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Bryn Hammond

Bryn: "The shorts I have personally seen had no inspiration and were very dull".

Conducted by Phil Davies Brown
July 31st, 2005

As a real world measure of how busy I am on a day to day basis, in the time elapsed between interviewing Bryn Hammond and posting the result here, many people now have babies! Yes it's taken me so long to get this interview online that a lot has changed at his British film company Scream Productions. From changes in their schedule, to new staff members (including myself) and with many new products on the way, keep checking back for the latest news on Scream Productions and their bloody new horror movies!

What is your background in film?
I studied Media and had a career in modeling for 15 years before I made the transfer into acting, where I appeared in 3 low budget films along with a channel 5 television show, which was sadly axed after 3 episodes.

Who had the idea of doing a feature?
I did. I never saw the point in short films as they don’t make a lot of money and to be honest, the shorts I have personally seen had no inspiration and were very dull, so I decided to make a feature from the get go.

Why pick a horror movie. Is it because you are a fan of the genre?
I totally love horror films, from the likes of Night of the Demons, a cheesy horror film starring Amelia Kinkaid, to Texas Chainsaw and Halloween. I’m a huge fan of horror films.

What can you tell us about your company Scream Productions?
We have been going now for 2 years and have 3 films in the pipeline, and just sorted out finance for the features. Summer 2 is the next feature along with Massacre at Sunrise and Howls in the Dark.

How was the project financed?
Independently. We got a group of well-to-do men in a room with loads of free wine and a bunch of horror films in the same vein as what we were putting together, and when the boozed flowed they coughed up the cheques.

Bryn: "I hunted high and low to get a
cast as firm as I did".

How did you find your cast?
I hunted high and low to get a cast as firm as I did, and it wasn't easy. None of them got on, and I had to try and keep them apart as much as I could. Egos got in the way a lot.

Did you have much time for prep?
Nope. Two weeks of pre pro and 1 month for casting. I wanted to strike while the iron was hot.

What's this about you being banned from filming in certain locations?
We filmed not too far from Diana, Princess of Wales memorial park and it didn't go down too well. We were nearly arrested one day which was quite scary. They thought there was a Grade-1 situation going on.

What really inspired the film's story?
Nothing, to be honest. I saw loads of bad woodland flicks like Camp Blood, and I knew I could do better so I went out and kicked ass.

What horror movies have inspired the look and tone of the film?
To be honest, some huge favourites of mine. The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, also Just Before Dawn which is another classic.

How gory is the film?
There’s 20 minutes of getting to know the cast then 50 minutes of gore. Eyes torn out, smashed-in heads, the lot. I wanted to make an action packed film with gore and I can honestly say I think it’s an above average b-movie. I like it.

Bryn: "Part two is already written".

What are the release plans?
Direct to video by Full Moon Films in the USA and an English release through Vipco’s Crypt Keeper films label. It should have been released 31st October 2004 but we have had a hold up due to certification. They want a 15, we want an 18. It was released in the USA in December 2004 with an R rating and soon after in East Asia as an 18A, but we have so far had to cut 12 minutes of footage for the BBFC, as they deemed it too violent. It now looks as though it will carry a 15 certificate here in the UK.

What can you tell us about plans for the sequel?
Part two is already written, its called Return to the Slaughterhouse and its script is very strong and violent, more in the vein of the original TCM. (Phil - It is worth noting that the film has almost wrapped principal photography at this point in time).

What else will you be working on?
Well there’s Nuns, Guns & Gasoline which is already cast, and then we also have Massacre at Sunrise and Howls in the Dark, which are being cast as we speak. After that we have a project similar to The Grudge and The Ring called Stacy, but that is currently being re-written as we want to make sure that the Chinese language parts are accurate, and we also have a film similar to Critters or Ghoulies in the pipeline.

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Bryn.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."

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