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An Interview with M W Daniels, Creator of End of October

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2020

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Your new anthology End of October - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís about a woman who is dressed as catwoman and wants to go to a Halloween party, but this does not seem to work out well for her and evidently for the friends she makes phone calls to.

 

What inspired you to make an anthology in the first place, and what are the special challenges making an anthology?

 

Nicolai Kornum [Nicolai Kornum interview - click here], who I work with on my films, did a lockdown horror anthology called The Isolation Horrors back in March this year and I was part of that anthology and it really inspired me to create one of my own. Every film is a challenge in its own way and this was quite a challenge for me personally, as my original film had to be cancelled because of the present day problems that are going on, and I decided to film my dad again like I did for Nicolaiís anthology, and it worked out much better than I expected.

 

What can you tell us about the other filmmakers involved, and how easy or hard was it to get them on board?

 

They are both good friends of mine so they were very happy to come on board for the ride. Nicolai Kornum, as previously mentioned, works with me on my films, he is a professional photographer and filmmaker ,and John Whitaker is a musician and filmmaker. They both contributed great films, both extremely different and both very unique.

 

The other filmmakers on board, how much artistic freedom did you grant them, and did you give them any guidelines in regards to what you wanted for End of October?

 

They both had full artistic freedom and I gave them the outline of the woman dressed as catwoman-character seeking a Halloween party and having a venomous streak in her and they ran with that idea and came up with excellent contributions to the anthology.

 

Let's get to your segment then, October Loner - what is it about, and what were your inspirations writing it?

 

October Loner is about an old man haunted by the end of his life, and he has visions of a version of himself but it's a very eerie and disturbingly ghostly bloody presence and it's goading him on into coming with it, into another world? Another life? Somewhere very dangerous? It could be any of those. Salem's Lot was a huge inspiration especially on the window scenes, and Under the Skin and The Innocents were also big inspirations, but I think I just came up with the story as I wanted to do something much more atmospheric than Ghosting Isolation, with was part of The Isolation Horrors, and even though Iím really happy with that film I wanted to do far better and I did with October Loner.

 

What can you tell us about your segment's as well as the whole anthology's approach to horror?

 

Nicolaiís segment is entitled The Castrator and just by the title you can tell itís not about flower arranging or fluffy cute animals! John's segment is entitled Last Confession, and if anyone knows John's work and his music and videos as 1i2c, then you will know it's going to be out of the ordinary and off the wall, and it is. The whole anthologyís approach to horror is surreal and challenging, and 3 films that donít conform to the usual rules of horror and break out into their own worlds.

 

Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand!

 

Well my dad is not an actor as such but he has developed into a great non-dialogue type of actor. I had to use lots of direction with him and it worked well. I wrote the new idea I had for the film on the Saturday morning and we filmed it on the Sunday evening and also re-shot some parts on the Monday evening. I knew I wanted it eerie and creepily disturbing, and I feel I have achieved that.

 

What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

It was a very last minute choice bringing dad in, and it worked great. The original film was very extreme in terms of it being quite full-on and disgusting, and I had one of my heroes, John Waters, in mind as I was writing this film but I will film that soon and drop the Halloween idea I had for it and invent something new. 

Vera Bremerton who is a good friend of mine and is a musician and actress, was originally playing the lead in the original film but again at last minute I asked her if she would film from her home and she said yes and the same with another good friend of mine, Charlotte Gould, who is a brilliant professional actress, and she like Vera was kind enough to step in at last minute and do some acting from home. Nicolai who was kind enough to edit my film edited in Vera and Charlotte and they connected up the story wonderfully.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Well I can only speak for myself as each film was done separately - but yes, my dad didnít behave like a diva on set! My mum helped out too on set. I think dad was fine as long there was a cup of tea at the end of it for him! I filmed it all on iPad and made all the music for the original film, but the music fit the new film even better and really brings an uneasy atmosphere to it. I work with a lot of low frequencies in my music and I have seen people at screenings of my films look a little uneasy! I seem to have a knack of getting under people's skin sonically, but in a good way. I like my music to not only fill the room and but to take the whole room over. I design my music to take you on a ride or a journey.

 

The $64-question of course, where can End of October be seen?

 

End of October premieres on a brilliant YouTube horror channel called iScreemZ at 9PM GMT and 4PM EST on Halloween night, and it will be followed by a repeat showing of my film House of Lexi with Emma Dark [Emma Dark interview - click here]. Iím also thinking of submitting my segment to film festivals after the film is shown. End of October will remain on iScreemZ channel for people to watch.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of End of October?

 

People really like the trailer so letís see what happens on Halloween night, hopefully it will go down well and we will get some nice reactions.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Unfortunately I had to cancel a 2 day shoot recently again because of whatís happening at the moment so I hope to film it in 2021.

 

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

 

Huge thanks to Nicolai, John, Vera, Charlotte, my Mum and Dad. Apart from making films Iím currently finishing an international female hip hop album talking about social issues, and Iím producing some female underground hip hop artists both in America and in the UK.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks so much Michael for the interview, I really appreciate it.

 

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