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quietearth [Film Festival 06.17.07] post apocalyptic zombies interview

Jason Horton, one of the directors of this upcoming post apocalyptic/zombie/mashup, has been kind enough to do an interview for us here at Quiet Earth. For those who missed our posting on it, here's the link which includes trailers:

There is currently no release date set as the movie is still in post-production, but we'll let you know when! Now, without further ado...

You said that since your last film, you've done alot of work as a pa, grip, camera, and later as an editor/dp, what kind of stuff were you working on?
I went to school in New Orleans. After graduating I pa'd on a few big features there.

My first gig in la was working as a behind the scenes videographer on a low budget horror flick called Butcher House. I met Tom Devlin (fx artist) on that set. I went on to Dp and do a rough edit for his feature, Legend of the Sandsquatch.

Right after that I did quite a few Black Christian Movies for Nu-Lite Entertainment. I Dp'd two, edited five, did some 2nd unit directing and assistant edited/color corrected a few others. I also shot and edited interview and promo type stuff for Hip Hop Harry, a show on discovery kids.

This last year, gave me experience with all kinds of genres, horror, kids, drama, comedy. I grew a lot as an artist.

I've also been writing a bunch.

Where did you get the idea for this movie?
Well, like Rise of the Undead, a lot the specifics where born out of necessity. We had a relatively low budget. Hence the majority of the action taking place in the apartment complex.

The stories, mine anyway, were kicking around in my head for some time.

Is there any social critique in this movie, or is it just straight horror?
I would say it's equal parts straight horror and strong character work. All three segments deal with characters trying to put their broken families back together. It was really important to me to have strong characters, and not just a novel concept, this time out.

One thing that struck me when moving to L.A was the immigrant issue. It's one thing to live in the Midwest and south and read about it, but it's another to move to a melting pot as big as L.A and see it first hand. I suppose the vampire segment of the film in some ways reflects that issue.

We generally see two different types of zombies in movies, slow like in Romero's, or fast like in the remake of the Dawn of the Dead. Which type is in Edges of Darkness?
These are slow. Because the zombie apocalypse in this movie is background for the stories, I wanted the most familiar type of zombies, that way I wouldn't have to spend time giving any kind of fakey explanation or exposition about them. They simply are zombies.

This is the second movie you've done with zombies in it, are you a fan of the zombie genre and if so what got you into it?
Romero's Dawn of the Dead. (although I did dig the remake too) My brother took me to a midnight showing of Dawn of the Dead, when I was 10 or 11. I think it effected me than any other early movie experience I can remember.

But the main reason for their inclusion in EOD was to make up for my mis-uses of them in Rise of the Undead.

In the teaser, there's a black dude who says "This was supposed to be our world", am I detecting an homage to the Night of the living dead?

Can you tell us any more about the "Three gripping tales of terror"?
While the zombie remain in all three stories, there are other types of monsters in this flick, both human and supernatural. One of the stories is a cool play on the Omen. One is vampire kidnapping picture. The third involves a killer computer. All the stories take place in the same apartment complex and are connected in another pretty cool way, I don't want to give away.

Thanks for your time Jason, we greatly appreciate it!


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Matt (12 years ago) Reply

Good interview.

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