Your new movie All
Through the House - in a few words, what is it about?
Through the House
is an 80's-inspired holiday slasher film
about a maniac in a
costume that goes on a killing rampage in a
Christmas obsessed neighborhood.
question, why pick Christmas and a serialkilling and dick-chopping
for your movie? And why garden shears?
Christmas and I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas-themed horror movie
ever since I was a kid. To me, Christmas really comes to life at night and
that makes a dramatic backdrop for a horror movie. I was also fascinated
with the darker family Christmas classics, like A Christmas
Carol and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The holiday
season is a time when everyone is rushing around trying to make other
people happy, but they don't notice there’s a killer Santa with garden
shears hiding down the street.
As to why garden shears???? You'll have to
watch the movie to get an answer to that question, but there is certainly
a good reason…
From what I know, All
Through the House is loosely based on an earlier short of yours, Here
Comes Santa - so what can you tell us about that one, and how closely
are the two films related?
I really had a lot of fun making
that short film. My sister Ashley Mary Nunes [Ashley
Mary Nunes interview - click here] and friend Melynda Kiring had
such great chemistry that I wanted to explore that relationship in a
feature. I did use the short film as a simple blueprint… but when I got
deeper into All
Through the House, the two stories ended up having
very little in common other than a killer Santa.
Other sources of inspiration
when dreaming up All
Through the House?
By far my biggest inspiration
was the poster for Silent Night, Deadly Night. The killer Santa
that poster is mysteriously evil and I wanted to capture that wickedness
in my film. I wasn't really inspired by the movie itself. The true source
of my inspiration comes from 80's slasher movies in general… especially Halloween,
Friday the 13th and
Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Through the House being a slasher movie, is that a genre dear to
you, and what do you think makes your movie stand out of the crowd?
I was mesmerized by slasher movies as a kid… I loved Michael Myers
and Jason… but I was also fascinated with the final girl concept, which
is actually a modern day take on David and Goliath. I'm captivated by that
storyline and I'm always interested in finding new ways to explore that
Through the House features many of the popular
elements that made those early 80s slasher films so great. But it doesn't
stop there. The story still feels fresh because it's almost impossible to predict the
ending and our killer Santa is like nothing you've even seen. This slasher
does not rehash popular Christmas horror movie subplots, like punishing
people who’ve been naughty, or Santa obsessed psychos, or death by
antlers. But our film does deliver on a big bloody body count, beautiful
girls, and an engagingly sadistic story. Perfect for the holiday season.
the gorehounds among my readers, you of course have to talk about the
bloody bits in All
Through the House for a bit, and how were they achieved?
had two amazing SFX artist - Tommy Pietch and Josh Maccaron. The gore was
a very important part of the movie for me. As a slasher fan, I always feel
let down when a main character is killed off-screen. It's kinda
disrespectful. Why introduce a character only to have them killed
off-screen? It was important to me that every character who died is
killed on screen in a bloody, gruesome manner. This of course puts a lot
of pressure on the production process. It is expensive and time consuming
to kill off characters on-screen, especially using practical effects. Even
though it was challenging, It was also extremely rewarding and the effects
look great on screen.
can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at
I really wanted to create a movie that could have
been released during the slasher boom of the 80's. In order to do
that, I needed to make sure certain elements shined through. Practical
effects, a memorable killer with a dark past, a kick-ass final girl, and a
twist ending no one sees coming. These are the elements that made the
slasher movies of the 80s so much fun. But, you can't just recycle those
elements and call it a day. I believe it's important to put a spin on the
structure, while remaining true to the movies that inspired me. This is a
love letter to those early slasher movies.
Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these
I picked my cast based on some very important
principles. I needed actors who could give me quality performance within a
very tight and demanding shooting schedule. It was also important to me
that these actors be easy to work with and excited about what we were
Through the House
is a gory and wicked movie, but it
is also a fun movie, and that atmosphere needed to be felt on set. I
can't recommend these actors enough. I truly hope that other producers and
directors see their genuine excitement, talent, and LOVE for making
movies. I'm proud of each and every one of these actors. They are real
pros on and off screen.
A few words about the shoot as such, and the
The shoot was crazy! The movie was really ambitious for the budget we
had. The whole cast and crew wore many hats and we all worked tirelessly.
