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An Interview with Thor Moreno, Director of Helpless

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2014

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

 

The film starts out with a small family traveling at night. There is car trouble and eventually while they are broke down, they are attacked by something. This is the first episode. From then on, the film turns into this creepy horror as the locals try to figure out what happened.

 

You have released the first segment of Helpless as a standalone short only a few months ago [review/interview] - was it always supposed to be part of the feature, and if yes, was the feature script already in place when you made your short?

 

It was intended to be a feature. That being said, the final script was still being tweaked until the shooting started. I had collaborated with James Lukenbill and Adam Meirick quite a bit and we all had some very interesting concepts. Ultimately, I wanted to do the big twist at the end.

 

Your sources of inspiration when writing Helpless?

 

The goal was to try to make a horror film with no real gore. Honestly, I wanted to see if I could scare people like Hitchcock used to.

 

Catherine Arabella

You of course have to talk about the "haunted house" of your movie for a bit, how did you find it, and what were the advantages and challenges of filming there?

 

Shawn Mcaninch was not only in the film as the deputy but he is really know for his reputation as a great location scout. He worked with some realtors in the midwest and found this old pig farm. It was a place where no one ever wanted to be alone. Weird things were happening all the time. It had a very eerie feel.

 

Of all the characters in the haunted house-sequence - the suicidal catatonic, the Sheriff, the deputy, the psychic, the writer, the cameraman - who do you identify with the most/the least, and why?

 

What I think about is fun about all of these characters is that each one of them has a strange reason for being there. They all are motivated in unique ways and only after the shit hits the fan do we really start to understand how bad this really is. I can probably identify with everyone here for one reason or another.

 

Do talk about your key cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?

 

This is a true ensemble cast. Ben Rollins is a seasoned actor. Annette Duffy [Annette Duffy interview - click here] is so good she makes actors around here better. Zack Williams never got out of character. He is amazing. Shawn Mcaninch is a guy that will do anything you ask without question. He is a very versatile actor. And Catherine Arabella is stellar. She is such a joy to work with. She is prepared and very focused. Lonnie Appleby and Becky Scholtec are amazing in this. And Jim Lukenbill is scary as hell.

 

The $64-question of course, when and where will Helpless be released onto the general public?

 

It will be released in May 2014 as part of a Grindhouse style double feature. Its co-feature is the film I just finished called Revenge - A Love Story.

 

Any future projects beyond Helpless you'd like to share?

 

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Well with Revenge - A Love Story and Helpless, I have been working for six months straight. I am going to take a little time and see what story really excites me. These two films are horror and thriller. I'm not sure what genre I want to tackle next. I know that I tell my family every year that I will take a break but the truth is, I love what I do and miss it when there is nothing in front of me... Who knows... I'll probably be filming something in a month.

 

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

 

https://www.facebook.com/Revengealovestory

https://www.facebook.com/HelplessAThorMorenoFilm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0mnDXMiFoY

 

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

 

Well first let me thank you for what you do, Michael. I read your articles all the time. I would tell people to make sure they like the Facebook pages of these films so that they know when new stuff happens.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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