Five FrightFest Facts From Jeffrey Reddick director of Don’t Look Back

Everyone can agree that 2020 has been a challenging year. Apart from all living in a real pandemic horror movie there have been lockdowns, lay offs, panic buying and more and we don’t seem to be done with it yet. However FrightFest have done their best to make 2020 better by bringing us TWO Frightfests packed full of fantastic fear filled films.

Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, due to continuing COVID restrictions. The forty-five feature film line-up will merge the in-cinema selection with brand new titles to provide an online festival experience from Oct 21-Oct 25.

Below we feature one of those amazing movies with our regular exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From and these five are from Jeffrey Reddick director of Don’t Look Back

1. Tell us about your film?
Don’t Look Back is a psychological thriller/horror film about a group of people who witness a fatal assault and don’t intervene, with one witness videotaping the attack. When the video goes viral and the witnesses start dying mysterious, Caitlin Kramer, one of the witnesses, tries to uncover whether the threat is real or supernatural before they all fall victim. With my directorial debut, I wanted to do something a little different. I love supernatural horror movies and I love slasher thrillers. So, I wanted to create a “What’s doing it” mystery that deals with themes of guilt, faith and karma. I hope I pulled it off. 🙂

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I’ve loved horror films since I watched the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” So, I’m a lifelong horror geek. I started off wanting to act. But when that didn’t pan out, I got into writing and producing. I finally decided to take the next step and direct one of my scripts, instead of waiting for a studio to green light it.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
That’s a tough one. There are so many great films out there. But the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is my favorite movie of all time. So, I’d love to see it on the big screen…especially in the UK.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
I don’t feel like film crews get enough love and every person on the crew is critical for a film to be finished. I’d start off creating a “Best 1st AD” award. After directing a film, I realized how crucial this position is to keeping the film rolling smoothly from pre-production through the end of shooting.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Hah. I grew up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky….so I’ve always said my biography should be called “A Hillbilly in Hollywood.” As for who’d play me…I’ll be that typical jerk who has an actor who looks way more handsome than me play me…so I’d pick Michael Ealy.

DON’T LOOK BACK plays Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00 PM BST. Find our more and book your tickets HERE

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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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