Horror Favourites – Matthew Montgomery

From writer/director Matthew Montgomery, Devil’s Path follows two men who meet up in a popular wilderness park for a casual hookup. What seems like an innocent and random meeting quickly descends into a horrific nightmare. With recent disappearances and attacks, the two men soon find themselves in the terrifying position of being the next victims in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Winner of Best First Narrative Feature and Best Supporting Actor at FilmOut San Diego, Devil’s Path went on to play NewFest, Cinema Diverse Palm Springs, Chicago Reeling and is opened in Los Angeles on March 1, DVD & VOD on now.

Matthew Montgomery is a writer, director, producer, and actor whose career began in 2002 when he starred in Gone, But Not Forgotten, an LGBT film which played in over thirty film festivals around the world and was the “Top Ten Best Seller” for TLA Video for 2003 and 2004. He later went on to star in and produce several independent features when he teamed up with Guest House Films. In 2008, Matthew starred in the psychological thriller, Pornography: A Thriller, as well as the award-winning gay indie drama, Redwoods. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Artistic Achievement award for acting and producing from Philadephia’s QFest. After completing his M.F.A. in film production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Matthew went on to develop Devil’s Path, which marks his feature film directorial debut.

“Ultimately becoming my producing thesis while studying at USC film school, Devil’s Path started as an idea to explore the relationship between two people whose perspectives on a particular situation would be two sides of the same coin” Matthew said “The place, Devil’s Path, was originally inspired by an actual hiking trail in the Catskill Mountains of New York. It’s considered to be arguably one of the most difficult hiking trails in the country. I wanted the characters to be trekking through rough terrain as a metaphor for their constant struggle with trying to connect. As I was working on Devil’s Path more aspects to the main characters Noah and Patrick started to come to the surface. I wondered what it would be like to be trapped in the middle of nowhere with a complete stranger and in a situation where you could only rely on each other, even if you didn’t trust one another. The flawed human is one of the most interesting dynamics in a story. Devil’s Path explores what happens when the conviction of one’s perspective gets in the way of truth.”

Matthew then went on to tell us all about his favourite horror film:

“I have a lot of favorites when it comes to horror or thriller films. But there is one movie that lately I seem to be somewhat obsessed with, THE HITCHER, directed by Robert Harmon. I tend to gravitate more toward thriller horror movies that focus on the internal and psychological make-up of their heroes and villains.

In The Hitcher, the movie focuses on the open road and mostly two characters. The cinematography by John Seale is very simple yet deliberate. The score by Mark Isham is ominous and foreboding. And the script’s focus on the characters is a testament to the talent of the writer, Eric Reed, who started off with a one-hundred-and-ninety page screenplay. Rutger Hauer as John Ryder shows us the true sociopathic nature of his character while keeping him somehow grounded and real. There’s a menacing quality to him that feels very raw and believable. And then we have C. Thomas Howell as Jim Halsey who shows us what fear really looks like.

The movie isn’t afraid to make bold choices and smack you in the face with something you didn’t see coming. It finds its way into the story and action swiftly and keeps you hooked until the last frame. Even the sound design is a masterpiece. The first and last sound you hear in the movie is the strike of a match, bookending this crazy ride of a story the audience has been taken on. But my favorite thing about The Hitcher is its ability to tell so much through silence. Some of the strongest scenes in the movie are without dialogue, like the garage scene for example. Not a single word. For me, as a writer and director, it has become a lesson in what you can show rather than tell.”

Check out the trailer for Devil’s Path below and read our review HERE


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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