Interview with Jeffrey Reddick, writer and director of Don't Look Back
By James Whittington, Friday 23rd October 2020

Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination franchise is back, and this time he's behind the camera with Don't Look Back. This superb chiller is packed with atmosphere and tension and goes to show that he's just as talented directing as he is writing. Here he chats about this movie and his career to date.

HC: Have you always been a big horror movie fan?

JR: Absolutely. I started watching horror films when I was 13. And when watched the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street," I fell in love with the genre.

HC: Was there one movie or person which inspired you to become a writer?

JR: I always loved writing. Growing up I was fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology. And when I got into novels, Stephen King and Clive Barker had the biggest impact on my writing.

HC: After the huge success of Final Destination was the pressure on to come up with the next "big thing"?

JR: Of course. LOL. Everyone kept telling me to bring them something like Final Destination. Then I would pitch ideas and they would say, that's too much like Final Destination. Eventually, I had to take the pressure off myself to try and top that film and just working on creating new material.

HC: Let's talk about Don't Look Now, where did the idea come from and did it take long to write?

JR: The idea of people not helping someone in need was always something that stuck with me after reading the story about Kitty Genovese, a young woman who was assaulted in the apartment complex in the 60's. The story at the time was that dozens of people saw and heard the attack and didn't help. It came out recently that was a sensationalized urban legend. But that story always haunted me. So, I was always interested in how I would react in a situation like. That's where the idea started. But instead of just going the horror route, I wanted to create more of a mystery, so you weren't sure if there was something supernatural coming after the witnesses, or a real killer. As for the script, it took me about 3 months to write.

HC: Where did you find Kourtney Bell? She's sensational as the lead character, Caitlin.

JR: She was submitted through her agent. But I actually googled her before the audition and saw a website she created with clips of her work. And she just had every element I saw in Caitlin. So, I was really thrilled to find her. She's an amazing person and a great actress.

HC: Was the footage seen at the start actual news footage?

JR: Sadly, it was. I didn't want to show any footage where someone actually died. But I was shocked at how many videos there are out there of people being hurt and no one helping.

HC: This is your first time as director, were you nervous on the first day of shooting?

JR: I definitely was. I directed a short prior to this but stepping on a large set on my first day was intimidating. But I did my best to hide it and I knew I had a great cast and crew supporting me.

HC: Was there a time during the shoot that you thought you'd taken on too much?

JR: No. I knew we were shooting a pretty ambitious project on an indie budget, but we managed to handle everything that was thrown at us. I think the lack of sleep got me more than anything. I think I averaged 4 hours a night for a month.

HC: The film relies on tension and music to build up the atmosphere, was this a deliberate attempt to get away from elaborate set-pieces?

JR: Since the key mystery of the film was "is this a killer, supernatural force, or all in Catlin (our lead's) head" I couldn't really stage any set pieces and show people getting killed like I would in a traditional horror movie. I know fans going in for the blood and gore might be disappointed. But I definitely tried to create an atmosphere of tension. And the music was a key part of that.

HC: Who trained the birds?

JR: Tracy A. Oliver trained the crows and JJ Engel and Jeff Nix worked with them on set. They also trained the mice for a scene we in the movies. It's fun to use actual animals instead of trying to CGI them in later. But no matter how well they're trained, they're animals and they can be stubborn... just like people.

HC: Do you believe in Karma?

JR: I do. I'm a member of the Baha'i Faith, and while karma isn't a technical spiritual belief of ours, I do believe that as people, the energy that we put out in the world has repercussions. So, I believe if we do harmful things, it will come back on us eventually.

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

JR: Right now, I'm working on two animated series for Netflix, which is a lot of fun. One is a spin-off the popular Japanese comic book, Usagi Yojimbo. So, going from horror to young animation has been nice. Just to stretch some different creative muscles. But I'm a horror fan at heart, so I'm writing and producing some more projects. And I definitely hope to get back behind the camera in the near future.

HC: Jeffrey Reddick, thank you very much.

JR: My pleasure. I hope you and all your readers stay safe.

Horror Channel announces raft of premieres for February
Posted in Features, Thursday 13th January 2022
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February on Horror Channel keeps genre fans alive with the UK TV premiere of What Keeps You Alive - another suspenseful knife to the throat of 21st Century genre cinema from the deliciously warped mind of Colin Minihan, director of It Stains The Sand Red.

And expect more total shock and abject terror in the UK TV premiere of Paul Hyett's sinister sci-fi horror fantasy Peripheral. This twisted cross between Ex Machina and Videodrome boasts an astonishing performance from Hannah Arterton.

Plus, there are channel premieres for the gore-filled, stomach-churning zombie chiller Death Trench, Producer M. Night Shyamalan's claustrophobic supernatural thriller Devil, the...

