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An Interview with Calvin Morie McCarthy, Director of Insidious Inferno

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2023

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A secluded cottage is plagued by a series of gruesome murders, unbeknownst to the inhabitants something otherworldly lurks within the halls. Can the couple solve the mystery of the cursed grounds in time or will they open the door to the inferno?


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Insidious Inferno?


There were a couple of major inspirations when it came to writing this story. Insidious Inferno is one of the more personal films I've made in a while. But I think visually and certianly thematically I used the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the Gates of Hell-trilogy from Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here] as a pretty direct influence. In Fulci's The Beyond there is mention of the seven doors to hell. I've always wanted to expand on that idea.


You've written Insidious Inferno together with Chynna Rae Shurts - so what was your collaboration like?


It was fantastic. Chynna and I have a very close working relationship. I penned the overall story and first draft of the script. Chynna came in and cleaned up some of the dialogue and punched up some of the action.


Chynna Rae Shurts has popped up in front of the camera in several of your movies, and does so again in Insidious Inferno - so do talk about your previous collaborations for a bit, and how did you two first meet even?


Chynna and I both met each other on the set of a movie we were both acting in. She has a real drive to create, much the way I do. Together we've made an unstoppable force. Chynna has worked on every movie of 7th Street Productions since 2021.


Back to Insidious Inferno: Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!


The overall vibe I wanted to obtain here is “WEIRD”, and Author Mark Fisher describes the weird as “...that which does not belong. The weird brings to the familiar something which lies beyond.” A perfect example of this is the character Mary. Mary at first appears to be a ghostly warning, which is a pretty typical trope in horror stories. Narratively she serves the purpose of delivering the evil of the past into the hands of our main characters. This would lead you to believe that Mary is either a ghost, or a figment of Andre’s imagination, but she is not. We get multiple scenes with her alone, where she is often (just like the human characters) confronted by the creatures of the inferno. Although the nature of her relationship with this evil is never fully revealed, we do understand that in some way she originates from the same weird dimension. Mary is herself a microcosm of the doorway between the weird and the normal.


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


Well, I am very structured on how I want the scenes to be photographed, and constructed in the edit. but in terms of working with actors I prefer to let them find the performance within themselves. I try to stray away from being too nit-picky and instead ask questions to help guide them toward the performance we both want.


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


As I've said before, I hire people I enjoy to work with. I have worked as an actor myself for the last seventeen years of my life, and along the way I have met some really talented individuals that need a break to showcase their talent.


You of course also have to talk about the house you filmed Insidious Inferno at, and what was it like filming there?


The location was great! the house is also an AirBnB and the location for the local ciderfest. The property is visually stunning and exactly what I had pictured when I wrote the script. The only bummer was that we filmed in February, and if you know anything about Washington State in February, you know it's COLD, and not out of the question to spring some snow on you... which it did.


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


The shoot was tough, I wont lie. The weather made it even tougher. We had rented a van to transport the gear around the large property but the rain turned the roads into a mud pit. I found myself lugging the damn Ursa 12K Pro up and down the slippery hills all day. But everyone on the cast and crew had a great time. A lot of laughs and inside jokes, and a lot of late night beers with the gang after we wrapped.


The $64-question of course, where can Insidious Inferno be seen?


It will be out on Amazon, Vudu, Itunes, and wherever else movies are sold on VOD September 5th


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Insidious Inferno?


So far so good! I pray to the forces that dwell beyond that people are catching on to what we are doing here at 7th Street Productions. We are not only horror filmmakers but we are die hard horror fans. We want desperately to give horror audiences what they want out of low budget flicks.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Yes! We are currently in production for our next feature film to be released by Breaking Glass Pictures Beware the Boogeyman. The movie stars horror legend Elissa Dowling [Elissa Dowling interview - click here]!


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


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