I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity recently to attend the Drunken Zombie Film Festival in Peoria, IL. There was an intimacy to the event that made it feel special and both the attendees and organizers were friendly and obviously passionate about the genre. As an indie horror fan, I was thrilled that I was going to be able to see the latest offerings on the big screen from a few up and coming indie horror directors that I have been following for quite some time, including Cameron McCasland's 80's retro slasher The Lashman and Corey Norman's adaptation of the Stephen King short story Suffer the Little Children. Both of these films were great and myself and the audience had a blast viewing them. However, it was a Christmas themed slasher film featuring a killer in a Santa suit by a director I was unfamiliar with that really piqued my interest while attending the festival.
Those who know me know that my all time favorite horror film is 1974's Black Christmas. There is just something about the juxtaposition of what is proclaimed as the most joyous time of the year with bloodshed and suspense that I find intriguing. Suffice to say, I am also a fan of other Christmas themed slashers such as To All a Good Night, Don't Open Til Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night and more recently my pal and Party Night Co-Producer Kevin Sommerfield's Dismembering Christmas. My major curiosity going into All Through the House with very little knowledge of the plot was how could it possibly be different from the films mentioned above?
Well, folks, it is. I'll save the actual review for later, but this film is one of most brutal, entertaining and downright fun slasher films I have seen in quite a long time. Fans jaded by the slasher genre seriously need to check this one out as soon as possible. Even better, I was lucky enough to get the film's director, writer and producer Todd Nunes to discuss the film and his love of the genre! So, without further ado, read on for the interview with this filmmaker who I have no doubt is going to make a huge splash in the indie horror community:
Thanks so much for taking the time to do an interview with us. For those who may be unfamiliar with you and your work, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I became obsessed with horror movies in middle school. To me, movies were magical because they could terrify an audience and evoke that kind of strong emotion. I remember writing my first slasher story in elementary school. In high school, I adapted Friday The 13th as a stage play and the process forced me to dig deeper into the story and characters so that I could adapt the film without losing its essence. The play was a huge success - even though the school administration hated it. But, three months later I was able to produce a successful sequel. By the time I graduated high school, I was writing original content for the stage, so screenwriting and directing movies was the next logical step. I have tons of homemade horror movies on VHS.