About Andy Deen

A horror fan for as far back as I can remember . The first things that scared me were Doctor Who and the BBC ghost stories . As an early teen the video revolution came along and with it the Video Nasty campaign , and through all that I immersed myself in all things nasty. I love Slashers, Haunted House Stories and Devil Worshipping/Panic Films . I watch too much horror , listen to loud Heavy Metal and enjoy the odd tattoo \m/\m/

New trailer for British feature Cannibals & Carpet Fitters lands!!

ccfComing soon is new British, Comedy/Horror movie, Cannibals & Carpet Fitters and new trailer is below!

A group of carpet fitters are sent on a job to an old Country house in the middle of nowhere. However they soon discover it’s a trap set up by the savage, cannibalistic family, The Hannings. The carpet fitters are forced to fight for their lives or risk ending up being the evenings dinner. Unfortunately they are not quite your typical heroes!

Based on the award winning short film of the same name, Cannibals and Carpet Fitters promises to be gruesomely fun, thrill ride that will keep you in your seat until the very last minute.

So check below for the trailer and keep your eyes peeled for festival screenings and more release details coming later in the year.

 

The Belko Experiment In UK Cinemas 21st April 2017 from Vertigo Releasing

rsz_belko_quad_3_lrThe Belko Experiment In UK Cinemas 21st April 2017 from Vertigo Releasing

rsz_be1rsz_be2In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.

Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle) and Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, Scrubs), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Sprung from the mind of acclaimed filmmaker James Gunn and directed by Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment raises provocative questions while offering a black-humoured thrill-ride that pushes ruthless corporate behaviour to terrifying extremes.

rsz_be3rsz_be4When office workers arrive for work at Belko Industries’ isolated high-rise campus outside Bogotá, Colombia, the morning starts much like any other. Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) smokes weed in the bathroom and flirts with his beautiful officemate Leandra (Adria Arjona) while new employee Dany Wilkins (Melonie Diaz) settles in for her first day on the job. Everything changes when an anonymous voice comes through the intercom speakers ordering employees to kill two of their colleagues within 30 minutes. Many of the 80 employees assume the order is a sick joke, even when steel-plated doors snap shut sealing off all windows and exits. When they fail to comply before the half hour is up, the heads of four randomly chosen office workers explode.

Panic reaches a fever pitch when the disembodied voice issues his next command: thirty people must be killed within the next two hours or 60 people will die. Belko COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn), a former Special Forces operative, commandeers a vault filled with guns, assembles an ad-hoc death squad and begins executing elderly and childless employees. In the ensuing melee, ordinary office workers including stoner Marty (Sean Gunn), nerdy Keith (Josh Brener), creepy Wendell (John C. McGinley) and maintenance guy Bud (Michael Rooker) reveal their true colours.

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival announces full line-up and weekend tickets on sale now!!

rsz_triple_six_festival_sponsors_1The Triple Six Horror Film Festival 2017 announces it’s full line-up for May 27th and 28th at AMC Manchester PLUS weekend tickets on sale now!!

Triple Six is a new international film festival that aims to celebrate everything that is great in new independent horror filmmaking . Showing 9 features and 12 shorts over two days at the AMC cinema complex in Manchester, Triple Six has films from around the world while also having a British backbone throughout.

Full Weekend tickets are on sale from April 3rd and are strictly limited . On sale for just four weeks they allow the holder to see all 9 films, 12 shorts and the live Q&A and are priced at just £30 each and are available here – http://bit.ly/2o1mswb

On Saturday May 27th Triple Six kicks off with the European Premiere of Quarries – Nils Taylor’s backwoods horror where a group of women on a wilderness expedition are stalked . A taut and intense feature that will start Triple Six at one hell of a pace.

The Forest of Lost Souls is a Portuguese slow burn horror from Director Jose Pedro Lopez. Filmed in black and white and with a stunning score , this is a story of suicide, love ,loss and much more. Maybe not a traditional festival film The Forest of Lost Souls is something very special and Triple Six has the UK Premiere.

