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
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?
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.
sources of inspiration for The Devil's Toy Box?
my co-writer, Spencer Jay Kim, and I are really drawing from deep within
about what we personally find terrifying.
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?
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
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)?
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
you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these
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:
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.
Any future projects beyond The Devil's
Feeling lucky ?
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for more, better results ?
The links below
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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
Your website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever
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!