ARTICLES

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS

Interview with Rob Grant, director of Harpoon
By James Whittington, Monday 30th September 2019
Rob Grant director

Grimmfest 2019 is only days away and Horror Channel will be there delivering all the info you'd want from this fear-filled festival as well as bringing to you three Facebook Live events on 4th, 5th and 6th October.

Here we chat to Grimmfest regular Rob Grant about his superior psychological shocker Harpoon which is showing at the festival this year.

HC: It's been a couple of years since we last chatted when Fake Blood played at Grimmfest, what have you been up to since then?

RG: Been very busy... was a director for hire on Alive. that I unfortunately had to miss at last year's Grimmfest due to an illness in the family, made Harpoon and been travelling around with that, and also changing my day job from editor to post supervisor on some projects here in Vancouver. I know I can't complain since its all good things, so I'll just say I need a long nap...

HC: Where did the idea for Harpoon come from?

RG: I live on the west coast in Vancouver, BC, Canada and there's a bit of a boating culture in the summer. I always thought I could shoot a project cheaply on my buddies boat if I needed too, and it was just a conglomerate of many ideas over the years that kind of came together at the last minute when my Producer Mike Peterson finally asked me to write it. A lot of it was desperation though... I didn't know if I'd get another opportunity to make a movie, was considering giving it up and decided to just go all in on stuff I wanted to see happen in a movie that I wasn't seeing elsewhere.

HC: Did the script change much as you wrote it and did you have a cast in mind?

RG: The narrator was very different, a lot more aggressive towards the audience, and I'm sure scenes had some worse dialogue, etc. We did three days of rehearsals before going to camera where it was just me and the actors and we went through the full script each day. We'd discuss and Id make notes and then rewrite when I got home. So, I'm sure it advanced over those days but nothing substantial changed if I recall, just making it tighter and more natural.

HC: How much was shot on location?

RG: All of the interiors were a set we built in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the middle of winter... it was madness. We built the set before our exterior was even chosen or had a boat to match too. But the producers eventually found Belize, and after 9 days of interiors we brought a reduced crew to San Pedro, Belize and shot 6 days of exteriors plus a bonus day where we were half drunk and shot the flashbacks ha ha.

HC: Which sequence, without giving too much away, was the most difficult to shoot?

RG: Nothing stands out... the exteriors overall were a bit more problematic in that we had zero control over the weather, the ocean, and damn kayaker's paddling through the background of our shots...

HC: You keep cranking the tension up throughout the movie, how hard is this to achieve from a director's point of view?

RG: I try not to think too much about that while directing, my only goal is to record something engaging while on set and to support my actors and crew. Once in editing is when I start thinking of how its all's gonna work together. It just takes a lot of time and work to massage the pieces together and then go through various versions testing with audiences, etc. At the end though it's just a big damn guess, when we finished the movie, we had no clue anymore if it would work or if anyone would like what we were trying.

HC: Do you get nervous when your movies show at festivals?

RG: Oh yeah... I mean the worst is really when you are submitting. You mentally prepare yourself for all the 'no's' that are going to come your way. On this one they kept building up as well to the point where we were worried, we made a piece of junk. It was only when I got the call from Rotterdam on Dec. 26th that kind of changed the course of the film. From there people started taking a closer look, I guess. And then once you are in the festival, it's a different nervousness, you just cross your fingers that the audience isn't going to BOO you right out of the building. It's a very vulnerable thing to present a personal film to an audience of strangers ha ha. But that goes away whether they liked it or not shortly after. Then it's just a pleasure to drink and eat food with fellow film geeks and just hang out.

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

RG: I'm in the process of writing the next one but I might take a bit of time off just to get a breather. But it will definitely have the same levels of crazy tension. It's basically the opposite themes of friendship, how far would you go to help a friend...

HC: Rob Grant, thank you very much.


