Interview with Steve Villeneuve, director of Hail to the Deadites
By James Whittington, Thursday 3rd September 2020
HailToTheDeadites-1FrightFest 2020 delivered some incredibly entertaining and informative documentaries. Hail to the Deadites from Steve Villeneuve is a celebration of the the Evil Dead series of movies and truly gets under the skin of what the franchise means to those who created it and those who are mega fans! Here Steve talks about this amazing doc.

HC: Can you recall the first time you saw an Evil Dead movie and what it was that grabbed your attention?

SV: I guess I was 13. I actually saw Army of Darkness first on television. Years later, spot the cover of Evil Dead 2 in a video store. Then, rent Evil Dead one without knowing it was the first film because here in Quebec, The Evil Dead is called L'Opera de la Terreur and Evil Dead II is Evil Dead II. I remember been completely confuse while watching the first one because I had the feeling that I saw that film before.

HC: Is it true you own over 60 copies of Evil Dead in different video formats?

SV: I actually own more then that but my collection is really small compare to the collection of fans in the film. Michael, John, Elise and Emmanuel have an amazing collection. Way bigger then mine. I spoke with Dennis (a fan in the movie) and he told me : I was laughing at the scenes of myself as back then I had a lot of Evil Dead items, and now I have A LOT more! Ha ha!

HC: What's your favourite piece of Evil Dead memorabilia in your collection and which one has eluded you so far?

SV: Hard to say! My last purchase was a MCFARLANE TOYS MOVIE MANIACS ARMY OF DARKNESS ASH 18" FIGURE MOTION SOUND. But I would say that I'm really happy with Limited Edition DVD + T-Shirt from Germany that is still sealed.

HC: Do you have a favourite scene from any of the movies?

SV: I kind of like the entire "Pit" sequence from Army of Darkness. For me that scene is where Ash take a step up and become this iconic character. Specially because he's doing the boomstick speech right after.

HC: Why do you think, after all this time this franchise continues to entertain and gain new fans and followers?

SV: The fact that each film is different from one to the other help a lot. But it's really about the character of Ash. Like Bruce is saying in the film, Ashley is the average man. He's not Navy Seal or FBI so fans relate to that. Also, Bruce Campbell really found a way to get a great following.

HC: Which story included in the doc do you consider to be the most memorable?

SV: The easy answer would be the story of Ac McRayr. As a parent it is quite difficult to imagine this situation. But, without telling to much I need to say that Adam story is just amazing. Again, I don't want to spoil anybody so you guys will need to take a look at the film.

HC: Were there any stories you had to cut due to time restrictions?

SV: There's SO many fans that, yeah, we had to make some difficult choice but the choices were made before shooting anything. So we didn't have to cut out some stories for the final cut.

HC: Bruce Campbell seems to be a true force of nature, what is he like in person?

SV: He's really intimidating because he's tall and he exudes a lot of confidence. You just don't want to f**k-up the interview you know. But he was great. He actually sat down with us for a good 15-20 minutes after the interview just to talk. The funny part is when he started talking about the time was in Montreal shooting The Woods because when I shot my first film, Stories of a Gravedigger, I actually shot it in the same hospital about a month after he was there.

HC: This is a true celebration of the movies; would you like to work on another doc for another franchise such as Halloween for example?

SV: Halloween would be a really good choice or maybe the Scream franchise. But I think my choice would be Halloween because it kind of started the Slasher films which I am a big fan.

HC: Do you think the often talked about 4th (or 5th including the remake/reboot/reimaging, whatever you want to call it) movie should be made and if so where should it be set?

SV: I'm a huge fan of the 2013 movie. I think it's one of the best remake/reboot along The Hills Have Eyes and Dawn of the Dead. I just really hope that they will continue and that, at some point, the universe of this film will cross the universe of the original films.

HC: The doc is getting its International premiere at a virtual event, will you still be as nervous when its unleashed for people to see?

