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An Interview with Todd Nunes, Director of All Through the House

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2016

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Your new movie All Through the House - in a few words, what is it about?

 

All Through the House is an 80's-inspired holiday slasher film about a maniac in a Santa costume that goes on a killing rampage in a Christmas obsessed neighborhood. 

 

Basic question, why pick Christmas and a serialkilling and dick-chopping Santa Claus for your movie? And why garden shears?

 

I love Christmas and I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas-themed horror movie ever since I was a kid. To me, Christmas really comes to life at night and that makes a dramatic backdrop for a horror movie. I was also fascinated with the darker family Christmas classics, like A Christmas Carol and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The holiday season is a time when everyone is rushing around trying to make other people happy, but they don't notice there’s a killer Santa with garden shears hiding down the street. 

As to why garden shears???? You'll have to watch the movie to get an answer to that question, but there is certainly a good reason…

 

From what I know, All Through the House is loosely based on an earlier short of yours, Here Comes Santa - so what can you tell us about that one, and how closely are the two films related?

 

I really had a lot of fun making that short film. My sister Ashley Mary Nunes [Ashley Mary Nunes interview - click here] and friend Melynda Kiring had such great chemistry that I wanted to explore that relationship in a feature. I did use the short film as a simple blueprint… but when I got deeper into All Through the House, the two stories ended up having very little in common other than a killer Santa.

 

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up All Through the House?

 

By far my biggest inspiration was the poster for Silent Night, Deadly Night. The killer Santa in that poster is mysteriously evil and I wanted to capture that wickedness in my film. I wasn't really inspired by the movie itself. The true source of my inspiration comes from 80's slasher movies in general… especially Halloween, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

 

With All Through the House being a slasher movie, is that a genre dear to you, and what do you think makes your movie stand out of the crowd?

 

I was mesmerized by slasher movies as a kid… I loved Michael Myers and Jason… but I was also fascinated with the final girl concept, which is actually a modern day take on David and Goliath. I'm captivated by that storyline and I'm always interested in finding new ways to explore that concept. All Through the House features many of the popular elements that made those early 80s slasher films so great. But it doesn't stop there. The story still feels fresh because it's almost impossible to predict the ending and our killer Santa is like nothing you've even seen. This slasher does not rehash popular Christmas horror movie subplots, like punishing people who’ve been naughty, or Santa obsessed psychos, or death by antlers. But our film does deliver on a big bloody body count, beautiful girls, and an engagingly sadistic story. Perfect for the holiday season.

 

For the gorehounds among my readers, you of course have to talk about the bloody bits in All Through the House for a bit, and how were they achieved?

 

We had two amazing SFX artist - Tommy Pietch and Josh Maccaron. The gore was a very important part of the movie for me. As a slasher fan, I always feel let down when a main character is killed off-screen. It's kinda disrespectful. Why introduce a character only to have them killed off-screen? It was important to me that every character who died is killed on screen in a bloody, gruesome manner. This of course puts a lot of pressure on the production process. It is expensive and time consuming to kill off characters on-screen, especially using practical effects. Even though it was challenging, It was also extremely rewarding and the effects look great on screen.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I really wanted to create a movie that could have been released during the slasher boom of the 80's.  In order to do that, I needed to make sure certain elements shined through. Practical effects, a memorable killer with a dark past, a kick-ass final girl, and a twist ending no one sees coming. These are the elements that made the slasher movies of the 80s so much fun. But, you can't just recycle those elements and call it a day. I believe it's important to put a spin on the structure, while remaining true to the movies that inspired me. This is a love letter to those early slasher movies. 

 

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

 

I picked my cast based on some very important principles. I needed actors who could give me quality performance within a very tight and demanding shooting schedule. It was also important to me that these actors be easy to work with and excited about what we were creating. All Through the House is a gory and wicked movie, but it is also a fun movie, and that atmosphere needed to be felt on set. I can't recommend these actors enough. I truly hope that other producers and directors see their genuine excitement, talent, and LOVE for making movies. I'm proud of each and every one of these actors. They are real pros on and off screen.

