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Movie Title: Werewolf Santa

Director: Airell Anthony Hayles

Author: Airell Anthony Hayles

With: Emily Sales space, Joe Bob Briggs (voice), Mark Arnold and Katherine Rodden

UK 2023

Run time- 70 minutes 

In a brand new unique interview on Blazing Minds, I bought an opportunity to ask writer-director Airell Anthony Hayles a couple of questions in regards to the Christmas horror Werewolf Santa forward of its world premiere at FrightFest

Lucy has a social media channel the place she hunts proof of precise monsters, but it surely’s not doing so nice with just some viewers following her disappointing posts. Every thing adjustments on Christmas Eve, when her digital camera witnesses Santa get bit by a werewolf earlier than he turns into a werewolf himself! As Werewolf Santa begins to wreak bloody havoc of their seaside city, Lucy and her bickering household set off on a madcap journey to kill the beast and save Christmas…

Q. Your movie Werewolf Santa has been chosen to play on the Arrow FrightFest Movie Pageant. Can
you inform us what we will count on from the movie?

A. With reference to what individuals can count on from Werewolf Santa it’s an eighties impressed different Christmas film. It’s a few bickering household teaming up on Christmas Eve with the widespread reason behind killing a werewolf Santa to save lots of Christmas. It’s a little bit of foolish enjoyable that I’d hope individuals may get drunk and watch late at evening across the Christmas season. 

Q. Did you could have any of the forged in thoughts for any of the characters when writing the script?

A. I had Emily Sales space and Mark Arnold (who starred alongside Michael J Fox in Teenwolf (1985)) in thoughts when writing the film. Teen Wolf is my favorite eighties film and one of many first movies I noticed as a child on the Saturday morning cinema on the Cannon Cinema in Hastings. Eighties cinema constructed my love of films and I’ve been fortunate sufficient now to have labored with Steve Guttenberg from Police Academy (1984) and Zach Galligan from Gremlins (1984). And Mark Arnold now from Teenwolf! He’s a gent and fellow North Londoner. I labored with Emily on They’re Exterior (2020) and actually wished to see her on this enjoyable function, which I feel she nails!

Q. What had been a few of your influences for the look and magnificence of the movie?

A. The influences of the model and look of the movie got here from Tim Burton, EC Horror comics and eighties Christmas films like Santa Claus the Film (1985). I like snow in Christmas films, however I actually love snow in Christmas horror films. Films set at Christmas lend any film so many on the spot fashionable decisions in connection to the trimmings of the season. 

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Q. Did you make any adjustments from the unique script throughout filming?

A. The script would usually change in the course of the shoot as on a decrease price range and with time constraints you simply can’t do all the things you need to. Movie making is a compromise. Whereas attempting to maintain the spirit of the story alive. And whereas attempting to verify the story beats are there to make all of it make sense. Typically a location results in a re-write, or an improvisation, or in case you can’t shoot an extended scene you get to the purpose quicker with a re-write. Which is all good coaching!

Q. What had been a few of your favorite moments throughout filming?

A. As to favorite moments in filming these could be a second after we had a Sleigh, an enormous park, a Werewolf Santa and a snow machine. That was an epic second… Additionally, filming inside an actual ghost prepare on the Nice Yarmouth Pleasure Seashore at midnight. A lot of enjoyable. And plenty of onerous work. And naturally, when the final scene was performed and we had it within the can, that’s at all times a Christmas miracle!

Q. Did you expertise any points throughout filming?

A. There have been many points in filming. That’s the definition of filming. Right here’s a pair that stand out. We had the upset homeowners of our movie location apprehensive we had been taking pictures a porn once they noticed bare our bodies one evening as a part of a scene we had been placing collectively. We additionally had bother getting a church for a scene. By some means a priest within the native space had bought maintain of the script and was warning different native clergymen to not allow us to movie. Trigger we had weapons, werewolves and bloodshed within the aisles. It was not the Nativity play.

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Q. What makes Werewolf Santa stand out as one thing totally different within the horror style?

A. As as to whether it brings one thing new to the style, I personally have at all times wished to see a film the place Santa turns right into a werewolf on Christmas Eve, goes on a bloody rampage, and fills his sack with torn off limbs. I like Christmas horror as a lot as I like Christmas. And I actually wished this movie to exist. This movie is definitely a part of a trilogy of Christmas-themed horror films- the ‘Lifeless YouTuber trilogy’ the place subsequent up is The Krampus Calendar (primarily based on the terrifying blue whale sport’) and Grotto, which is a few lady spending Christmas Day inside a supposedly haunted big Santa’s grotto. 

Q. What do you hope individuals take away after watching the movie?

A.  As to what individuals will take away, hopefully, a enjoyable little film that made their beer and curry go down effectively. It’s meant to be another Midnight Christmas film. With a retro really feel, it’s meant to easily be a enjoyable time. 

Q. Do you could have every other initiatives which you might be at present engaged on?

A.  When it comes to different future initiatives there may be one other Christmas horror movie within the works. I’m teaming up once more with the very proficient Jake West to create a horror model of the Scrooge story. Assume A Christmas Carol meets Hellraiser (1987)

Q. If somebody was seeking to get into filmmaking what recommendation would you give them?

A. My recommendation to future filmmakers could be to give you one thing that we haven’t seen earlier than. Trigger that’s what I consider horror audiences need. The identical factor in fact, solely different- as David Mamet would say. It’s onerous in 2023 trigger masses has been performed. However that’s the brand new problem all of us face. 

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