Tales of Halloween Interview with Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall

sadsadFrightFest 2016 is nearly upon us and to get you salivating here is a little something from last years full on fest, an unseen exclusive interview with Tales of Halloween‘s Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall.

By far one of the best films of 2015 the creative couple chatted to Zombie 2 in a hotel bar before Tales of Halloween played as the closing screening at FrightFest 2015. Discussing everything from making the movie to their extensive Halloween preparations to what date exactly you should watch The Fog to how Belgians don’t trick or treat the directing duo where great fun and if they don’t write down the rules for the Tales of Halloween drinking game they discuses we will make sure we do before this years festivities.

Axelle Carolyn: We’re getting drunk as we do the interview.

Love Horror: With mojito’s no less, a bit of Dutch courage or Brazilian courage I guess before you’re screening.

Neil Marshall: A little bit of courage but not too much!

Love Horror: As long as you are not too wasted to do the introduction.xzczx

Axelle Carolyn: I am not very functional drunk so that would be terrible. At a premiere recently we celebrated after the film and I was wearing high heels and on the way back I obviously sprained my ankle.

Neil Marshall: No high heels tonight.

Love Horror: Have you enjoyed the festival this year?

Axelle Carolyn: Yes we have. I’ve been going to FrightFest since 2004 I missed the last couple of years but this is my tenth or something. The general level of movies is always really high, very rarely do you come out of a FrightFest film and say ‘that was shit!’ there is always something in there. There really good quality, I don’t know how they put together that programme but they do an amazing job.

Love Horror: So it’s been a busy day and it’s only going to get busier because you’re the closing film of FrightFest 2015. It must feel like an honour?

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah it’s a funny one because Neil hasn’t had any of his films screen here at FrightFest and mine, both of them have been at FrightFest so both for different reasons we are really excited to be here.

Love Horror: Well I have already seen the film and I loved it. With horror anthologies I always have high expectations especially when they are set at Halloween and because Trick r’ Treat was so great as well. Tales of Halloween didn’t disappoint though I thought it was great.

Axelle Carolyn: Coming up with the idea for Tales of Halloween was completely independent from Trick r’ Treat having seen it already although it’s funny because I get every once in a while what my favourite Halloween based movies are and I remember writing a piece years ago just before Trick r’ Treat came out about my favourites and saying ‘and I can’t wait to see Trick r’ Treat.’

Trick r’ Treat is beautiful and captures a very different side of Halloween from what we have done. I feel like that movie is darker while our one is more spooky fun. The end of Trick r’ Treat is very atmospheric and very scary and it’s a great end of night film that sends you little chills at the end. Our film we wanted it to feel like you’ve just been out partying with us and you’re coming out having fun, even the last song and everything is very energetic. Spooky fun was the term we were going for.aassss

Love Horror: But I guess that’s the great thing about anthologies is come Halloween if you’re watching a bunch of movies you can have both and watch them back to back and get something different from each.

Neil Marshall: Absolutely.

Axelle Carolyn: Yes it’s not just the tone but also they are very different in the way they are structured. Obviously Trick r’ Treat is basically one story from one director that’s told like Pulp Fiction in a non-chronological order. Our film is really 10 separate stories and they are connected but the stories themselves can be watched separately.

Love Horror: I don’t think it’s vital that the stories connect in anthology films with an overarching plot like in Trick r’ Treat or Dead of Night however I really liked how you linked the shorts in Tales of Halloween with characters popping up here and there throughout. There is so much detail in there like I just knew in Ding Dong when you see Rusty Rex as one of the trick or treaters that he would have his own segment later on.

