1. Tell us about your film?
JR: THE NIGHT SITTER is a passion project turned real, so it has all the elements I would want to see in a movie – it’s set during Christmas time, it’s dripping with insane amounts of vibrant colors in nearly every shot, and it’s got some mean and unforgettable deaths.
AB: It’s HOME ALONE meets SUSPIRIA with a hard R rating.
2. How did you get into making horror movies?
JR: Short but boring story – I was obsessed with horror movies at a young age. Every weekend I’d go to the video store and rent the movies with the scariest and most disturbing VHS covers. In middle school I started making my own shorts involving simple gore effects and have been chasing my dream of becoming a filmmaker ever since.
AB: I loved the EVIL DEAD series in particular when I was a kid. They were scary, they were funny, they were clever, they were stupid, they were just absolutely insane. Horror has always been the genre that has that potential for me. John and I co-directed a zombie movie called SKIN DEEP when we were in film school and kept on making them after that.
3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
JR: Besides seeing my favorite film of all time, THE THING (1982), screen at FrightFest, the festival actually already selected the movie I’d want to see most. It’s called SUMMER OF 84 and was co-written and co-produced by a close friend Matthew Leslie. Not trying to overhype the film, but the script is terrific and creates the nostalgia that horror fans like me have been craving. As soon as I heard directors RKSS were attached, I knew it was going to be an instant cult classic because they did such a fantastic job with Turbo Kid. And to seal the deal, Le Matos is handling the music, which I already know is easily going to be one of my favorite scores of the year. I’m very excited to see SUMMER OF 84 screen at FrightFest!
AB: Since John stole the nice answer about Summer of ’84 (it’s seriously great, go see it), I’ll pick a movie screening this year and say Gaspar Noe’s Climax. A horror movie about dancing is pretty much the platonic ideal of a good idea for me.
4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
JR: I’d create an award for Best Practical Effects in a horror film because I truly feel that practical effects are the best way to go on any horror project. I’m okay with using CG to enhance and fix certain moments that might not have been able to be created on set, but there should always be some sort of element of practical. Not only do these effects bring a certain amount of energy to set that excites the cast and crew, but they also allow actors to react to something on set instead of just using their imagination. Films like THE VOID (2016), EVIL DEAD (2013) and MANIAC (2012) give me hope that the future of horror movies will not be completely consumed with CGI.
AB: I’ll cheat and say three of them – Original Score, Cinematography and Editing. Huge impact on a movie’s success, but never as hyped as writing and directing.
5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
JR: If it was a story about both Abiel and myself, I think it’d have to be called IN 2 DEEP. And since we’d be recycling this badass title from the late 90s, we might as well bring back Omar Epps to play Abiel, and LL Cool J can play myself.
AB: That’s another really good answer. I’m not being set up for success here. I’ll say it would be called THE BRUHNING and I would be played by Nicolas Cage. And not “checked out and paying off debts” Cage. Full-on Bad Lieutenant Cage.
The Night Sitter plays at CINEWORLD DISCOVERY 8.45 PM 26 AUGUST find out more HERE