The Unkindness of Ravens is director Lawrie Brewster’s third feature and follows from his stunning Lord of Tears (2013). Ravens follows the story of a homeless veteran who battles his demons in the Scottish Highlands. Visually stunning Brewster shows his vision and direction grows with each film and this is a must on the BIG SCREEN.

hardwareAnd to finish Saturday we have Hardware (1990) on 35mm which will be followed by a full Q&A with director Richard Stanley who will talk about his seminal directorial debut and much more. This is a very rare chance to catch Hardware on 35mm and will be a very special event indeed.

So for Sunday Triple Six starts with the UK Premiere of The Chair from director Chad Ferrin. The Chair is based on the graphic novel from Peter Simeti and tells the story of a man on death row fighting to survive even before the event itself. As dark as the original story The Chair is a claustrophobic, sadistic and harrowing watch starring genre stalwart Bill Oberst Jr, Gremlins Zach Galligan and was the last feature of the legendary Roddy Piper. A tough start for a Sunday but hell this is a horror festival!

Offensive is the latest offering from director Jon Ford (The Dead) . Set in rural France Offensive follows a retired American couple who inherit a house on the proviso they live there for a year first. In what seems a perfect and idyllic setting they soon find out the local youths might not be all they seem! Showing in it’s full uncut version (maybe for the last time) this is a wild ride. Previously only screened at Frightfest 2016 this is a must see!

Cruel Summer is not a new release , in fact it is out on UK DVD. However the Triple Six directors felt that Phil Escott and Craig Newman’s feature was something that NEEDED to be seen on the big screen. Starring Emmerdale’s Danny Miller, Cruel Summer shows how one decision can change lives and is a truly haunting tale based in a single day and you will not be able to shift this from deep in your soul!

tonedeathposter_zpsjt6szourWorld Premiere time as Triple Six welcome Tone Death. A techno producer is followed by a filmmaker as he attempts to invent a device that will send the consciousness of the listener to another level. When the experiments go horrifically wrong he goes to extreme levels to keep going and finding new volunteers. Directed by Roger Armstrong and John Hickman this is a real gem that is British through and through.

And to close Triple Six is the English Premiere of Ben Young’s stunning debut Hounds of Love . One of the most important genre releases this decade Hounds of Love is a masterclass in suspense. A young woman is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. You will feel almost every emotion in the 110 minute run time and with acting performances to drool over then what a way to finish.

Running times are to be confirmed .

The full line-up is as follows

Hardware (1990) in 35mm followed by live Q&A with Richard Stanley.

Quarries (2016) European Premiere

rsz_hounds_love_redUnkindness of Ravens (2016)

The Chair (2016) UK Premiere

Cruel Summer (2016)

Tone Death (2017) World Premiere

Forest of Lost Souls (2016) UK Premiere

Offensive (2016) Northern Premiere

Hounds of Love (2016) English Premiere

As well as showing some amazing features Triple Six will also be showcasing some stunning short films from around the world and again with many UK films. Each feature will have at least one short before it to highlight the amazing talent in anything from 2 minutes to 18 minutes.

The full line-up for the short films are

rsz_cleansing_hour_poster_zpsobiwiherThe Cleansing Hour – Director Damien LeVeck

Starf*cker – Director Emilie Flory

Gene – Director Nick Padley

The Honeymoon – Director Ruth Pickett

The Night Circus – Director Eskild Krogh

Dissociative – Director Damon Rickard

Shortcut – Director Prano Bailey-Bond

Rats – Director Mark Logan

Your Date is Here – Directors Todd Spence & Zak White

Hada – Director Tony Morales

Pigskin – Director Jake Hammond

rsz_t6_announcementTriple Six are also very happy to welcome Richard Stanley as our special guest for the entire weekend which will include an amazing live Q&A following the very rare 35mm screening of his seminal directorial debut Hardware (1990) . This will be something very special indeed and the Q&A will not only focus on Hardware but also Richard’s colourful and at times unbelievable career in cinema.

