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An Interview with Jason Daly, Director of Beware

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2012

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


It's just simple, fun, low budget, slash.


Essentially, Beware is a throwback to the slasher movies of old. What do you find fascinating about those, and some of your genre favourites?


Just like a lot of slasher fans I love the Friday the 13ths and the Halloweens. What I loved of those movies (especially the early ones) was that fact that they weren't perfect but they entertained and you could have fun watching them, flaws and all.


(Other) sources of inspiration for Beware?


Edward Madera

Other than the obvious my other inspirations just came from movies or directors I have loved over the years. All those different things inspired the movie in some way or another.


No good slasher without a good killer - so what can you tell us about your killer Shane, and Edward Madera, the man who plays him.


I like to think of Shane as a dog who has been mistreated and set free - "You don't want to get near his territory!" 

Ed Madera is "The Shit" who put up with so much crap and never uttered one complaint the entire shoot. He was pleasure to work with and can't wait to work with him again!


A few words about the rest of your key cast?


The entire cast was so easy to work with and they trusted us and what we were doing, that was important. What they brought to the movie we could have never written. They are the charm behind the movie.


Violence and gore is another key element of slasher movies. So what can you tell me about the gore effects in your film, and was there a line you just refused to cross?


Hmmmm. Interesting question. It wasn't that we refused to cross the line, but we had teetered around with one of the characters being pregnant but we decided to leave it out based on the flow of the story. I personally don't believe that every kill has to be gory but there were a few gore shots we were not able to accomplish due to the budget and shooting schedule, but I think it worked out in the end. We had some really great guys who busted their asses to give us some quality stuff.


Also, I think finding the right locations is important for a good slasher to succeed - so what can you tell us about yours?


Another category where we got extremely lucky was location. Friends of my family were renting out their house and in-between tenants at the time, so they allowed us to film for the month. Their property was made for a horror film and we are so grateful to Angie and the Vyner Family, muaa, muaa, muaa (that's me blowin kisses).


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?


Subject 1 indie filmmaking:

Make the best of what you have. Try your best to get your vision across dealing with the limitations you have. You have to grasp that notion going into the project and your goal must be to complete the film. You have to figure out a flow that works for you to get the movie done, whether it's shoot less takes in one scene so that you can have more takes in the next scene, whatever... it's a constant balancing act.


Subject 2 making a Slasher: 

We wanted to just make a slasher, not a parody of one, just be a group of people putting their hearts into a movie and whatever comes out comes out.


Slashers seem to cause reactions with everybody, some good, some not so. So what can you tell us about critical and audience reception so far?


Being a Slasher then an Indie Slasher at that, we only have a certain audience to begin with. That being said the indie fans have been awesome, we have gotten very supportive emails and feedback from everywhere, it literally has left us speechless from time to time.

Of course you can't please everyone but that's Ok, you can't be mad at someone for their opinion... as long as they appreciate our effort as indie filmmakers maybe they'll like something we do in the future. We are just grateful to be in a category to be judged.


Let's go back to the beginnings of your career. What made you want to go into moviemaking in the first place, and did you receive any kind of formal education on the subject?


I am self-taught from an early age, and that has come from loving movies and the desire to make movies, I love every aspect of the filmmaking from writing to editing.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Beware?


Well I did the micro budget version of Beware back in 1999/2000 and that set me on my way to making contacts and getting to work with other filmmakers. After that I worked on several shorts here and there and indie horror films in mainly assistant roles directing/editing.


Any future projects you'd like to talk about?


Right now Shawn and I (Road 8 Entertainment) are getting prepared for a sequel or whatever comes our way... we are just waiting for things to fall into place.


Directors who inspire you?


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
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The links below
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Find Jason Daly
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find Jason Daly here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

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

x-rated  find Jason Daly at

Andrew Davis, Tony Scott, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Gibson, Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood to name a few. I like them all for different reasons but maybe there is some common thread, I don't know.


Your favourite movies?


One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Braveheart, Exorcist, Superman, Jaws, True Romance... there are too many to list.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Anything that feels like there was no effort put into it.


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


You can link to all our pages (Youtube, Facebook) through


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


We are just very thankful for all the support from fans and those who continue to support Indie Horror :)


Thanks for the interview!


It's our pleasure. Thanks for having us!


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