Prometheus Talks FINAL DESTINATION, DON’T LOOK BACK + A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST with JEFFREY REDDICK!

AuthorDecember 26, 2020

 
You actually by no means know… simply ask Jeffrey Reddick! 
Hey there, fellow horror geeks and monsterphiles! Prometheus right here and lately I had the chance to speak with FINAL DESTINATION creator, Jeffrey Reddick, about his upcoming directorial debut DON’T LOOK BACK!
We additionally bought right into a bunch of different attention-grabbing matters, together with an inspiring story about how Jeffrey bought began. Spoiler alert, it entails A Nightmare on Elm St and a jaded child! Check out our dialog, and the trailer for DON’T LOOK BACK under! 
 

JEFFREY REDDICK = JR
JOSHUA SCAFIDI = JS
 
JR: Hey Josh, it’s Jeffrey Reddick. How are you?
JS: Hey Jeffrey! How are you doing?
JR: I’m good. 
JS: So, you might have a movie popping out that you simply each wrote and directed, DON’T LOOK BACK!
JR: Yeah, I’m actually enthusiastic about it! It’s my first one. (Directing.)
JS: It appears superior. 
JR: Thank you! It’s thrilling, once more, being my first one. It’s extra of a thriller/suspense- thriller. It’s not a horror movie, but it surely has horror in it. Like, it’s not a Final Destination sort splattery- horror movie. I’m very excited to see how folks react.
JS: What are you able to inform us, with out spoiling an excessive amount of, Jeffrey?
JR: Well, the story is a couple of group of people that see any individual getting fatally assaulted in public, and any individual videotapes it they usually all, for varied causes, don’t assist and the particular person finally ends up dying. The witnesses are outed to the general public, and any individual – or one thing, begins coming after them. 
Our lead character, Caitlin, is a lady who’s overcoming a tragedy in her previous and he or she begins seeing indicators that make her suppose that they’ve bought to resolve the sufferer’s homicide to cease no matter is after them. She believes it’s one thing supernatural and different folks suppose it’s a killer, and that she’s going loopy.
The Kitty Genovese story again within the 60’s in regards to the nurse that was assaulted and killed and no person helped – it was attributed to the Bystander Effect, that story has at all times haunted me. Now you simply go browsing, and also you see folks, the very first thing they do when one thing dangerous occurs is pull out their cellphones and begin recording it. We actually lack empathy right now. So, that actually impressed me with the story. 
 JS: It’s disturbing. I used to be going to ask the place you got here up with the concept.
JR: Well, the Kitty Genovese story at all times caught with me and I are you able to a little bit in regards to the historical past. After I wrote Final Destination, in fact, everyone stored saying write one thing like Final Destination. When I initially got here up with the concept, I used to be going to have it’s very Final Destination like, however with karma getting everyone. Then I assumed, that’s too like robbing my very own factor, so I assumed, what if it’s a thriller? Like it could possibly be a killer, or it could possibly be supernatural. I assumed that will be an attention-grabbing method to assault the movie. 
JS: Now, that is your feature-length directorial debut. How’d that go?
JR: It was an amazing studying expertise. It’s humorous how, irrespective of what number of instances you’ve been on set on movies, you notice what that you must be taught when you’re on set. We had an amazing crew, nice actors and actresses who actually simply gave it their all. 
It was an amazing studying expertise as a result of as a author whenever you write a script, you wish to be sure to’re getting every thing throughout to the reader. Film making is a really visible medium. So, now after I watch movies, I’m like oh, wow. You can get this emotion throughout with a glance, you don’t must have ten minutes of dialogue. It’s attention-grabbing studying the movie language in comparison with the screenwriting language. 
JS: It’s the entire different facet of the coin. 
JR: Yes, it truly is. Writing the script, you need the reader to visualise every thing, and really feel the feelings. You have to ensure they will observe the plot, so you must have expositions within the script. When you’re watching a movie you notice, oh these two scenes earlier arrange all these items, so I don’t want this different exposition scene within the script. This is all stuff you be taught. 
JS: Would you do it once more?
JR: Yeah. My director pals instructed me you’re both going to do it and wish to do it once more, otherwise you’ll be like eh, I’ll simply stick with writing. I positively fall within the “I want to do it again” class. 
JS: You talked about having nice actors. It stars Kourtney Bell, Will Stout, and Skyler Hart. What was it like working collectively with everybody?