Triple Six Co-Director Andy Deen said “ We are so thrilled that we can finally announce the full line-up for Triple Six. As genre fans myself and Chris have spent the last 9 months organising Triple Six and now can’t wait to get until the weekend of May 27th & 28th to sit with real horror fans and watch a weekend of stunning and diverse independent horror cinema”. “The highlight will of course be the 35mm screening of the seminal horror sci-fi classic Hardware (1990) and the live Q&A with Richard Stanley , but in reality there will be many highlights throughout the weekend as we have such sights to show you

Triple Six Co-Director Chris Barnes also added “ The reasons behind starting Triple Six were our love for horror (both Andy and I run UK horror websites) but also we wanted to shine a blood red spotlight on the amazing talent in genre filmmaking. I mean when you look at the range of feature and short films we are showing you can see just what passion, vision and skill everyone involved in these films have”. “ Also we are grateful to AMC Manchester as they have fully supported a new horror festival and have made us feel part of the family. Their knowledge and professionalism ensures we will have a smooth and stunning weekend of big screen horror – and I mean BIG SCREEN!!

Andy finally added “When we set up Triple Six one of the main reasons was to showcase the British talent that we know is out there. Often British horror can be overlooked but at Triple Six we have three British features and six shorts and it is our honour to get these on the Big Screen where they should be seen

The Triple Six Horror Film Festival takes place at AMC Deansgate Manchester on May 27th & 28th and tickets are available on the AMC booking site here – http://bit.ly/2o1mswb

First full length trailer for Stephen King’s IT lands – watch it here!

OK time to fess up, when I heard of a re-make of IT being made into a feature then I was apoplectic with rage . I am a huge fan of the original 1990 mini-series and I can’t think of Pennywise without Tim Curry popping in my head. But the images over the last few months and recent teaser have whet my appetite BUT now the full length trailer has hit and by god it looks stunning. I was literally on the edge on my office chair after 30 seconds. It looks and has the feels of everything I could hope for.

So check it out here and let us know on the UK Horror Scene  twitter page – http://www.twitter.com/ukhorrorscene what you think!!

 

Win a Killer Bundle of Realm of The Damned Goodies to Celebrate The Animated Comic’s Release on DVD & Blu-Ray!

WIN A KILLER BUNDLE OF REALM OF THE DAMNED GOODIES TO CELEBRATE THE ANIMATED COMIC’S RELEASE ON DVD & BLU-RAY!

rsz_realmgoodiesThe monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them. Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos is a new UK animated motion comic of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes the classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is a bloody and blasphemous epic that leaves no church unburned.

Marking the first in an upcoming four-part series, Realm of the Dead – Tenebris Deos is an animated motion comic adventure starring David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth) and Jill Janus (Huntress)

We have a merch bundle including the film, t-shirt (any size), mug and original graphic novel up for grabs! See the Pic!!

To be in with a chance of winning you must be in the UK and then simply email [email protected] put Realm in the subject line. If you are the winner then we will contact you for your address and shirt size.

The competition will run until Sunday April 2nd 2017 and the winner contacted shortly after!!

REALM OF THE DEAD – TENEBRIS DEOS IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD FROM 7TH APRIL, 2017

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The Railway Carriage / Megan: Gets a special edition DVD release

rsz_ds1The Railway Carriage / Megan: Special edition DVD

The Railway Carriage will be released on DVD this April along with the short film Megan in a special edition DVD which will also feature trailers and interviews with lead actor Dean Sills. Dean Sills (Up North) plays the lead in both shorts and each one is directed by Ross Adgar.

‘The Railway Carriage’ is a psychological horror short film in which the lead character (John) is trapped in a dream like world where there is no easy escape. Throughout he is beset with flashbacks, vague memories that explain why he is trapped in a train carriage again and again. Is someone testing him? Has he done something so bad his mind has trapped itself in a strange repeating labyrinth? Through the memories and objects he finds in the carriage, John tries to find a way out of the nightmare world he has brought on himself!

‘The Railway Carriage’ made its international film premiere at Nightpiece film festival at The Edinburgh Fringe on Saturday 29th August 2015 and since then it has had much success with screening at a number of film festivals including Starburst International Film Festival in Manchester, last year. ‘The Railway Carriage’ was shot on location at Elsecar Heritage Railway in South Yorkshire, England, UK. Sills enjoyed working with the young director Ross Adgar so much that he teamed up with him again last year in the short film ‘Megan.’

