Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Incident at Guilt Ridge 2020

- Root of the Problem 2019

- Pit Stop 2019

- The Luring 2019

- The Madness Within 2019

- Klink Klunk Klonk 2020

- Heartbeat 2020

- Cooties 2020

- The Arrangement 2020

- Love Letters from the Dead 2020

- Lake Artifact 2019

- The Never Was 2020

- Eullenia - Persist in the Face of All Obstacles 2018

- The Mad Fox 1962

- No Turning Back 2019

- Stained 2019

- Coven 2020

- The Hospital Bed 2020

- Genevieve 2020

- Inferno of Torture 1969

- Homewrecker 2019

- Elodie 2019

- Battlefield 2025 2020

- Grave Caller 2017

- The Runners 2020

- Awesomely Righteous and Radical 2020

- Deany Bean is Dead 2018

- Why Don't You Just Die! 2018

- Ouija Blood Ritual 2020

- Blood Tide 1982

- The Flower People 2020

- A Drunk Scorpion Will Sting Itself to Death 2020

- Vampire Dad 2020

- The Prince 2019

- Ouija Shark 2020

- The Departure 2020

- Autopilot 2020

- Wrestle-massacre 2018

- We Are the Missing 2020

- Impossible to Imagine 2019

- The Accompanist 2019

- Strange Files - Ring Toss 2020

- Verotika 2019

- Don't Run 2019

- Tainted 2020

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

An Interview with James Cullen Bressack, Director of Bethany

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2015

Films directed by James Cullen Bressack on (re)Search my Trash

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

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

 

Bethany is the story of a young woman who inherits her childhood home from her late mother. She then has to come to terms with her past, and most importantly, with the imaginary friend she once had in the house.

 

From what I know, Bethany was pre-sold to a distributor under the condition that it's going to be a ghost story - so is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your sources of inspiration?

 

I have always loved ghost stories. I feel like ghost stories are a MASSIVE part of horror. I remember how people would always tell each other ghost stories. I think it's scary because on one hand it lets us know there is some life after death but on the other hand we find it can be terrible. It builds us up and breaks us down. I'm very inspired by Asian ghost films.

 

When it comes to ghost stories, there are usually two approaches, effects-wise, the one that says less is more, and the other that says more is even more yet - so which approach does your movie follow?

 

We take a little from column A and a little from column B. This movie is a character study, so you may not see an overload of traditional ghost effects, but that being said we had an amazing effects team that put together some incredible builds, so there will be plenty to keep the audience guessing and jumping for that matter.

 

Stefanie Estes, Zack Ward, James Cullen Bressack

What can you tell us about your co-writer Zack Ward [Zack Ward interview - click here], and about the writing process as such?

 

Zack and I hammered out the first draft of the script in about a week, it really just came to us. That said, it went through several revisions after the fact to get it to exactly where it needed to be, but this story came to us fast and we let it fly to the page.

 

Do talk about your film's approach to horror as such for a bit!

 

Bethany is a horror film, plain and simple. We’ve got our main character struggling in an old haunted house, with a lot of twists and turns throughout. Also, we’ve got some real shocking scares and of course a gallon or two of blood, so get ready.

 

A few words about your movie's look and feel?

 

Our DP John DeFazio gave us an amazing look to Bethany. The entire cast, lead by Stefanie Estes [Stefanie Estes interview - click here], really bring impressive performances and the look that DeFazio created will be fantastic. It's very colorful yet scary. I wanted to make something beautiful be terrifying. That's actually kind of the theme of the film, darkness within beauty. Hopefully it feels scary. I know working with John DeFazio, who is a genius behind the lens, has really made this film's look something very special. John and I have done a few projects together now and we really understand one another's sensibilities.

 

What can you tell us about Bethany's key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Stefanie Estes

Our cast is amazing and I was super blessed to have them. Stefanie Estes was an incredible find as this was a hard role to cast. She really brings it in an impressive way, natural and beautiful, your heart will break for her. Shannen Doherty I’ve worked with on several projects, and as always she’s fantastic and equally brings it. She’s a great friend and a great actor. Tom Green was our diamond in the rough. Not only did he bring a dramatic flair that I think everyone will love, but he’s incredible to work with. He might just steal the show. This is Tom like you have never seen him before. Zack Ward [Zack Ward interview - click here] also brings something amazing and unique to his character that I think people will really connect with. Obviously Zack was very involved with the project.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We had a fast shoot, only 14 days, so it was a little hectic. Our crew was amazing, however, and got the job done in a clutch way. Making films is always hard, but when you’ve got dedicated and talented individuals in every department it makes it a whole lot easier, especially as a director. I’d say overall the atmosphere on set was fantastic.

 

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

 

Soon… I will have way more info soon.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find James Cullen Bressack
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find James Cullen Bressack here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find James Cullen Bressack at adultvideouniverse.com

I just wrapped a grindhouse horror project called Deadly Reunion, which is going to be ridiculous in all the best ways. I also just finished shooting Limelight, a gritty Hollywood drama about becoming a star in Hollywood starring Jenna Jameson, Paul Vandervort, Jonathan Lipnicki, Brit Shaw, Sean Kanan, Keith Coogan & Kirsten Nelson.

 

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

 

We don't have one but keep an eye on my Twitter @jamescullenb

 

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

 

Catch my film Pernicious on VOD right now on iTunes and Amazon among many other places!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


Legal note: (re)Search my Trash cannot
and shall not be held responsible for
content of sites from a third party.




Thanks for watching !!!



 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD