Interview: ‘The Gracefield Incident’ Director Mathieu Ratthe

The Gracefield Incident is a fun and intriguing indie horror film that’s out now. I spoke to the film’s writer/director and star Mathieu Ratthe. Mathieu discusses the concept of the film. The challenges that he faced filming and he answers why we don’t see the monster earlier in the film. All that and more. Here is an excerpt from the interview and the full audio below:

“We shot this film in 13 days, so fast, really fast. I was like how are we gonna do this? So that’s how the conceptual idea of the eye came in. It wasn’t in the script in the first draft. I wasn’t going to be able to do any camera set-up or anything so I was like, alright, I was going to have to put the camera on my shoulder.”  —  Mathieu Ratthe

MY TAKE:

Mathieu is an interesting guy to talk to. He exudes passion for filmmaking. I was surprised to hear a few things he had mentioned. First was that the film shot in 13 days. Even if you aren’t in the know about filmmaking, that sure is fast, or short amount of time to make a film. He started shooting movies since he was 10-years-old, this month marks his 25 year doing this, that’s impressive. I’m amazed that you can become a successful filmmaker without film school, which Ratthe didn’t attend.

I loved the fact that he told me that the reason you don’t see the monster in the film is because he didn’t have the funds to put in in earlier and feature it more in the film. I liked his honesty. I enjoy when filmmakers tell me about stories from the set, in Mathieu’s case, one of them being him switching between the acting and directing which lead him to keep the hat on-screen and even speaking in a different language to the actors.

I enjoyed The Gracefield Incident. You should give it a try. It’s simply in context, but rich on execution and presentation.

‘The Gracefield Incident’ is out and available now in select theaters, Digital HD and On Demand

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Interview: Director Stacy Title Talks About Her Movie ‘The Bye Bye Man’

The chilling horror movie The Bye Bye Man is currently out on Blu-ray & DVD. I had a chance to speak to the film’s director Stacy Title. In the interview, Stacy talks about what appealed to hear about this film and the Bye Bye Man character. She also discusses the the lack of female film directors. You can listen to the entire interview with Stacy below:

MY TAKE:

Stacy was really cool to speak to. She seemed very knowledgable about the film and what she wanted to do with it. She really had a good grasp on the film and most importantly the characters. I appreciated her breaking down some of the scenes and motives for the characters with me. The wallpaper question is something I had to ask, as it appears to be a new trend to use in horror films. I liked how she wasn’t holding back about the lack of female film directors. It is clearly an issue, and unfortunate, considering there are so many capable and talented female filmmakers out there. Stacy is part of a rare breed of female directors to do horror. I thought she did excellent work and took some nice chances in the movie.

I feel she’s really an up-and-coming director that we will hear more about. I’d really be interested to see her direct more horror, a franchise one in particular. As far as The Bye Bye Man movie goes, I found it to be original and interesting. I liked the concept of the movie and the Bye Bye Man that Stacy and I talked about. To those of you on the fence about the film, I feel this is a movie that should be given a chance.

‘The Bye Bye Man’ is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. 

‘Rings’ Blu-ray & DVD Release Date

The legend of Samara appears that it will never die. The latest installment in the Ring franchise, Rings, is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 2. You can catch it two weeks earlier on Digital HD on April 21. The Rings Blu-ray Combo Pack includes over 45 minutes of bonus content. These are the features:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
  • Terror Comes Full Circle
  • Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back
  • Scary Scenes
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition