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An Interview with David Langill, Producer and Co-Writer, and Kathleen Green, Editor and Post Production Producer of Erebus

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2014

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Your new movie Erebus - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Kathleen Green - It's an anthology film that covers several stories throughout the history of the Gorham House - a haunted hotel on Block Island.

 

David Langill - Erebus is a horror / thriller anthology film. It's focus is around the Gorham House and tells tales of its occupants over different decades.

 

How did the project come into being, and how did you two get involved?

 

KG - I came onto the project over a year after it had been shot. It had been a labor of love for people who had to put it on the back burner to go make a living. People had gone their separate ways, the original editor had gone on to another project, and the footage was just sitting on a drive, largely untouched. Director Rick Laprade's girlfriend Adri had contacted me through a mutual friend to see if I would have the time and inclination to help them pull something together from it.

 

DL - Erebus was the second feature film Rick Laprade and I worked together on, our first being Villanelle. With our first feature under our belt, we wanted to up the ante. Like most projects, it started with us talking about stories we wanted to tell. Rick already had a story and we, among some others, put other stories together that worked best with Rick's screenplay.

 

David, you also contributed to the story, right? So what parts of the story are yours, and what were your inspirations?

 

DL - A few of us contributed with some additional material, whether it be a line of dialogue or idea. I helped with the outline of the film and mainly the last vignette, Haxan. Haxan tells the story of "ghost hunters" in the early 2000s (when all those shows seemed to pop up) who've heard of the past claims of the Gorham House and went looking for new "footage" for their show.

 

What can you tell us about the look and feel of the movie, also from an editor's point of view?

 

KG - I think the film has a really old-school creeping feel, like The Shining or Don't Look Now. Both the look, and the story itself.

 

DL - With different decades throughout the film, we wanted the stories to look as if they belong in time frame. We also wanted the viewers to feel uneasy and terrified as if they were there. Kat knocked the edit out of the park! I know the story and know what's going to happen, but watching Erebus I get freaked out and goosebumps. I can't wait to see people's reactions who watch it without knowing what's next.

 

Do talk about your director Rick Laprade, and what was your collaboration like?

 

KG - Rick is seriously one of the nicest people I've ever worked with. He's excitable and full of ideas, but doesn't take himself too seriously. I could come at him with a major left turn out of nowhere and he'd say, yeah, ok, that totally works. He really just wants to have fun telling stories.

 

DL - As mentioned before, I had previously worked on a film with Rick and at the time we were co-owners of the production company. Rick is an incredibly talented writer and full of great and original ideas. We spent countless hours collaborating on Erebus. I think I stayed at his place every weekend for a year.

 

As far as I know, you were also the casting director of Erebus, David - so what can you tell us about your cast and why exactly these people?

 

DL - A casting director has the pleasure of handling all the emails that come in regarding auditions. I like to be the casting director so I can be sure each email is received and responded to. I can't stand hearing stories of actors being left in the dark and not hearing anything back. It adds time, but I make sure each person is contacted and advised either way the casting goes. We received a tremendous amount of submissions for our casting call. During the auditions someone read for a particular role but right away we knew he'd be perfect for a different character. After auditions, Rick and I along with Nick Beaubien discussed the perfect fits for each role. Now comes the worst and best part of being a casting director. I first contact those whom were selected, offer the role and discuss contracts (producer side of me). Everyone who was selected immediately accepted their role. Then the worst part is informing all those who were not selected. At times it breaks my heart cause I know of an actor or actress who really wanted a part.

As far as getting Michael Berryman, I had worked with Michael in the past and contacted his manager. Michael fit his role perfectly and is always a pleasure to have on set.

 

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

 

DL - The majority of the film was shot on Block Island, RI. It takes a 55-minute ferry ride to get to the island and the ferry only runs at certain times. The crew stayed the entire time and cast members were coming and going depending on the shooting schedule. Rich Tretheway and Andre Boudreau who are both in the movie (Rich is also a producer) and also live on the island helped out greatly with island assistance. The on-set atmosphere was wonderful. We had some top notch crew members that kept things moving and kept us on track. The only major issues we had was that our filming locations were in fact haunted.

 

Kathleen, you handled editing and post production of Erebus - so what were the main challenges there?

 

KG - Part of it was going in totally blind. Rick and I were in different cities, and never even met face to face until two months in. Beyond the script, I didn't have any context for what they were going for with the shoot - which ultimately gave me a little more flexibility to try to make the most of what we had. Because of the time gap, there was never the option to go back and re-shoot if something didn't work, or was missing.

 

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

 

KG - We're working with a sales agent right now to try and secure distribution for the project. In the meantime, we'll be doing festival screenings, but we're really hoping to get it out to the public in the next few months.

 

DL - Erebus' world premiere is on November 09, 2014 at RIP Horror Film Festival in Santa Ana, California. We have some feelers out there and hope to get it out to the public in the near future.

 

Any future projects beyond Erebus?

 

KG - I'm in production with Belfast's Causeway Pictures right now on a documentary about the pope's exorcist, Malachi Martin, titled Hostage to the Devil. I'm also in development with Causeway on a slate of horror projects, here and in the UK. Here, our first priority is a script called Creedmore by Johnathan Peace, about a reluctant mom-to-be fighting off a zombie outbreak in a hospital. It's really twisted and funny.

 

DL - I recently became involved with a comedy, At the Legion, that's being directed by Paul Flebotte. I'm currently in development on my, untitled, directorial film debut.

 

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

 

www.erebusmovie.com

www.spygirlpix.com

www.causewayny.com

DL - Twitter @NewEnglandIndie 

 

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KG - Oh! Ask David to tell you some of the stories about the actual hauntings in some of the locations they shot Erebus in! We even have a shot of a ghost they saw on the deck while shooting one night.

 

DL - As I briefly mentioned above, Block Island is haunted, bottom line. We filmed in two main locations, both were haunted but one was a pleasant feeling while the other, The Spring House, had the feeling of not wanting us there. After the first night of filming in The Spring House, I went into the lobby alone to make sure everything was cleaned up. I was picking up some containers when I clearly heard humming in my right ear and the presence of something right next to me (I'm actually getting goosebumps while writing this). I left the building and the first person I saw was Rick. Rick saw my face and immediately knew something happened. I was usually a skeptic on things and being a former police officer normally only believe what I can see or prove. Along with that first hand experience other cast and crew members would feel their hair being touched, cold breezes and the feeling of being watched. There was a hard wired phone, on location, that kept ringing with nobody on the other end. This phone was unplugged, taken apart and still continued to ring at random times. Block Island has a lengthy history of paranormal activity.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

KG - Thanks so much!

 

DL - Thank you!

 

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