Friday, 17 May 2013
Interview with Joshua Bruce, creator/director of indie movie Burn in Hell.
A friend recommended getting in touch with Joshua Bruce, creator, writer, director, producer and special make up FX artist on micro budget movie Burn in hell!. The movie cost $300 to produce, and is nearing the end of principle photography. The cast features Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen of Comic Book Men on AMC along with numerous local actors. I became interested in the movie after reading the brief synopsis given on the films Facebook page, and got chatting to Joshua, who I then sent some questions to, which he was kind enough to answer. So here is the interview for you all to take a look at.
Please introduce yourself.
I am Joshua Bruce, Jersey-based indie horror/Grindhouse filmmaker.
Tell us about your movie, Burn in Hell!.
Burn In Hell! is centered on a small town in fear of killings which have been plaguing the townspeople. Bodies are found torn apart and gruesomely eaten. A high school football player, Brad, aided by metal-head D.O, goes on a revenge-driven hunt for the killer, a massive demon with a taste for human flesh. It's pretty much a homage to 80's straight to video horror films.
How smoothly did the production run on Burn in Hell!?
Production was on and off for several months, then it became daily. It wasn't too straining, although some actors were exhausted.
Did you find working with such a small budget difficult, or did it make you work even harder and strive to get the best out of everything?
I found working with such a small budget, micro-budget even, to be a interesting challenge. All the FX, wardrobe, and props were made (or purchased) on a shoestring.
What jobs did you take on whilst making the film?
I am writer, director, actor, executive producer, lighting guy, makeup FX artist, and prop master on Burn In Hell!
What does Burn in Hell! mean to you?
As a film, "Burn In Hell!" marks my first real venture into film-making. I made numerous short films prior, but none were as thoroughly planned out as this.
When did you first become interested in working in the horror genre?
I first got into making horror films at age 7, and have kept on crafting those sort of films since.
What are your favourite horror movies?
The Keep, Rawhead Rex, Evil Dead, Father's Day (the Astron 6 one), Street Trash, Basket Case, Creepshow, Silver Bullet, and so many many more. Oh, and The Goonies.
Who are you influenced by?
Dario Argento, Jason Eisener, Astron 6, George Romero, Tom Savini.
Do you have any funny stories about the production of Burn in Hell!?
Yes, ahaha, a few. We were filming a scene where my character flips a shotgun, and I smacked myself in the side of the head with it on the first take. On another day, we filmed a shot on a dock, which almost tipped over!
When will the movie be unleashed upon the general public?
Burn In Hell! is set for release this summer.
Do you have anything else to say to anyone reading this?
To all the other indie horror filmmakers out there, keep making those messed-up films. I would also like to add that some buddies of mine did portions the soundtrack and acted in the film, who have their own band called Chariot (soon to be renamed Bad Acid), so I just wanna give those dudes a shout out.
Many thanks to Joshua for agreeing to answer the questions.
You can visit the Burn in Hell! Facebook page by clicking HERE.