Interview with Garret Henry Director of Dead Rivalry

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I got a chance to catch up with Garret Henry, director of the upcoming serial killer flick Dead Rivalry. View the teaser trailer here.

So what drew you to direct Dead Rivalry?

I was drawn to the characters. I’m very much character driven when it comes to movies, especially horror. Anything iconic or memorable is always what I love. The serial killers were both very unique, and such a contrast from each other. The main factor which made me decide to pursue it was the parallels between the 2 killers and the  2 investigators on the case. The depth of it all was pretty awesome for a low budget horror/thriller. I was sold, I thought if the script is this good, it might turn out pretty good.

What can you tell us about the film?

We recently released a 1 minute teaser trailer and are listed on IMDB. I can tell you that we are in post production right now and have very high hopes for the project. I’d like to get some kind of distribution deal, maybe Netflix . I can also tell you that it’s not like any of the super low budget movies. We definitely defied the “few actors, 1 location” mindset.

How closely does it follow the Edmund Kemper murders?

Not that closely, its mostly just the character is based on Ed Kemper. Our killer picks up female hitch hikers and murders them, like Big Ed Kemper, although not exactly the procedure that Ed used. But one murder is almost exact, the killing of his mother. It was simply too interesting not too include.

How much gore can we expect to see?

Not a lot actually. I went for a more psychological and suspenseful tone for the chills rather than cringeworthy shocks. But there is a bit of it in there. I grew up on 80s horror films.

Any good examples?

The head severing is my favourite one. I’m drawn to that method of execution for some reason, I think I’m going to incorporate a decapitation in my future movies.

What are your favorite horror movies?

The Fly, Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman, The Exorcist – Classic supernatural horror movies.

Did you draw from any of those for this film?

Not really, visually maybe a bit for some of the kills, but the challenge for Dead Rivalry was that it wasn’t at all supernatural! To me, life is surreal. So when crafting my vision for the movie I chose to stylize it and give it an off kilter tone. I’m not a writer/director so my style needs to be adaptable. I instead drew influence from movies like Psycho, No Country for Old Men, Silence of the Lambs, American Psycho. Serial killer movies that have a lot of suspense.

Thanks so much! Can’t wait to see the movie!

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Topics: Dead Rivalry, Garret Henry

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