 

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

 

The shoot was crazy! The movie was really ambitious for the budget we had. The whole cast and crew wore many hats and we all worked tirelessly. Ryan Anderson (cinematographer) and Glenda Suggs (assistant director) got very little sleep and never complained. Everyone was aware that we were creating something really entertaining and that shaped our onset attitude. I've been on very unhappy sets before… not for us. I can honestly say that everyone had a truly great experience! 

 

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

 

All Through the House is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable on Demand, Xbox, and ALL major VOD platforms.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of All Through the House yet?

 

I can proudly say that we've had a great response from film festivals and early reviews. My goal was to create an homage to the early 80's slasher films and the audience has responded positively. We’ve won a ton of awards including Best Slasher and Best Director. I am also very proud to say that some of our actors have gotten a lot of praise as well. My sister, Ashley Mary Nunes [Ashley Mary Nunes interview - click here] was runner up at this year's Action on Film Festival for Best Actress. Melynda Kiring won Best Supporting Actress at the first Genre Blast Film Festival. Lito Velasco is receiving rave reviews on his wickedly iconic performance as the Santa Slayer.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I am currently in pre-production on my next movie Death Ward 13 (a remake of Don’t Look in the Basement). I am so excited about this movie and I can't wait to share more. Since we're still in the early stages, the only thing I can report is that updates will be coming soon. You can get more information on our webpage at deathward13.com.

 

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

 

I became obsessed with horror movies in middle school. To me, movies were magical because they could terrify an audience and evoke that kind of strong emotion. In high school, I adapted Friday the 13th Part 1 and 2 and Halloween as stage plays and the process forced me to dig deeper into the story and characters so that I could adapt the film without losing its essence. The plays were successful - even though the school administration hated them. I was also making my own original horror movies with a VHS camera with my high school friends. By the time I graduated high school, I was writing original content for the stage, so screenwriting and directing movies was the next logical step. I did go to film school and took screenwriting classes. This has been a passion of mine since I was a kid and I've always anticipated that I would one day do an homage to horror movie and stuff it full of references from my all-time favorite slasher films.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I think I'm very passionate about what I do.  My energy and excitement rubs off on everyone involved. I have a clear vision for what I'm crafting and that's the first element I discuss with potential cast and crew. It's important that everyone is on the same page right from jump. As the director, I get tunnel vision and I don't stop until the movie is done. Also, I feel that making movies is a collaborative effort and everyone's opinion should be heard and respected. It's my job to determine whether or not those ideas fit into the bigger picture, but I don't want anyone to feel as if they aren't part of the machine. I put a lot of energy into making everyone as comfortable as possible on set and that the experience is a rewarding one.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Well, of course, I love John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Quentin Tarantino, and Ridley Scott. But, I'm very, influenced by all the amazing independent directors out there making a name for themselves: Andy Palmer, Ryan LaPlante, Kelton Jones, and Jessica Cameron [Jessica Cameron interview - click here]. I am a big fan of independent movies, especially horror movies, because I know what it takes to accomplish such a feat without a studio budget. The amount of determination and dedication that is needed is beyond what the average person can comprehend.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The first horror movie I saw was Halloween and I have to say, it changed my life. I had never felt anything like that in my entire sweet childhood life. I was in the fourth grade and my whole family watched it on HBO. My mom instantly regretted letting me watch Halloween and insisted that I never see another horror movie again, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind. When I heard about Friday the 13th I was determined to see it and sneak-watched it one night on TV. I couldn't sleep for weeks afterwards. I loved it. Eventually, my mother caved in and became my number one horror movie-watching buddy. We watched all the classics together on VHS, including Hell Night, Black Christmas, Night Warning, The House on Sorority Row, The Fog, and Prom Night.

 

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

 

Website: allthroughthehousemovie.com 

Twitter: @through_house

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allthroughthehouseSLASHER/

 

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I am so excited about All Through the House being released on iTunes, Vudu, Blu-ray, DVD, and all major VOD platforms. I just want to thank Stephen Readmond and Christopher Stanley of The Readmond Company for taking a chance on me. Also, I have to thank all the supporters that we now have. I've met many amazing and talented people as a result of this movie. This truly has been a dream come true. 

 

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