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An Interview with Alan Del Tufo, Director of Opening Fright

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2016

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Your movie Opening Fright - in a few words, what is it about?


It’s about very big personalities put into a very extreme situation.


Given there are certain similarities between the film and the theatre world, is any of Opening Fright based on personal experience - other than the slayings I hope?


When I was younger I was in a few community theater plays. So the characters, or caricatures if you will, are based on real people I’ve worked with.


Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Opening Fright?


It all started with a crazy idea I had one day… what would happen if a monster of some sorts attacked a community theater playhouse? How would these people react?


Of all your characters and their reactions to the situation at hand, who did you identify with the most?


I definitely identify with Derek, the reporter.


At least in my eyes, Opening Fright is also a very humourous movie - so do talk about its brand of comedy for a bit!


Well yea, Opening Fright was always a comedy first. I even had to film additional footage after the first cut to make it work within the horror genre


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


I had to push the actors to “act bad”… it’s not something they’re used to doing, but the only way the humor was going to work was if they were going over-the-top. Once they got the hang of it they really had fun with the scenes. We improved a few things, we really had no rules which is what made this such a fun project to work on.


Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


Right off the bat I cast Danielle Roth, Betsy Sanders and Adam Vadasz. I had worked with them before and I knew they were familiar with these type of characters. The role of Kirk was the hardest to find. The comedy really hinges on his character. After a long search I finally found a local stand-up comedian named Joe Carney. When he walked in the room he obviously fit the role physically at 6’4, 250 lbs. And after his first read I knew he was perfect for the part.


One of the key elements of Opening Fright is of course its location - so do talk about that one for a bit, and what were the advantages and challenges filming there?


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The advantage was that I had been in a show at that theater years ago… so I knew it well. My biggest disadvantage was that it looks like a cute, little theater... there’s nothing creepy about it. So we had to light it and film it in a way that made it look dingy and scary.


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


We had a blast… tons of fun, a very tight knit group. The actors really loved their characters. I still stay in touch with almost the entire cast.


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


Opening Fright premiered last week on the Kings of Horror YouTube channel.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I currently have a feature length, horror/action script I’m shopping around titled Revival. And I’m in the development stage on a horror movie that I’d like to film in the beginning of 2017.


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


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


You can also check out my feature film titled Eternal Damn Nation on the Kings of Horror YouTube channel, Amazon Prime, or on DVD everywhere!


Thanks for the interview!


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