Exclusive: Steven C. Miller Prepares Dread Central for a Silent Night on November 30th
Later today (November 5) the brand new trailer for Silent Night, Steven C. Miller's updated spin on the 80's classic slasher, is set to debut, and to get you fiends ready for some killer Santa carnage, Dread Central recently hopped on the phone to chat briefly with the ever-busy director.
Miller, who's also celebrating the recent acquisition of another project of his, Under the Bed, by XLrator Media, chatted with us about preparing the trailer, the power of an iconic poster and much more about the project which debuts in select cities on November 30th courtesy of Anchor Bay.
Written by Jayson Rothwell, Silent Night stars Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, Brendan Fehr, Donal Logue and Ellen Wong. Check back for more on the flick later this month right here!
Dread Central: I think it's safe to say that everyone loves a great trailer so is it a challenge for you to put together a killer trailer- to show enough to make the fans happy but not show too much and give away all the good stuff? It seems like a lot of studios these days prefer to go the latter route.
Steven C. Miller: Yeah, a good trailer is a big thing to me; I definitely don't want to give all our kills away because they're pretty great. I just approached both the trailer and the movie straight-on; it's a brutal killer Santa movie that's going to scare you, and I hope that's what people get out of the trailer. But I'm with you on not wanting to give everything away- you have to save some good stuff for the fans so they're still surprised.
Dread Central: So you're not going at this tongue-in-cheek then? Especially considering the original and how unintentionally goofy it kind of is now almost 30 years later?
Steven C. Miller: Oh yeah, very straightforward; I want to give audiences a visceral experience when they see the movie. I mean, the movie does have its own darkly comedic undertones, but I would say that most of my movies have that to them- that's just my style of storytelling. Malcolm's character in the movie is so wacky that fans are just going to have a great time cheering for him- he's so great in this and his part has a lot of those comedic beats to it.
Dread Central: I want to talk about posters for a moment. The original Silent Night, Deadly Night artwork is definitely one of the more iconic posters from the 80's, and I think the art for Silent Night is pretty badass as well- you can never go wrong with a gun-toting Santa. Did you have a hand in creating the poster art?
Steven C. Miller: Oh man, that poster; everyone knows that poster. It's so great and I think it's so recognizable because it just sticks with you. That's the key to a great poster, and I love when artwork like that can stick with you for decades and decades. And yeah, I love our poster; that was all Anchor Bay, and I can't imagine anything better, really.
Dread Central: Since this is my last question, I want to discuss sequel potential - both for Silent Night and for another one of your movies from earlier this year, The Aggression Scale, which I totally dug. Based on your experiences, would you want to revisit either of these worlds in the future if possible?
Steven C. Miller: Oh absolutely. I love making action movies, and I think making another Aggression Scale movie would be a blast. Those kids are great characters, and I'd love to pick up with them in the future. In terms of a Silent Night sequel, I think it's too early to say since the movie doesn’t come out until November 30th, but of course, I'd be up for another killer Santa movie.
I just really hope that fans get a chance to see this one when it comes out because it's definitely the kind of movie you want to see on the big screen with friends; it's going to be visceral and even has its own action moments so I'm hoping the movie does well later this month so I can do more in the future. I mean, who wouldn't want to see Santa go crazy and kill people? I think fans are going to have a lot of fun with it.
You better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he knows who’s been bad. On November 30th, Anchor Bay Films presents Silent Night on screen in ten major U.S. metropolitan areas. Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD will be available to unwrap nationwide on December 4th. Bonus features include “SILENT NIGHT: Behind The Scenes” featurette and deleted scenes.
A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, the film’s stellar cast includes Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).
McDowell and King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He’s made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives.
Silent Night was directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion, The Aggression Scale) and produced by The Genre Company and Insidious Pictures.
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