Marco Beltrami and Brian Tyler's Scream scores get new releases
Posted in News, Sunday 9th January 2022
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Varese Sarabande celebrate the return of Scream with two very special releases. Marco Beltrami's scores from the first four films get the box set treatment via a 4-LP set, 6-CD set (exclusive to, and digital releases. Featuring a trove of previously unreleased material, both physical sets come in packaging that folds out into a Ghostface mask. The digital album is now available to stream wherever you get your music!

Meanwhile, Brian Tyler's score for the brand new Scream is getting an LP, CD and digital release as well... The expanded 24-track CD and digital version of Scream: Music from the Motion Picture are out n...

Who ya gonna call for help in the Afterlife?
Posted in News, Wednesday 5th January 2022
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From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, available to Download and Keep on January 10th, to Rent on Digital on January 31st and also on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Starring Carrie Coon (Gone Girl, The Nest), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, It), McKenna Grace (Young Sheldon, Gifted), Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II) and Paul Rudd (Ant-man, Avengers: Endgame), the film is written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman.

When single mum Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two children Finn (Finn Wolfhard) and ...

Stagefright - Blu-ray review
Posted in Reviews, Thursday 30th December 2021
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Also known as Aquarius, Deliria and Bloody Bird, Michele Soavi's bold directorial debut Stagefright finally gets the Shameless treatment. Released at the backend of the slasher trend this 1987 effort takes the genre in a far more artistic direction than most of the era and stands up to close scrutiny to this day. More recent movies such as Halloween (2018) and Climax (2018) seems to have taken some themes from this which is a fine reminder of why slasher movies don't just start and end with the more famous franchises.

When a masked killer infiltrates a group of actors rehearsing overnight in an isolated theatr...

Horror Channel ushers in 2022 with zombie invasions
Posted in Features, Tuesday 21st December 2021

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January weekends on Horror Channel are invaded by the undead with the UK TV premiere of Lin Oeding's newly-flavoured zombie horror-comedy Office Uprising, and the two highly acclaimed Zombie apocalypse road movies - Stake Land, receiving its Channel premiere, and the sequel The Stakelander, enjoying a UK TV premiere.

Plus, there are channel premieres for the bone-chilling The Wretched, directed by The Pierce Brothers, Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead 2, once again starring the demon battling Brue Campbell and the original Dolph Lundgrem/Jean-Claude Van Damme futuristic thriller Universal Soldier.

Here's everything you need to know:

A VHS classic on the 8th as Je...

The best kind of honey trap! Doctor Who: Hornets' Nest is coming to vinyl
Posted in News, Thursday 16th December 2021
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On limited edition vinyl for the very first time, Demon Records presents Doctor Who: Hornet's Nest, the unique audio adventure that first instigated Tom Baker's remarkable return to the role of the Doctor.

This release will include an exclusive, frameable portrait of the Fourth Doctor - every copy of which has been individually signed by Tom Baker himself and is just one of the treats inside this stunningly designed package which also includes an impressive, die-cut removable outer sleeve houses a hornet-adorned lidded box, inside which are 10 individual, exquisitely illustrated LP sleeves featuring full cast and credits for each story.

Also included is The Do...

Interview with Abigail Blackmore, writer and director of Tales From The Lodge
Posted in Interviews, Tuesday 14th December 2021
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Ahead of Horror Channel's Xmas Day broadcast of her horror comedy feature Tales From The Lodge, director Abigail Blackmore recalls the brutal weather conditions, the challenges of casting and the joy of playing at FrightFest.

HC: Thanks to Horror Channel, Tales From The Lodge finally gets its UK TV premiere on British TV. Excited or what?

AB: So excited! I know a huge amount of people watch the Horror Channel so I'm hoping it opens TFTL up to a whole new audience.

HC: Looking back to its showcase screening at FrightFest in 2019, what are your abiding memories?

AB: It was a wonderful experience! FrightFest has long been one of the highlights of my ...

Interview with Barbara Crampton, star of chilling horror Sacrifice
Posted in Interviews, Wednesday 8th December 2021
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Barbara Crampton is a Horror Channel favourite. This much loved and much admired creative is starring in the UK TV premiere of Sacrifice, which is showing December 12th at 9pm on Horror so we chatted to her about this movie and her plans for the future.

Note that there are some spoilers for Sacrifice in the interview.

HC: Can you recall how you felt the first time you stepped onto a TV or film set?

BC: Yes, I remember the first time I was ever on a television set, it was for the soap opera, Days of Our Lives, and it was my very first job, and I had one line, "Hi. I'm your cousin Trista from Colorado". It was to the character Marlena Evans and subsequently I had w...

Stagefright to be released thanks to Shameless
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
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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...

Scream - Legacy cast posters revealed
Posted in News, Saturday 4th December 2021
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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...

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...

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...

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