Your upcoming movie Slasher House 3 - in a few words, what's it going to
Slasher House 3 is the the final
chapter in the Slasher House saga, it’s essentially the end of the
original trilogy that started the whole Mycho
Universe. Ultimately it
follows our heroes as they fight their way through a government facility
trying to figure out exactly what is going on - but it's tough to say too
much without giving anything away.
Thematically, the film is about holding onto rage and how, ultimately,
that can be blinding. It's represented emotionally through almost all the
of the main characters and manifests itself literally as one of our new slashers.
Slasher House 3 features no less than 25 killers - basic
question, why so many, and how do you plan to cram them all into one
single feature film?
There are a few reasons why we decided to add so many. The first is kind
of due to the plot. When coming up with the story it meant that, for
reasons difficult to disclose, that there had to be 25 killers in all. It
seemed like something we’d have to change, but in the end we decided to
lean into it and make it part of the films selling point. Then I realised whilst creating them, that we could really open up the
universe for the future too, creating characters that would allow us to
tell almost any story we wanted going forward and so it suddenly seemed
like the perfect thing to do and I think no one expected it, which was a
Cramming them all in has been a tough job. Mainly because you wanted to
give each character their moment. Some are brief appearances, some are quick
cameos but there are 25 of them in there and, as per every Slasher House
movie, 4 NEW main slashers that drive the plot.
Let's stay with Slasher House 3's
killers for a bit: Could you talk about a few of them and their
inspirations, and will all of them be new creation or some return from
earlier movies set in the Mycho
Creating the killers was really all about balance, so with a roster this
big you don’t want too much of the same thing, like if everyone was a
hulking maniac in a mask that takes away from the ones that are there
already. So that was the first thing I was conscious of. So I decided that
each one would be, kind of, inspired by movies that I love.
I think around 10 of the 25 of are brand new additions, a couple have been
brought over and revamped from earlier short films like ‘Twiggy’ from In
Tents, 'Peter’ from Rough Patch and ‘Nevols’ from Residence
Evil, and others are from scripts that we just haven’t got to make
yet, but mostly the new guys were created for the film. Obviously we have
some returning favourites in there too like Jacob, Molly,
and some quick cameos from a couple of other people's characters. We
really wanted to just bring back everyone we could in some form and so we
sat down and just laid out every single character we had and found a way
to fit them all in.
What were your sources of inspiration
when writing Slasher House 3, and to what degree will it be a
direct sequel to Slasher
When I'm working on movies I like to
take inspiration from unlikely sources, so rather than look at horror
movies, I like to look at how we can bring other genre stuff to what
we’re doing to help heighten that horror foundation. For Slasher House 3 I looked at a lot of ‘science gone wrong’ horror
as that's a big part of what's going on here, but I also took a massive load
of inspiration from films I love like Tron,
2001: A Space Odyssey, Guyver, Escape
from New York, Power Rangers, G.I .Joe, and just about everything I’ve
ever loved. It's main theme is kind of 80’s sci fi, but there are just so
many things thrown in there, it's a movie I’ve been working on for almost
I originally began developing the idea as Slasher House 2 back in 2010
whilst were shooting the first film. It kind of ballooned out of control
and so I split into two movies. One set before the film and one set after.
When time came to do the follow up I looked at the two films I had
and realised that ‘urban action’ was probably more manageable than
‘grand sci-fi adventure’, and so that became Slasher House 2
and I just hoped
we’d have more cash by the time Slasher House 3 came around. We didn’t.
*But, yeah, the film is the direct sequel to the first one.
What can you tell us about Slasher
House 3's approach to horror?
I guess in terms of horror it's, kind of, “what if every slasher movie
you’ve ever seen was all in one place and coming to get you?” It’s a
little more complex than that, but that's the broad strokes. I guess it
shares some similarities with Cabin in the
Woods, which was a major source
of frustration that it came out in 2012 after we’d already been working
on the film for 2 years, but any shared elements we took in different
directions to ensure that we weren't just doing the same thing.
I’ve always likened it to The Fly 2 in terms of its horror. It’s
messing with things beyond your control and then, literally, facing the
consequences of that, just told in a very slasher villains meets military
funding kind of way.
Do talk about your
movie's intended overall look and feel?
The style of the film is definitely leaning into that old 80’s indie sci
fi aesthetic. It’s very different to anything we’ve made before,
especially in that it’s not our usually dark corridors and creepy
basements approach, but brightly lit, white walled, spaceship style sets,
which is a fun challenge, but difficult to pull off. There’s also a large finality about the whole thing. This is the end of
this story that we’ve been telling and that has been the spine of our universe
for so long and now it's all coming to an explosive end, and that's really
the tone of the whole thing.
Anything you can
tell us about Slasher House 3's key cast yet, and why exactly these
With one or two exceptions we have the whole Mycho
roster returning in one
way or another. But the film is headed up by some of our classic
characters like Amber (Luna Wolf [Luna
Wolf interview - click here]), Luse (Sophie Portman), Eric (Paris
Rivers), and some new faces that we can't talk about just yet, but we’re
very excited to have them on board.
I’ve realised over the years that it's really important to work with
those people who you know well, the ones you talk to all the time and have
a friendship with, that's what makes a film set a great time, and so we’ve
worked to include so many of our performers that have become close friends
over the course of 9 movies, and this feels like a celebration of that
approach to filmmaking.
As far as I know, Slasher House 3 is
still in its fundraising stages as we speak - so what can you tell us
about your campaign?
So we’re currently just raising the basic costs associated with us
making a movie like this. Its mainly to cover expenses, food and some
props stuff that we can't afford on our own. We try and keep the goals low
as we’re just a small time production outfit really, and we really just
want to get on with making movies.
As a stretch goal however, we’re introducing the Mycho Psycho Slam
Collectable Card Game, which is a top trumps style game featuring
characters from the Mycho Universe. We’re really excited about it and,
of course, that extra funding helps us improve a bunch of things in the
You can find the campaign at http://kck.st/2IinugG
Once the budget's in place, what's
the schedule, and any idea when Slasher House 3 might be released
yet, however tentatively?
We’re looking at a possible 2021 release most likely. It's hard to say
with these things, sometimes it can take 3 years to get all the deals in
place to get them out there, and sometimes it's 3 months and the film is on
shelves, so it’s hard to say. But the current plan is early 2021.
Any future projects beyond Slasher
It’s difficult to say too much, but it's probably safe to assume that
we’ll be completing some more trilogies as the next few years go by. We
have a 3rd Thorn
planned, some followups to a couple of other
movies, but it’s also dependent on what we get asked to make by third
parties, so it’s forever in flux, but we work hard to see it to our own
over-all idea and arc.
We have a cool project that been over 10 years in the making moving
forward next year, and I’ll be excited to finally get that going and to
have it see the light of day, but other than that, we’ll be continuing
with our shorts over at
and cracking on with the comics and figures and whatever else we can think
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We have some cool screenings coming up, the US premiere of Bannister Doll
House at Dead in Decatur, Illinois November 1st - November 2nd AND at
Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival, London we have Bannister Doll
House on November 1st and November 25th. Our Short film Molly
is up for two awards ‘Best National Film’ and
‘Best Director’ at the Making Waves Film Fest in Portsmouth and a
certain premiere that we’re not allowed to announce yet but will be on
social media at Halloween I believe.
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