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
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
Who had the idea of doing a
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
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
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
"I hunted high and low to get a
cast as firm as I did".
How did you find your
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
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
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
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.
"Part two is already written".
What are the release
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
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
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
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."