Cast
John   ………..            Dean Sills
Teenaged Boy  …….  David Chambers
Teenaged Girl ……..  Geri Preston
Ex-Wife     ………..    Tasha Evans
John’s Friend ……..    Mitchell Hone
Newsreader  ……..     Rosanne Priest

dsmegan‘Megan’ In a post apocalyptic world one man embarks on a journey to find his girlfriend, Megan. Megan and her boyfriend Callum get separated during a virus outbreak in the summer of 2016, she pleads with Callum to promise to kill her if she becomes infected with the virus and ends up walking out when he won’t consider killing her if she  becomes infected, the story moves forward 5 years and deals with the impact and consequences of what happened and Callum’s quest to find Megan.

Ross Adgar’s short film boldly creates a parallel Britain living a dystopian reality with a great deal of help from the use of a black and white filter and some really great location shooting.

The film has not had a festival run like ‘The Railway Carriage’ and the only public screening so far was at Cast in Doncaster in the UK, last September. Ross Adgar is growing as a director and this was a much bigger shoot than ‘The Railway Carriage’ which he and  actor Dean Sills both found more challenging due to a number of reasons including the weather. The cast includes many actors from ‘Up North’, the Essex TV show written by Dean Sills and directed by Steve Call. Steve Call even helped out behind the camera in ‘Megan.’

Cast
Callum    …….     Dean Sills
Megan     ……..    Carley Motley
Stephen   ………   Ross Marshall
Scavenger ……..   Mitchell Hone
Soldier      ………  Kuljit Singh
Public Announcer  ……..  Samantha Senior

The special Edition DVD contains both short films plus trailers, interviews and the soundtrack to ‘Megan’ along with many stills from the shoot.
Thanks to Adgar Productions, the DVD will be available to buy this April at Amazon.com

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https://www.facebook.com/The-Railway-Carriage-1457082814587031/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysf2eDENNS0

https://www.facebook.com/DEAN-SILLS-Actor-and-Freelance-writer-457478424320885/?fref=photo
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FrightFest & FAB Press launch The FrightFest Guide To Monster Movies!

rsz_monster_book_-_front_cover_artworkFrightFest & FAB Press launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES

FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES, which goes exclusively on sale during Horror Channel FrightFest 2017, Aug 24 – Aug 28. Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, this is the second in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur,

Written by celebrated writer, editor & critic Michael Gingold, the book contains 200 of the most frightening, fantastical and fun monster film features. Starting in the silent era, it traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. The films are given detailed individual reviews, with fascinating facts and critical analysis.

There are the Universal Studios favourites such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy, the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorised the ’50s. Then there’s the kaiju of Japan, the full-colour fiends from Hammer and the ecological nightmares of the ’70s and ’80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of more recent years.

Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, creator of some of the screen’s most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword, and it’s all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of scary stills and petrifying posters representing the remarkable range of monstrous movies. Do you dare open the cover and confront the beasts within?

The official launch is at Horror Channel FrightFest, Cineworld, Leicester Square (24th to 28th August) The FrightFest exclusive hardcover will be on sale for just £20. The book’s international street date is 18 September 2017. Paperback price: £16.99 (UK) $24.95 (US)

An Interview with Director Steven Kastrissios ahead of World Prem of BLOODLANDS at FrightFest Glasgow!

rsz_bloodlands-steven_kastrissiosAn Interview with Director Steven Kastrissios ahead of World Prem of BLOODLANDS at FrightFest Glasgow!

Ahead of the World Premiere of his latest film BLOODLANDS at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow, Steven Kastrissios discusses the challenges of making the world’s first Albanian / Australian horror film.

So what have you been doing in the eight years since making your amazing debut with THE HORSEMAN ?

Writing. I was just 24 when I shot ‘The Horseman’ and it was only my second feature script, so I wanted to expand my horizons and I wrote many scripts in completely different genres and styles. I developed other little projects and came close to doing other features with other people’s scripts but for various reasons they fell through, usually over the script. I also stumbled into music and that bled into my film work too.

How did BLOODLANDS come about as the first Australian/Albanian collaboration?

Coffee with my Albanian-Australian friend, Dritan Arbana. He told me about the blood-feuds and I instantly saw an idea for a story and also importantly, how to make it a viable production with limited means. Dritan is an actor with no experience or desire to be a film producer, but I trusted him and anointed him as my producing-partner and two or three months after that coffee, we were in Albania prepping the shoot.

