starts
out as an adventure film and then gets turned on its head and
becomes a horror film. There is a danger in doing that it would get
confusing, but test audiences have just loved it.
you have to wear a lot of hats?
yeah. Location scouting alone took about a year. Money was coming
off my credit cards, I was writing the script, finding the actors,
loading the camera, even holding the boom. I actually passed out at
the end of one shoot. It was in a basement scene and next thing I
know Iím lying on the front lawn. Probably for the best we didnít
do a documentary on the making of the movie.
you ever just want to give up?
not at all. There were a lot of trying times, but I never wanted to
give it up. Iíll give you one example which they wrote about in
Fangoria. When we scouted out houses, we found this guy owned the
house and said we could do whatever we wanted to his house, he was
going to rebuild and move soon. Well, we went in and knocked down
walls, aged tiles, tore the place apart. It turns out he didnít own
the house. It was being foreclosed by the bank and he figured heíd
get a little revenge on them. The bank came and arrested me.
Luckily they had a sense of humor and when we showed them the deal
we made with the guy, they went after him. We had to spend a month
repairing the place.
Where you always interested in a career in film.
yeah, throughout my teens I was the geek with the camera. Iím
dating myself here, but my first camera was one of those you had
attached to your VCR. My younger brother said if I ever make it
big, heís going to blackmail me with some of those old tapes. Send
em off to Leno or something. When I hit my 20ís, I went to film
school and hated it. It was really a kick in the balls to my
confidence. I never thought I could raise the money or get a script
to do it. So, for 6 years I was saying how I could never do it and
one day I decided, use that negative energy and just do it. A few
things fell into place and I was able to get the film done.