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Interview: Aaron B. Koontz (Scare Package deal II: Rad Chad’s Revenge)


SCARE PACKAGE II is a meta horror-comedy anthology movie, from creators Aaron B. Koontz & Cameron Burns, that instantly follows the occasions of the cult hit unique.

The movie is constructed round a core story that breaks off into 4 smaller segments with every second geared to subvert a distinct set of horror tropes, and introduced collectively by a promising group of up-and-coming horror filmmakers.

Please inform us just a little bit about Scare Package deal 2: Rad Chad’s Revenge, and the way the concept manifested for you? 

Aaron- I knew that we didn’t need to simply return to the video retailer and put extra tapes in. That was the straightforward reply right here and whereas it could be enjoyable, I by no means need to do the straightforward reply. So we as an alternative adopted the story-line from the first, difficult us with other ways to current the segments at an much more meta-frenzy, if you’ll, and discover methods to carry again people that had been beforehand useless. AKA, similar to each different horror sequel out there. And then after watching how loopy the SAW sequels acquired, and connecting the indignation of somebody like Jigsaw to our personal Antagonist, solely with their ire being the world not taking horror severely sufficient (B-Films, Elevated Horror and many others.) and we had a enjoyable new set of tropes to usurp.  

Scare Package deal was one in all my favourite movies. Do you assume you’ll do a 3rd one? 

Aaron- I’d like to! I’ll say that I do have a “Rad Chad Trilogy” in thoughts right here, that I’d be delighted to have the honor to make. Simply want sufficient people to observe this one to provide us a shot! 

What was it like working with Alexandra Barreto and Anthony Cousins?  

Aaron- are shut mates and I noticed her quick LADYHATER and beloved it. As soon as Ashleigh informed me she was a horror fan I jumped at her being a phase director and boy, did she not disappoint! Alex was so calm and empathetic to her forged and actually may pull these fantastic performances by creating such a welcoming environment. And I beloved the means she moved the digicam made it have this vitality that simply actually was a particular expertise. Alex is a large expertise and I can’t look forward to the world to see her Directing profession to observe. 

Anthony we already knew from SP1 and we had change into mates since, as he’s additionally labored crew for us on different options now we have produced. Anthony is one in all the largest horror followers I do know and simply has this healthful sensibility to his strategy with every part. He finds methods to understand the weirdness in horror and I simply dig that a lot! So, once we had the concept of doing an anthology first: making a sequel to a phase, this grew to become such a enjoyable fertile play-ground for Anthony and his writing accomplice John Karsko to dive into. I’ll say that if we did get to make a 3rd one, we might completely follow-up his phase once more!

The forged did an unbelievable job. What was it like working with everybody?

Aaron- I really feel so fortunate to have the forged I do right here. It’s one factor to put in writing all these loopy concepts but it surely’s one other to get folks to truly do them! And I feel what’s so enjoyable about every part SCARE PACKAGE is we create this little group the place everyone seems to be simply right down to clown, ya know? There aren’t any egos. Simply loads of gifted folks getting collectively to make one thing particular for no cash. I beloved the guidelines of the horror sequel the place even when somebody dies, you’ll be able to simply carry them again, no questions requested. However I additionally needed to toss something wild at every of them, in addition to the new actors. So Sam (Byron Brown) has to push his make-up heavy head by way of a TV, or Jessie (Zoe Graham) performing some massive Michael Bay-esque stunt, or Jeremy King returning posthumously as Rad Chad on tape, however then additionally his character’s cousin Bo Buckley, a South London Chimney Sweep fanatic. It’s simply sillier and dumber and that’s what makes it properly, SCARE PACKAGE! And then to combine them with these impossibly gifted actors simply grew to become such a enjoyable and distinctive problem. I imply, what different film collection can have Wealthy Sommer from Mad Males present up and then have him lose an arm in the opening moments of the movie and stick with one arm the whole length from there? Or to take that even additional, pores and skin alive the beloved Graham Skipper and have him additionally stay only a skinned hilarious character? Or ask legend Kelli Maroney to Vomit Acid onto my buddy Jen Rader and then later get sliced into 5 items herself. It’s simply all wilder and wilder however when you may have a gaggle excited by these loopy challenges, you recognize you may have a gaggle that matches into the SCARE PACKAGE household. 

The results are wonderful as all the time; is there something you’ll be able to inform us about the particular results? 

Aaron- This can be a staple of the SCARE PACKAGE films and once we work with every phase director, we emphasize how necessary this all is. Anthony Cousin’s actually embraces this along with his TNHCBA collection alongside his artistic accomplice Ryan Schadalee who’s only a grasp at these complicated items. The finish of his phase was really particular. And then Rachelle Wiggins introduced in M.E.G. in Australia to deal with the cat child at the finish there and they only SLAYED it. We write in these massive moments figuring out how difficult they’ll be, and typically and not using a clue on methods to execute them at first, however that’s additionally once we know they are going to be particular. For the most important film that I directed I introduced again my mates David Greathouse and Nate Brilliant, each of which I labored with on THE PALE DOOR and they really did one thing particular right here. On a page-by-page rely, this was crammed with gags. You’ve got characters who themselves begin on daily basis as a gag (skinned, one armed that squirts) however then now we have these big kills like Maria Olsen’s Bee Sting head explosion and they in some way managed to stability this and make each one simply soar out from the display at you.  

How did you get the forged ready for Scare Package deal 2? 

Aaron- Ha, I don’t know in the event you can ever absolutely put together them for what this all will probably be. I’ll say that I feel all the forged minus perhaps simply the Ms. Kapowski position (Kelli Maroney) had signed on with out even studying a script. I used to be engaged on this up till the final minute however everybody was simply sport both means. A god instance of that is with Graham Skipper, who I simply messaged and stated “Hey I need you in SP2” and he stated “Nice!”. After which I stated, “…however there’s a catch, you’re going to get skinned alive after which stay skinned for the final 30 minutes of runtime.” To which he responded “Even higher!” And everybody had this similar mentality. Once more, it’s just a bit group of misfits making this that I do know irrespective of how wild my concepts get, they are going to be down. And that’s such a liberating and lucky place to be.

What are you engaged on subsequent?

Aaron- I’ve my subsequent function that I’ve written with Cameron Burns and hope to begin directing this 12 months, a Sports activities-Horror-Comedy that I feel goes to shock some people. The timing is getting powerful on that, so undecided once we will begin. However then except for that I’m additionally engaged on my first TV Collection, so retaining fingers crossed that can get greenlit quickly. Other than that at my firm Paper Avenue Photos now we have a variety of thrilling initiatives that I Produced coming quickly together with Emily Hagins’ SORRY ABOUT THE DEMON 1/19 on Shudder. And then later now we have the Fantasia award profitable Sci-Fi THE ARTIFICE GIRL starring Lance Henriksen and Chris Stuckmann’s SHELBY OAKS with only a rock-star ensemble forged that features Camille Sullivan, Brendan Sexton and Keith David. Plus, a Christmas Horror from fantastic human Damien LeVeck known as A CREATURE WAS STIRRING starring Chrissy Metz and Scout Taylor Compton. So we maintain busy! However I can’t deny, nonetheless itching to get again to ending writing my concept for SP3, simply hoping you all maintain speaking about it to provide us a good higher probability. 


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