1. Tell us about your film?
Brad Watson: The movie is called Hallows Eve and it wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, being a love letter to John Carpenter and other Horrors of that period. The simple pitch is a modern day Estate Gang get thrown into a scenario that is reminiscent to a late 70s / early 80s slasher movie. But within that framework, we are hopefully telling a very different story, so by the end, the movie has a completely different identity all of its own.
2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Brad Watson: Being a filmmaker in general requires you to keep a hold of your childlike nature, and nothing connects with that inner child quite the way Horror does.
I love Horror, always have. When you’re a kid there was an atmosphere about those movies from the 70’s and 80s that seeped out of the TV and into your childhood memories. But also I remember the gothic black and white imagery of the movies from the 30’s, the Universal classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein. Me and my Sister always used to watch them round our grandparents on a Friday and Saturday night. Then John Carpenter’s the Thing, I remember to this day watching with my granddad and Sister at 1am. Scared the hell out of me. I guess the idea of creating something that could be that to someone else is hugely appealing. The late night showing on TV that you shouldn’t really be staying up to watch, that scared you to death, and then you’d tell all your mates you saw it and survived! It’s like a rite of passage. But an ultimately harmless and enjoyable one that you can share with others. Isn’t that nice.
3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Brad Watson: That’s a toughie. I still think a modern audience would be freaked out by The Shining. Although a slightly more recent movie I’d put in there, Neil Marshall’s the Descent. That would’ve been great to see with a Horror crowd! I remember having to look up at the ceiling of the cinema soooo many times while watching that, to assure my terrified little brain that I wasn’t stuck deep deep deep underground! Fun!
4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Brad Watson: ‘Most effective but un-telegraphed Jump scare!’
As a filmmaker in the Horror arena, Jump scares are a currency you are terrified will be, A – over done, B – just not scary, or C – can be seen coming a mile and a half down the road.
They’re expected and needed, yet annoying if there’s nothing else going on to back them up. Being smart yet slightly gratuitous with them over the course of a movie is a tricky art to perfect. Really, people need to be much more aware of the turmoil and plight a horror director has to go through to get these things right!
5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Brad Watson: It would be called ‘The Geek’ – the rip-roaring story about a nerd who really wanted to convince everyone that he was actually a nice guy, despite the dark nasty and downright offensive stuff he writes and puts on screen. But ultimately he gets dragged into the films and… well, you’ll have to watch to see what happens… Starring a John Hughes era Anthony Michael Hall.
Hallows Eve plays Saturday 27th August at this years FrightFest. Find out more and book Tickets HERE