By the Book with Daniel S. Thrace – Questions for the Cast of Book of Monsters

Available for the first time on disk in the UK, Book of Monsters is a dark horror comedy in the vein of ‘The Evil Dead II’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ filled with practical effects driven monsters and intense, gory action. To celebrate the release of the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition we have put together an exclusive interview feature with the main cast of the marvelous movie.

Take on the forces of evil with the Standard Edition Blu-ray or become a fully-fledged monster hunter with the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition. Limited to only 300 copies, the 2-Disk Collector’s Edition features both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie, an exclusive hand numbered Slipcover, four collectible lobby cards, signed mini poster and a reversible sleeve signed by Director Stewart Sparke and lead actress Lyndsey Craine. Both versions are exclusive to UK customers and feature a Blu-ray disk packed with over an hour of bonus features including a feature length documentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel and more. All of it and some amazing merch is available here

Sophie’s 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. As her school friends are torn apart and consumed, Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send their party crashers back to hell. To survive the night, Sophie must face her destiny; monsters are real – and she’s the only one who can stop them.

Book of Monsters stars Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton, Daniel S. Thrace, Anna Dawson, Rose Muirhead, Arron Dennis and Steph Mossman. Also starring is horror legend Nicholas Vince as Jonas, famous for his roles as the Chatterer in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellaiser II as well as Kinski in Nightbreed.

The film received critical acclaim upon its world premiere at Frightfest London in 2018 and has since won multiple awards at international film festivals including Best Film at the New York City Horror Film Festival.

Below Gary aka Daniel S. Thrace @T8Fold takes on our By the Book questions on making the movie and much more:

1. How did you get involved with Book of Monsters?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Stewart and Paul for quite a few years now, ever since our first short together in 2014, ‘Containment’. When they came to me and said they were looking to shoot their second feature, there was no way I was going to miss out if I could help it, and fortunately they asked me to play Gary.

2. What was the best bit of making the movie?

Blood cannons, monsters and they gave me a staff, what’s not to love. Although, I’d of course preferred to have extended the scene to something more akin to Jet Li at the end of ‘The One’, slapping evil gnomes away from the top of a pyramid. In all seriousness though, the best bit about every Dark Rift shoot is the team and how easily everyone came together to make the film. We all had so much fun making this movie, but if there was one moment that’s stuck with me, it would have to be choreographing the stripper dance with Arron Dennis. Not what I expected to be doing that day, but we were pleased with the results.

3. What is your favourite horror film and why?

I’m a huge sci fi fan too, so it’s got to be Event Horizon. I remember watching it a couple of years after it came out, I was only 9 when it did, and just being transfixed by the concept of travelling through space using alternate hell dimensions, and scared out of my young mind watching it. Sam Neil is brilliant, and being a Jurassic Park fan it blew my 12 year old mind to see him in something so dark.

4. Which movie monster would be the worst to be stuck in lockdown with?

It’s not a movie monster actually, because the worst monster to be stuck in lockdown has to be the mysterious creature that follows Peter Capaldi’s Doctor around the castle in the Doctor Who episode Heaven Sent. There’s something incredibly sinister about how it just slowly follows him everywhere, and how the only way to survive is to be constantly aware of it and where it could be to give you time to get anything done. It may not tear you apart, but the constant fear of instant death… no thanks.

5. What is next for you?

After the pretty slow year in and out of lockdown I was able to shoot a short film in December, The Fall, that was directed by the lovely Robert Bathurst of Downton Abbey, and Nathan Horrocks. It’s a story of the unseen struggles faced by jump jockeys, and just how close those hardships can push them to the edge. We’re really excited for this one, with high hopes for where it may end up. 2021 though is the year of some personal projects. A new cosmic horror feature in the works, ‘The Crossing’, with another York based production company RO Pictures, and what’s looking to be my second excursion as a director with a short I’ve been working on for a while now, that’ll be putting a twist to a well known and loved character, Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter.

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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