Axelle Carolyn: Oh you picked up on that one? It’s because Ben Woolf [the actor who plays Rusty Rex] is so weird in that one. He was fantastic on set. Unfortunately he passed away three months after the shoot he was hit by a car which was really tragic. He was a lovely guy. We filmed Ryan Schifrin’s episode The Ransom of Rusty Rex first so he really got his character and when he came back for Lucky McKee segment Ding Dong Lucky hadn’t seen anything that Ryan had done and I kind of said ‘do you mind if one of the trick or treaters is going to be this guy?’ and he was like ‘yeah yeah should I give him instructions on what to do?’ and I said ‘no let him do what he feels like.’

imagesBen showed up and did one take and he looked at the bucket, picked stuff from the bucket and he starts throwing stuff on the ground and then he picks up something and he stares at it and then he leaves. I think they took a moment to call cut and Lucky was like looking at me like ‘what the hell was that?’ it was awesome! As you said it’s weird enough that you pick up that he will come back.

Neil Marshall: There are at least two other group of trick or treaters that show up at the door in that sequence from other stories. I think what we hope it will become is a drinking game on Halloween that if you make a connection between two films then you can have a drink. (Laughs)

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah with all the cameo’s too.

Love Horror: That would be an amazing drinking game! In the final short Bad Seed when the police are reeling off crimes from all the other stories you would be paralytic by the end of that.

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah, there’s even subtle links like in that scene the person that you see on the Missing poster is the kid from Trick.

Love Horror: I did see that at the time but I wasn’t sure. I think having all those as you say small subtle associations is far better than in something like V/H/S where you’re just waiting for the final story to tie everything together in a boring straightforward way. You can just watch Tales of Halloween in 10 chunks and get just as much enjoyment out of each of them.

Axelle Carolyn: I played mine separately at some festivals because mine was one of the first ones to be finished and it plays separately fine which is pretty awesome.

sddLove Horror: Going back to the beginning how did the idea for Tales of Halloween form?

Axelle Carolyn: Well it came up purely from the fact that we have an amazing group of friends and everybody is into horror movies. Los Angles is this amazing horror community that we have always been aware of when we lived in London, in fact I tried to recreate it in London but never quite managed, but moving there it felt like all the people we had known for like 8 years who were still our friends where still really excited about making films and watching films.

Some film makers are all about the business and there all about trying to get the next film made and that kind of stuff. Of course we all love to make films but we all generally love movies and love horror movies. You go to an event whatever it is a special screening a Q&A, whatever and you bump into tons of people who you know so you have that sense of everybody loving the same thing. I was kind of like since we all work in that environment why don’t we do something together and pull all the talents together and try to make something the sum of all parts and create something bigger.

The idea to make an anthology was 4 or 5 years ago I first said let’s try and do something. It didn’t really amount to much but I didn’t really have any more of an idea than ‘we should make an anthology’ but what helped here was coming up with the idea of Halloween which felt very natural because we celebrate Halloween for like 6 months… errr 6 weeks. 6 months would be great.

Love Horror: Having Halloween last 6 months would be wonderful I am behind that idea.images

Axelle Carolyn: I feel like this year we have been celebrating for 6 months! No but 6 weeks a year we are doing Halloween, we do all the theme parks, we do all the costume parties, everybody goes to screenings so it felt very natural as a theme. In-between that and the fact that there has been a little resurgence of anthology movies we got to put the financing very quickly together. I pitched the story to a couple of people including Mike Mendez who worked on Big Ass Spider with Epic Pictures our producers and he pitched it to them and straight away they said yes. We though these guys are crazy all we said was ‘hay we have cool friends err we want to make a movie together. It will have pumpkins, we don’t have a script do you want to finance it?’ and they said yes.

Love Horror: I guess when you gather together a group of well-known and well respected talents who all happen to be friends then it’s a no brainer.

Axelle Carolyn: The thing is that everyone had a track record in horror movies and even on screen the kind of people we could bring like Adrienne Barbeau or Lin Shaye they are all people that we know and spend time with to the point that they are part of the family.

Neil Marshall: In the history of Hollywood I don’t know if it’s ever happened that a film has been conceived and financed in a week. It’s just bizarre but awesome.

