Safe Place: An Interview With Indie Horror Filmmaker Nick Hunt

Greetings HorrorAddicts.

Recently we had the extreme pleasure to interview indie filmmaker Nick Hunt. Nick Hunt is the writer and director for Safe Place which is going into production in February. If you ever wanted to have a little insight into what goes into getting an indie movie made then check out this interview:

What is Safe Place about?

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Where did the idea for Safe Place come from?

SAFE PLACE comes from a few different inspirations. The title was an inspiration from the actual government signs which basically are in front of buildings that can be a sanctuary of sorts during dangerous situations. The mv5bmjdhndjjywytnmrmmy00mzq5lwixzwetodlmmzmzywmyntnjxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvynjyzodi0mjc-_v1_sy1000_cr007721000_al_idea I gathered from that was well…what is the place that was supposed to be your escape from danger wasn’t safe at all, and was actually equally or even MORE dangerous. The rest is really a work of inspiration from the world outside. We all are individuals and we all have singular opinions which are what makes us human. The world isn’t a great place by any stretch, and some people have in other’s eyes warped views about the world, and exaggerated views. To some those aren’t exaggerated views, to some its reality. The violence, the turmoil outside isn’t something we as a society or as individuals can escape; we simply have to fight to make it out alive. The last part of inspiration really came from the fans. What do the fans want to see? I tried as hard as I could to still sit in that audience’s perspective’s chair and live as an audience member throughout all of this. We are evolving, we are changing, and what we want to see on the screen is changing. We want the emotional experience brought back to horror. Gone are the days you’ll see the clichés running rampant that you’re used to. SAFE PLACE strives to break barriers in a lot of different areas down to the way it’s written, the way it’s portrayed, the characters, the violence, the story, the effects, everything!!!

How long did it take to write the script?

The original script was written over 10 years ago and if I remember didn’t take that long, the rewrites an revisions of the screenplay since have been the longest and most arduous of the tasks making sure to get all of the emotional experiences, the tension and those characters right and realistic and true to my vision.

How did you get the money together to produce the movie?

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How did you get the cast together for the movie?

For this film I really sought out feedback from other filmmaking friends and looked for presence and positivity, people who popped, there was no auditioning; these people were mostly brought on sight unseen. I did that because I had a feeling about the group and I thought they personified who I was looking for, especially when my niche is giving opportunities and breaking barriers in horror for having strong female characters, strong LGBTQ characters, strong minority characters, and even giving talents that are disabled the ability to showcase, in a genre that’s usually pretty cut and dry. We have a cameo appearance shooting next month in December with Lloyd Kaufman who is of course is a legend in the business whom I simply reached out to through Facebook and wanted to be a part of SAFE PLACE almost immediately after hearing about it! My main actress is Ashley Mary Nunes (ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE, upcoming DEATH WARD 13) who is just kick ass and amazing, destined to be the next big scream queen; We have character actor Dominick Santarsiero portraying Chris Craven our antagonist, and the rest of the cast is led by a group of young and up and coming talent the likes of Yvelisse Cedrez, Katy Votapka, Timothy Noble, John Gettier, Nathaniel Matos, Nick Graffeo & more!

Where will the movie be made?

The movie will be shot in and around the Orlando and surrounding central Florida areas this February in a mere few months!

What did you do before you were a filmmaker?

Most of my career has been spent in customer service, hospitality and restaurant. I have worked as everything but a bartender, and am a great food service manager, and love to cook as a general hobby.

What are your favorite horror movies?

I love the original Fright Night, the F13 franchise, the Halloween franchise, the Child’s Play films, classic Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento, all the Universal Monster Movies, I love foreign horror like Cold Prey, Frontier(s), Martyrs, Calvaire, Inside. At the end of the day though, anything and everything. Way too many to list!

 

What inspires you?

Hunger. The underdog. I love seeing that hunger that someone personifies come up and fuel them. I have had a lot of hard times in my life. Seeing someone make their way through the fire and flames so to speak inspires me more than anything else. Courage is a big character trait in my book. That’s why it is so important to me that SAFE PLACE really brings into light strong female characters, strong LGBTQ characters, and strong minority characters. This is a new day and age and the film world needs to keep up. The horror world more than ever!

What is the hardest part about getting your movie made?

The no money part is a huge thing, asking people for money, offering incentives, the business side, never thought it was something I’m good at, but I’m finding I am. The rejection sometimes. We originally had a lot of issues with a realtor with the original main location for the house, some casting issues, people I had hoped for not being able to commit. Besides that some days I sacrificed eating to boost a post on Facebook, or did something equally. It’s hard out there when all you have is your passion, now I’m starting to see it’s not just MY passion, but others that are fueling this project as well.

When will people be able to see the finished product?

The tentative release date is October 27, 2017 the final Friday before Halloween next year!

Where can people find out more about the movie?

You can follow us/me on Twitter @safeplacefilm or you can head on over to Facebook.com/safeplacethemovie where you can see the trailer, hear songs from the soundtrack, and lots more!

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Halloween Poems

Hey, Addicts, it’s Stacy here and I wanted to chat about Halloween Poems.

Since Halloween is THE holiday that Addicts look forward to and to some, every day IS Halloween, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite Halloween Poems….

 

Okay, so, they aren’t ABOUT Halloween, but they are about horror. Like I mentioned on the podcast, I am a HUGE Poe fan. I love his ciphers and his idea of horror. Maybe it is because I was younger when I “discovered” him. Aside from my favorite poem of all time,  “A Dream Within A Dream” I enjoy “Dreamland”. This poem has fun things, like trying to decide between life and death.

 

Another poem by Robert Frost .. While he was more so admired by his love for nature, hard work and getting along with neighbors, he wrote a poem I remember called “Ghost House”. I find it nice how he describes all the things around him… until the end… when he describes what the cellar is and who is around him. Read the Ghost House and tell me what you think!

 

Emily Dickinson was another author I read a lot of… and her poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” describes me as an adult. I am too busy to die, and so was Emily. She described what she saw when she went on a carriage ride and in the end comes to the conclusion that she might have to stop for Death.

 

I love literature, and I love horror. Mostly, I enjoy what makes you think, and comes from left field. These timeless authors were great at their craft and have successfully reminded me all these years that when the vail is thin on Harvest and Halloween, I must not think that I am immortal and remember those that have passed, as I will be in a bit of a pickle if I don’t stop for Death.

 

What is your favorite Halloween poem? What did you think about these poems? Let me know, write me at horroraddicts@gmail.com!

Finale Craft: Horror Door Hangers…Zombie Alarms

Tomorrow on the Season Finale and Halloween Special, Episode #136, our craft will be:

Horror Door Hangers or “Zombie Alarms”

You will need:

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  • Heavy duty yarn (we used 100% Mercerized Cotton)
  • 4 small silver bells
  • 1 large pumpkin bell
  • 5 Halloween buttons or icons
  • 1 small crochet hook (best sizes 6, 7, 8) You don’t have to be able to crochet to do this project. It’s just a tool to thread the items on.

Make these easy Horror Door Hangers to decorate your home, or alert you to zombie attack. Hung on your door knob, they will jingle whenever the door is opened or moved. Not only a great zombie protection item, this will brighten up an ordinarily boring item in your home – the door knob. If you collect your items, you can make these with us as you listen to the finale. We give set-by-step

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Most of us have a bevy of Halloween or horror doodads lying around the house. If you don’t, they can be purchased at any craft store or dollar store at this time of year.

You also need 4 silver bells and a pumpkin bell to make this exact hanger. If you are on a budget, just use any bells you have around or purchase some cheap ones at the dollar store.

2. Cut your yarn.

Cut three 2-yard lengths of string and fold them in half. Generally a yard is from the tip of your nose to the end of your out-stretched arm. However, if you have dino arms like me, you might want to make it a little longer.

3. Attach your pumpkin bell.
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After you attach one string, attach the other two in the same fashion. When complete, you should have 3 lengths of yarn “Bookmark” folded on your bell. This will leave you with 6 threads of yarn.

4. Braid your yarn and add bells.1016161211

Once your pumpkin is attached, braid about 1.5 inches and attach one of your silver bells on one of the threads. Then tie a big knot with all the threads to secure the bell in  place. Repeat this step until you have 3 silver bells in place.

5. Braid and secure the door knob loop.

After the 3rd bell is in place, knot it to keep it in place, and then braid for another about 4 inches. You should now have a generous loop to loop over the door knob. Test on a nearby door if you are uncertain. Tie a knot at the base of the loop so that your bells hang down on one side, and 6 loose strings hang on the other.

6. Attach your icons, and last bell.

With the remaining 6 loose threads, attach each each of your buttons, icons, and the last bell using the crochet hook to pull the yarn through. Then tie a knot on each item to secure it. Stagger the lengths to add some interest.

7. Hang your hanger.

Now you are ready to show your Halloween style and protect yourself against zombies at the same time! For full instructions and an audio walk through, listen to the season finale, airing October 22nd, right here at HorrorAddicts.net.

Ghastly Games: Minecraft – Halloween Texture Pack

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Most everyone has heard of Minecraft, but for those of you who don’t play, you may not understand exactly what it is.
0922161518aImagine you could build a world with streets, neighborhoods, amusement parks, and underwater cities. Then imagine that if you were bored with the normal world you could put a sweater on it for any type of texture you want. Say it’s Christmas time, you could put a Christmas sweater on your entire world. The basics would still be the same, you still have your museum and opera house in the middle of town, but now it has Christmas lights all over it.

When I first started playing Minecraft I didn’t really understand the coolness of it all. I mean, I was able to build buildings in Sims and in Second Life, no big deal. But in Minecraft you can change those buildings and roads by simply changing textures. Depending on how you want to experience the world that is the covering you choose. They have many different textures. Some of my favorites are Halo, Skyrim, Christmas, Candyland, and of course Halloween.

That’s right, there is a Minecraft theme for our dark little horror hearts. They did everything from changing the animals to skeletons and mummies, to changing the beds to coffins and making the blocks all our favorite colors.

0922161530There are many different ways to play Minecraft beyond the texture packs. They also have skin packs so your character can look like your favorite movie character or dress up as a skeleton for Halloween. You can play Minecraft like I do, in the creative peaceful mode where you can build to your heart’s content without having to earn things, or you can play like my husband plays on survival mode where you have to earn every single thing you get and to survive you’re going to have to kill cows and other animals to eat. You also have to grow your own crops and make sure you’re protected at night time because that’s when the zombies, skeletons, spiders, and endermen come out to attack. I just hope you made some swords to fight back with. There are also these scary monsters called creepers who blow up on you. In survival mode, you can die, so make sure you’re protected before you go out at night or go exploring those caves. I don’t like the stress of playing in survival, but my husband likes trying to survive as if a real zombie apocalypse has happened.

Now, all forms of Minecraft have two alternate worlds contained within that require the production of portals to get to. The Ender Portal takes you to a land where there’s a giant dragon trying to kill you. The Nether Portal takes you to Hell, where a whole other cast of monsters try to kill you, but if you’re lucky you’ll find a castle or stronghold fit for a demon lord.

0922161517aA special note for those playing on Xbox One, the Halloween texture pack was updated last year and contains some animated things like the vampire roses that try to chomp you, the bouncing skull flowers, bloodied-toothed cacti, and blocks that have eyes peeking out between floorboards. Also, the same texture pack comes with a Halloween town sample that you should look at before you start building your own world. The sample features a haunted house, a spooky town that looks like Harry Potter’s, and a massive roller coaster that goes through a clown’s mouth and down a monster’s gullet.

If you’re thinking about trying out Minecraft, now is the best time. The Halloween texture packs are only available during October, so if you want to try it out, you must be on watch soon. Happy mining!

It Came from the Vault: HorrorAddicts.net Bonus, Halloween Carol Special

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Horror Addicts Episode# BONUS!

Horror Hostesses: Emerian Rich & Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Dean Farnell

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halloween carol special!

Feat. “The Monster’s Ball” by Dean Farnell

Feat. Renee and Evan Roulo

Write in re: ideas, questions, opinions, horror cartoons, favorite movies, etc…

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Press Release: Austin Crawley releases A Halloween Tale

A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEFew Christmas stories hold as much fascination as the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Inspired by the classic tale, three young women decide to hold a séance to raise the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. They don’t expect a result, considering that the ghosts are fictional, but what they call out of the aethyr gives them a creepy holiday they will never forget, if they live to tell the tale!

Austin Crawley has always had an interest in the supernatural and macabre. He has a particular interest in real life ghost stories and spends his holidays visiting places that are reported to be haunted. When he isn’t dealing in spooks, he deals in the buying, selling and cutting of gemstones. On odd Tuesdays he convinces himself that it’s because he was reincarnated from a pirate. Twitter: https://twitter.com/austinocrawley

Morbid Meals – Red Velvet Halloween

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Halloween is once again upon us and rather than share more recipes for pumpkin-spice everything, I opted for some bloody good red velvet cake recipes!

I was originally going to present a recipe for red velvet cupcakes with shattered sugar glass shards, with some tips on how to make the “glass”. My search for the perfect recipe however led me down a rabbit hole of great recipes for many morbid uses for red velvet. Here’s just a handful of my favorites.

Shattered Glass Cupcake

The recipe that started my search. You can use any cupcake recipe you like, or a box of red velvet cake mix, or even dress up some pre-made cupcakes. The real secret here is in making the “glass”. I’ve seen recipes that called for just sugar and water, but this recipe at FromaWhisperToaScream.blogspot.com has corn syrup and cream of tartar for added structure.

2 cups water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

If you have a silicone mat for a baking sheet, it will make removing your sugar glass easier, but this is not necessary. Just be sure that you clean your baking sheet pan thoroughly and DO NOT grease it.

Bring everything to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly. When the syrup reaches 300°F (hard ball stage), pour it into a metal baking sheet that is kept level. Cool until completely hardened, which will depend on the humidity of your kitchen. Cover with a towel and smash into shards with a mallet or hammer.

The blog has a great recipe for the edible blood syrup, but I’ve also used raspberry and/or blood orange jam thinned out with a little water to make the drizzle syrup.

Bloody Halloween Cake

For something a little classier, and without the sugar shards, I loved the look of this cake, by Shamene at SayItWithCake.org. It is a simple four-layer red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. What makes it special is the red chocolate ganache. Shamene used red candy melts in the ganache which is dripped down the sides to form the bloody topping. It looks fantastic and tasty. Top off the decoration with a handy cake knife stabbed into the top.

Brain Cake

For the zombie fans out there, this is the pièce de résistance! Yolanda of HowToCakeIt.com presents an incredible step-by-step video of how she made her very realistic-looking and yet scrumptious cake shaped like a brain. Enjoy the video!

For these and more ideas, check out my Pinterest page with links to the recipes.