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By James Whittington, Saturday 27th August 2016
As usual the Discovery Screens are packed with some of the freshest talent around and one movie has really stuck out for me this year. Another Evil is a sharp, smart and thoughtful movie that is not what it seems at first so I decided to chat with the writer and director of this movie, Carson D. Mell.
HC: Where did the idea for Another Evil come from?
CM: I wanted to make an exorcism movie that more realistically reflected what I think an exorcism is actually like, and motivated by.
HC: Did the script change much from first to final draft and did you have a cast in mind?
CM: No, I didn't do too many drafts of the script. I am very much about budgeting enthusiasm, especially for something indie, and I didn't want to work it to death and get bored of the idea. I didn't have a cast in mind, but the cast I ended up with was the kind of players I'd envisioned when writing the story. Except for Dax, I had him in mind while writing.
HC: Mark and Steve who play Os and Dan are just superb together on screen you can't keep your eyes of them; did they have to work hard on this screen chemistry?
CM: They worked very hard. They were rehearsing and hanging out the entire time while we were getting sets and shots ready. They took it upon themselves to do this and it was super helpful.
HC: Was it hard balancing the comedy and the horror as it is incredibly funny in places totally juxtaposed with superior moments of unnerving tension?
CM: It's all hard, but I just try and make everything feel real. The real world is always scary and funny to me, so I just try and make things feel genuine.
HC: What was the hardest scene to shoot?
CM: Having the actors tied to the beam and gagged was not easy for me. I'm much less sadistic than I thought I was, and I just felt bad having actors be uncomfortable.
HC: This is your first feature, what did you learn from it?
CM: I learned way too much to say, but one thing I learned is that the director has to be the eye of the storm, and that remaining calm, or at least projecting that you are calm, is key to making things work.
HC: Is the movie trying to say something about the charlatans that are out there and do you believe in ghosts/paranormal events etc?
CM: The movie is a direct reflection of how I believe the world operates. That's all I'll say.
HC: The film is getting its UK premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest, are you nervous about that?
HC: So, what projects are you working on at the moment?
CM: I am making an animated show called, Tarantula for TBS. It's something I've been working on for for years.
HC: Carson D. Mell, thank you very much.
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