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by Mike Haberfelner

September 2023

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You've recently directed the segment Hack-in-the-Box for the anthology 10/31 Part 3 - so in a few words, what's it about?


Hack-in-the-Box is about a group of ladies on Halloween night that take it upon themselves to try and stop the evil inside a cursed, antique Jack-in-the-box.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Hack-in-the-Box?


I was definitely inspired by Charles Band and Full Moon, with a little bit of Sam Raimi thrown in there for good measure.


Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!


My approach was more straightforward and trying to dive right into an action situation. Like the audience is walking into the 3rd act of an already established horror scenario. The ladies know the box is evil and what lurks inside must be destroyed at any cost.


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


I wanted to keep it mostly in the kitchen area where we were filming and try to ramp up the tension when they perform the ritual to summon the ĎJackí by using the box. Then get chaotic when the ritual works.


What can you tell us about Hack-in-the-Box's cast, and why exactly these people?


This group of actors are all ones I have worked with before and loved their performances in other productions. Sable Griedel, Marissa Sabatucci, Jordan Beltz, and Bridget Murphy. They always give great performances and, even more important, handle the gory action well.


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


We shot this in 2 days and everybody had a fun time with the shoot. It got a little exhausting on the 2nd night (we had to get tricky because we were down one actress on the second night) but we all ate chili and it was amazing. Seeing the puppet in action was super fun and made the experience more exciting for everyone.


So how come Hack-in-the-Box landed in 10/31 Part 3, and did you make it with the anthology already in mind or was it initially intended as a standalone short?


So originally I had a different short in mind, and then I reconsidered what I wanted to submit as a script. I sent it to Rocky Gray and he loved it, so we went with that segment instead.


You've also contributed bo the first two 10/31 movies - so what can you tell us about your segments in them, and how did you become associated with the series in the first place?


Rocky told me about the series originally, and he was going to make all of them. I asked if I could submit a story and he said Ďyesí. He liked the script and I ended up directing Trespassers for the original movie. When he was doing a second one, he wanted to bring in new directors, so I asked if I could make a fake trailer and he agreed, so thatís how Treaters came to be.


Trespassers is about a first date on Halloween gone wrong when the couple decided to drive out and investigate a local murder house that is haunted by the appearance of a scarecrow.


Treaters is a faux trailer about a group of Halloween party people who encounter a frantic woman on the road and when they decide to help herÖ they become treats themselves.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


So Sable Griedel and I have our project group called Silver Springs Films, and we have the horror anthology movie Cryptids coming out in November, starring Joe Bob Briggs. We are putting this out in association with Justin Seaman, creator of The Barn movies.


We are currently shooting the feature based off of the Treaters faux trailer and are developing another anthology that takes place at a drive-in.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I was obsessed with horror and movies as a kid and made our own with my dadís camcorder. Then I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and thatís pretty much where I got started down the path of filmmaking. Once I met Justin, The Barn really got things moving along and I havenít stopped since.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to 10/31 Part 3?


I did a lot of cinematography for The Barn movies, the other 10/31 movies, and wrote, directed, and shot an action thriller with my friend Chad Bruns called Force To Fear.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


I am throughly influenced by 80s horror and action/martial arts movies. Iím a huge fan of atmospheric horror and pretty much anything that deals with Halloween.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


So many - John Carpenter, John Woo, Christopher Smith, Jackie Chan, Stuart GordonÖ just to name a few.


Your favourite movies?


The Evil Dead, Robocop, The Watchmen, Bloodsport, Spookies, Night of the Demons, Captain America: Civil War.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


I donít like to talk down on movies because they are hard to make, but I would say big budget bore fests that do the same stuff over and over again and low budget movies that donít take the time to light their scenes or record good audio.


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You can find me on Facebook and Instagram under my name: Zane Hershberger, and also check out Silver Springs Films at the same places. We need to get a website up and running here soon.


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


Indie filmmakers - make more Halloween movies or movies where dumb kids go to a haunted house and die because those are my favorites. Anything like: Hell Night, Dead Dudes In The House, The Unnamable, Night of the Demons, Cemetery of Terror. Make it and Iíll be a fan!


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you for wanting to interview me!


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