Related show tags: GRIMMFEST
MORE ARTICLES
Carpenter, Cronenberg and Eli Roth lead a summer charge of seasonal shockers on Horror Channel this July
Posted in Features, Thursday 17th June 2021
HC July 2021 - PR header image

Carpenter, Cronenberg and Eil Roth lead a summer charge of seasonal shockers on Horror Channel this July.

Considered one of David Cronenberg's early genre classics, Scanners was based on Cronenberg's scripts The Sensitives and Telepathy 2000, which he planned to pitch to Roger Corman. Starring Michael Ironside and Patrick McGoohan, the film went on to became one of the first produced in Canada to successfully compete with American films at the international box office. Also airing is David Cronenberg's other cult classic body horror The Brood, which stars Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. To many this remains one of the director's most frightening and resonan...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Alexis Kendra, the writer and producer of The Cleaning Lady
Posted in Interviews, Tuesday 15th June 2021
Alexis Kendra-4

Ahead of Horror Channel's premiere of The Cleaning Lady on June 26, the film's star, writer and producer Alexis Kendra talks about playing a 'Goddess', coping with lockdown and why she can't watch horror films on her own.

HC: The Cleaning Lady is having its channel premiere on Horror Channel. Excited?

AK: I love you guys. Always have, always will. I'm honoured.

HC: It's a very disturbing film, dealing with abuse, addiction and hidden rage, yet the characters are sympathetic and have real depth. It's horror with a twisted heart. As a co-writer, alongside your director Jon Knautz, what were the main challenges in getting the balance right between acting and writing? <...

SHARE: READ MORE
James Herbert's The Shrine is now a movie and known as The Unholy
Posted in News, Monday 14th June 2021
The Unholy Cover

Thrilling and unsettling, horror movie The Unholy is available to Download & Keep, Rent on Digital, on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, from the producer of Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, Sam Raimi, The Unholy stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("The Walking Dead"), Katie Aselton (The Gift), William Sadler (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and newcomer Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado (Son of God) and Cary Elwes (Saw) and is based on the book Shrine by James Herbert.

The movie follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near...

SHARE: READ MORE
Acclaimed Spanish psychological thriller The Offering gets UK release date
Posted in News, Saturday 12th June 2021
The Offering Image 1

Sovereign has announced the UK release of acclaimed Spanish psychological thriller The Offering on 30th July, in cinemas and on Virtual Cinemas and VOD.

Jan, mysterious and marked by a profound sense of guilt, tries to win back the love of his ex Violeta, who is now a psychiatrist, with a family of her own. Jan's complex and perverse plan to reunite him with Violeta, 20 years after the events that led to their separation, will have severe consequences.

An erotic, intense and revealing adult thriller, with powerful central performances from Alex Brendemühl (Transit), Anna Alarcón (A Thief’s Daughter) and Verónica Echegui (Fortitude), winner of Best Support...

SHARE: READ MORE
From the creators of What We Do In The Shadows comes Wellington Paranormal!
Posted in News, Saturday 12th June 2021
Wellington Paranormal S1 Pack Shot

Wellington Paranormal follows hilariously hapless officers Mark Minogue and Karen O'Leary as they are assigned to the new Paranormal Unit of Wellington's police force, tasked with tackling the increasing number of local crimes and misdemeanours of a supernatural nature.

From Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the visionary creators behind What We Do In The Shadows, comes the smash hit New Zealand comedy series which has taken the UK by storm.

Dazzler Media presents Wellington Paranormal: Season One on Blu-ray, DVD and Download-to-Own from 5th July.

...
SHARE: READ MORE
The Quanderhorn Collexion almost ready for download!
Posted in News, Friday 11th June 2021
The Quanderhorn Collextion

The Quanderhorn Collexion, the acclaimed cult BBC Radio 4 sci-fi comedy by Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall is to be available for download on 16th June from BBC Digital Audio.

