Russell Mulcahy Talks Teen Wolf TV Series, Teases Bait 3D Details

Even though Mulcahy spoke highly of his entire cast and crew being huge factors in the director being able to keep production moving along smoothly, the one factor that became a huge issue for everyone working on “Teen Wolf” was some very nasty weather that hit Atlanta unexpectedly earlier this year. “Weather was a huge challenge for us. We got snowed out in Atlanta of all places, and I would have to say the worst thing other than the snow was the fact that the Starbucks shut down for two days, and when you have an ambitious shooting schedule like we did, I really needed my Starbucks. But we also had a huge flash flood that wiped out a lot of equipment in the woods so that was tough. But our crew and cast were troopers, and we just rolled with the punches.”

Since “Teen Wolf” is just as much a serialized drama as it is a genre show, Mulcahy discussed how he balanced out the darker tone and relied more on suspense than blood while directing the series because he felt that was a better approach to the nature of the storytelling that is at the heart of the brand new show.

“People will die in this series. No character is 100% safe really because we like to keep the audiences guessing,” explained Mulcahy. “We won’t just kill someone for the sake of shock value though- that’s not fair to the story we’re telling. What I can say is that there will be blood and some great shock moments for horror fans, but both Jeff and I are much more interested in scaring people than throwing a ton of gore at them.”

“I want to get under people’s skin and make this a little uneasy at times when they’re watching the show because that’s what I respond to when I sit down to watch horror movies. I mean, I directed ‘Tales from the Crypt’ so I’ve been known as the ‘buckets of blood’ director so don’t get me wrong. I love blood and guts, but I don’t really feel like that approach would serve this story well. Heightened suspense was the bar I set for this show, and I stuck to that approach the entire time we were filming. I think it’s harder to scare audiences without relying on blood and shock, and I like the challenge of doing that,” added Mulcahy.

Bait 3DWith “Teen Wolf” set to premiere in just a few days, we asked Mulcahy to discuss his latest feature film, Bait, which is still in post-production. Mulcahy couldn’t divulge too many details but did offer up a few tidbits.

“Just before we shot the pilot for ‘Teen Wolf’, I wrote a screenplay for this upcoming movie called Bait, which is about a tsunami and sharks hitting a supermarket so it’s a lot of fun for horror fans. We shot in 3D and it's definitely a complete 180 from ‘Teen Wolf’ because we did use a lot of blood. I mean … a lot of blood. I just saw the rough cut a few days ago, and there is a lot of gore so I’m pretty happy."

"I know we don’t have a US release date yet, but I think it’s coming to theaters in Australia, where we made the movie, sometime later this year. September I think, but I’m not sure. I’ve been focused on just getting the movie finished.”

Our thanks to Russell for taking the time to speak with us.

Still on the fence about watching "Teen Wolf" this Sunday? Check out our review of the first episode here.

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Rob's picture

Having just watched it, gotta say I kinda dug it. It should also be said that Crystal Reed is fine.

As for the werewolf, yeah, it was CGI, but they kept it either in the shadows or in mist to make it not so obvious. I am curious what it'll fully look like and what all KNB did for it exactly. My main beef was MTV's excessive commercial breaks. It's like the CW with Vampire Diaries all over again.

I'll be checking it out weekly, for now anyway.

Submitted by Rob on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:16am.

Poor Russel Mulcahy.....is this what you've been reduced to??? Granted, Mulcahy was never a top-tier director, but he's certainly above trash like this! Come back to us Russ!

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Fri, 06/03/2011 - 9:37pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

Agreed. Mulcahy HAD an incredible visual sense when he was coming out of music videos and entering the world of features.

Razorback? Highlander? Those movies are still incredible films to look at. It's a shame to see him slumming with this shit.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 10:03pm.
moderator Jeez, guys - assume much?
Debi Moore's picture

Jeez, guys - assume much? How about watching the show before being so sure it's trash and shit? I remember a lot of people talking the same way about Supernatural before giving it a chance. Not that I think Teen Wolf is necessarily of the same caliber, but I'm still willing to check it out with an open mind.

Submitted by Debi Moore on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 10:58pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

Honestly? The trailer did almost nothing for me (looked like a twink fantasy) and Heather's review, while well-written in pointing out the strengths and weaknesses, doesn't instill me with confidence either.

She says the werewolves themselves are the worst part, which was the only reason I was considering a watch.

And why is this called Teen Wolf again? I sincerely doubt any idiot who regularly watches MTV even knows about the Michael J. Fox movie - so I'm not sure what audience they're trying to loop in with this 'brand' recognition.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 7:26pm.
Terminal's picture

I honestly don't think it looks THAT bad. I'm willing to give it a try when it comes on air.
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Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 2:35am.
Vanvance1's picture

The description of the show in DC articles suggest as show marinated in estrogen and designed for tweens (another category made by marketers for marketing to the young and stupid).

It's been a long time since Dog Soldiers and I don't think this show will do anything for the werewolf sub genre.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 11:16pm.

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