SV: Of course I will. I'm pretty sad not to be at Fright Fest but there's nothing we can do about it. You know, where you are doing a feature film, you know that you will get some super bad reviews. In this case, it's more personal because there's real fans in it. The good thing is that most of them saw the movie and loved it. So I'm at peace.

HC: So, what are you up to at the moment?

SV: I'm currently working on the sequel of my first documentary Under the Scares. So far we have a great line-up with people such as Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, Eduardo Sanchez, Felissa Rose, Larry Fessenden, Leanna Quigly, Michael Berryman and Sid Haig. My goal is to have this film ready for next year.

HC: Steve Villeneuve, thank you very much.

Interview with the legendary actress Lin Shaye about being part of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020
Lin Shaye and Ruben PlaLin Shaye is an actress that need no introduction. Her screen work over the last few decades has seen her appear in countless movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters or more recently the Insidious series of movies. Here she chats about her career and her why she appeared in Ruben Pla's superb doc, The Horror Crowd.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress?

LS: No, I never had the dream. Ever. I had the need to tell stories and from a very young age and my dad, when he tucked me in a night we would tell what we would call "Candyland Stories" and they were stories about a little girl named Linda, and they would start when she was just falling to sleep...

Interview with our very own Emily Booth who stars in UK TV premiere of Shed of the Dead this Friday on Horror
Posted on Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The UK TV premiere of outlandish Brit Zom Com Shed of the Dead takes place Friday 4th September at 9pm. The movie stars Ewen MacIntosh, Lauren Socha, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Brian Blessed and our very own Emily Booth. Here, Emily chats about this movie and what it was like to work with the legendary Michael Berryman.

HC: Are you a big zombie movie fan?

EB: If I'm completely honest it's not my favourite sub-genre within horror only because the genre has been so massively mined for all it's worth and I've never been particularly scared of them! However, there are certain stand out zombie films or even certain scenes that make me lo...

Interview with Guillaume Lubrano, director of Dark Stories
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
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There's been a number of anthology movies at FrightFest 2020 but one of the strongest is Dark Stories from director Guillaume Lubrano. Here he chats about this fun piece.

HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies?

GL: I'd say I've always been a fan of genre titles, being it horror, science fiction, fantasy, every subgenre that plays with the ability to push our imagination forward always fascinated me. And this was born mostly with the 80s I think and the birth of modern era special effects... those comforted writers and directors in the fact that they could try to tell stuff about anything... and well that's what they did: anything... and among all this...
Interview with Michael Lee Joplin, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020

We've already heard from the director of Blinders, Tyler Savage and one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn so we thought it would be cool to chat with its other star, Michael Lee Joplin.

HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor?

MJ: I started acting in middle school really, but I had a wonderful theatre teacher in high school in Austin Texas, a Brit from Manchester, named Beryl Knifton. She instilled a love of acting and Shakespeare for me at an early age. I'm lucky to have had a lot of great teachers and mentors along the way. My acting teacher in college, the late Mr. Stephen Gerald pushed me along and more recently the Meisner teachings of Laurel Vouvray-Smith. My dad al...

Interview with Vincent Van Horn, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020

The tense psychological movie Blinders is showing on the Horror Channel Screen at FrightFest today so we chatted to one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn about the movie and his character, Andy.

HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor?

VH: I can't say there was one person in particular but more of a love for movies in general as a kid. Charlie Chaplin and Peter Sellers were definitely early influences with their physical comedy.

HC: When did you get your acting break?

VH: Hmm have I gotten it already? Ha ha. This is by far the biggest role I've had to date so maybe this is it? But as far as my first time acting in anything at all was when I was asked t...

Interview with Tyler Savage, director and co-writer of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020

Psychological horror is always well represented at FrightFest and this year is no exception and one of the stand out pieces is Blinders from director Tyler Savage. Here he chats about this emotional and atmospheric movie.

