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An Interview with Maria Lee Metheringham, Director and Star of Bite Night

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2020

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

 

Basically an all female punk band called Party of Valice lure a group of punks back to their mansion for a wild and exclusive after party. Unknown to the punks the women are actually vampires who want their feed for the night. However the tables turn slightly as something else comes into the house and the vampires and punks have to work together to destroy the new evil threat within the household.

 

With Bite Night being a vampire movie, is that a genre you're at all a genre you're fond of? And what do you think makes yours stick out of the crowd?

 

I love vampire films! And this film is actually inspired by a few of my favourites, namely Fright Night, Vamp and My Best Friend is a Vampire. I wanted to bring cool and funny 80s/90s vibe with neon lighting and bring a story with a new twist. I don't think it's hugely unique but you don't often get the predator and prey working together in a film.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Bite Night?

 

As I said above in the films mentioned. Lighting and style wise that's what we were going for but we also wanted the silliness and bizarre humour of films like Haunted Honeymoon and Clue. Basically a load of weird people in a big house together with all sorts of mismatched things going on.

 

Do talk about Bite Night's approach to horror for a bit!

 

This is a fun horror. We weren't going for scary or creepy but just plain ridiculous horror mixed with creepy and atmospheric music. It's not going to make you jump out of your seat but it will hopefully be very enjoyable to see.

 

At least to me, Bite Night was also quite humourous at times - do you at all agree, and if so, could you talk about your movie's brand of comedy?

 

We certainly made the script have very strange action and dialogue which in turn made it quite comical. We didn't go out of our way to make a comedy but did want it to come across as odd and not to be taken seriously. The actors made the comedy come across really well with how they played the characters and didn't hold back with anything. Rachel Brownstein [Rachel Brownstein interview - click here] who plays Valice is very serious and stroppy but her over-the-top anger makes her quite amusing to watchb and Martha Niklas who plays Katarina is so cute and flirty during the process of doing evil things she makes the character very humourous.

 

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

 

I directed a lot of scenes freely so the actors could play about, and I allowed them to throw in their own lines and improvise a bit just to keep it fresh. One scene where Valice comes into the foyer and does a seductive dance for the punks I didn't even tell them what Rachel was going to do. I just put them in the space and said 'Rachel is going to do something strange so just stay in character untill I say cut.' So all of those reactions are on the spot and genuine. Panda Marcella Edgecobe-Craig who plays Tash really does look baffled in that scene, haha.

 

You also play one of the leads in the film - so what can you tell us about your character, what did you draw upon to bring her to life, and did you write Zuzanna with yourself in mind from the get-go?

 

Yes, Zuzanna was written without me knowing I was going to play the character and as we got a decent way through the script I knew the moody, cold hearted demeanour was definitely for me. I work well with those types of characters. Also the contrast between the three ladies needed to be very obvious but also work off each other well. I knew I worked well alongside Rachel from a previous film.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I'm not sure if the cast know this but I actually cast them to the characters based on their own personalities. A lot of them actually have a lot of who they are playing in their own mannerisms, the way they hold themselves and the faces they pull were just the actors as I saw them anyway. 

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

It was a great on-set atmosphere. Gary Rogers who is the DOP always gets my ideas and works well with the on-set banter. You have to have fun whilst working on a film like this and we all had plenty of laughs! We couldn't not find everything funny as the script was so crazy. We had one very long day which started in the morning and finished at 5am the next day. Everyone was delirious by the end of that shoot but in a good way.

 

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

 

Well that is yet to be announced, as we are in discussion with distribution companies currently. You'll have to keep an eye out on social media and such for the announcements.

 

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

 

We have had really good feedback about the film. Mainly about how much fun it is to watch.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

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Future projects-wise we have a film we want to make called Creeps at the Gym, which is another horror film. Just depends on funding. I am also currently in production and almost finished with a comedy film called Cowgirls Don't Lie, which is by a different production company called Lynx Elite, and loving every minute of it!

 

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

 

Website-wise our official website is www.greatnorthernproductions.co.uk

You can follow me on Facebook and find all my film pages. My insta account is: marialmetheringhamactress

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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