Steven C. Miller's new film is
Under The Bed, a take on childhood nightmares and fears. After spending
some time in Hollywood he has gone back to his independent
Hi Steven. Under The Bed is
your new film, please tell us about it.
Sure. Under The Bed is this really cool little genre film Iíve been
wanting to do for a while. Itís basically the idea of two brothers taking
on this creature hiding under their bed. I love the concept of kids taking
on adult problems, that 80ís Amblin type vibe like Gremlins. Itís not
really a horror movie, it could be a kids movie or even something else. I
think it has a lot of really fun things going on and thatís what I really
The film taps into those
childhood fears and nightmares. Did you draw on anything from your own
childhood or is it something that takes more precedence now that youíre a
Both I guess. I grew up with a lot of brothers and we all had different
sorts of issues with this at different stages. I remember a banding
together kind of thing, building fortresses or defences. Now that I have a
toddler, watching them go through it, the monsters in my closet thing, itís
kind of funny but it takes you back to when you were a kid and what you
were thinking about. I just donít think they make movies like that
The relationship between the
brothers is central to the film. How easy or difficult was it to create
such a close bond and how was it working with those two young
They were great. If the relationship didnít work then the movie didnít
work. We needed actors who not only looked a little alike but who
instantly got along and acted like brothers. When we found Jonny and
Gattlin we just put them in a room together and it was instantaneous. You
could immediately see this bond and it was incredibly cool to see, like
they were looking out for each other right away. To then see them on set
together was great and credit needs to go to their parents also who loved
the script and encouraged them in these roles.
Steven: " At one point we thought about where the monster came from and maybe how many monsters could we have".
Watching the film it seemed to
me that you had almost too m. Did you ever consider a series of films or
more monsters perhaps?
Yeah we did. At one point we thought about where the monster came from and
maybe how many monsters could we have. We tried to condense it into one
movie and there was so much going on, so many ideas that it was hard to
do. There was back-story we thought about like what the monsters world is
like and how they interact with our world. Itís definitely something we
want to explore in the future.
When your film does shift gear
I was reminded of early Cronenbergesque body horror. Was this an influence
on you and which other directors would you cite as inspiring
Definitely. Joe Dante especially has influenced me. With films like
Gremlins you were never sure what sort of movie you were watching, there
was this weird tone. People donít make these movies anymore. Kids films
seem to be just fluff and donít deal with adult themes and that was the
film I wanted to make.
What other films have
influenced you and what sort of film would you like to make in the
Creatively Iíve been influenced by everything from Alien to Back To The
Future. To me itís about the storytelling and not one particular genre. I
think next Iíd like to do a thriller that I can have fun with and not
necessarily have lots of blood. Iíd like to see if I could do that.
Steven: "To me itís about the storytelling and not one particular genre".
I read that youíd been in the
studio system and become so frustrated with delays and stalling that you
decided to go back to your roots and make an independent film again. Do
you think itís more difficult to get your own ideas and films made at the
That was a big deal for me. I was involved in a lot of projects and
development but then things would fall apart or change and I had to deal
with the problems and politics of that. It was the exact reason I went
back to making my movie my way. There was no way I could have made Under
The Bed in the studio system. One day Iíd like to go back and do all that
but right now it feels so over saturated with big budget stuff that itís
great to be able to make something like this rather than worrying about
this or that. We made the movie because we wanted to make the movie.
It seems a shame that
Hollywood is ignoring the independents.
Itís exciting in a lot of ways because anyone can go and get the
technology to make films. Thereís all these young guys going and making
them without money and eventually Hollywood will have to recognise that,
maybe a change from just big, giant movies to something fresh and new.
What will see next from
I have a movie Iím starting soon where itís characters in a limo and the
limo goes off a cliff into the ocean and itís all about them trying to get
out. Itís a really great, tense script and Iím really excited about
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