Why have the Albanians shied away from the genre up to now? Because their own history is so frightening?

I’m not Albanian, so I can’t answer this exactly, but from what the crew told me, they had a solid industry decades ago with the USSR influenced propaganda films, but their local industry has had limited opportunities since. They tend to like local comedies more and deal with the issue of blood-feuds as straight dramas, which there has been plenty. There were no stunt-coordinators, armourers, special-effects make-up artists we could find there, so limitations like that would make it difficult for any budding local genre filmmakers. I have a post-production background so I had the advantage of knowing how to design shots where we only had to do certain minimal things on-set, like very simple make-up, and the rest would be completed in post. We could do things safely too, like have real guns but no ammunition on set. Not even dummy cartridges. No explosive squibs too. All this stuff would be done through a subtle use of VFX.

When did you come across the legend of the Shtriga?

During my initial research. There’s various types of witches in the Albanian and Balkan cultures. There’s even a witch that will maim you if you waste bread, so they have a witch for everything there! And fortunately the Shtriga myth fitted perfectly with the backstory I had in mind for my witch.

Directing the movie in a foreign language? Much more difficult surely because you need to understand the performance shadings?

This was just another hurdle we had to jump through collectively, but people learn fast and adapt so it wasn’t a big problem and most of the cast/crew spoke English, so I had a team of translators around me at all times for when someone needed help understanding me and vice versa. Whilst I don’t have an ear for Albanian, I did have the advantage of being the writer and the fact that I’d based the main characters on my own family, meant that I knew these characters inside and out.

rsz_bloodlands-web1How did you go about tackling the portrayal of Albanian people and their culture, which to outsiders still carries a lot of negative clichés?

I was not aware of the clichés so much, coming from Australia. Dritan filled me in on countless tales of Albania, but what we were exploring was at the end of the day, a horror story with fantasy elements. So we weren’t necessarily tied down to absolute reality all the time and the film is lens in a way that embraces the ominous horror elements, wherever we found them. And the story is set in the mountains of a rural village, so we weren’t exploring modern city life with local crime figures, which may be the clichés people speak of.

The Albania I saw, mainly when we were location scouting, knocking on doors and seeing into people’s home lives, gave me confidence to know that the story I’d written in Sydney felt authentic to Albania. Anything that didn’t fit we re-wrote with either the actors or with Dritan’s consultation beforehand, who translated the script for me. I’m half Greek and Albania and Greece share a border, so there was that familiarity for me as well. Although the two countries certainly have significant cultural differences, there is still a Mediterranean through-line that is similar.

What will Albanian audiences make of it do you think? When will it be released there? Will the film kickstart a genre industry in Albania do you think? Or hope?

I have no idea. I made the film for a global audience. The Albanian sensibilities in the arts is unique to itself, so it could go either way. There was certainly a lot of interest in the project when we were there shooting, so I would imagine there would be a natural curiosity about the country’s first horror film.

Are the Albanian cast stars in their own right, or did you discover them? 

They are all stars in my eyes. Gëzim Rudi who plays the father is one the most recognisable actors in Albania. Ilire Vinca who plays the Shtriga was in The Forgiveness of Blood and Suela Bako, playing the mother, has had a lot of experience too and is a filmmaker herself. But it’s the feature debut for most of the cast I believe.

Bearing in mind how difficult it is to get indie genre films released, was it a conscious decision to not make the film in the English language?

Certainly having non-English language does hurt sales internationally, but what’s the alternative? Having Albanians speak English instead? People have suggested that, but I think that’s a terrible decision long-term that would seriously compromise this project. Albanian is an ancient language rarely heard outside of the region and it’s one of the few that has no root in other languages, so we should preserve it. Global audiences obviously do find foreign cultures of interest so we have that on our side and people so far do seem to be genuinely intrigued in a horror film about an Albanian witch!

And finally, what next?

I’m developing another little project while I make my first serious attempts to go to USA with a script I’ve been developing. In the past I only sent one script out to a handful of people in USA, and I wasn’t even there to do the pitch meetings, as I was based in Sydney and focusing on Australian projects mainly, with no desire to move. But after the fun I had in Albania and the speed of which it came together, I’m all for working internationally.