Axelle Carolyn: It was crazy. They were genuine about it we said we want creative control and they gave it to us and they were extremely supportive and they gave us more budget when it was needed it was an amazing experience. We got to make the movie we dreamed of and how often does that happen right?

Love Horror: When it came to selecting directors to work on Tales of Halloween did you almost have too many to choose from?

Neil Marshall: We had to fight them back with sticks!

Axelle Carolyn: The way we chose people was obviously people we respect and whose work we really liked but also really good friends and on top of that they had to be people who would be willing to put up with us in that the collaboration had to start from the beginning and continue all the way through.

imagesWe had to support each other and meet often to discuss the scripts together and pitch ideas to each other to bounce off ideas to see how it all works. I would pitch something and then see if it works and if people got excited. If not then you kind of knew okay I’ll find something else. So we had a sounding board from the beginning which was great. You have to be friends with people to be able to do that. If we went and asked random directors we barely know they would have been like ‘why would I hang out in your back yard?’

Neil Marshall: We had to respect each other’s opinions as well. If you’re going to start chiming in ideas left right and centre and hearing ideas from other people everybody has to be cool about it and everybody was. The only other contingency Epic had was to say no found footage which we were all like ‘Well duh!’ because we didn’t want to do that anyway so that was an easy request.

Love Horror: How much creative control did each director have ultimately? As you said there are parts that link so how did you get those in while letting people be free to do what they wanted?

Axelle Carolyn: There were parameters that they were aware of, a rough idea of budget and how financially it would work with what we would provide and what favours they would need to pull. On top of that they knew it had to be in-between 5 to 8 minutes but it ended up being between 7 and 10 for each film and they had to be part of the same universe.

They obviously all had to have that collaboration and they had to be open to people sending notes. Not necessarily that they had to implement those notes but they had to listen and they had to be open minded and I think everyone was because no one wants to make the bad one. I came up with two or three ideas before I settled on my one because I pitched them and I saw [adopts bored voice] ‘oh okay, that’s cool yeah.’ You kind of get it that you need to find something else.images

At script stage for me I was gathering all the drafts and then I would send them out to people. If I had notes I would ask other people to give me their thoughts and if everybody agreed on stuff I would pass on those notes and I would give feedback so everybody could give feedback to each other and they could work on it and come back with a different draft.

After that I put them all together and linked them all together and saw what elements came back and that gave me a rough idea of the chronology to make sure that even though it’s not in order like you see some kids trick or treating clearly after they have had their big episode and you know they are not trick or treating after that for example. You had to know there is a timing like here you know that this happens when Night of the Living Dead is on TV and we think Night of the Living Dead is on TV around 6 o’clock or you know whatever.

Neil Marshall: It would be an interesting trivia challenge to figure out what the chronological order of the film actually is.

Love Horror: That would be really interesting. Is there a way to work it out? I mean Bad Seed is the last story in the film and it’s pretty crazy as it involves the whole town being attacked so wouldn’t that be the end of the night?

Axelle Carolyn: No not necessarily. There are crazy details we had to think up like the movies on TV is an example. We used that as a way of showing they are in the same town as all the people are watching the same network so we had the two stories that had to do with trick or treaters have Night of the Living Dead but the one that’s a little latter in the night has Carnival of Souls because it couldn’t be the same one that played.

Neil Marshall: The first two sections have Night of the Living Dead in but the first one has the end of the film and the second one has the beginning in.

imagesLove Horror: So you could re-edit it in a chronological order?

Axelle Carolyn: It would be crazy but you could.

Neil Marshall: We don’t have any intention of trying to do that, that’s for someone else to do in their spare time.

Love Horror: All the films have very different styles for instance The Weak and the Wicked is almost a Western, it feels like it’s in the same place but on the bad side of town.

Axelle Carolyn: If you pay attention it’s kind of shown in the map at the beginning in the animation it kind of goes out of town for that one and the forest one too.

