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An Interview with B. Luciano Barsuglia, Director of Amber Road

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2022

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


At its core, Amber Road is a murder mystery wrapped in a horrific and bloody story. It has some up-close and personal gore, but the hope is that the outcome has a payoff which makes its purpose understandable.


With Amber Road exploring the darker corners of the dark web, what can you tell us about your research on the subject?


The dark web is one of those things we periodically hear about on the news. Socially, we have an awareness that it exists, but most of us don’t really understand what it is. Then, we periodically hear about some criminal organization that has been discovered because of its activity on this platform and this news brings some of these more nefarious aspects to light. Really, that’s where my research was focused – finding out how people access it and how they find one another.


Other sources of inspiration when writing Amber Road?


The Silk Road was the initial inspiration – a famous online black market, which ran from 2011-2013 before being shut down. It took its name from the famous trade route spanning continents and countries thousands of years ago. The Amber Road was an even more ancient trade route connecting countries around the Baltic, Mediterranean and North Seas, and that’s where the movie’s name came from. Then I combined those dark elements of the digital world with the concept of catfishing. The story evolved from there.


Amber Road doesn't exactly hold back when it comes to gore and dismemberment - so what can you tell us about the bloody bits in your movie, how were they achieved, and was there ever any line you refused to cross?


Not really, no. There weren’t any lines other than budgetary limitations. I wanted everything to be practical effects, we just really wanted everything to be close up horror, and hard to stomach at times.


What can you tell us about Amber Road's approach to horror?


Confined, claustrophobic and personal. The goal was to create a murder mystery woven into a violent premise.


What can you tell us about Amber Road's quite star-studded cast, and why exactly these people?


This was a story written specifically for most of the actors. It started with leads Rachel Riley and Elissa Dowling, both of whom I had previously worked with, but wanted to write a specific screenplay for. As the story changed, or as additional actors were cast, the script changed as well to accommodate specific people. A few of the actors were first timers for one of my movies, and there were discussions about character development and various nuances, but beyond what is written, the goal is to let the actors bring their own uniqueness to each character.


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


For as bloody and as intense as this movie is at times, you would not guess how much fun we had on set. Most of us have worked together for many years and know the nuances of one another’s techniques. As far as the crew goes, it was smooth and efficient every day of production. And the cast came ready to go. Everyone was at the top of their game for this production.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Amber Road?


So far so good. I really enjoyed watching the reactions at our theatrical premiere on December 3 as part of the Culver City Film Festival. People cringed and covered their eyes at all the right moments. A few walked out during the gore but returned to watch the story unfold. There are some lighthearted moments in this movie too – elements to loosen the tension, and those worked. The audience laughed when we hoped and cringed when expected. What more can we ask for?


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Currently, Herbert West: Reanimator has just gone into production. This is an episodic series delving into the lore of HP Lovecraft. Additionally, I am finishing up production on a documentary, The Horror We Make, which discusses why those of us who make and work in the horror industry enjoy it so much.


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With the intensity and level of violence, Amber Road can be a tough watch, but if you can manage the gore, we hope the murder mystery pays off in the end. It was an intense and fun movie to create. We hope viewers are rewarded for our efforts.


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