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An Interview with Anthony Altamura, Director of The Passage

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2015

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Your upcoming movie The Passage - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


A man meets the Devil and has no escape from his grasp.


What were your inspirations when writing The Passage?


The film was inspired by a nightmare I had, where I was followed by demons wearing red cloaks. So I figured, why not write a story about a man experiencing a day full of lingering pure evil. And in the end, meeting the Devil.


The Passage is described as a "film for horror fans by horror fans" - so do talk about your fondness for the genre as such for a bit!


As far as I can remember, I just loved horror films in general. Whether it was a cheesy flick from the 80's that had awful effects and a comedic value over all or a dark disturbing tale like The Shining, I just always wanted more. My parents would take me to the video store every weekend and ask me to pick something out and every time I'd get yelled at for grabbing the first VHS with a horrifying cover that I could find. I'm glad they were cool enough to let me watch it anyways. I always thought about how I wanted to bring a story of my own to the big screen, but only in the last few years I found the confidence and the outlet to do so. I'm addicted.


So what can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?


The approach we are taking with The Passage is really to just tell a story that has not been told before. There has been plenty about making a deal, or selling your soul to the Devil based on your sins, but nothing that says the Devil just chooses who he wants in hell. And he sure won't be a man in a suit and tie, or a dude with red face paint and a pitchfork. We are creating our own image of the Devil and we will use nothing but sinister vibes and minimal gore to keep the viewer holding on to their seat.


You of course also have to talk about the monster in your movie for a bit, and how is it achieved?


Our monster is the Devil himself. I don't want to give too much away of course, but I'll tell you right now, he is something that will stick with you and make you peek over at the dark corner of your bedroom at night.


Anything you can tell us about the cast of The Passage yet, and why exactly these people?


Our cast is excellent, they all came to us showing their passion for the story. And they were chosen fairly quickly. These people believe in my story and fit the roles far too well. I almost didn't have to think while casting.


As far as I know, you're still running a fundraiser for The Passage as we speak - so what can you tell us about your campaign?


Our campaign is set up through IndieGoGo gogo it is going well so far. We are asking for some help on behalf of the horror community to take the film to another level. But to be honest, money is the least of our worries at this point. We will make this happen no matter what.


Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule - and any idea when and where the movie might be released onto the general public yet?


We are filming during the first week of November. The movie will run an 8 month festival circuit to see where it can take us. After that, we will throw it up on Vimeo for anyone to see. So it all depends on post production really.


Any future projects beyond The Passage?


Absolutely. We already have a few stories in mind and the few people we have mentioned them to have gotten the chills... I've actually seen a friend of ours get goosebumps while I was explaining a short scene from our next project. We want to take on things that scare people that nobody really talks about.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I've always found movies fascinating. I knew one day I'd make my own, I just had no idea how to go about making it happen. So I did my research... every day. I tried to make sure I learned something new as often as I possibly could and still do. I am self taught, but I can't say I haven't been granted some incredible tips from fellow filmmakers.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Passage?


The Passage is my first true film. I've made a couple of shorts with friends of mine while I was trying to get to the point of knowledge in filmmaking that I've reached now, but nothing that we had the budget or time to really turn into something like The Passage. I've directed music videos for about two years now, some of them strictly performance and others that lean more towards the narrative side. But this is my first and for sure not my last film.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


I think I'm more of a visual director. I see exactly what it is I am trying to put on the screen and won't accept the shot until it is precisely what I had imagined. The story is just as important to me, but I feel like I build the story while visualizing what would happen next based on what I'm seeing.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Tarantino, Reiner and of course Kubrick. As an atheist, they have become the closest thing to Gods for me personally.


Your favourite movies?


I feel like whenever someone asks this question I end up thinking of ten more films I'm in love with after I have already answered. 

I'm gonna just say Stand By Me... Stand By Me... STAND BY ME.

But when it comes to horror, I can break it down quite simply... The Shining,The Exorcist, House of The Devil, A Nightmare On Elm Street.


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


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I guess there aren't movies that I find truly unacceptable, since I'm either laughing at how bad it is, or finding at least one thing to appreciate about the production. But I can tell you right now, Troll 2 is the hardest movie ever to watch.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

Instagram - @thepassagehorrorfilm

Twitter - @thepassage_film



Anything else you are dying to tell us and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I think these questions cover almost everything. Just keep an eye out for our film. We can't wait to scare you all...


Thanks for the interview!


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