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An Interview with Douglas Reese, Director of Saviors

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2015

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Your upcoming movie The Saviors - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Saviors is a very dark film about a struggling graduate who returns to her Tennessee home years after the suicide of her mother. While there, she begins to rekindle an estranged relationship with her older, schizophrenic brother, and also begins to experience supernatural phenomena. She starts to question if she is, in fact, seeing ghosts, or is just suffering from a post-college depression or if her familyís history of mental illness is finding its way to her.

 

Samantha Bryant

From what I know, The Saviors is going to be a ghost story of sorts - so is this a genre at all dear to you, and why (not)?

 

Iíve always had ideas of ghosts. Snake itself was a ghost story. It wasnít that the ghosts were necessarily spirits or poltergeists, but of a psychological type. The man in that film was quite literally haunted by his past, and his inability to accept the ambiguities of the future. The Saviors is going to briefly brush on that same level of ďghost storyĒ, although there are more ideas there.

 

Other sources of inspiration for dreaming up The Saviors?

 

Jean Rollin. The films of Jean Rollin. I got into a kick of rewatching his work, and was really struck by how much I had found a love for Fascination. That slowburn style, and that atmosphere. It reminded me of something not often found in horror anymore Ė and I definitely wanted to apply that type with my own style for a fully-realized genre film.

 

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

 

Iíve been told often that thereís horror running through all my work from Cleaners and even The Valentine. Itís more psychological, for sure, and The Saviors will be, too. In fact, mental illness in itself plays a key point in the framework of the filmís horror Ė but itís also nowhere near as restrained as my other films. I donít want to give much away, but itís purely horror Ė and Iím hoping that it delivers such with a few set-pieces I have in mind.

 

A few words about the movie's intended look and feel as such?

 

Joi Itapson

The film is going to be shot, believe it or not, on an iPhone. In fact, the past five films Iíve directed (The Knock, The Music Video, Hollywood, Nikki, and The Valentine) were all shot on iPhones. I like the look it gives. That deep focus and that overabundance of information. Itís important, I feel, and itís really what I want when Iím staging a frame or planting a piece of symbolism somewhere. Sadly, when uploaded online, my films take on a pixelated quality, but Iím happy to announce the quality of The Saviors is gonna match that of The Valentine online. Itís going to be crisp and overwhelming.

 

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

 

Joi Itapson [Joi Itapson interview - click here], the actress who played the title character in Nikki, has taken on a key supporting role. Sheís also taken on position as co-producer with me, and also co-writer. Her ideas are inventive, dark, and fit the world I have in mind. Sheís very invested in the material, and her character, and I have no doubt sheíll be phenomenal. My leading lady has been cast. Her name is Samantha Bryant, and she really knocked out her audition. She has a very soulful presence that reminds me of a mixture of Lana Del Rey and Jennifer Lawrence, and her look itself is very giallo-centric. Iím blessed that she took on the part. Crew members include Scotty Ryan as music composer, Itapson as costume designer, and a few key supporting parts cast, too.

 

As far as I know, The Saviors is still in pre-production as we speak - so how far along are you, and what's the schedule? And any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public?

 

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Weíre aiming to film the entire thing over May and June of this year. Itís going to be a quick shoot, outside of very key sequences that ask a lot of me visually as the cinematographer. Iím going to spend a while editing it, and working with Ryan on the score, for the film cut to be sent out to film festivals through the end of the year and 2016. Itíll eventually be put online like most of my other work, but it may take way longer than anything else Iíve done.

 

Any future projects beyond The Saviors you'd like to share?

 

Not currently. Iíve placed all my energy on this one, but who knows when I may be influenced to make a short film here or there until then. I do know that Itapson and I are going to do a short film in the vein of The Saviors, just so that we can open a possible IndieGoGo or Kickstarter fundraiser for the feature Ė to help have the finances to distribute and make its festival rounds possible.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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