Director talks retro Halloween horror anthology ‘Spine Chiller’

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Weird Fiction‘ Director Jacob Perrett is back with the ’80s themed Halloween horror to die for.

‘Spine Chiller’ will tell four different scary stories of people who have been invited to a Halloween dance they won’t forget!

We got the chance to quiz Jacob about the project, here’s what he had to say –

Tell us where the inspiration came from for Spine Chiller?

The style of the film is obviously inspired by the 70’s and 80’s horror movies, but as far as the plot is concerned, it was based on an initial idea I had just after we finished Weird Fiction back in 2018. The story was essentially the same, but I refined it a lot and moved some things around. The name came to me when I was apparently sleepwalking, because I went to bed that night thinking of a name, and I woke up the next morning and found a note written on my desk that read “Spine Chiller.”

What did you love most about horror from the 1970’s and 1980s?

I think the overall tone, specifically the 80’s. It was kind of the time before horror got super serious and “fucked up.” I like horror, but I enjoy the lighthearted moments and the campiness of those movies. Horror is fun.

Can we expect plenty of gory practical effects in Spine Chiller?

Yes sir! Fingernail ripping, scalping, brain eating….

What can you tell us about the plot of the film?

The plot follows four different individuals who are all invited to the mysterious Spine Chiller dance, which is an annual Halloween event with sinister backgrounds. It’s an anthology, but the stories bleed together, kind of like ‘Trick or Treat.”

Are you approaching this film differently to Weird Fiction?

We’ve definitely taken a lot more time on this one. I’ve been adamant about not moving on unless I’m happy. There are also some new camera tricks that are staples of 70’s horror that I’m incorporating as well.

Are you planning to work with any of the same cast and crew?

Yeah, a majority of the people involved are Fame Cinema veterans. We have a couple new faces, including a new main actor.

Was it always your intention to set the film around Halloween?

Yes, I wanted to make a film that literally oozes Halloween. A film you can watch any time of the year and feel like it’s fall outside.

What are your fondest memories of Halloween from the past?

Ironically enough, my birthday is on Halloween, so most of my memories revolve around a birthday cake or parties or something of the sort. I do have a lot of trick or treating memories, and going at like 13 and being heckled by the older residents for being “too old.”

Are there any films you are paying homage to in Spine Chiller?

Definitely, there are some Lucio Fulci homages, the opening is basically a remake of the opening title sequence in Friday the 13th Part III. The poster itself was inspired by Halloween II’s poster with the pumpkin-skull design.

Spine Chiller is currently crowdfunding on IndieGoGo

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