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An Interview with Nicholas Michael Jacobs, Director of Genevieve Wreaks Havoc

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2020

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Your new movie Genevieve Wreaks Havoc - in a few words, what is it about?


Here is the official plot outline: Witness David Burr's last few minutes of life as Genevieve punishes him for breaking into her home.


Genevieve Wreaks Havoc is a very direct sequel to Genevieve - so was the sequel already intended when you wrote the earlier movie, or was it an afterthought?


It was actually kind of both. While I was making the original short film I did have an idea for the sequel, but I wanted to see how well my audience responded to it first before I made any final decisions. Lo and behold, people seemed to be very captivated by Genevieve, so much so that it prompted me to get action figures based on her character and they sold out very quickly! After seeing all the positive feedback I knew I had to make a sequel.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Genevieve Wreaks Havoc?


I would say that my main source of inspiration for Genevieve Wreaks Havoc would be the Puppet Master reboot film, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, because I loved the gore effects in that movie and thatís what I really wanted to focus on for this new Genevieve short.


In Genevieve Wreaks Havoc your character meets a pretty gruesome end - so do talk about the blood and guts effects in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved?


I actually purchased some effects props from Rubber Johnnies FX and Julie LeShane over on Etsy. Rubber Johnnies FX created the really cool bloody torso effect seen in the short film that had fake guts pouring out of the stomach. Julie LeShane also made a few awesome prop guts that she sold to me for the short film. So I just cut a hole in my shirt, put the bloody torso on, and taped Julie LeShaneís prop guts under the fake torso and thatís how we achieved that amazing effect.


What can you tell us about Genevieve Wreaks Havoc's approach to horror?


I would say that Genevieve Wreaks Havocís approach to horror is very different from the first short filmís approach to it. The first one was more of a slow burn with a lot of creepy atmosphere, and this one is 100% in your face body horror I would say, with just a hint of the first shortís atmosphere.


At least to me, Genevieve Wreaks Havoc is also a darkly humourous movie - would you at all agree, and if so, what can you tell us about your film's brand of comedy?


I think we relatively take the idea seriously with the exception of a joke or two, but I think where that comes from is the just inherently silly nature of a murderous doll taking down a grown man.


Do talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


My directorial approach here is to try to kind of make this short the exact opposite of what the first one was, but I still wanted you to know that this is a sequel to the first one. For example, the first one was shot in POV with the exception of a few scenes, and this one was not shot in POV for the most part, except for only one or two shots.


What can you tell us about Genevieve Wreaks Havoc's cast, and why exactly these people?


Genevieve Wreaks Havoc was designed to be a direct sequel to Genevieve where we wanted to leave off exactly where David Burr and Genevieve left off. Thus, it was essential to have the original cast star in the short film as well, which included Shawn C. Phillips [Shawn C. Phillips interview - click here], who provided a voiceover, and I. But the reason why I had to star in this one and the last one myself is mainly because of the pandemic thatís going on right now.


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


The shoot was such a blast, me and my girlfriend, Alexis Beacher, basically shot the whole thing ourselves during a few days. I honestly havenít had that much fun shooting something in a long time. But I will say, cleaning up all of the blood was an absolute nightmare for sure.


The $64-question of course, where can Genevieve Wreaks Havoc be seen?


Genevieve Wreaks Havoc will be out via YouTube and Amazon Prime Video on October 1st!


Anything you can tell us about Genevieve Wreaks Havoc's audience and critical reception?


So far, I have to say the reception has been really great and people seem to want more of Genevieve.


Will there ever be another Genevieve-movie - and/or other future projects you'd like to share?


Yes, there will be more of Genevieve, she will be returning in another short film called Genevieve: The Killer Doll, but thatís all I have to say about any future projects as of right now.


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


No, we basically covered it all.


Thanks for the interview!


No problem.


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