Your new movie Insidious
Inferno - in a few words, what is it about?
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?
were your sources of inspiration when writing Insidious
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
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!
overall vibe I wanted to obtain here is “WEIRD”, and Author Mark
Fisher describes the
“...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.
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
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.
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.
$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
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
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?
Please support indie horror and please check out all of our past movies (Jesus I
Was Evil, Amityville
Poltergeist, Mutant Vampires from the Planet Neptune, A Haunting in
Ravenwood, Conjuring the
Beyond, and Pillow Party
Massacre) on Amazon and Tubi!
Thanks for the interview!