Your new movie Know
Fear - in a few words, what is it about?
discovering an ancient book of the occult, a family activates a
dangerous ritual forcing each of them to communicate with and fight a
demonic force in their own unique way: to see it, hear it or speak to
it. Starring Mallory Bechtel (Hereditary), Amy Carlson (Blue
Meeya Davis (Red Dead Redemption II).
Fear being a blend of demonic possession and haunted house story,
are these genres you're at all fond of, and some of your genre favourites?
Adam: We like a lot of John Carpenter's work and the 70's classics.
Favorites include The Dunwich Horror, In The Mouth of
Jamison: Adam got me into the classics. John Carpenter's
films were huge, and The
sources of inspiration when writing Know
Adam: H.P. Lovecraft, Hellraiser,
Jamison: Rear Window, Lord of the Rings, tons of films in the
As you two have co-written Know
Fear, what was the writing process actually like?
Jamison: Adam and I built an outline and worked hard at it over
the course of many months. We came to something we really loved
and started writing. We wound up with over 40 drafts but the
script is much improved by all of that hard work.
talk about Know Fear's
approach to horror!
Adam: We did a lot of research on the horror films that we loved
like "less is more." We wanted people to use imagination,
and that is a very big theme in especially Lovecraft. We wanted to
stay with that theme - the fear of the unknown.
Jamison: I worked hard as a director in learning the difference
between thriller suspense and horror suspense. The difference is
character doing simple things like "walking slowly" and little
things like that that place you in the mind of the characters.
Jamison, what can you tell us about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
Jamison: Again I was mostly focused on suspense and atmosphere.
I was able to be a bit more stylized within the scope of the genre in
certain elements like lighting (blue moonlight) as that would create the
feeling of the films Halloween or
Evil Dead. Suspense, suspense,
supsense... keep it in shadows, keep it moving and keep it
what were the challenges of bringing Know
Fear to the screen from a producer's point of view?
Adam: There were many challenges, one of the biggest ones was the
overnight shooting - we had to get it right and we had to do night for
night. It was taxing on people's schedule, but I think it was worth
it because we have a great project. Other than that I think the
biggest challenge that we could have been facing was that of Covid, we
literally finished shooting a week before things got really bad.
Dealing with scheduling and Covid could have really put a halt on
the whole project, but luckily we were able to overcome those challenges.
talk about Know Fear's
cast, and why exactly these people?
Jamison: Casting director Judy Henderson CSA put a phenomenal cast
together of name actors and up-and-coming talent. We were happy to
have them onboard.
You also have to
talk about your main location, and what was it like filming there?
Adam: When Jamison and I were scouting the location, 2 minutes in
we already knew this was the perfect house to shoot the film in.
It had a vintage vibe that would be similar to that of Amityville and
The Conjuring that we really gravitated towards. As creepy as it
looked, some of the crew did notice some strange occurrences in the
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Jamison: We had to move fast, which meant as a director you 100 percent
have to put value on what matters and take limited takes of what does
can you tell us about the on-set collaboration between the two of you?
It was all just about getting everything we needed in the time allotted.
$64-question, where can Know
Fear be seen?
Now streaming on:
Tubi TV: https://bit.ly/3qOSQPn
Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/2OtMOXt
Kings of Horror: https://bit.ly/30IkSlk
Watch Movies Now: https://bit.ly/30JM3vK
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Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Know
Jamison: we are very excited to say that we
have had a great digital release and we have over 100k people who have
watched the film already - great audience reception, some incredible
reviews (Dread Central just gave us 4/5 stars!) Other included comparisons
to multi-million dollar hits like The
Conjuring (Reel Reviews) and much
more still on the way.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
A horror anthology. Cast already and hoping to shoot safely and
steadily over the next 6 months.
for the interview!