Neil Marshall: The whole thing was it was the wrong side of the tracks and I think on the map at the beginning it actually goes across some railways tracks.

Love Horror: That’s great! Was there any ideas that where too farfetched that you would never had done? You have Claymation in there so any animation would have been fine.

Axelle Carolyn: No animation would have been cool, that would have worked. We thought if someone comes out with something that’s completely crazy we could potentially link it to another one making it look like it was on TV, like it’s an episode playing on TV or something. We all grew up loving the same movies and we have the same references and even though the Western one is kind of different and Ding Dong is different they still all could fit within the universe that exists within Creepshow and EC comics which is our sense of humour. We were all on the same wavelength.

Love Horror: Did you go along to all the other shoots?aasss

Axelle Carolyn: I had to as I was producing it but I think I would have gone in any case but Neil visited a lot of them. We all visited each other’s sets and we cameo in each other’s episodes. I’m in there 5 times I think!
Love Horror: Really, as the same person 5 times?

Axelle Carolyn: Well if it’s the same person she has a really crazy night. I get mugged, I get arrested, I die… no it has to be different characters. I go trick or treating.

Neil Marshall: Well you were clearly insane by the time you were arrested.

Axelle Carolyn: Neil dies. A lot of the directors are in there, if you guys know what we look like you can play a game and try and spot everybody.

Love Horror: Another element to the drinking game!

Axelle Carolyn: As I said it’s a celebration of the community of horror lovers that we found in L.A. In that scene at the police station in Bad Seed there are a lot of the directors but also like Neil’s producing partner, one of my producers and the Epic accountant is even in there. The production designer from three of the episodes shows up. We also had this crazy scene in This Means War the one with the fighting neighbours where one of the directors just put a Facebook call to his friends saying we’re going to be shooting, show up at this place in a Halloween costume and 50 people showed up in summer in costume! It was awesome it was so much fun. It felt like a cliché but some nights were really like a party, really like recreating a Halloween party.

Ding dong tales of halloweenNeil Marshall: And some of the costumes where awesome it wasn’t like people who had put on some shitty costume there was a guy dressed as the old woman from the Insidious movies. There where the most outrageous brilliant costumes.

Axelle Carolyn: Actually that reminds me James Wan is in the film. Hard to spot but he’s in there.

Neil Marshall: You have to drink a double if you spot James Wan.

Love Horror: You really are going to have to write rules on who is worth what in the Tales of Halloween drinking game.

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah it would be scored on the levels of geekdom on how much you would have to drink. But the party thing was really cool, there was one night where I shot the beginning of my episode which is a Halloween party and I was shooting a different scene when they were setting it up and everybody was getting in costume and they were lighting up all the candles and everything and so I was shooting the scene in the bathroom and I come out of the bathroom and I look at the living room where we are going to be shooting it and I just thought ‘oh my god its Halloween’ because my friends are in costume and everything is decorated it was like we were celebrating all over again.

Adam Gierasch’s episode Trick was shot at his house where we organised our Halloween party that year so October 31st we’re at Adam Gierasch’s house and then a week later we’re shooting a Halloween party in the same house with the same decorations that he left up!

Love Horror: So he just left them their after Halloween?images

Neil Marshall: Yeah it was a perfectly dressed set.

Axelle Carolyn: He cleaned up the place a little!

Love Horror: How did the cast get involved? Was it the same thing as the contributors in that they were all friends?

Neil Marshall: The only real casting was for much much smaller roles like the children and a few of the other supporting roles but yes all the major roles where taken up by people that we knew or where friends of friends or we had some kind of connection with. I had never worked with Kristina Klebe before but Axelle knew her and introduced me to her at some signing or something and we were like ‘hay do you want to be in the film?’ It was all things like that.

Axelle Carolyn: For my episode I knew everybody it was all friends but like in Neil’s episode Cerina Vincent from Cabin Fever has a part and I didn’t know her and Neil didn’t know her but we really wanted her involved. She was on Facebook and she was friends with lots of our friends.

