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An Interview with J. Horton, Director of Craving

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2023

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


Craving is hybrid crime thriller/monster movie, kind of in the vein of From Dusk Til Dawn.


With Craving being (at least in the finale) a creature feature, is this a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?


I love creature stuff. The Thing, Pumpkinhead and An American Werewolf in London are a few of my favorites.


Other sources of inspiration when writing Craving?


I mentioned From Dusk Til Dawn, that was a huge one. Also The Howling, Dead Alive and The Thing.


You have written Craving together with Gregory Blair [Gregory Blair interview - click here] - so what can you tell us about him, and what was your collaboration like?


Gregory is awesome. I met him a few years back when I interviewed him for my YouTube channel. I was taken by his writing process and asked him to do notes on another script of mine. The notes were awesome. When it came time to dust off the script for Craving, it needed some work and I thought of him. He took my draft, did a pass and handed it back to me for a final polish.


Do talk about the gore effects in Craving for a bit, and how were they achieved?


Robert Bravo (Bravo FX) did all the creature and special effects makeup in the movie. It was all practical, save for a few brief shots. And IMO it's the real star of the movie.


You of course also have to talk about the creature in Craving, and how much creative input did you have in its design?


To be honest, it was almost 100 percent Bravo. My direction was, I wanted something cool, something asymmetrical and kinda Giger-like. Bravo came up with the design on his own.


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


I take a pretty practical meat-and-potatoes approach to horror. Building suspense through my shot selection, musical choices and sound design, punctuated my moments of extreme violence. But in order to care about any of that, you have to have strong characters to root for or against.


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


Hire great people and let them do their thing.


Do talk about Craving's cast, and why exactly these people?


I tend to cast predominantly from people I've worked with before. Especially on low budget stuff, it helps to have a shorthand and to know and understand already what an actor can and can't do. But it's also fun to mix that up with new people as well. Craving was a 50/50 mix.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was a great shoot. Stressful for me to be sure, but I take great pains to create a good atmosphere on set so the cast and crew can perform to the best of their abilities.


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


Both have been overwhelmingly positive. It's probably the best received film I've ever made.


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I'm currently running a crowdfunding campaign for A Hard Place. It's another monster movie. But this time much larger in scope. It follows a group of criminals on the lam in the Rocky Mountains who find themselves in the midst of an ancient feud between the creatures that rule the day and the monsters that rule the night.


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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
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screenwriter and film reviewer
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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
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On the same day
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and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD