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An Interview with Jared Cohn, Director of Death Pool and Devil's Domain

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2017

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Death Pool is about a guy who was traumatized as a kid by his babysitter who liked to drown him and do other nasty things to him involving water, who grew up with a twisted fascination to get revenge and drown girls, attractive girls, in the San Fernando valley, who becomes a famous serial killer with a cult following.


Basic question, why pools, why drowning?


It hasn't been done yet! And drowning has a sort of chicness to it that attracted me.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Death Pool?


I was hanging with my old roommate at the time, by the pool, partying a bit and the conversation turned to a guy who likes to drown girls in pools in the Valley. We were in the Valley and I liked the idea so much that I wrote the script, and produced the movie with my production team, Traplight Media, shout out to Gabriel Campisi and Demetrius Stear.


To me, Death Pool seems a bit like an evil twin to your Wishing for a Dream, even if the two films aren't even in the same genre - would you at all agree to this?


Not really, Wishing for a Dream sort of now feels like a dream that is just still that, a dream. Death Pool is a genre movieÖ


What can you tell us about Death Pool's look and feel?


Itís got a 70s vibe, vibrant colors, sexiness, very Southern California, very San Fernando Valley, sort of set in the subculture of the adult industry. Sex, drugs and rock and roll.


Do talk about Death Pool's key cast, and why exactly these people?


Randy Wayne loved the script and I was fortunate to have him on board, Demetrius is my producing partner and is a great actor so it was meant to be. We were lucky that everyone else was really talented.


A few words about the shoot as such?


It was a tight schedule but the vibe was really nice.


Another new movie of yours is Devil's Domain - so what's that one about?


A cyber bullied girl who meets the Devil, who helps her get revenge and get famous in exchange for her soul. It deals with topical issues, very LGBT, social media, the quest for fame, issues that a lot of young people really deal with. Hopefully it helps shed a light on these important issues.


What inspired you to write that one, and is any of it based on personal experiences (not the deal with the devil I hope)?


Well, the Devil is in all of us a bit I would argue, and I wouldnít argue that Iíve had some dark experiences, but no, this story was not based on my personal experiences, but yes it was loosely based on a real young girlís experience being bullied.


Devil's Domain does have its violent spots - so do talk about the gory bits of your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved? And regarding violence, was there ever a line you refused to cross in that movie?


We had a great special effects team lead by Vincent Guastini, who made it look very gory. As for a line of goriness, well, I think we were pretty gory, but I like to push the envelope and get creative. I donít have a problem with violence (on screen).


What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?


I started in the business as an actor, so I like to work with the actors and I sort of have an improvisational directing style with the actors, that said, many times I change it up and do long takes, long, elaborate camera moves which require a different more technically refined approach. I enjoy mixing it up. Depending on how much time we have since those shots require more rehearsal and choreography with the actors and the camera.


Again, do talk about your cast?


They were great, Linda Bella, Madi Vodane, Kelly Decker, Zack Kozlow and everyone was killer. Michael Madsen is a legend. Great to work with him, he raised the bar for everyone else.


Also, what was that shoot like?


Again, tight schedule but very smooth, and great crew and everyone was on their A game.


Both Death Pool and Devil's Domain do have a darkly humourous side to them - so do talk about the movies' brand of comedy for a bit, and how important do you think is humour for the horror genre as a whole?


Humor is important sometimes, to alleviate the horrific side of things, plus it eases the pain of seeing some of the more sad elements in the movie.


What can you tell us about the audience and critical reception of both Death Pool and Devil's Domain?


Like most movies, some people love them, some people hate them! Always a mixed bag. Usually this is the case for every movie made.


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Your/your movies' website, Facebook, whatever else?


Check out and my Instagram and Facebook! Follow me! And Twitter: @traplightmedia


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


I appreciate people like you who do the interviews and reviews and all the fans, and the supporters and people who watch the movies, and itís great to be working in Los Angeles making movies! Much love to the people!!!  :)


Thanks for the interview!


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