Neil Marshall: Kristina knew her so she got us in touch so she came and did it. We had only just met Greg McLean recently so I managed to talk him into appearing in it (Laughs) We know Joe Dante and John Landis and it seemed like such a no brainer to say ‘who can play the mad scientist?’ well Joe ‘who can play the mad father?’ well John! (Laughs again)
Axelle Carolyn: Landis is a friend to everyone we all know him but he was approached by Ryan Schifrin who directed that episode and afterwards he asked if he could see the film and sent editing notes to Ryan and Ryan was like ‘my god this is great I’m getting notes from John Landis!’ He got Landis to come to his house and edit the film with him. To have the help of a legendary film maker was amazing. The second Lucky McKee heard that he said ‘I’m gonna send him my film I want Landis notes!’

Neil Marshall: Also because of Ryan’s involvement he managed to persuaded his Dad Lalo Schifrin to come out of retirement to do the opening theme.

imgresLove Horror: Why do you think that it’s only really in horror that the anthology format works?

Neil Marshall: I think it goes back to the origins of the camp fire tale. A bunch of people sitting round a camp fire and each one takes a turn to tell a story and they always seem to be scary stories, ghost stories, urban legends or the local myths as opposed to a comedy or a drama. I think it comes back to that, getting a selection of essentially little camp fire stories together.

Axelle Carolyn: And our linking device with Adrienne Barbeau as radio DJ to hark back to The Fog and The Fog is a camp fire story, it feels like Halloween to us to have all that in there.

Love Horror: Were there any other influences outside of horror that you drew from for your specific episodes or was it all from your favourite scary movies?

Axelle Carolyn: For mine I am just a fan of ghost stories in general. I directed one called Soulmate but it was more of a psychological drama and so I felt like I need to show I can really scare people and I can do it in a few minutes and make people jump and be anxious.

I love those kinds of stories from The Haunting to The Devil’s Backbone to the Insidious movies to The Conjuring to Lake Mungo but I think the strongest influence on mine was the Disney version of Sleepy Hollow which is exactly the camp fire story that sets up the scare and then you go off and you know what’s coming and it might be a joke that’s being played on you or is it not a joke, is it serious. I feel like in mine there is a little bit of that. It’s the playfulness of setting up fake scares, of not knowing when it’s actually going to happen which is a lot of fun to do. I’m really hoping this is the one people take and want to show their little sister or dare someone to watch this to see how they will react. I think that would be awesome.

Neil Marshall: For me I had been doing a lot of heavy drama and stuff for TV lately and I just wanted to do something daft and fun and outrageous and something a little bit more my own sensibility. I guess I was inspired by Gremlins, certainly Halloween 3, there was a little bit of Dark Star and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in there as well. Killer vegetable movies, there aren’t that many of them.

Love Horror: Yeah why don’t we find vegetables more scary?cvvvv

Neil Marshall: I know! It’s heavily Carpenter based, bit of Jaws in there too it’s got lots of references in.

Axelle Carolyn: I think the others have very specific references in them too like for Sweet Tooth it feels very much like an 80’s horror movie, Friday the 31st is very obviously Friday 13th meets Evil Dead 2 there are a lot that have different influences but somehow they all have the same spirit that runs through it. We all love the same movies. To me they are all very different even though some are more funny and some are more scary but not that many are really scary but they all aim to do something different and they all have a different tone.

I read someone online recently had said ‘I thought this was an anthology but it looks like it all comes from the same mind’ like it was a bad thing. To me this is great it makes it very coherent because although we did have that collaboration running through everybody made what they wanted. When you were on set you did whatever the hell it was that you wanted and there was not a single producer there and as long as you made your day there was not going to be a single producer there telling you you can do this or you can do that.

