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An Interview with Christopher Harrison, Director of Devil's Night

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2012

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Devil's Night tells the story of 5 frat boys who get involved in Devil's Night accident that leaves a stranger dying in the woods. A year later a masked killer shows up at their annual Devil's Night party seeking revenge for the devestating prank.


How did the project get off the ground in the first place?


The film was first conceived in 2006 under the title Left for Dead. I had come up with a low budget homage film that paid respects to the classic slasher films of the 70's and 80's. I was then approached by Adam Dirani (executive producer) who was looking to make a low budget horror film. He loved the script and next thing I knew we were off and running.


Devil's Night seems to be at least to some degree be inspired by old school slasher movies. A genre especially dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?


It is definitely inspired by those films. Specifically Halloween, Friday the 13th, Night of the Creeps, Black Christmas, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! All of these homages can be easily spotted by any true horror fan... We also kill an unlucky 13 people in the film:)


No slasher film without gore of course - so what can you tell us about the gore effects in your film ... and how important are gore and violence to the overall tone of Devil's Night to begin with?


We used old school practical FX because that is how they did it with the films we have all grown to love! The FX and masks were created by the fine gentleman at The Butcher Shop, Carlos Henriques and Ryan Louagie. The gore and violence was important, but we had a very small budget so we did the best we could with the money we had and we are very happy with how things turned out!


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?


I looked at it as "THE LITTLE, BIG MOVIE" I knew we had limited budget, so we had to be as creative as possible and for the record we didn't even have a real lighting kit! SO my approach was to make it look as good as we could by using nice wide lenses and cool locations. For the most part I am happy with it, but would have loved to have a real director of photography to help create the look I was going for, but in the world of independent film all you can do is make it work and I believe WE did that.


Steve Byers

Shawn Roberts

What can you tell us about your cast, and what made exactly them perfect for their roles?


Danielle Harris

The only person we had in mind from the beginning was Danielle Harris. We have always been a huge fan of hers and really wanted to have her in our film. Steve Byers and Shawn Roberts were discovered through the audition process. Everyone was really cool to work with and I hope one day we can all do it again... on a much larger scale of coarse;)


What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?


To be honest, it was very stressful and difficult because we were always scaling back. I realized quickly that this movie was not going to be the script and that made it difficult, constantly changing things and yet trying to keep with the story and things we already shot. I was also very limited in terms of my coverage, because there was never enough time or people to help get everything I needed. But these are the things that happen on small productions. You just have to embrace these difficult situations and make it work, that is how good filmmakers become great!


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


The film comes out October 30, 2012... Devil's Night! That is Canada's release date, we are still waiting on America and the rest of the world. So if there are any distributors looking for a fan slasher film to distribute - hit me up!


Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I've always wanted to make films since I was a very young boy - in fact it's all I've ever really known. I started taking it very serious when I was 19 when I started shooting music videos for friends of mine that were starting to make a mark in the music industry. By the time I was 22 I had written my first feature and was given $100,000 to make it. That was essentially my film school and the beginning of my career. I have never turned back and to this day continue with the same determination and tenacity. Telling stories and making movies means the world to me and I can honestly say I'm finally surrounded by the best people I know to help fulfill and make all of our dreams come true!


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Devil's Night?


I can tell you it's very independent... ha ha ha! I have always made a shoot work with what I had so as proud as I am of all my stuff, I am much happier shooting things with a budget. My next film will cost about 6 million so that will be a great experience to finally paint with all the colours if you catch my meaning:)


Any future projects you'd like to share?


YES, we are currently venturing into the world of LIVE theatre productions as we create and produce George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live! I have also completed my next script which will be shot in the winter of 2014. It is called the Mummers and we are presently talking with a major A list actor to star! We will be sure to keep you posted :)


How would you describe yourself as a director?


I would describe myself as a passionate realist. I am always looking to make it look and feel as real as possible. I can't stand films that make no sense and don't suspend disbelief. I just can't relate to them. I like to think with my work you can relate to at least some elements, specifically the characters in the story. If you can't relate to the characters it's very hard to make an audience care about your film.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


I would not be the person I am today without these amazing individuals... IN NO ORDER :) George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and of course George Lucas.


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... and of course, films you really deplore?


I would like to avoid this question, but between you and I Battleship could be the worst movie ever made... however there are a lot of others in contention for that spot:)


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


Nope, all good!


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you Michael!


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