JR: It was nice, and for me, I bought to sort of solid who I needed to solid inside our financing. I’ve at all times needed to have an African American lead in one in every of my movies and I stored writing them into my scripts they usually stored not casting them. So, after I noticed Kourtney on her web site, I used to be like she’s good! When I met her, I simply knew she was the proper particular person. She has a theatre background, as does Will Stout, so that they got here very ready. I studied theatre rising up too, so I’m conscious of that. I had a beautiful time working with everybody. 
We additionally had some previous professionals; Jeremy Holm has been in a bunch of movies. He got here to the set with his character memorized and personified. Bryan Batt, too. So, we had a superb mixture of contemporary, new expertise and a few actually expert individuals who have been at it for some time, like Jaqueline Fleming.
JS: If you needed to promote me on the movie in a single sentence – what would it not be?
JR: Oooh. Stumped by Aint It Cool News… 
JR + JS: (Laughing)
JR: Um… You ought to assist folks in want as a result of karma’s a bitch!
JR + JS (laughing)
JS: Perfect, I’ll take it! What was it like on set, behind the scenes?
JR: It was… fairly aggravating, I’ll say. You know, whenever you’re capturing an indie movie, you don’t have quite a lot of the luxuries you might have on a 15 to twenty-million-dollar movie. We have been all giving 110% every single day. It wasn’t tense when it comes to combating with one another, or something. It was identical to everyone was tremendous centered on ensuring we bought every thing completed. Very little sleep, numerous Red Bull. 
JS: Now, you created Final Destination. That was your factor. I cherished that film after I was youthful. It was authentic, it was contemporary, and man, it had some scenes that have been painful! For me, it was the airplane scene firstly of the primary one. That scene messed me up!
JR: Yeah, I feel I’ve messed lots of people up through the years. 
JR + JS: (Laughing)
JS:  Yeah! You’re solely accountable, I’m positive, for lots of people not flying for a couple of years! 
JR: Yeah, and shifting away from log vehicles…
JS: That’s my girlfriend. Anytime I’m behind an enormous truck, to this present day. 
JR: I have a look at it like I’m saving folks’s lives.
JS: Well, that’s a proactive approach to have a look at it! 
JR + JS: (Laughing)
JS: Was there any scene that messed you up, and simply caught with you?
JR: There are two scenes. The bathtub scene within the first film, simply because it was so practical. I feel the one which shocked me probably the most, and I’m not simply shocked, was the gymnastic scene, oh my God. I feel I screamed on the display, and I by no means try this!
JS: The fence scene partially two? When it slices and dices the child… Awesome. 
JR: And I do love the freeway pile-up scene. I feel David Ellis simply directed that scene so properly. I feel the log truck scene is my favourite. I feel the important thing to films which can be actually profitable is that you simply attempt to faucet into stuff that individuals can actually relate to. 
JS: Actual fears, precisely. 
JR: Yeah, I feel these could be extra terrifying than one thing that’s tremendous loopy.
JS: So, I did some digging, Jeffery and I discovered that one in every of your favourite all-time movies is one in every of my favorites!  A Nightmare on Elm St. 
JR: Yes!
JS: And at fourteen, you wrote a prequel to it, and mailed it to New Line Cinema. Can you inform a little bit bit about that story? Because it’s gold. 
JR: Of course! I noticed that film after I was fourteen, and it blew me away. Everything about it, from the performing to the particular results to the story. I lived in Kentucky on the time and I didn’t know something in regards to the film enterprise, and I went residence and banged out a prequel thought on my little typewriter and mailed it to Bob Shaye. 
He despatched it again and mentioned they don’t take unsolicited materials, and I didn’t even know what that meant so I appeared it up. I wrote him again and despatched it once more and was like look, mister, I spent three {dollars} in your film, so I feel you’ll be able to take 5 minutes to learn my story. 
He truly learn it and bought again to me. Him and his assistant, Joy Mann, they might ship me film posters and scripts and after I was nineteen, I went to New York to review performing on the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Bob and Joy requested if I needed to intern at New Line. Of course, I mentioned sure, and ending up staying – simply by no means left. It was about eight years later that they purchased Final Destination and it got here out about three years after that. I nonetheless stayed there till I bought the story for the second. Then my boss was lastly like Jeffrey, we love you a lot, however we predict it’s time to chop the twine. You can exit and simply be a author now.
I used to be simply enamored with New Line. They name it The House That Freddy Built, and it truly is. That authentic movie was simply so sensible. It has top-of-the-line closing ladies I’ve seen in movie.