Actually that’s not true there was one case with Adam Gierasch as the original draft of his script and thank god we found that out three days before he started shooting, it had overtones of paedophilia and we just realised its illegal. It was meant to be something that jolts you as its really horrible but it didn’t really fit with the tone of the film for one thing but okay if you want to imply that but then we realised we could have gotten in trouble.

Neil Marshall: It was not a road we wanted to go down. Ultimately it didn’t fit with the tone of the film. Going back I think what that statement is about ‘it all comes from one mind’ it’s like well it doesn’t all come from one mind but it does come from one shared passion and that’s a compliment.

Axelle Carolyn: It comes from a place of love for everybody. Everybody involved they didn’t do it for the money everybody involved came and did it because they love this stuff.

Neil Marshall: If they did come and do it for the money they would be really disappointed. (Laughs)

imagesLove Horror: You said before you celebrated Halloween, for well you said 6 months but actually 6 weeks how has this year been?

Axelle Carolyn: This year we have been celebrating all year we haven’t stopped celebrating Halloween all year round. We still have some decorations up because we did that photo that was in the FrightFest guide. That was the only time we managed to get everyone together for a photo and that’s our back porch and it still has the decorations hanging up. That was 3 days before Christmas that we took that.

Love Horror: Do you have set Halloween traditions you always do?

Neil Marshall: We don’t have set traditions but we always go to the horror mazes, we’ll be going to the screenings, we always go to the parties.

Axelle Carolyn: We do as many of the theme parks as we can. They have amazing things, they have cornfields they turn into horror mazes, they have Universal horror nights, haunted hay rides we try to do all of them and we try to do them as a group and go out together to do that stuff. I think this year we will make a point of all going as Tales of Halloween we call ourselves the October Society that’s the name for all the directors so I think the October Society will be going to a lot of things this year.

Neil Marshall: October Society day trips.

Love Horror: Will it be like the actors who made up the Fellowship of the Ring, will you all have the same tattoo?

Axelle Carolyn: We should have a tattoo! Actually Adam Gierasch has pumpkins on his arm and he’s getting one for each movie he’s made so he’s getting a new pumpkin for this one.

Love Horror: Are there any movies you always watch for Halloween?

Axelle Carolyn: It’s a rotation. Every other year I have Donnie Darko, Satan’s Little Helper, Idle Hands, Trick r’ Treat, Season of the Witch…xccvxcvc

Neil Marshall: Halloween

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah Halloween obviously… that is so obvious!

Neil Marshall: Just throwing that in there.

Axelle Carolyn: I like Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow…

Neil Marshall: That’s the Halloween movies but any horror movies will go like we get The Fog in there.

Axelle Carolyn: Oh The Fog we usually keep for April, it takes place in April.

Love Horror: Do you have different movies for different times of year?

Neil Marshall: It’s set on the 21st of April

Love Horror: Wow do you try and watch it on the exact day then?

Axelle Carolyn: If we can think of it. The more recent tradition that’s completely stupid is I have always hated the idea of couple’s costumes but I do a couple costume with my dog, who was in the film, she’s a scream queen.

I get back to the US on September the 10th and I will have to scramble to make up for the lost time because I am supposed to buy my 1st pumpkin on the September 1st. There is a place called Rogers Garden that sells a lot of Halloween stuff and they open late August and usually that’s the first one that I hit so I have to go back there and get stuff. Then there are all the stores that after Labour Day have things, Target is going to have as line of t-shirts, I have to see what all the stores have. I do all my shopping for the year during that Halloween period.

Neil Marshall: Halloween is a multi-million dollar business over in the States if not a billion dollar business and she’s the target audience so… (Laughs)

ddfddfAxelle Carolyn: I heard that Oreos every year they do something for Halloween and this time there is an actual little pumpkin been drawn on the Oreos (Pauses) I don’t care if I like that stuff or not I am buying that shit!

Love Horror: It’s funny because Halloween is finally getting bigger in other countries like the UK but in America it’s a whole other level.

