Heckle was made after the writer/ director team had a hit with the short werewolf horror/ comedy film Blue Moon that played ScreamFest in Hollywood at the end of a successful festival run, and the creative team wanted to make a feature horror together. Voodoo films later came on as partners to bring ‘Heckle’ to life and it is about to receive its world premier at Octobers FrightFest.
Joe Johnson, at the top of his stand-up comic game, decides to share a Halloween weekend away with a group of friends. They decide on the theme of a 1980s retro party, and jokingly suggest that if they get drunk, high, and behave badly enough, hopefully they’ll attract their own psycho killer. The joke is suddenly very much on them though, as in turn they reach their grisly demise at the hands of The Heckler, an uninvited guest out to turn their nostalgic horror movie fantasy into a terrifying reality, before delivering an unforgettable punchline…
The premise of a stand- up comedian going too far with an audience member was an exciting premise, and the story and character of Ray Kelly caught the eye of Steve Gutenberg who took the staring roll in the movie. Also in the film are Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser), television celebrity Dani Dyer, the late Clark Gable III (grandson of Gone with the Wind’s Clark Gable) and Pop star Toyah Willcox.
Airell Hayles, also one of the film producers, said of the project ‘We’re delighted to have Steve Guttenberg involved. As a kid my family hired out Cocoon and Short Circuit on VHS over and over, so it really is a dream come true to have an eighties themed movie feature a cameo from an actor that was in a set of films that inspired Heckle to get made. What’s fun is seeing Steve Guttenberg bring out his dark side, having seen him play such a nice guy in all those movies. Audiences are in for a treat’
Below we have The Last Laugh as we put the cast and crew of Heckle through our exclusive questions:
1. How did you get involved with Heckle?
I got involved with Heckle first as screenwriter by having the idea of a stand up comedian being stalked by a seemingly insane heckler. Thought it would be fun to explore that concept.
2. What scares you?
What scares me is tsunamis. Mega tsunamis. The idea of the sea, like a wall, moving towards us is terrifying and I’ve had wave dreams most of my life.
3. What is your favourite horror film and why?
My fave horror film is Don’t Look Now. The relationships between the characters are heart warming and heart breaking at the same time.
4. Tell us a joke?
A joke for you- what did the policeman say to his belly? You are under a vest.I know it’s bad…
The film will be out at noon on October 24th as part of the Halloween FrightFest digital edition- www.frightfest.co.uk