Interview with Logan Thomas, director and co-writer of There's No Such Thing as Vampires
By James Whittington, Friday 28th August 2020
Director Logan Thomas

There's a number of world premieres to catch at FrightFest 2020 and one of the best is There's No Such Thing as Vampires. We chatted to director and co-writer Logan Thomas about this cracking chiller.

HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from?

LT: Aric and I had written a number of scripts together and produced and directed the Gothic, slow burn feature film "The Yellow Wallpaper". We looked into a number of ideas after that, but nothing really took hold. My only condition was that we do something completely different on the next film. No slow burn. No social politics.... And at least for me, a return to the kind of filmmaking that made me want to make films in the first place. To entertain. We dug deep into George Miller's original Mad Max and James Cameron's 1984 film, The Terminator. I wanted the hero's journey and world building myths in this story. We both set out to slam into a story that was already happening and continues far beyond the scope of this first film.

HC: You co-wrote it with Aric Cushing, what was your process? Did you write scenes each then swap or were you locked up in a room together?

LT: We've been writing together for almost 15 years and the process is always different. Sometimes it's in the same room. Sometimes it's sending the script back and forth. This one was back and forth. Aric is a gifted idea man. He can hammer out plotting and ideas. My contributions are usually more geared toward logistics (would that really happen kind of questions)... big moments, and dialogue. Fortunately, we both always agree on characters and their development.

HC: Did the cast have much rehearsal time as they seem to play off each other very naturally?

LT: No. We were running, me with a camera lodged onto my shoulder... from setup to set up... through rain, freezing cold and scorching heat during the entirety of production. The actors didn't have time to rehearse... but they did have an unusually long audition period. Learning from past productions we set up a 3-month audition period. Once we got down to the top 6 actors for the leads they would be paired off and taped in multiple scenes. Then we'd swap them to find out who worked effortlessly. If the chemistry was there and we cast the film correctly, then 50% of our job would be done on the day we started shooting.

HC: How did you decide on how your vampires would look like?

LT: I do love the Vampires of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.... But I didn't want that here. Our Vampires had to be monsters from the ID! We had a through line for them - Lovecraftian monsters using Vehicles to dominate the new century. Again, I had to look at this movie like the first Mad Max. That in this first installment, we can only really hint at a world of monsters that are vast and violent. I hope the audience digs it and wants more!

HC: Was all the movie shot on location?

LT: Yes, the entire movie is shot on location. "The Yellow Wallpaper" took place in mostly one location, a great old house. This time it would be a chase. It would be, for the most part non-stop.

HC: How did the legends Judy Tenuta and Meg Foster become involved and what are they like to direct?

LT: Meg was submitted for the part. Both Aric and I are huge genre geeks so we were thrilled! She read the script... We all met, and she became part of the film. Judy actually came in for a different role. Aric and I were adamant that if Judy is in this film then she has to be Judy! So we put that part together for her and she improved those lines. So fun.

HC: The movie has a lot of genres mixed in here; road movie, horror, heist, how would you describe it?

LT: For me the entire movie is a full tilt Action/Horror movie. It has elements from other genres, which I think lends to this kind of storytelling. It isn't hard horror. So, I'm jazzed that it has been embraced by the horror community.

HC: The superb score has a strong John Carpenter 80s vibe, was this intentional?

LT: That's very kind. Yes, I mean... of course. How could John Carpenter NOT have a heavy influence on composers?! When I wrote the score for "Wallpaper" it was heavily influenced by 19th century composition. When I came at this one it was SYNTH all the way! Brad Fiedel, Vangelis, John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream... they were all playing through my head when I wrote the score. Not to mention that every "Synthwave" channel was playing in my headphones while I was editing. That's how we landed on all those terrific new bands like NINA, Jessie Fry, Marsheaux and FM-84. Fortunately they all agreed to be part of the film too.

HC: Are you nervous that it's getting a world premiere at such a well-respected event?

LT: I've sat through screenings of my films, on the FOX lot, in a theater filled with tired execs! That was Nerve-wracking! This... this is a huge Honour! And an amazing Thrill! To be included into the "Fright Fest luminaries" is Wonderful! And If the audience digs it, great! If not... it's all good. Just happy to be invited to the party.

HC: Who was the best onscreen vampire in your opinion?

LT: Well, ours of course... kidding... Kinda.

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

LT: It's pretty busy right now. We are securing the rights to two different books and have drafted out a series based on this film. I won't even go into the sequel script ;)

HC: Logan Thomas, thank you very much.

LT: Thank you. Great questions! Let's grab a pint when the world opens back up.

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