LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS Interview with Brett and Drew T. Pierce co-writers and co-directors of The Wretched
By James Whittington, Sunday 25th August 2019
Brett and Drew T. Pierce are firm FrightFest favourites who originally won over the audience years ago with the superb movie, DeadHeads. Noe they're back with another must see movie, The Wretched so we grabbed them for a quick chat.
HC: Is it true your father worked on The Evil Dead?
BP: It's true. He served as the photographic FX artist on the film. Tim Sullivan and he are responsible for the amazing stop-motion melt down sequence in the end of the film. As a kid I snuck into the basement when they were screening the test footage of this for Sam and the crew. Scarred me for life!
HC: We last chatted at FrightFest 2011 with the crowd-pleasing Dead Heads, what have you been up to since then?
DP: It's not a big secret that making indie film is not great for the wallet. Brett and I were so broke after making DeadHeads we had to find work and we actually took jobs as production assistants after directing the films. We ended up both moving up the ladder and I eventually worked as a storyboard artist on some amazing films such as The Interview with Seth Rogen and Happytime Murders with Brian Henson.
HC: Did you write it with a cast in mind and what is your writing process like?
BP: We didn't. Our process usually involves us plotting out the film for a month or so and then I take a shot at a first draft. Our not so good 'vomit' draft. We just try to get that first one out so we have something to rework and mold into something that could be a movie. As we move into the second draft, we just pass the script back and forth taking turns on scenes till we feel we've got something we like.
HC: The film deals with the breakup of a family as well as demonic possession, was it difficult combing these elements?
DP: We wanted the dramatic narrative of the family breaking up to mirror the supernatural element that Ben is going up against. In the film Ben is fighting against his family's imminent divorce while also fighting a supernatural creature that literally devours and destroys families. When we landed on that idea, we felt confident about the story and emotion we could pull from it. Brett and I are children of divorce so there's a lot of us in the film.
HC: Was it all shot on location?
BP: It was. We, as always, shot in Michigan where we grew up. We can't help but see Michigan in our minds when we write stories. We shot in two amazing towns, Northport and Omena, and it was the best experience. They've had very few films shoot up there so the people were very excited and supportive of our band of horror freaks making a movie in the woods right in their backyards.
HC: Its visually stunning, did you have a large budget?
DP: Not really. Much more than DeadHeads but that's not saying a lot. No matter how much money you have, or you don't have it's the same challenges. We always try to push our budget and get as much up on screen as we can. On every film you have to pull as many favours as possible and we pulled every favour we had and then some. Case in point, our father was picking up actors at the airport in his car while our mom was working craft service on set.
HC: The movie is getting its European premiere at FrightFest, are you nervous?
BP: Of course! FrightFest crowds are the best but they're also not afraid to share how they really feel about your film. I love it. Everyone is very candid but it's always a very educated critique. The FrightFesters like what they like and in the end it's helpful to us as filmmakers. We're going to make more films and hearing what people think of previous ones helps inform the next one.
HC: How do you work as a directing team?
DP: We're planners. We spent a month story boarding and shot listing the film with our DP, Conor Murphy, before principal photography. That's one of our ways of stretching the budget as best we can. The more we plan, the more hours a day we can shoot. By the time we land on set, Brett and I have spent so much time discussing the script and the plan for the film that we're pretty much a hive mind. Ask either of us a question and you will probably get the same answer. It's a little freaky for the cast and crew.
HC: Do you believe in the paranormal?
BP: I want to so bad, but I've never seen anything. I'm a seeing is believing type of person and I really want the world to be that weird and amazing but so far, I haven't met beast of the ancient world. It's probably why I can't write anything without a witch or a dragon in it. I want to believe.
HC: So, what are you up to at the moment?
DP: Writing a werewolf movie. We have a new take on the myth and we're incredibly excited about this one. Brett had a battle with cancer in his early twenties and it's served as an inspiration for this story. We're also on the fest tour with The Wretched. We have a ton of those on the horizon that we can't mention yet.
HC: Brett and Drew T. Pierce, thank you very much.
Related show tags: DEADHEADS, THE EVIL DEAD MORE ARTICLES Stagefright to be released thanks to Shameless
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
Combining graphic, blood-splattered set pieces with his trademark wit and filmmaking elegance, Michele Soavi's (Dellamorte Dellamore, The Sect, The Church), Stagefright is now unleashed in a new 4K restoration.
When a masked killer infiltrates a group of actors rehearsing overnight in an isolated theatre, thesta ge is set for carnage! Featuring an abundance of over-the-top kills and spills, shot with Soavi's typical style, marvel at the mayhem as the iconic chainsaw wielding 'Owl Man', delivers a bloodsoaked performance for the ages.
From one of the masters of Italian horror, Stagefright is at the pinnacle of 80s slashers. Michele Soavi was schooled by Dario Argento and Terry Gil...SHARE: READ MORE Scream - Legacy cast posters revealed
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
It's always someone you know.
Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.
Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (Dewey Riley) return to their iconic roles in Scream but will all three survive?
The cast also includes Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.
Paramount Pictures and Spyglas...SHARE: READ MORE Finally, Argento's masterpiece to get 4K restoration release
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena - one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!
Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called "Swiss Transylvania" to attend an exclusive girls' school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin's headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Plea...SHARE: READ MORE Video nasty classic Don't Go in the House will reopen next year
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
A legendary title from the Video Nasties era, Joseph Ellison's relentlessly bleak and disturbing Don't Go In The House has lost none of its power to shock in the decades since it was first censored by the BBFC and seized by UK authorities.