BLOODLANDS is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sat 25 Feb, 2.20pm as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017.

In March Production Commences on Elliott Maguire’s The Ferryman

rsz_ferrymanTHEY’RE HERE PRODUCTIONS Presents…

THE FERRYMAN

PRODUCTION BEGINS IN MARCH 2017

“THE FERRYMAN”
After a failed suicide attempt, troubled and lonely teen MARA finds herself stalked by a malevolent entity.

As much a psychological drama as a horror film, The Ferryman explores important themes such as depression and alienation in the modern world, while also delivering a truly terrifying cinematic experience. In the writing process I took inspiration from classics such as Let The Right One In and Candyman, to create that deep sense of evil, while creating characters that the audience actually care about”.

“The Ferryman” is set to begin production in March 2017, with a fantastic cast that includes NICOLA HOLT as MARA; GARTH MAUNDERS as ROLAND; SHOBI RAE MCLEAN as JULIA; VELTON J. LISHKE as THE DETECTIVE; PAM ASHTON as THE NURSE; and PHILIP SCOTT-SHURETY as THE THERAPIST.

Shooting will take place in and around Manchester throughout March and April, with the production taking inspiration from Sundance hit “Tangerine” and shooting on the iPhone 7, allowing a level of intimacy rarely seen in the horror genre and pushing this advancing technology to its limits.

You can follow the production on Twitter @ferrymanmovie and Facebook @ferrymanmovie, for all other enquiries you can contact the team on [email protected]

Links
http://theyrehereproductionsltd.co.uk/

Interview with Director Chris Smith ahead of the FrightFest Glasgow UK prem of DETOUR

Frsz_christopher_smith-1rightFest has premiered all your genre movies CREEP, SEVERANCE, TRIANGLE, BLACK DEATH, except GET SANTA obviously. Is this positioning an important part of the rollout process for you?

Firstly let me apologise for being away for so long and thank you for having me back. I wrote ‘Get Santa’ because I’d just had a son and was feeling like I wanted to do something that he could watch in the next 15 years. I expected the film to take a year to come together but it ended up taking four years. My son was by that time old enough to come to the premiere with a few of his class mates.

Back to the question, Frightfest is extremely important, not just to me personally, because it’s always an honour, but it’s important to the birth of the film. The Frightfest audiences are the first people to see it, the first to comment on it and it’s nice that they’re such committed fans. Putting a film out there, freeing it from the confines of the edit suite is exciting, but also scary. Frightfest, because of the audiences passion and knowledge of genre, make the process what it should be, fun.

What was the main inspiration for the DETOUR script? Many have commented on its multi-narrative SLIDING DOORS-style vibe. Complicated to write the two sides of one story?

‘Sliding Doors’ and ‘Run Lola Run’ both came out the same year.  I must admit I was never inclined to watch ‘Sliding Doors’, but I know that, like ‘Run Lola Run’, it deals with the concept of different destinies being forged by blind change. Though actually neither of these films were an inspiration for ‘Detour’, which came about by chance.

It was early 2007 and I had just finished writing ‘Triangle’ and was in LA trying to finance it. I’d liked the film ‘Disturbia’, which had been a big hit and so for about three months Hollywood was trying to make Hitchcockian thrillers. An exec came to me and said she’d like to cook up a modern version of ‘Stranger’s on a Train’. I think my brain was so wrapped up structurally from writing ‘Triangle’, that instead of two characters deciding to murder each other’s wives, I cooked up one character, seemingly facing two destinies, based on one moral choice: To kill or not to kill?

Was it complicated to write? Certainly not in comparison to ‘Triangle’ but it offered different challenges. I was really keen for the characters to shine through more than I’d achieved in Triangle, and this is tricky because you’re asking the audience to question the narrative, rather than simply immersing them in a classical structure, and then you’re also hoping they feel empathy for the characters. That is the main challenge for any film that makes you aware of the film making process.

DETOUR is full of film noir references, from the HARPER poster on the wall to the clip from the 1945 B movie classic DETOUR by Edgar G. Ulmer. What is it about the film noir idiom you like?

