Five FrightFest Facts From SKYLIN3S director Liam O’Donnell

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 SKYLIN3S director Liam O’Donnell

1. Tell us about your film?
SKYLIN3S is the third instalment of the alien invasion series but works as a self contained adventure about the super powered Captain Rose Corley played by the incredible Lindsey Morgan from Beyond Skyline. In a post invasion Earth where humans and alien hybrids live together, a new virus threatens to destroy them both. So Rose is recruited to lead a team of soldiers to the Harvester planet, Cobalt 1 to find the cure and save the world. It’s a really fun, unexpected and action packed ride that combines a lot of practical FX stunts and set pieces with human scaled story telling. I tried to take every lesson I learned from the previous films and make the most ambitious and entertaining one yet. In a lot of ways this is the movie I’ve always wanted to make and I am just really grateful that this series has been able to evolve and the audience has supported us long enough to get here.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I started writing treatments for music videos and commercial which led to me working with Greg and Colin Strause and eventually helping them develop their pitch for Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem and work on it as a creative consultant. I think it’s obvious from my films, especially SKYLIN3S, what a huge fan I am of those franchises so it was a really interesting and educational experience for me. I met a lot of amazing artists and collaborators like Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. from Amalgamated Dynamics who went on to design the creatures in the first Skyline including the Tanker alien which I believe is the only design to appear in all three films. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice but I remember talking with Joe Lynch who made the connection that Beyond Skyline was sort of my own AVP film. I think with SKYLIN3S I definitely embraced that whole heartedly and just made the interstellar science fiction action horror adventure I’d always wanted to see.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
One of my favourite movies to see on the big screen is Starship Troopers. I was lucky enough to see it in theaters a few times on release and on 35mm a few times since and it just always kills. The fact that they made something that smart and violent and deranged on that massive of a scale at that exact point in time where practical effects and miniatures were still given the time and money they deserve… it’s just truly a movie miracle.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
I think the most appropriate award for me to suggest is Best Alien Kill – it could be the best death by an alien or to an alien – I love both, I am not picky. I think it’s one the more fun aspects of making these films and trying to top what we did the last time out.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
I actually made a horror short called The Other Side starring Neil Hopkins as well as my wife Phet and daughter Ruby for the Portals anthology that was obviously not too far off from my own life. But the current horror movie for me would definitely be titled The Deadline starring one of the Chris actors, maybe Hemsworth if he could keep his Thor beer belly. It would be a harrowing tale of trying to finish a VFX movie during a pandemic while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child and the global economy was on the verge of collapse. Hope it has a happy ending!

The world premiere of SKYLIN3S will close FrightFest Halloween Digital Edition on 25 October, tickets: https://bit.ly/3notjMI
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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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