Your upcoming movie Stirring - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Stirring will focus on a group of
coeds gathered at a sorority house with a sinister past who are stalked by
a bloodthirsty killer disguised as Mrs. Clause.
With Stirring being a
Christmas-themed horror movie ... why Christmas?
favorite horror film of all time is 1974's Black
Christmas (I have a tattoo in its honor!). I'm also a fan over
several other Christmas-themed horror flicks; I feel like their is
something fascinating about pairing what is widely considered one of the
most festive and jolliest times of the year with bloodshed and horror.
sources of inspiration when dreaming up Stirring?
best way I can describe Stirring is
that it's like a mix of Black
Christmas, To All a Goodnight
and Scream. However, it definitely has its own unique
style and personality that I truly believe slasher fans will enjoy.
It will definitely be bigger and bloodier than my first feature film Party Night
(which is pretty bloody!).
talk about your movie's approach to horror for a bit?
definitely going to be 100% straight up slasher with just a tad of mystery
thrown in. The deaths are all very creative and will be
"Christmas-themed", which I hope will please fans of holiday
can you tell us about your movie's intended overall look and feel?
it is a Christmas-themed horror flick, my intention is to make sure it
looks and feels like it's Christmas! I literally want
Christmas in every shot. Additionally, colors and lighting
will be extremely important to me in terms of getting the film to have the
proper atmosphere. I also very much want to project some
80's slasher vibe into it, even though it does take place in present day.
you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these
I couldn't be more excited about the cast I have
assembled so far! I have a great mix of some very
familiar faces and young, fresh up-and-coming talent! Horror icon
and scream queen Brinke Stevens [Brinke
Stevens interview - click here] is on board along with original My
Bloody Valentine alum Helene Udy [Helene
Udy interview - click here]. Kaylee Williams (Model
Hunger, Porkchop 3D, The
Williams interview - click here] is also set to star!
All three of my Party Night
Drew Shotwell, Billy Brannigan, and Ryan Poole, are also back, with each
playing characters completely different than their Party Night
roles! I've also cast Atlanta-based young actor
Jace Greenwood, who impressed me greatly when he audition for Party Night
last year, and Houston-based actresses
Jantel Fontenot and Hailey Strader, who both submitted amazing
auditions. It's an outstanding cast that I am truly honored
agreed to be part of this project. I absolutely cannot wait to work
As far as I know, you're presently running a
fundraiser for Stirring - so please do talk about your campaign!
of this moment, there are just NINE days left of our Kickstarter campaign
and we are just shy of being 50% funded! This is definitely
stressful because Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform,
meaning if we don't make our goal, we get NONE of the funds pledged!
There are some great rewards for our backers starting at just $5,
including advanced screening links, signed cast posters, limited edition
DVDs/Blu-rays, a custom Christmas ornament, and actual chances to be in the
film! Definitely check it out and support it if you
can... even sharing the campaign link on social media is helpful!
the budget's in place, what's the schedule - and even if it might be waaay
too early to ask, when will the film be released onto the general public,
If the Kickstarter campaign is
successful, the plan is to begin filming the second week of June.
It'd be my goal to get the first teaser trailer out there by December and
then aim for a festival premiere in the late spring/early summer.
Of course, the ideal time to actual release it to the general public would
Any future projects beyond Stirring?
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two feature films in two years is definitely enough to keep me busy.
In the midst of trying to get Party Night
submitted and accepted into festivals, promoting it, and
hopefully finding a distributor, I am also deep in pre-production for Stirring---not
to mention I am working a full time job! I feel like I need to slow
down here and really focus on these two babies. I do have an idea I
think I'd like to pursue at some point down the line that is a complete
departure from the slasher genre: a true crime documentary. Until
then, I'll also be working on transitioning the Fright Meter Awards into a
movie's website, Facebook, Kickstarter, whatever else?
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
please support the Stirring Kickstarter if you
can... ANYTHING helps. And be on the look out for some
exciting news regarding my first film, Party Night!
for the interview!