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An Interview with Alexander Henderson, Director of Trap

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2021

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Your new movie Trap - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís about how someone in the relationship is WHIPPED.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Trap?

 

A few things! The role reversal in marriage over the last few decades. SLAVERY. Being raised under the belt of a black mama. Donít judge a book by itís cover.

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!

 

Itís a horror thatís realized by most men entering or exiting a marriage in my opinion. Iím a wedding videographer so I can attest to this: Even on the day of the wedding there are jokes thrown at the groom saying ďAre you sure you want to do this?Ē Itís humorous because we can all see the logic in the joke but thatís what makes it so scary.

 

At least for me, there's also a humourous side to Trap, at least in the reveal - so would you at all agree, and if so, what can you tell us about your film's brand of humour?

 

I would definitely agree. Itís meant to be humorous and bizarre.

 

A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Very much go with the flow and lean on my actors. DíKia and Justin have huge personalities in real life, so I knew as long as the script and storyboard were in decent shape, everything would work out.

 

Do talk about Trap's cast, and why exactly these two?

 

DíKia Anderson is an amazing actor with amazing improv skills. Sheís explosive and loud but she is also soft. I pretty much wrote this role with her in mind. She was my first option and Iím so thankful that she committed to the film.

 

Justin Graves is actually a writer/director in the comedy genre. Iíve watched him in a few sketches on YouTube and I knew heíd be perfect. 

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It was a very chill 5 hour shoot for my buddy Adam Cabrera (producer) and I. Nelson Cooper was our special FX artist and heís amazing. DíKia and Justin are hilarious so they made the experience that much better.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Trap be seen?

 

Trap can be seen on my YouTube channel www.YouTube.com/theinstallments, and the film is on DíKia Andersonís IGTV.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Trap?

 

This film definitely hits more nerves than I intended, especially when it comes to the belt whooping. In the black community the belt is a part of being raised (Iím black). Some people look back at it and laugh, some look at it as a sort of rite of passage, some donít want to remember it.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I release a film every Sunday on my YouTube channel, but at the moment I donít have anything in particular.

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive and formal training on the subject?

 

While watching The Happening in 2008 I got a burning desire to tell stories. Unfortunately, Iíve had no formal training but Iíve made a bunch of movies and Iíve watched a lot of YouTube tutorials.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Trap?

 

I had never worked with a storyboard artist before Trap. Eileen Eckles storyboarded Trap, and that enabled us to make our day in 5 hours.

 

Going through your filmography one can't help but notice you never stray far from the horror genre - coincidence, or is that a genre dear to you, and why (not)?

 

Horror is my favorite genre by far and Iím not sure why. I started watching scary movies at 3 years old. Freddy Krueger and Chucky were a huge part of my childhood.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I grew up playing football in high school, college, and pro, so, Iím not your typical LA artsy director. Iím a normal guy with a blue-collar approach to filmmaking.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

M. Night Shyamalan, Stanley Kubrick, Rob Zombie.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Matilda, The Happening, The Shining.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Funny Games and High Tension should be on this list but theyíre too good.

 

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Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

Link to the film: https://youtu.be/SSNuqczfBZY

Link to my YouTube channel: https://www.YouTube.com/theinstallments

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Hey, I love your work and I think itís important to mention you are possibly more important than the actual movie itself. Without your word I may or may not not be interested in a movie. As a viewer when I read a reviews/critique, especially from you, my mind is opened and Iím able to view things from a new angle.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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