Eric Red talks to the Movie WhoreThe Movie Whore 3 comments
When I look at what Eric Red has done in his career I see some one that knows how to leave you creeped out. The original Hitcher was a movie that made sure I never picked up a hitch hiker. Since then he has done a number of films and his latest 100 Feet is sure to make you wonder about that bump you heard last night.
TMW: For those that may not know you are the man behind the new movie 100 Feet, A story of a woman being haunted by her dead husband. Can you tell us a little more about it?
ER: It's a classical-style contemporary urban ghost story. It's old school in its approach in that it is character-driven and leans heavily on suspense, tension and suggestion. The challenge was to create a believable haunting. The fun in the writing and directing was being able to keep the audience on the edge of their seat where the whole film is a woman in a house with a ghost.
TMW: Sounds like a lot of work went into this film. I am a big fan of Famke Jansen and Michael Pare both. I even interviewed Michael a few weeks ago and he was a pleasure to talk to. How was it to work with them on 100 Feet.
ER: Both are total pros who play their roles with tremendous energy, skill, conviction and preparation. In making pictures, I like to work with people who have that level of discipline and commitment that matches mine.
TMW: You wrote and directed this film, which you have done for several of your films. What is the hardest part as a writer when some one else is directing?
ER: I don't know. The easiest part is not having to get up early. The best thing about writing is being able to sleep in. Directing a film is a big responsibility.
TMW: I am big fan of sleeping in myself.
You wrote the Hitcher then came back and when they remade the film. When I checked out the IMDb page it had listed as directing as well. What led to that decision?
ER: It wasn't my decision. Some guys bought the rights and fucked up the remake. I didn't direct it and only wrote it by default because they basically used my script. I never saw the remake.
Since this is an interview with The Movie Whore, what are some your favorite films that would classify you as a movie whore yourself, you know the guiltiest of pleasures?
I want to thank Eric again for taking the time for this interview. I am looking forward to seeing 100 Feet this summer. For the love of all film if you have not done it already go rent the original Hitcher and find a piece of movie magic.