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An Interview with Andrew C. Erin, Director of Havenhurst

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2017

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Itís a horror thriller about a woman on the road to redemption who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.


What were your inspirations when writing Havenhurst? And what can you tell us about your co-writer Daniel Farrands, and the collaboration between the two of you?


Daniel and I came up with the concept for Havenhurst many years ago. We were introduced and tasked with finding a solid genre concept. We got along well from the very beginning, partly due to our passion for horror, and really enjoyed bouncing ideas off of each other. The end result was Havenhurst.


Do talk about your movie's approach to horror, and is that a genre at all dear to you?


Iíve always found horror to be extremely entertaining. When I was younger there was nothing better than a good ghost story around the campfire to get the blood flowing.

The foundation of this movie is routed in the terrifying history of H.H. Holmes. We had a lot of fun exploring what it would be like if he had descendants doing the same thing in modern times in the heart of one of the busiest cities on the planet, NYC.


You also have to talk about the wonderful location you shot at, and what was it like filming there? And did you write the movie with the exact location already in mind?


That location was a set built on a stage in Los Angeles by the extremely talented production designer, Julie Walker. Because we built the set we were able to design it exactly how we had imagined it in the writing process.


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


I love the collaborative process and really worked off the fantastic crew and actors that we put together. I wanted the movie to have a classic feel so the design and camera work mirrored that to an extent.


Do talk about Havenhurst's key cast, and why exactly these people?


We were very lucky to have Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan, Danielle Harris, Josh Stamberg, Doug Tait and Belle Shouse. Each one suited the character so perfectly that it really helped to bring the script to life.

Iíve been a fan of Julie Benz from the very beginning of her career. Sheís very grounded and brought a vulnerability to Jackie that really made me feel for the character.

I canít say enough about Fionnula, sheís just amazing and really added a dimension to Eleanor that elevated the character to a place I had only hoped we could achieve.

The rest of the cast, Josh, Danielle, Belle and Doug were selected because of their incredible body of work and professionalism that helped to land this movie solidly into the genre.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was a challenging shoot because we struggled against making the building such an important character. All the traps and action were fun to tackle but ate up a lot of time on a relatively short shooting schedule. But because of the great crew and cast we were able to pull it off.


The $64-question of course: When and where will Havenhurst be released onto the general public?


Itís being released theatrically Feb. 10th, in NYC, LA, Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Atlanta. And then VOD nation wide around the same time.


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


As itís just being released, I wonít know how itís being received by the audience. There have been some very positive reviews coming in from critics.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Iíve always had a passion for film so when I tried my hand at writing and directing it really felt right. Iíve stuck with it ever since and have been lucky enough to make a career out of it.

I was not formally trained. I learned the technical aspects by going out and experimenting until I felt like I had a real grasp of the process.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Havenhurst?


Iíve been very fortunate to have made a number of movies of varying budget ranges. Each one has taught me a lot about the film making process. There are always new challenges and bit by bit I feel like Iím earning the title of director.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Itís such a collaborative medium. I always start with a very clear vision of what I feel I want to achieve. Being involved in the writing process really solidifies that vision for me. Then, the real magic happens when we hire incredibly talented people, crew and actors, that elevate and change that vision, almost always bringing it to another level.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


All the greats of course and honestly, I love watching what younger filmmakers are doing. A lot of the time that is the most inspiring material out there.


Your favourite movies?


In the horror genre I love The Strangers, The Conjuring, The Last Exorcism, The Sixth Sense and the list goes on and on.


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