Donny Kohler (The Sopranos' Dan Grimaldi in a gripping central performance), a disturbed loner unhealthily obsessed with fire, comes home from his factory job one day to find his abusive mother has died. Now all alone in the large Gothic mansion he calls home and consumed in an inferno of insanity, he is finally able to fulfil his violent revenge fantasies against her. Soon, any woman unlucky enough to enter...SHARE: READ MORE Hammer returns from the grave!
Posted in News, Wednesday 1st December 2021
Network Distributing has concluded a deal with Hammer Films to form Hammer Studios Ltd. The new company will manage and control Hammer's interests in its substantial library of content such as The Woman in Black (2012), Let Me In (2010), Dracula (1958), The Abominable Snowman (1957) and The Quatermass Experiment (1953), and will see heavy investment both in restoration and new production development from both its owned and newly created IP.
Network's Managing Director Tim Beddows and Financial Director Jonathan Lack, and Hammer's CEO Simon Oakes will head the new company.
Network Managing Director Tim Beddows said: 'This partnersh...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel premieres zombie musical Anna And The Apocalypse on Xmas Day
Posted in Features, Tuesday 30th November 2021
There is a Xmas Day treat in store for genre fans, with the Horror Channel premiere of Anna And The Apocalypse, a pure gore delight with a mental, maniacal and magical edge. John McPhail's infectious zombie musical stars Ella Hunt, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye.
Anna is looking forward to the end of high school. But while her widowed father dreams of university, she has other plans - jet-setting around the world to experience life before settling down. Suddenly a zombie apocalypse threatens her sleepy Scottish town, forcing Anna and friends to struggle, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the living dead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. Shaun O...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel unwraps eight UK TV premieres for December including Tales From The Lodge, Aquaslash and Sacrifice
Posted in Features, Tuesday 16th November 2021
Horror Channel comes bearing gory gifts for the Xmas season, presenting eight UK TV premieres, including Abigail Blackmore's gruesome and comically dark Tales From The Lodge, starring Mackenzie Crook, Sophie Thompson and Johnny Vegas, cosmic chiller Sacrifice, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton and Aquaslash, a mad exploitation slasher harking back to the classic 1980s era of gushing blood and teenage turmoil.
Also showing for the first time on British TV are Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's romantic body horror Spring, Greg McLean's supernatural horror The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon, deadly thriller, Desolation, Brit mon...SHARE: READ MORE Swallow to get an extra special release.
Posted in News, Monday 15th November 2021
Second Sight is delighted to announce Carlo Mirabella-Davis' visually stunning, critically acclaimed feature debut Swallow is set to receive a fantastic Limited Edition Blu-ray Box set release, complete with a slew of fascinating new bonus content this November.
Haley Bennett (Hillbilly Elegy) gives an outstanding performance as Hunter a young woman who on the surface appears to have it all, the handsome, successful husband, the idyllic house, and a baby on the way. But is her life as perfect as it seems? As domineering husband Richie (Austin Stowell), and his overbearing family put pressure on Hunter to play the dutiful wife, she becomes overwhelmed and powerless. Desperate to reclaim contr...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel takes off with premiere of action series Airwolf from Thursday 25 November
Posted in Features, Thursday 11th November 2021
Horror Channel is dedicated to bringing great cult action thrillers to its audience and this trend continues with Season 1 of the 1984 US military drama series Airwolf, created by Donald P. Bellisario and produced over four seasons.
A renegade helicopter pilot, Stringfellow Hawke, played by Jan-Michael Vincent, is given the chance to know the whereabouts of his imprisoned brother if he conducts daring missions for a shadowy intelligence agency. Hid first mission is to go to Libya and steal back a high-technology military helicopter, code-named Airwolf, at all costs. With its riveting, high-tech, battle scenes, AIRWOLF is consid...SHARE: READ MORE Horror Channel invaded by week of Sci-Fi Horror
Posted in Features, Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Horror Channel goes extra-terrestrial with Sci-Fear Week (Saturday 20th to Friday 26th, 9pm), in which strange science, terrifying tech and insidious invasions takes control, highlighted by the Channel premiere of jolting sci-fi thriller The Last Days On Mars, starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams. It also includes the channel premieres of 1980 British science fiction movie Saturn 3, which stars Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel and XTRO, an unsettling slice of Sci-Fi Horror and one of the few British films that landed on the UK film censors' infamous 'Video Nasty' list. The week also includes Scanners, Ce...SHARE: READ MORE One for your Christmas list, the new book from Kim Newman
Posted in News, Wednesday 27th October 2021
From the award-winning author of Anno Dracula comes a masterclass in wit and cinematic vision as the legendary maestro of horror teams together two icons of page and silver screen in a daring and horrifying tale that puts a twist on the genre, as only Kim Newman can. Something More Than Night promises to be a genre-bending horror thriller that brings together two icons of the 1930s.
Hollywood, the late 1930s. Raymond Chandler writes detective stories for pulp magazines. Boris Karloff plays monsters in the movies. Both understand that these streets are dark with something more than night. Under Home House, the mock gothic mock mansion of a film mogul, is a mad science du...SHARE: READ MORE 88Films to release the classic euro horror The Doll of Satan
Posted in News, Tuesday 26th October 2021
After her uncle dies unexpectedly, Elizabeth Balljanon inherits his sprawling castle. The walls are crumbling, the electricity doesn't work and there's a fully equipped torture chamber in the cellars but interior decoration is the least of her worries: a black-gloved killer haunts the halls at night and, even worse, the tales she's been told about the castle's ghosts might not be stories after all...
Part giallo, part modern-dress Gothic, The Doll of Satan is a gloriously ripe slice of Italian horror, heady with atmosphere and steamy eroticism too. 88 Films has rediscovered this genre gem and given it a superb HD release in the UK for the very first time.
Extras...SHARE: READ MORE Articles Archive: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 PICK OF THE WEEK
Sunday 12th December
Wednesday 8th December
Sunday 12th December