It is London, England, 1952 and we meet the mercurial genius Professor Quanderhorn (James Fleet) - a maverick scientist with absolutely no moral compass. Join him and his rag-tag crew on their frontal-lobe-knotting escapades as they:
Battle insane hybrid creatures: the Gorrirrel and the Squirrilla, to the death!
Become Gods to a Stone Age tribe
Are engulfed in a Martian invasion of Earth
Escape shipwreck on the Moon in a spacecraft powered by anger
Evade multiple fien...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel adds First Wave to its weekday evening Sci-Fi Zone
Posted in Features, Thursday 10th June 2021

Horror Channel will be continuing its commitment to bringing cult and classic sci-fi to its audience with suspenseful, action-driven drama First Wave, which stars Sebastian Spence as Cade Foster, a former security specialist, accused of murdering his wife and now on the run, determined to expose a vast alien infiltration on Earth.

Helping him in his quest is "Crazy" Eddie, a computer hacker who works on a web tabloid, Paranoid Times. Out to stop them is Joshua (Roger R Cross), an alien hit-man, whose mission is to eliminate them before they can expose 'The Gua' (who live among humans in the form of hybridised genetic clones), a...

SHARE: READ MORE
Super 8 - 4K review
Posted in Reviews, Monday 7th June 2021
Super 8 4K coverSuper 8
Paramount Home Entertainment
Certificate 12

The popularity of Stranger Things sparked an interest in all things retro sci-fi/horror 80s style but for many the true resurrection in interest came from a corker from J.J. Abrams, Super 8.

It tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to discover that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants.

Bathed in retro chills and period detail, Super 8 manages to capture the innocence of youth with a punchy script and a very talented teenage cast. The smart part though i...

SHARE: READ MORE
They killed his wife. Framed him for murder. Now he hunts them! First Wave coming to Horror
Posted in Features, Monday 7th June 2021

If its action packed, sci-fi infused drama you are after then First Wave is the series for you. With Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola on board as one of the Executive Producers the series ran for 66 action-packed episodes which managed to combine high-quality drama with a cool conspiracy theory strand.

The series concentrates on former thief now Security Specialist Cade Foster (Sebastian Spence), as he struggles to uncover an alien conspiracy by deciphering prophecies from Nostradamus as well as being on the run for a murder he did not commit. Along the way he meets The Gua, an alien race of hybridised genetic clones who are focused on enslaving the human race.

Now, the problem with informi...

SHARE: READ MORE
Coming soon from Arrow Video, The Sergio Martino Collection
Posted in News, Saturday 5th June 2021
SERGIO MARTINA Collection

One of Italian cinema's most celebrated and prolific filmmakers, Sergio Martino worked across a range of genres, but is arguably best known for his giallo thrillers. This collection from Arrow Video (due 2nd August) brings together three of his finest with a solid collection of extras for each movie.

In The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, recently widowed Lisa Baumer is summoned to Athens to collect her husband's generous life insurance policy, but soon discovers others are willing to kill to get their hands on it. In the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, abrasive drunk Oliviero amuses himself by holding d...

SHARE: READ MORE
Dario Argento classic to get a 4K release
Posted in News, Saturday 5th June 2021
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Cover

In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Thanks to Arrow Video the film will get a special 4K release on 26th July.

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifyi...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of Rabid
Posted in Interviews, Tuesday 1st June 2021
Soska sisiters-WEB-1

Ahead of Horror Channel's premiere of Rabid on June 12, Jen and Sylvia Soska reflect on the challenges of re-imagining Cronenberg's body horror classic, meeting the great man and their new monster movie, Bob.

HC: Rabid is having its channel premiere on Horror Channel. Excited?

SS: The Horror Channel has supported us and our work since the beginning, so it's a special treat to have the newest film premiere there!

Js: We are so excited. Having Rabid on Horror Channel feels like coming home. They've been very kind to us. We are happy to have so many of our films on there.

HC: We all, of course, remember that Rabid was one of David Cronenberg's earli...

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
First Wave
FIRST WAVE
Monday 28th June
8.00 PM
The 'Burbs
THE 'BURBS
Sunday 27th June
9.00 PM
Pacific Heights
PACIFIC HEIGHTS
Monday 28th June
10.45 PM