Coming soon is this film called Infernal which has a lot of people right now chomping at the bit to see. The hype for this film is so warranted as Bryan Coyne produced last year’s great The Human Race. As busy as this man is, it is always welcomed when someone has a few minutes to share with not only me but you-the readers about why you also should be stoked at what is coming. Enjoy this little talk.
1. Before we talk about your Infernal, let’s talk about your producing debut The Human Race, which was a very amazing and fun film. What kind of experience was that working on that set? Also what did you learn during that may have helped you with your latest film Infernal?
Hey! Thanks so much for the kind words regarding Human Race. Wow. That flick was an experience. Paul Hough is a mad genius I’ll tell you that. I would be nowhere without him. There are so many stories I could tell from the making of that film but I doubt there is enough time in the day. I was working at Blockbuster when I met Paul. He got me out of the video store and started me on this raucous journey. That script had gone through different permutations. Initially we thought we were making another film and then we changed to HR and charged forward relentlessly with limited resources. And when I say limited resources, I mean limited resources. There is no reason that film should of, could of or would have gotten finished without Paul’s incredible drive and vision. Also, my Ex-Fiance’s head blows up in the flick, so pretty cool.
2. You have Sean Cain editing your film that you seem to have a past with from another film that was much underrated called Silent Night, Zombie Night. How was it going from him directing you to him editing for you?
Sean, similarly to Paul was one of the mad geniuses that showed me that I could actually do this. I come from a suburb of SoCal called Simi Valley, where Poltergeist was shot. I grew up around Television productions and also near the Spahn ranch of Manson lore. But, movies to me – they were just so big. So… unreachable. But Sean was just one of those guys that showed me I could do it. Dictatorially speaking, he is incredibly mannered and precise. He is calm and collected and always prepared. I learned so much from my experience doing my bit part in Silent Night. His directorial approach reaches to his Editing approach – and it was an honor that he was up for cutting Infernal.
3. When you say the words “indie horror”, you know what the fan’s mindset is. Do you think they treat indie horror fairly? Also do you think that horror in general gets treated fairly by the mainstream?
No and no. I think Indie Horror is in a strange place right now. To me, it means – exactly what Indie film means, Non-genre. It’s all the same. It’s a flick that’s made on one’s own volition without the aid of a studio or larger financial entity. It of course, has allowed so much for creators. Without the involvement of a studio (and I’ve made a studio film and have had things in development, so this is coming from experience) you can experiment more, you can venture places often you can’t with a corporation surrounding you. I think I’ll get in trouble for saying this but I believe that there is a smugness that permeates the Indie horror scene that is abysmal. I think there are subsets also. Some people pick up a DSLR, don’t bother lighting and just shoot people being chopped up or shot in their backyard and I feel there is irresponsibility behind that. Horror is a rich and textured field. It’s an incredible landscape where we can explore themes with bare truth and brutal honesty. But some people… they just want violence. Gore. Etc. And that has never made sense to me. Horror in the mainstream is pretty much the same thing over and over and over, which is fine. If that’s what audiences want – and ticket sales dictate what audiences want more than anything. But it does nothing to further the genre beyond the fact that some films sneak by and get made. My favorite flick of last year was Tusk. I know that’s a divisive flick – but Kevin took fucking risks and God bless him for doing so. My favorite flick the year before was American Mary. The Soska’s, the brilliant and beautiful souls that they are – crafted something challenging and elegant,which is so hard to do. I also loved Stage Fright. That fucking shocked me to hell and back. But I love indie horror. I do. I just think it’s in an awkward place with VOD and all these new distribution outlets. Some things are sneaking by that I believe have questionable motives behind its creation…
4. With your newest directing film you know what next, reviews are coming. Do you read all the press you get? Also does the bad stuff get to you?
Are you prepping me for a shit review? Haha nah, I try and stay away. I’m a confrontational guy so I really don’t need nor do I want to be rankled. The flick is technically found footage and it has a kid and weird shit happening and I messed with the sound mix to hell and back. People, I’m sure, are pre-judging it. And I did not make this film for it to be a pleasurable experience for anyone. This film came from a dark place and it’s a dark world to live in. It’s also something, that I believe and hope some see – challenges the notion of Found Footage.
5. Let’s talk about Infernal, how long was the shoot? And looking back are you happy with the end result?
It was supposed to be 12 days but all that could go wrong did go wrong so I think it ballooned to 16 or so? And then I reshot the opening and I reshot the ending. So… it had a bit of the old “Song that never ends” feel to it. I am happy with it. But it took me some time to get there. To forgive the film, if you will, it’s abrasive and represented a very dark period in my life. So… When I resented it. Now, being in a different place in life, a healthier place, I look at it with fondness and think it’s a very cool, confrontational and shocking flick.
6. If you did not get a break and you were never involved in film whatsoever, what was your back-up plan?
You won’t believe me-Pastor.
7. So, we have Infernal done. What is next on the agenda for us to look forward to? Any chance of a Human Race II?
Well, you should have Utero soon enough. Spiritual successor to Infernal, it’s not Found Footage and it’s grotesque as hell. I mean… the third act (much like Infernal) is simply obscene but obscene with purpose. I’m sure there will be updates on that soon enough. Apart from that… There are two flicks that may be shot back to back this year that are the most near and dear to my heart than any film I’ve ever made before. And I think you’ll have to ask Paul Hough about that one! I know some of the madness he has brewing in that British Brain of his – and I’ll tell you this… WOW.
8. This was an honor, thanks for the time and any parting words for the reader…
Hey, thank you so much for all the kindness. I hope you enjoy Infernal. I hope you dig Utero when it comes around. You can find out all the updates in the world by checking out Infernal film on Facebook, @Infernalmovie on twitter, @Bryan_Coyne on twitter, my website Bryancoyne.com etc. hit me up, I don’t bite – I think. Beyond that, Infernal hits VOD and limited theaters on April 10th! Thanks so much for your time!
Let’s recap this interview, a fairly new face on the indie scene that is not afraid to say what is on his mind. Any person who says in an interview “this might get me in trouble but”, you know that is just going to be a must read moment. I love when people let down their guard and not try to be someone they are not because they are new and trying to make an impression. We have enough fake ass people in this world right. Look for the film when it comes out in the next few weeks and if you are living under the proverbial rock, go seek out Human Race and see glimpses of what could be a very bright future.