A widower with supernatural abilities helps a local detective save her daughter from dark forces.
"Evenfall" by Dean Butler
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Check out our Q&A with the filmmaker below:
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Randy from Scream, at least as a teenager. I was pretty damn horror movie obsessed... Never did get a job in a video store though much to my dismay.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
Evenfall’s narrative world and rules came to be long before Jack and Ayla’s characters. It began as a feature film I wrote when I was at Uni (College in America) and it followed a very well worn trope of inheriting a haunted house from a great Uncle you’ve never met. It featured forgettable characters that were mostly there to get killed and not much else. When I became a Dad my greatest fear was losing one of my kids, that’s basically how Jacks character began.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not yet. I don’t think I’ve done enough work in the space. Hopefully soon.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
It’s wide ranging. From ancient texts from the Nag Hammadi Library to watching great horrors and thrillers – The Shining, The Exorcist, True Detective, The Conjuring.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d give the police the whereabouts of the killer and get them there asap.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Pennywise & Michael Myers.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Jason is a not as good Michael Myers. Stephen King – too much wonderful work to ignore. Practical where possible, CGI to assist (wire removal etc). Pre-Apocalypse... As much I love the odd post-apocalyptic wasteland and I think I have a cool idea for one I’m more scared by stories that could seemingly take place in ‘our world’.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We shot everything on location so it was more about taking the time to find the right places before we filmed. Initially scouring online, then driving for hours to visit places. The make up for our Demon was loosely inspired by a mix of Captain Howdy from the Exorcist and Nosferatu.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Losing my kids and wife. That fear inspired the creation of the lead character Jack who has lost everything.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Has to go to The Exorcist or the original Halloween. Very different but both so influential and re- watchable.