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Interview With Jaron Henrie-McCrea Writer And Director Of Curtain
By James Whittington, Monday 29th August 2016

Jaron-Henrie-McCreaHorror Channel's FrightFest Season continues tonight with the UK TV premiere of Curtain. This original and surreal piece of cinema is very unpredictable but huge fun. Here director Jaron Henrie-McCrea chats about this movie.

HC: Curtain isn't a straight forward movie in fact it's very original, where did the idea come from?

JM: In the shower. Most if my ideas come when I'm in the shower. Not sure why. I was trying to think of a really great idea for a movie but had nothing. So I aimlessly stared at the shower curtain and thought, "what if that shower curtain suddenly disappeared?"

HC: It could have easily just been a comedy considering the set up but it does have dark, Twilight Zoney touches to it, did it change much during the writing?

JM: I started in comedy, that's where my instincts naturally take me. But I was also reading Steven King's Dark Tower series at the time so that was a huge influence in the tone. Also my wife, Carys Edwards, was the co-writer and she is a huge horror fan - basically got me hooked into the genre. So most of the (good) dark stuff is all her. But we appreciate the Twilight Zone reference because that was the tone we were striving for - we absolutely love that show.

HC: What did the cast think of the script? Did they "get it" straight away as itís a bizarre concept?

JM: Most thought it was a fun script. One asked if it was somebody's nightmare. But I think the overall element everyone got on board with was that it was weird and sounded like a good time.

HC: You raised the budget by using kickstarter and your own funds, what pressure did that add to you?

JM: We're still paying it off - hopefully in the next couple of months we'll clear the rest of the credit cards. I don't recommend self-financing unless you REALLY want to make movies for the rest of your life.

HC: Was it a long shoot and what difficulties did you have to work around?

JM: We initially shot for a month, assembled a rough cut, then did a week of pickups. Later on we did a couple days of hand inserts. Carys and my hands are in the film quite a bit. As for difficult things we had to shoot around, well, the bathroom. It was tiny and falling apart. It was also the only bathroom on set so when someone had to "go" we'd have to stop production so they could do their business.

HC: As I have said before, it's very original and very enjoyable, if you could go back with a bigger budget would you change much? (personally speaking I think it's great the way it is)

JM: I'd build a bathroom with fly-away walls. And also have a separate working bathroom for the crew to use. Lesson learned.

HC: The movie also goes under the title The Gateway, did you suggest this change?

JM: That was our US distributor.

HC: It's been nominated and won several awards, what does that feel like and do such things help open doors for you?

JM: We're very honoured to have played at so many great festivals and the recognition is amazing - we are very fortunate and thankful. I think the best door that's opened is that people want to know "what's next?"

HC: It was a stand-out movie for me at FrightFest last year, did you get any feedback from the audience?

JM: Some people really dug it. Others don't get it. And some people flat out hate it which I prefer to people feeling "meh" about it. But I've met more people who liked it and that's been great.

HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?

JM: I'm writing the next movie at the moment. Another high concept horror. But I can't say much more about it than that at the moment - too early.

HC: Jaron Henrie-McCrea, thank you very much.


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