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An Interview with Nicholas Michael Jacobs, Director of Urban Fears

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2019

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Your new movie Urban Fears - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Well the plot outline that we have for the film is this, most horror stories take place in suburban areas, but these three teenagers are about to realize that those are not the only places where these things happen.

 

To me, Urban Fears is a bit of a loveletter to the horror genre as such - do you at all agree, and do talk about your fondness for horror for a bit?

 

Yes! This is definitely a love letter to all horror, it is by far my favorite genre of film, also most of my cast and crew’s favorite genre as well.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Urban Fears?

 

I would say Creepshow, Halloween, The Ring, Child’s Play, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and the list goes on and on for this one, pretty much all of the big horror franchises get a little tribute here I would say.

 

Do talk about the film's three killers and their designs for a bit - and did you write their stories with them already in mind, or did they develop out of their stories?

 

Well, all three of the characters represent a different genre of horror or slasher film, for example, Camo is a mixture of Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Violet Bale is a tribute to Sadako or Samara from The Ring, and Genevieve is obviously inspired by Chucky and Annabelle. Some of their stories were created before the designs were made (Camo and Violet’s Story) and some were created after the designs were finalized (Genevieve’s Story).

 

What can you tell us about Urban Fears' approach to horror as such?

 

Well this is a horror/comedy so I wanted to stay true to the horror stuff but at the same time have a little fun with it.

 

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

 

Creepshow was a huge influence in this film in many ways, biggest way is the lighting, I wanted this film to look like a comic book, that way the audience knows that they shouldn’t take this film completely seriously.

 

You're also responsible for the score of Urban Fears - so what can you tell us about the film's music, and the recording process? And what came first, the shoot or the score?

 

I actually started scoring the film before we started shooting because I knew exactly what I wanted the film to sound like. But there were moments where I felt a track was missing from the film so I added one in. I wanted the film to sound like an 80s John Carpenter classic, so the music in this film is my way of giving tribute to Mr. Carpenter for inspiring me to become a filmmaker.

 

Do talk about Urban Fears' cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Well, most of them are family and friends that were dying to act in the film... no pun intended. But Shawn C. Phillips [Shawn C. Phillips interview - click here] is a pretty popular YouTuber who I’ve made friends with over the course of this film, he wanted to do it because he loved the part of Ted Morris.

 

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

 

The on-set atmosphere was honestly very fun this time, everyone was thrilled to be a part of this film and loved what they were doing. Of course there are good days and bad days but I would say being on set was overall a blast.

 

The $64 question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

The film will be played at Landmark’s Ritz Five Movie Theatre on September 30th and may be played at a few film festivals in the fall, also it's set for an Amazon Prime Video release in the fall as well.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Urban Fears?

 

Overall the critical reception of the film is pretty positive and the audience reactions that we have been getting are off the charts.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Oh yes! We are currently shooting a series for Amazon Prime called Tales From Six Feet Under, it is a horror anthology series with six episodes. Each episode being around 11 minutes or longer, this will be our tribute to Tales From The Crypt and also many others as well.

 

What got you into making movies in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Ever since I was a young boy I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker after watched behind the scenes videos of all my favorite horror films, I actually went to high school for film, that’s where I learned almost everything I know about filmmaking.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Urban Fears?

 

I’ve made a few short films that you could find on YouTube and also a horror feature film called Night that you can find either on Amazon Prime or POV Horror.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I would call myself a HORROR director, because I honestly have no interest in jumping to any other genre, if I have a film idea, it is almost always horror-related.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, James Wan, etc.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Hmm, my all time favorite movie is Army Of Darkness because that’s the movie that I say when I was a kid that made me want to look into filmmaking.

 

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

 

I wouldn’t say I deplore any film to be completely honest.

 

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

 

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www.facebook.com/nicholasmjacobsfilms/

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

 

All I have to say is check out Urban Fears and stay tuned for Tales From Six Feet Under.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

No problem!

 

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