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 Wilcox.
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?
Heckle is a screenplay that was sent to me by my agent Luc Chaundery. As most project that come to my desk, I read the outline and decide if I want to peruse the text. This story had the makings of a psychological thrill that could create a stir. I accepted the role and had a creative and competitive shoot which I enjoyed.
2. What scares you?
Racism , bigotry , antisemitism. These are truly horror stories.
3. What is your favourite horror film and why?
My fave is The Exorcist. Just for the sheer suspense.
And Bill Friedkin. What a talent.
4. Tell us a joke?
A horse walks into a bar. The saloon keeper asks why the long face?
The film will be out at noon on October 24th as part of the Halloween FrightFest digital edition- www.frightfest.co.uk