Your new movie Scaring
Sheri - in a few words, what is it about?
Sheri is a love letter to all the horror films that I grew up
with. It follows a young couple as they search for excitement in the
form of sneaking into a haunt in the late night while they are closed
down. It turns out to be far more exciting than they anticipated.
Sheri being set in a haunted house attraction, did you write the
script around a specific location you already had secured, or did you
write the script first and find (build?) the location only after? And
while we're at it, do talk about your location and what it was like
The idea for Scaring
came to me after exploring Haunted
Overload in Lee, NH. I had recently been approached to direct a film for
the upcoming United States of Horror anthology. Basically this anthology
contains shorts from all of our 50 states. So when I was asked if I
wanted to represent New Hampshire I couldn't say no. The problem was I
had no idea what my piece would be. Until I discovered this haunt not too
far from my home. After that the script basically wrote itself. Haunted
Overload is a multi-award winning haunt, drawing thousands each season.
They have a one-of-a-kind set-up that is so beautiful and intricate that
they have tours open during the day so you can enjoy all of the detail
that went into everything. I definitely recommend checking it out.
We filmed until 4am in 40 degree Fahrenheit and loved every second of
Do talk about Scaring
Sheri's approach to horror for a bit!
Like I said, Scaring
Sheri is my love letter to horror. Tobe Hooper
and Wes Craven and John Carpenter and all the others. These are the
movies that made horror fun. Nothing too deep. No important subplots.
Just horror for the sake of horror. Just for the fun of it. Young
fornicators plus masked psychopath always adds up to smiles in my book.
Do talk about your cast, and why exactly these
This entire process from idea to set happened very quickly. Casting
included. Right away I had Sheri Lee in mind for the lead. I had worked
with Sheri once in the past and couldn't wait to work with her again.
She has such natural talent and a true passion for the art. I have also
seen so much of her work during the festival that I curate, the
Happenstance Horror Fest. There was no doubt in my mind that she would
be perfect. Johnny J Gordon was a late addition. I had never worked with
him before and most of his experience came from stage performance, but I
am so glad I went with him. He brought the character to life. Bringing
just enough "extra" to set. Tom Sadowski it our killer. He is
actually the stage manager at Haunted Overload. He literally scares for
a living. So that was an obvious decision.
A few words about the shoot as such, and the
The work environment was perfect. I kid. It was wet and freezing. But
the cast and crew never complained. They warmed the entire set with
their tangible passion. I could not have pulled it off with any other
crew in the world.
The $64-question of course, where can
Scaring Sheri be seen?
Right now the only way to watch the film would be to catch it at a
festival as we are just starting to submit now. Other than that you want
to look out for the upcoming anthology, United States of Horror, that
will be available for purchase and VOD this year.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Scaring
So far we have played at one festival, Severed Limbs
Fest, where we
won an award for Best Director.
Any future projects you'd like
At the moment I have many scripts up my sleeve, but my focus is to
find investors to turn Scaring
Sheri into a feature length film.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
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What got you into making movies in the first
place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
One day I woke up and decided to make a film. No experience to speak of,
knowing noone in the scene. I just decided to do it. I had a concept,
wrote a script, gathered my friends and we made my first film,
Happenstance. The movie had no reason to come out as good as it did but
I love it, and from there on I have never looked back. When I released it
I threw a huge viewing party. It was a blast. That's where Happenstance
Horror Fest was born. I have held it every year since. We love to
spotlight filmmakers that maybe lack in budget but not in heart. I
myself have managed to make all of my films on zero budget so I know the
Your favourite movies?
Dawn of the Dead (original),
Lost Boys, Monster Squad.
and of course, films you really deplore?
and other such torture porn, and any horror film
where they use CGI instead of supporting practical effects artists.
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Share the blood, share the love!
for the interview!