Ryan Anderson (cinematographer) and Glenda Suggs (assistant director) got
very little sleep and never complained. Everyone was aware that we were
creating something really entertaining and that shaped our onset attitude.
I've been on very unhappy sets before… not for us. I can honestly say
that everyone had a truly great experience!
$64-question of course, when and where will All
Through the House be released onto
the general public?
Through the House is available
now on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable on Demand, Xbox, and ALL major VOD platforms.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of All
Through the House yet?
I can proudly say that
we've had a great response from film festivals and early reviews. My goal
was to create an homage to the early 80's slasher films and the audience
has responded positively. We’ve won a ton of awards including Best
Slasher and Best Director. I am also very proud to say that some of
our actors have gotten a lot of praise as well. My sister, Ashley Mary
Nunes [Ashley Mary Nunes interview
- click here] was runner up at this year's Action on Film Festival for Best
Actress. Melynda Kiring won Best Supporting Actress at the first
Blast Film Festival. Lito Velasco is receiving rave reviews on his
wickedly iconic performance as the Santa Slayer.
Any future projects you'd like to
I am currently in pre-production on my next movie Death Ward 13 (a remake of
Don’t Look in the Basement). I am
so excited about this movie and I can't wait to share more. Since we're
still in the early stages, the only thing I can report is that updates
will be coming soon. You can get more information on our webpage at
What got you into filmmaking in the first place,
and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I became obsessed with horror movies in middle school. To me, movies
were magical because they could terrify an audience and evoke that kind of
strong emotion. In high school, I adapted Friday the
13th Part 1 and
2 and Halloween as stage plays and the process forced me to dig
deeper into the story and characters so that I could adapt the film
without losing its essence. The plays were successful - even though the
school administration hated them. I was also making my own original horror
movies with a VHS camera with my high school friends. By the time I
graduated high school, I was writing original content for the stage, so
screenwriting and directing movies was the next logical step. I did go to
film school and took screenwriting classes. This has been a passion of
mine since I was a kid and I've always anticipated that I would one day do
an homage to horror movie and stuff it full of references from my all-time
favorite slasher films.
How would you describe
yourself as a director?
I think I'm very passionate about
what I do. My energy and excitement rubs off on everyone involved. I
have a clear vision for what I'm crafting and that's the first element I
discuss with potential cast and crew. It's important that everyone is on
the same page right from jump. As the director, I get tunnel vision and I
don't stop until the movie is done. Also, I feel that making movies is a
collaborative effort and everyone's opinion should be heard and respected.
It's my job to determine whether or not those ideas fit into the bigger
picture, but I don't want anyone to feel as if they aren't part of the
machine. I put a lot of energy into making everyone as comfortable as
possible on set and that the experience is a rewarding one.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
of course, I love John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Quentin Tarantino, and
Ridley Scott. But, I'm very, influenced by all the amazing independent
directors out there making a name for themselves: Andy Palmer, Ryan
LaPlante, Kelton Jones, and Jessica Cameron [Jessica
Cameron interview - click here]. I am a big fan of independent
movies, especially horror movies, because I know what it takes to
accomplish such a feat without a studio budget. The amount of
determination and dedication that is needed is beyond what the average
person can comprehend.
The first horror movie I saw was Halloween
and I have to say, it changed my life. I had never felt anything like that
in my entire sweet childhood life. I was in the fourth grade and my whole
family watched it on HBO. My mom instantly regretted letting me watch Halloween
and insisted that I never see another horror movie again,
but I couldn’t get it out of my mind. When I heard about Friday the 13th
I was determined to see it and sneak-watched it one night on TV. I
couldn't sleep for weeks afterwards. I loved it. Eventually, my mother
caved in and became my number one horror movie-watching buddy. We watched
all the classics together on VHS, including Hell Night, Black
Christmas, Night Warning, The House on Sorority Row,
Fog, and Prom Night.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
am so excited about All
Through the House being released on iTunes,
Vudu, Blu-ray, DVD, and all major VOD platforms. I just want to thank
Stephen Readmond and Christopher Stanley of The Readmond Company for
taking a chance on me. Also, I have to thank all the supporters that we
now have. I've met many amazing and talented people as a result of this
movie. This truly has been a dream come true.
for the interview!