Neil Marshall: As soon as people cotton on here how much money you can make then it will go through the roof. It’s just a bit slow to catch on.

Axelle Carolyn: It’s interesting because I grew up in Belgium and they have no conception whatsoever of Halloween when I was growing up. I keep telling the story that I heard about it through movies and through cartoons, there is a Donald Duck cartoon where he opens up his door and his nephews are there and lots of witches and ghost and stuff and I had that poster on my wall when I was 5 or 6 and I loved it.

Anyway for Halloween I wanted to carve a pumpkin but in the shops they didn’t even know what a pumpkin was at the time. All you could find was in the vegetable section of the store an eighth of a pumpkin, so basically just a slice. I would buy my slice of pumpkin and I would carve my slice of pumpkin.

Love Horror: Aww that’s sounds like the beginning of some childhood fairy tale about a poor little Belgian girl with a Halloween dream. You should pitch that to Disney they would probably make an animated epic out of it!

Axelle Carolyn: I know! It was great I would do my own parties and they would grow every year. The first few years was just my parents and then I would invite friends and the parents would leave for the night and we would have the house and it was really cool.xcvcvcv

Love Horror: So you’re responsible for single handily bringing Halloween to Belgium then?

Axelle Carolyn: I was one of them. The point of the story and the long winded answer was that at some point when I was a teenager Halloween started creeping into every store in Belgium and they would have chocolates that were little pumpkin shapes and all kinds of decorations and it was wonderful but it was purely commercial and nobody did the trick or treating or the partying. No one spent very much so it died down completely and then now as far as I am aware it’s gone again. So that was like 15 years ago or something.

Neil Marshall: You kind of need the trick or treating to sustain it I think although I don’t know how you start that off.

Love Horror: Or you need the pagan traditions that it’s rooted in and England has that and America sort of has that. You need the camp fire stories you were talking about and the legends and myths to give it a sense of history.

Axelle Carolyn: Yeah or you have that experience on Halloween when your dressed up that I have had more times than I wish that I had but as a teenager I remember going to a video store to get some videos with one of my best friends when I was like 16 and we had gone as witches and my dad came with us because he thought we were dressed too weird and needed supervising and we said something to the clerk like ‘Happy Halloween, do you not mind that we are dressed up?’ and he said ‘I see so many weird people guys you have no idea.’ They just had no concept of what it was.

imagesLove Horror: How has Tales of Halloween been received so far at other screenings?

Axelle Carolyn: So far so good. It’s been really fun seeing people scramming in all the right places and laughing and it felt like a party, it’s a party movie. For me personally seeing grown men scream out loud high pitched it’s amazing.

Neil Marshall: It’s very rewarding.

Axelle Carolyn: If I can see that it’s the best thing ever.

Love Horror: And is there a plan to do another Tales of Halloween at some point?

Axelle Carolyn: We would love to. We would love to, if people like it and if people want it and they would see it then I think so but there has to be a demand because we can’t just shove it down people’s throats.

Love Horror: Do you already have ideas for a second film?

Neil Marshall: We have more filmmakers who want to be involved. There was something that I wanted to do for the first one that I couldn’t so I would like to do that for the second one but maybe I wouldn’t even be involved with it, it depends. We might get a whole fresh new set of filmmakers involved and do it that way. There are definitely more stories to tell and Halloween is going to keep on coming around so.

Love Horror: Apart from hopefully Tales of Halloween 2 what do you guys have coming up next?ssdddsdd

Neil Marshall: Well you never know for certain but I am trying to do another feature, I’m trying to do a horror feature in January and um we’ll see, we’ll see (Bangs on the table) touch wood.

Axelle Carolyn: I’m developing the script that I hope to be doing next which has to do with witches which is all I can say.

Love Horror: Well good luck with all those and thank you for talking to us.

Axelle Carolyn: Our pleasure.

Tales of Halloween is out now


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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