I’ve always loved Film Noir. I think it is, or rather was, the cornerstone of indie cinema. These are films often made often on the cheap and yet always brimming with colourful characters, taut story lines, and scenarios where a happy ending feels impossible, instead of inevitable. The film that has always had the biggest effect on me is Fritz Langs’ ‘The Woman In The Window’. My film ‘Detour’ is arguably more influenced by that, than the Ulmer movie that we reference in the film and borrow the title from. That said, both films contain a character who crosses a line and finds that the forces that drove him there, and the company he now keeps, will never let him free again.

rsz_detour-bel_powley-webA great cast of new and up-and-coming stars – Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Emory Cohen. You certainly know how to pick them, Eddie Redmayne in BLACK DEATH for example. Is it a knack?

Liam Hemsworth got his first role in ‘Triangle’ also. Is it a knack? I don’t know. To me if you can’t see that those actors are talented you’re in the wrong job. When I got the audition tape from Liam Hemsworth I literally walked it around the office with my jaw dropped showing people. It was so glaringly obvious this boy was a movie star. It was the same with Eddie and all three of the leads in ‘Detour’.

Tye Sheridan’s performances in ‘Joe and Mud’ were electric. Emory Cohen lit up every scene he did in ‘The Place Beyond The Pine’s’. With Bel Powley it was a little different because I met her having seen nothing. The rumour mill was reporting that she was fantastic in the film ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ but none of us had seen it The casting director loved Bel and the financier was happy to cast her on what he had heard, so I met her blind. We got on immediately; I thought she was so cool, funny and smart that I basically cast her on the spot.

Great chemistry between the three leads – was it there from the beginning, or did it evolve gradually?

It was there from the beginning I think but the little choices we made in prep helped it along. We scheduled well so that we did all of the scenes in the house first; just me and Tye and Stephen Moyer. That gave us a real foundation so that when Emory and Bel joined the film, at the end of the first week, we were already working like a well-oiled machine. This gave me more time to concentrate on them, but their instincts were so good that there was very little in the way of notes.

Great solid anchors by Stephen Moyer and John Lynch too, whose maturity contrasts with the young cast on purpose?

Absolutely. They’re the grown-ups but they still have their own problems and in some way are more immature than the younger characters. I think they’re both great in the film.

DETOUR was shot in South Africa. How was filming there?

It was shot mainly in South Africa but we also spent a week shooting in LA and Las Vegas. I love South Africa, it’s a wonderful country, with great crews and so it was a no brainer to shoot it there to help with the budget. It also looks just like California.

rsz_ffgYou’ve said the lighting owes a lot to Edward Hopper’s paintings? Can you elaborate?

Me and my designer joke that all feature films are either Edward Hopper or Carravagio. Film-makers use either artist as their inspiration, either consciously or unconsciously. With Hopper the emphasis is on framing and production design. With Carravagio the emphasis is on using practical lighting and contrast. This film is a Hopper.

It’s a film you want to watch again the moment its finished to see if you can catch all the clues and mis-directs you didn’t see the first time? Do you consciously like to manipulate your audience?

I’m a huge fan of Kiarostami. I’m drawn to film-makers that make you question the film-making process. Lars Von Trier is another I greatly admire.  Everything about film-making is fake and the film-makers’ job is to make you forget this, but there’s pleasure in being reminded too because it makes you engage in an entirely different way.

I can’t watch reality TV. It’s ridiculous. The one thing it’s not is reality. You see survival programs where someone is walking across the Sahara desert. Is he going to make or die of thirst? Give me a break! Behind the camera there’s 20 camels packed full of water for him, the camera crew, the sound man, the medic, the fixer, the camel shepherd and the camels. There’s probably a helicopter standing by.

I like stories where we acknowledge this deceit and try to make a feature. If you still feel tension when you are simultaneously acknowledging the artifice of the process, then I think you’re doing something good.

And finally, what’s next for you?

I’m working on a horror movie about a serial killer called The Judas Goat and a thriller called ‘The Undertaker’. Hoping to shoot either of them by the end of the year.

DETOUR is showing at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sat 25 Feb, 4.30pm as part of Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017.