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David Chirchirillo Gives Us The Lowdown On Bad Match

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There’s nothing better than getting the point-of-view regarding filmmaking from an up and coming director, especially in the horror industry, and with the recent release of his movie Bad Match, director David Chirchirillo was generous enough to let us delve into his creative brainpool for a short time.

DC: David – can you tell our readers about the film’s premise, and how it came to be that you came up with this story?

DC: I realized that I was making a fucked up, tense kind of film, but I don’t think I truly realized just how much it would freak people out. The film is more or less Fatal Attraction for the Tinder generation, which is how I sort of pitched it to everyone, and it’s about this guy named Harris who is kind of an internet-dating Casanova – a one-night-stand type of guy, and he meets this girl on a dating app named Riley, and she turns out to be a bit more than he initially thinks or can handle. The way that this got started was I originally wanted to write a film that was a mix of After Hours and Something Wild, and I really like making L.A. movies. I also wanted to make a film that included a little but of my experiences with going to some weird parties and dates and all that, all into one crazy night. I believe I wrote two drafts of that movie and I was really struggling with it for a couple of reasons, mostly it was “why doesn’t this guy just leave the date?” How do I keep him here in a non-contrived way? Ultimately I couldn’t solve that, and I talked to my manager and Evan Katz (director of Cheap Thrills), and he said “you really need to turn this into a movie, and the only thing that came to mind was a modern version of Fatal Attraction. I thought against it because I didn’t want to make the obvious movie, and when I was pitching the idea to some studios, I told them what it was about, and they seemed to genuinely dig it, but I found it that they were taking it as “yeah, women are nuts, right?” I definitely didn’t want to make another “crazy-girl” movie, so that’s when I started thinking about how to flip this whole “crazy girl” idea on its head, and there you have Bad Match.

DC: Were there any difficulties in shooting the film?

DC: Well, the whole thing was pretty difficult, I suppose – we shot in 15 days, so that itself presents its own set of challenges. I feel weird because when you’re making these micro-budget movies, there’s this intense labor-of-love to get the project off the ground, and you hear stories about “I’ve had this script for four years” and it took forever. I got lucky when I met BoulderLight, our producer – they read the script, they loved it, and three months later we were making the movie, so that process was great. I think my anxiety came from worrying about getting the movie made, because I have no idea about raising money, but one of the things I talked about with my DP, Ed Wu was making sure that the movie didn’t look like your classic-indie, low-budget film – stationary camera, maybe a little bit shaky, and you let the actors and the script do the majority of the heavy-lifting – we wanted it to feel cinematic. I love Brian DePalma, and this movie was largely influenced by him, but it was difficult to pull off a lot of those shots – and with a 15-day shoot, you don’t have a lot of time to get those shots perfect. It really did work out pretty smoothly, and that was a testament to Ed and our actors who showed up and helped us get done even half of what we envisioned in our crazy brains.

DC: You mentioned DePalma as a big influence – any other directors who get your creative juices flowing?

DC: There’s so many – I just went to see Argento’s Opera, and when I was younger I was crazy for the guy, and I forgot just how awesome he is, but this movie was mostly DePalma.

DC: You’ve had your hand in a lot of roles, between writing, producing, directing – what could you see yourself doing consistently in say, 10-15 years?

DC: Mostly, my career I’ve been fortunate enough that I can survive with writing, and I know that I can do that, and that I’m good at it, but ultimately the goal has always been to be that writer/director, with a transition into directing. My heroes, who I aspire to be, are the Coen Brothers or Tarantino, P.T. Anderson – those guys. Hopefully one day I can get to a place where I’m writing scripts, and those will be the types of films I’ll ultimately be directing.

DC: Lastly, what’s coming up next for you on the work slate?

DC: I’m writing a couple of projects right now, and I’m not sure if I’m allowed to talk about them, and I’ve got a really cool idea for a horror movie that I’m in the beginning phases of outlining – we’ll see what happens.

 

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Did You Catch Chucky and King Kong’s Cameo in the Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s New Movie?

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You may remember a few months back there was a kick-ass trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure flick Ready Player One that sported a quick glimpse of not only Freddy Krueger, but Stephen King’s Christine as well.

If those slick horror nods weren’t enough for you, today we have the new trailer for the film and guess who shows up? Yep, you guess it (from the headline) but Mr. Charles Lee Ray lends a helping knife to a battle, and the king of the jungle, Kong himself!

Very cool.

The cameos in the trailer is one of those “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” things, but let’s hope he has a bit more screentime in the actual movie. By the way, is Ready Player One reminding anyone else of the “Imagination Land” episode(s) of “South Park”…?

You can check out the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernie Cline, and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, and Letitia Wright.

Ready Player One hits theaters March 30, 2018.

Synopsis:

In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

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The Shape of Water Scores 7 Nominations at This Year’s Golden Globes

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Earlier today we let you know Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller Get Out scored nods at this year’s Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor – both in the Comedy category.

Strange.

That said, another film from our beloved genre is getting some love in the form of writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s new creature feature The Shape of Water.

The film was given nominations in a staggering 7 categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Sally Hawkins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Octavia Spencer, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Richard Jenkins.

Del Toro also scored nods for his work as director and co-screenwriter for the film.

You can check out the full list of nominations right HERE.

The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Vanessa Taylor and del Toro, and stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stulbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Shape of Water is currently playing in theaters.

Synopsis:
In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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Get Out Scores Golden Globe Nominations… as a Comedy

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It was a few weeks back now when we let you guys in on the rather puzzling news that the Golden Globes was considering Jordan Peele horror-thriller Get Out as a nominee…

As a comedy.

As strange as that news was, it seems it wasn’t a joke in its own right as Jordan Peele’s Get Out has scored a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The news broke this morning with the full release of this year’s nominations via EW.

You can check out the full list HERE.

One cool thing is that actor Daniel Kaluuya also scored a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – again, Musical or Comedy. Sad and borderline ridiculous that Peele didn’t score nods as director OR screenwriter. For shame, Golden Globes.

What do you think of this news? Are you just glad Get Out got SOME love from this year’s Gloden Globes, or could you care less about awards season? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship; but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined.

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