JS: I like Nancy!
JR: People convey up different closing ladies they usually run round and scream after which stab the killer a few instances. Nancy devised a plan. She went after Freddy within the “Dream-World” and boobytrapped the home to beat him. She was such a sensible character. I get goosebumps.
JS: My favourite closing woman, for positive, and I cherished that movie as properly, so I get it! It’s loopy the way you’re love for A Nightmare on Elm St, and writing a prequel for it as a child, lead you to New Line and ultimately making Final Destination. 
JR: I inform folks, preserve doing stuff since you by no means know the place it’s going to steer. At fourteen I didn’t have a grasp plan to work at New Line. I by no means thought that will occur. I needed to be an actor. I needed to be the primary biracial centerfold at fourteen. If I hadn’t written that letter, then written again after he rejected it, I don’t know the place I’d be. It was instrumental in getting me my profession. 
JS: That’s an superior story. Seriously. You talked about eager to be an actor. I learn that again within the 90’s you have been instructed that you simply have been an ethnic Michael J. Fox sort and that you need to play ball or begin rapping? Is that true?
JR: Yeah, that’s what my agent instructed me. She was like, I don’t know what do with you. You’re like an ethnic Michael J. Fox sort and if you happen to don’t sing, rap, or play basketball, I don’t know what to ship you in for. She mentioned she might attempt to get me a visitor spot on the Cosby present perhaps. 
This was within the early ’90s, it wasn’t actually that way back. It’s attention-grabbing after we discuss range in movies and other people get in an uproar – they simply don’t notice how brief a time in the past it was that if you happen to have been brown or black, the one roles you have been getting have been gangsters, pimps, or prostitutes and rappers. That’s been altering lately. 
JS: I grew up within the ’90s, so I bear in mind. It’s loopy as a result of it wasn’t all that way back. 
JR: Even in Final Destination, I stored telling them that New York is among the most numerous cities on the earth, you must have some folks of coloration. I like the solid, however all of the excessive schoolers have been white and I’m like, guys, we talked about this for a YEAR! So, they provided to place Tony Todd in it. I like Tony Todd, so sure, please, however nonetheless… 
JS: In New York, too… Come on. So, what do have happening after DON’T LOOK BACK?
JR: Right now I’m engaged on two animated cartoons for Netflix.
JS: You’re leaving horror?!
JR: No, I’ll by no means go away horror. 
JR + JS: (Laughing)
JR: As a author, I like stretching my muscle tissue a bit. One is a fairy-tale sort of factor but it surely has some darkness, and the opposite is a Usagi Yojimbo spin-off. It’s been actually enjoyable attending to give attention to humor and motion. They ought to be popping out in 2022. I produced a movie named The Call, with Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. That’s popping out in October, as properly. 
I’m additionally engaged on a few horror issues. I’m engaged on a Swiss Frankenstein collection. I simply completed the pilot for that. You know the enterprise. Until somebody truly writes a test… it’s not taking place. I do wish to get behind the digital camera once more, for positive. Who is aware of, there is perhaps a DON’T LOOK BACK 2, after which it’ll find yourself being KEEP NOT LOOKING BACK, and I TOLD YOU NOT TO LOOK BACK…
JS: WHY DO YOU KEEP LOOKING BACK?
JR: HOW MANY TIMES ARE YOU GOING TO LOOK BACK?
JS: STOP LOOKING BACK!
JR + JS: (Laughing)
JS: I’ll preserve a watch out for all these… and for the Netflix cartoons! I don’t wish to take up an excessive amount of of your time, Jeffrey, however I do have one closing query for you. 
JR: Sure!
JS: Would you ever take into account going again to Final Destination? 
JR: I might positively like to. I’ve had concepts for re-launching the movie, in a approach. They nonetheless do properly, and the studio could be very a lot “if the formula ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The factor I nonetheless love is that we discuss Death’s design within the movies and Death can have many designs on the way it will get folks. It doesn’t must be the Rube Goldberg design. So, I’d love to return again and do one thing contemporary with it. 
JS: That’d be cool. I positively respect your time, Jeffrey! I’ll preserve a watch out in your future endeavors!
JR: Awesome! Thanks for establishing the interview. 
JS: My pleasure. Thanks once more Jeffrey! 

Jeffrey was actually cool, and I had a blast speaking horror with him! Be positive to take a look at his new movie, DON’T LOOK BACK and preserve a watch out for The Call, as properly! Comment under with your ideas! 
Until subsequent time, carry on geekin’ on, my pals!
Joshua “Prometheus” Scafidi

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