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An Interview with Allen Kellogg, Director of The Devil's Toy Box

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2015

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

 

The Devil's Toy Box will have many more characters than the first movie (7 Nights of Darkness) did but we will be concentrating on the journeys of Carter Osbourne (from the first movie) and Cynthia O'Neil (a new character). When we first see Carter, he is in a therapy session, because who wouldn't be after what he went through, but what he is struggling with is the immense amount of guilt he feels for leaving Brooke behind at the end of the first movie. Cynthia (played by the lovely Melissa Norris) is the oldest daughter of John O'Neil. For those who haven't watched the first movie, John didn't quite make it to the end of the film, but Cynthia believes he is still alive inside the asylum somewhere. She convinces Carter to come back in to help her find her father and maybe even save Brooke in the process.

 


With The Devil's Toy Box being a direct sequel to 7 Nights of Darkness, how closely will it follow that movie, and will one have to see the first one to understand The Devil's Toy Box?

 

We are very committed to making this a stand-alone movie. While people who watched the first will certainly get some enjoyment from some subtle references, it won't be at all necessary to have actually watched the first movie. We want to make the audience as broad as possible.

 

Other sources of inspiration for The Devil's Toy Box?

 

Honestly, my co-writer, Spencer Jay Kim, and I are really drawing from deep within about what we personally find terrifying.

 

With 7 Nights of Darkness having been shot found footage style - will you stick to that method of filmmaking with The Devil's Toy Box, and what can you tell us about the film's intended overall look and feel?

 

The Devil's Toy Box will still be shot found footage style. For a while we toyed with fitting in some traditional narrative but I think the whole point of found footage is that people need that feeling that it is real. You can't break that. It's not like it was in the days of The Blair Witch Project where people thought it could possibly truly be real. The cat is out of the bag. Everyone is aware that it isn't reality, but what they do want is the belief that it COULD be real. It's very akin to wrestling. We all know the truth, but no one ever talks about it or does anything to jeopardize the audiences suspension of disbelief.  I feel the same way about changing up to a narrative style. Can't do it to keep the right feel to it.

 

Unlike the first movie, there will be some changes in location from time to time. They don't spend all of their time in the asylum which will keep some of the imagery from becoming a little redundant, but believe me when I say that that doesn't mean things won't be just as scary outside of the asylum.

 

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

 

I love gore! But, there really won't be any until we get toward the climax of the movie. We intend to keep the atmosphere very tense and very scary. We have spent a great deal of time developing characters that we think people will really care about which will add to the overall intensity when one of them is in danger. In this movie, silence will be golden. Very tense, very quiet moments. We will be using a lot of suspense to build terror and create what in my opinion is one of the worst fears of them all, the fear of the unknown. Not just the unknown of things like "What's around the corner?", but the unknown of "What's going on?", "What's happening to me?" We intend to cause some confusion for our characters and really play with time and different dimensions. And all of this will be sprinkled with some terrifying imagery.

 

Anything you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?

 

It's a large cast. Many of the cast members from the first movie will be returning along with many new faces including my writing partner Spencer Jay Kim, my producing partner David Thomas, our co-producer and my right hand woman on many a project Jessica Fleming. Also in the cast some people I am thrilled to start working with including Sean Manos, Lola Marie, Camille Rowell, Greg Violand, Ashley Bossard and Greg Del Torto.

 

As far as I know, The Devil's Toy Box is presently still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?

 

Thanks for asking! We currently have an IndieGoGo campaign up which you can see here: https://www.indiegogo.com/
projects/the-devil-s-toy-box/x/10474575

We are doing moderately well in just the first few days of our campaign and could always use more support. Please understand, that doesn't mean just money (although that would be very nice) but if that's not your thing or it's something you really can't do, please share our page on Facebook and Twitter. That helps tremendously and on this project every share and every penny counts. We're very good at stretching our money and you'd be surprised at the difference $20 could make.

 

Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule - and any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet (and I know it might be waaay too early to ask)?

 

We begin shooting on July 11th for 13-14 days with a few breaks here and there. As for a general release date, I really couldn't say with any degree of certainty right now, but I'd like to think early 2016.

 

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We always have projects in the pipeline and as always they depend on funding. We are looking to outside private investors currently for those projects, but who knows, you may see them on IndieGoGo eventually.

 

Your website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

 

Our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/7nightsofdarkness2

Our IndieGoGo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-devil-s-toy-box/x/10474575

Our IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4596052/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

Our trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqFDOO84gPc

 

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

 

No, we're good! Thanks so much for putting this up! Much appreciated!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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