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by Mike Haberfelner

March 2024

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Your new movie Beware the Boogeyman - in a few words, what is it about?

 

For her first day of orientation, Dr. Tristian Mackenzie makes her way to the Silverdale Psychiatric Hospital for the criminally insane, where she learns of the strange series of cases from the similarly strange Dr. Moon.

 

What made you want an anthology with different writers and directors in the first place, and how hard or easy was it to find an overall theme?

 

We have an incredible talented and versatile team here at 7th Street Productions. We are a small crew but we all come from a similar filmmaking background. Although I have been the primary director for the films produced by Breaking Glass, everyone on the team is an incredible filmmaker in their own right. I thought this would make for a great opportunity to showcase our full potential as a team. The theme was easy, the overall wrap around format was an Idea I had been kicking around for a while.

 

What can you tell us about your collaboration with the other directors, and how much or little input did you have or demand in their segments, both when it comes to story and style?

 

I was the producer, so I basically gave them the parameters of their box, and let them go. There were a couple segments I had more input on than others. Chynna Rae Shurts' short [Chynna Rae Shurts interview - click here] was based on a short story I wrote years ago, I edited Josh's short, and I was the DP for Tim's. The collaboration was just like any other project we work on. This has been the exact same crew since A Haunting in Ravenwood, and we know each other so well. you can really plug'n'play us in different positions and we are still able to work very efficiently with very little money. We all also work outside the indie film scene at Video NW Productions, a videography service.

 

Let's talk about the segment you directed for a bit: What were your sources of inspiration when writing it?

 

Cathy's Closet was basically an excuse to tell an apparently true ghost story for my fathers childhood. The animated moments in the film my dad and his older brother swear up and down happened to them in Bremerton WA. in the late 70's. It is an eerie and very strange little ghost story that always stuck with me, and reminds me of something that would have happened in something like Stephen Kings It.

 

Chynna Rae Shurts

Do talk about your segment's approach to horror!

 

I don't know that there is much horror to it per say. This is a monster movie, and although fun, I don't know if the intention was ever to actually scare. I wanted to make something very moody and atmospheric.

 

A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My vision for the over all anthology was very much like Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt. I wanted it to have a thick atmosphere, with lots of fun lighting, good monster moments, and most importantly to not take itself TOO seriously. It's a horror movie that's meant to be FUN.

 

What can you tell us about your segment's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Chynna Rae Shurts is an extremely talented actress. I can give her a script and she knows exactly what I'm looking for, it's like she can read my mind. She may actually be a demon from the eighth dimension. Rollyn Stafford is an actor whom I've know for a very long time. I started working in the local film industry as an actor back when I was 16, and I'm pretty sure I've known him the full 15 years I have been working. He has shown up in a couple of my films, and I always enjoy working with him. Rollyn comes in with a lot of experience under his belt, which makes him very easy to work with. You're not gonna throw a whole lot at him that he hasn't seen before.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

This was a very fun shoot! We were all over the place from late July to early September. Since we all rotated roles on this set, some of the shoots were nice and easy for me... just being the producer. You gotta understand this is work for us, yes, and hard work, but it's also what we do for fun. So traveling around to different locations for a couple days and shooting this monster movie was great fun.

 

You also play the lead in Beware the Boogeyman's last segment - so do talk about that one and your character in it for a bit!

 

Well, okay... I wrote a short story A LONG time ago that I thought of as actually a sequel to the Trilogy of Terror Zuni doll segment. I mixed an idea for a sequel to that, and two very specific episodes of "intervention" that I had seen. When we decided to do a Boogeyman anthology I Immediately knew I wanted to take that story and rework it. I also knew I wanted to play the role. It's a comedic and over the top role so I knew I'd have a lot of fun with it.

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Calvin Morie McCarthy can we actually find in Shawn?

 

I don't know if I'm doing it well, but there's definitely some Charlie Day inspiration in that character. I think Shawn Kendall is who I might have been if I had never discovered acting, and then in turn filmmaking. Just some loser living with his mom.

 

The segment was directed by Chynna Rae Shurts, interestingly enough the lead of the segment you directed - so what was the collaboration between the two of you like with the roles reversed?

 

As I stated earlier, Chynna and I work very well together. She is often my assistant director and co-producer. We both have an extensive background in acting, with a lot of formal training. Chynna is a very easy actor to work with... I am kind of a hard actor to work with... I think? I have a tendency to run wild, or go over the top, becoming an overly cooked ham. I really need a director to stop keep me right on that edge... I think Chynna did a good job keeping me from looking like a buffoon... but I guess that's for the audience to decide.

 

Again, do talk about the shoot as such!

 

Chynna's shoot was LONG. She's very good at structuring a shoot and sticking to a shot list. She knows exactly what she wants and needs. And this story, being the closer she wanted to keep very fast paced and action packed, which means a lot of shots and a lot of movement. It was great fun though. I really enjoy working with Marcella Laasch and Steve Larkin! The location was great! The weather was very nice. Over all it was a really fun shoot.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Beware the Boogeyman?

 

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Haven't gotten much back yet. You know, this movie is supposed to just be fun. It's an 80s style anthology monster movie starring Elissa Dowling [Elissa Dowling interview - click here]! Kinda the perfect movie to hang out with some friends, crack a beer and enjoy.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

We start filming our newest movie THIS MONTH! Working title is Conjuring the Cult. I can't wait to get back on set with all of these wonderful people.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

You can follow 7th Street Productions on Facebook and Instagram! Shoot us an email, we love hearing from people! You can also visit our website 7thstreetfilms.com.

 

Our distributor Breaking Glass's socials:

https://www.facebook.com/BreakingGlassPictures

https://twitter.com/BreakingGlassPx

https://www.instagram.com/breakingglasspictures/

https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialBGP

 

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

 

I always like to close things off with our mission statement: 7th Street Productions is an independent powerhouse in the world of horror cinema, driven by a passion for both honoring the classics that inspired us and reinventing their essence for modern audiences. We firmly believe in the strength of collaborative teamwork, fostering a multifaceted approach where each member thrives, contributing to crafting the most exceptional films. Our unwavering mission is to challenge the stagnancy of Hollywood’s hollow horror narratives, infusing our creations with a liberating, distinctive style of gore and mayhem. We stand as a David against the Goliath, determined to disrupt the norm with our unique vision.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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