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by Mike Haberfelner

October 2022

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Demons at Dawn is about a retired hitman who is blackmailed into one last job. During his mission, he uncovers a satanic cult who use human sacrifice to summon demons.

 

Now how did the project come into being to begin with?

 

I write, act in and produce films full-time via my production company in the UK Black Coppice Films Ltd. Demons at Dawn is my latest project. Iím shooting my fifth horror feature Bring Me a Skin for Dancing In in Jan 2023.

 

Chris, what were your sources of inspiration when writing Demons at Dawn?

 

The main action takes place inside a small rural cottage in the heart of the English countryside. The horror movie Dog Soldiers was a big inspiration. Instead of fighting werewolves, our lead actors must fend off demons as they take shelter inside their cottage!

 

To what extent could either of you actually identify with Demons at Dawn's lead Mickey - or any of the other characters, really?

 

Chris: Iíve lived all over the world. Iíve often found myself in dangerous situations. I guess I can identify with Mickey in that respect.

 

Randy: The isolation and fear that the ďnext thingĒ could be your number is key and is also something that I fear. Always looking over your shoulder and then trying to figure out how to get out of a bad situation at every turn. Itís something Ben Silver (Mickey) played very well. You can see the wheels turning in his eyes.

 

Do talk about Demons at Dawn's approach to horror!

 

Demons at Dawn is a character driven horror movie with an explosive, terrifying ending!

 

Randy, what can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

From the first read of the script I wanted to make sure the audience was creeped out when watching the final product. The approach was in the naturalness of the shooting, being in that environment isolated in the English countryside and bringing that on screen. A big thing also is in the sound design, sounds and noises underneath where it feels like the house is alive and someone (or something) is always watching. And then on top of that, the particular music choices made added to that feeling. Itís not your typical score because I wanted something different, something primal for certain sections.

 

What was the collaboration between the two of you actually like? And how did the two of you first meet even?

 

Chris: I enjoy a good working relationship with Randy. We both share the same vision and Randy will be directing my next horror movie Bring Me a Skin for Dancing In.

 

Randy: It was really good. Chris is a great writer so I had a solid foundation to work with at the start. And as a director, having the freedom to take the film where it needed to go is very helpful from a producer/writer because in the end itís all about making the best movie you can with what you have to work with.

 

Do talk about Demons at Dawn's key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Ben Silver and Amber Doig-Thorne are the main leads. 

 

Ben is a terrific actor. He has that rare ability to allow the audience to see what heís feeling on screen.

 

Amber Doig-Thorne is a talented and experienced horror film actress from the UK. She is very good at playing strong female roles who like to kick ass!

 

John Altman has a cameo role in the movie. John is famous in the UK for playing Nasty Nick Cotton in the hit BBC show Eastenders. John also played one of the cops in An American Werewolf in London.

 

I have a cameo role in the movie too. I play a character called Levi Saracen.

 

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

 

This was one of the best shoots Iíve worked on. Everyone got along, worked hard with no drama on set. Most of the cast and crew will be with us again when we shoot my next horror movie Bring Me a Skin for Dancing In.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Demons at Dawn be seen?

 

Demons at Dawn will be available to watch on all the major VOD platforms: Amazon Prime, Tubi TV, Roku, IMDb TV, Plex, mometu, filmocracy, Flixwest, Nuclear Home Video, Infamous Media and many more!

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Demons at Dawn?

 

The film has been picked up by lots of VOD channels in the first few weeks. This is a positive sign. Time will tell how the film is eventually received when itís released.

 

Based on your collaboration on this one, could you ever be persuaded to work together again? And/or any other future projects you'd like to share?

 

Chris: Iím happy to work with Randy again.

Check out my other horror movie Nest of Vampires! Itís available to watch now on Amazon Prime, Tubi TV, Roku, Filmocracy, Popsy, Plex, Mometu, Nuclear Home Video and Flixwest! My other horror movie Werewolf Cabal will be released end of November this year too! The film stars Vernon Wells from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. I have a comedy-horror movie in post-production too. Itís called The Haunted Studio. It stars Bai Ling from The Crow and Red Corner. Itís due to be released spring of next year on all major VOD channels.

 

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Randy: Yes absolutely! I am heading back out to the UK in January to do the next film, Bring Me a Skin for Dancing In, with most of the same crew so l am looking forward to that. And aside from the release of Demons at Dawn, I have a drama I did in India coming out before the end of the year and I am currently heavy into finishing up a 6 episode TV show I did with a partner that looks like will release early next year.

 

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Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackcoppicefilms

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Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/chrissandersmovies

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Thanks for the interview!

 

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