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

TS: The original idea for the movie came from an unsettling rideshare ride I took. Something about the driver made me uncomfortable, and I hated the fact that he now knew where I lived. From here, Dash and I started talking about the many ways in which technology makes us all incredibly vulnerable. There's a dark flipside to the convenience technology brings into our lives, and we wanted to highlight that idea in a way that was ...

Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020

One of the big hits of Glasgow FrightFest was Adam Stovall's A Ghost Waits. This acclaimed movie is back and has been through an edit so we chatted to Adam about this paranormal piece of work.

HC: Where did the idea for A Ghost Waits come from?

AS: The two main inspirations were a video game and a web comic. "P.T." was a first-person haunted house puzzle game designed by Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima. My friends Brian and Jenn wanted me to play it because it had scared the bejesus out of them, and when I did I had them cracking up laughing. When Jenn started filming me with her phone, I thought there might be a movie in someone like me having to deal with a haunted ...

Interview with Justin McConnell, director of Clapboard Jungle
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020

A couple of years back, at FrightFest 2018 a movie named Lifechanger played. This deep, engaging and original movie was a thought provoking and intelligent piece of work. Its director, Justin McConnell is back at FrightFest but this time with a rather different piece of work, looking at how the industry works and showing people just how hard the film making business can be. We chatted to him about this look at the business.

HC: What was it you saw or read about that made you want to have a career in the industry?

JM: Maybe it's a thread of insanity of some kind? I honestly can't remember the exact "ah ha" moment, more of a generally growing love of film when I w...

Interview with Kapel Furman, co-director and SFX master on Skull: The Mask
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
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FrightFest always tries to show the very best from around the globe and one of the stand out titles for 2020 is Skull: The Mask from directors Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman. Here, Kapel chats about the movie and his stunning SFX work.

HC: Is there a strong horror movie following in Brazil?

KF: Brazilian cinema, in general, comes and goes every ten years or so. Because our so called "film industry" is directly dependent on economic and political situations. So, we have to relearn how to be able to get a film done each and every time, and that applies to horror movies as well. Of course, in the past we had Jose Mojica Marins, our Coffin Joe, who did extremely import...

Interview with Majhid Heath, producer of Dark Place
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020

HC: Where did the idea for Dark Place come from?

MH: Dark Place came from an initiative through Screen Australian and ABC Television to find the next generation of Aboriginal auteurs, asking them to tell their stories in the horror genre. After a number of workshops with Colin and Cameron Cairnes (EPs), Hayley and Majhid jumped on to shape the scripts and draw out themes as diverse as the treatment of Aboriginal women, (Scout) displacement from country and community (Foe), cultural genocide (Vale Light), identity (The Shore) and germ warfare during colonisation (Killer Native). The hook being that all filmmakers wanted to say a something about the treatment of Aboriginals ...

Interview with Phillip G. Carroll Jr. writer and director of The Honeymoon Phase
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
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More new talent comes to FrightFest 2020, this time its a husband and wife team Phillip G. Carroll Jr and Chloe Carroll. Here, Phillip describes how this intense and emotional, psychological movie came about.

HC: Where did the idea for The Honeymoon Phase come from?

PC: My wife, actress Chloe Carroll (Eve), and I got married in March 2016. We wanted our first feature film to be a marriage of both of our creative loves. I love sci-fi, thrillers, and drama films and Chloe is a horror nut. We thought a psychological thriller would be the perfect blend of both of us to create our first film baby together! We were lying in bed one night, trying to come up with a concept...

Interview with Alastair Orr, director of Triggered
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
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One of our favourite movies showing on Horror at the moment is Alastair Orr's superb shocker From a House on Willow Street. For FrightFest 2020 he has a new film for us all to enjoy, Triggered. Here he chats about both movies.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry?

AO: I always loved films but it wasn't until my teens when I realised I could actually do it as a job. Growing up in a small town in South Africa, filmmaking was always seen as something that Americans do as a job - not us. We were very sheltered under the apartheid government in the late 80s so content was limited, if not censored. The video store was basically a Holy Grail where...

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