Your upcoming film Pernicious - in a few words, what is it
Three girls go to Thailand and awaken an aching evil. What should have been
a dream vacation is now a nightmare. Evil never dies… it waits.
Your inspirations when writing Pernicious?
And since the film was shot in Thailand, does your script pay any tribute
to Thai folklore?
The script that I wrote is very unique to
Thailand and unique to Thai folklore. The only place it can be made is
Thailand! This film is so tied into the Thai culture that I think it will
really pull people into it. It's something I’ve never seen done before
and I think is one of the most frightening real life practices I have ever
How did the project come into being in
the first place?
Daemon Hillin and I had been developing
the project with Rachvin and Kulthep Narula for over a year before the
project truly got some legs. Then Taryn Hillin and I began working out the
script together. I loved the collaboration she and I had. It was the
perfect yes and conversations.
Please do talk about the film's look
and feel for a bit!
Although dark and gritty, the film is
very cinematic and beautiful. I worked extensively with my beyond talented
DP, Seo, to develop a look for the film that I feel opens up the film just
enough to still keep the claustrophobic feeling. Trust me, it’s my most
cinematic film yet.
How would you describe your movie's
specific approach to horror, maybe also in comparison to your earlier
I would like to think I have a unique way of
telling a story. I always have some pretty extreme violence but the
stories are all rooted in the people. Truly understanding and caring about
the people that are going through the inciting incident. At its
core level all my films are about people trying to hold themselves
together while falling apart. The more we humanize a victim and the more
we humanize evil, the more it feels like it can really happen. I feel like
Pernicious is a unique journey that I think everyone will have some fun
Do talk about your cast for a bit, and why
exactly these people?
Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore, Ciara Hanna
My cast was awesome! I can’t say
enough wonderful things about my 3 ladies! Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore [Jackie
Moore interview - click here] and Ciara Hanna [Ciara Hanna
interview - click here] were the perfect actors for the parts and I have remained
close with all 3 of them since filming in Thailand. I feel like the
friendship and bond we all created while making this film together will be
something that will last forever. As Bogart would say, "We will
always have Thailand."
Could you talk about the shoot and
on-set atmosphere, and how did shooting in Thailand compare to shooting in
the USA? And related to that, could you ever be persuaded to shoot in
I had an amazing time and the whole film
was an eye-opening experience. I loved Thailand. And I miss it. Beautiful
and amazing place and people. I will gladly return anytime!
The $64-question of course, when and
where will your film be released onto the general public?
CLUE! But VMI is taking it to market right now and I should have an answer
in the next 2 months.
future projects you'd like to share?
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I have a few films
brewing but nothing I can mention right now. The last one I already shot
stars Zack Ward, Christopher Lloyd and Shannen Doherty. I can’t say what
it is yet but I promise you will all see it!
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