Ich hatte das große Glück und durfte Matt Stuertz (Tonight She Comes) ein paar Fragen stellen.
Hey Matt, thank you for doing this little Interview with me. How are you doing?
Doing well! Busy, but in a good way.
How did you become interested in films? Did you grow up a horror movie fan?
I’ve been watching films as long as I can remember, sort of the whole range of things from comedies to action to sci-fi, and of course horror. I definitely grew up with more of an appreciation for practical effects and crazy over the top things in movies before sort of „pure horror“ but I was glad to finally sort of grow into that I suppose.
Before “Tonight She Comes” did you had some other Filmmaking experience? I just saw you made a Movie named RWD with your Buddy Adam Hartley.
I did! I’ve directed and worked on what seems like a million shorts and random internet videos, and then also did co-write and direct RWD with Adam, who’s also in Tonight She Comes.
What was the idea behind tonight she comes? How long did it take to write the movie?
I originally came up with the title way before the movie itself, then sort of wrote about 75% of a treatment / script idea, and then just let it sit for a while. Eventually when I decided I needed to finish this thing, I went through it and sort of hated it, but still liked the ideas behind it, so I scrapped all that and wrote the entire thing from start to finish in six days. Not counting re-writes and revisions of course.
Most of the time, you filmed in a cabin in the woods, and I read in some other interview, that it was very cold. Poor Girl Dal Nicole who was naked a lot :D. Why she had to be naked most time of the movie?
It was indeed very cold! We filmed in November and December in midwest United States, so it was close to or near freezing temperatures the entire time! Luckily Dal was a total trooper about it, but the real reason for the nudity was to keep with the sort of Terminator concept, where she appears nude at first, only in this case since she’s a demonic entity, she just never feels the need to put on any clothes.
The Movie reminds me of some other Horror movies like Evil Dead, Cabin Fever and Cabin in the Woods. Did one of those Movies inspired you to do “Tonight She Comes”
Definitely! I love all of those movies, and really I took inspirations from just about every favorite horror film of mine. I didn’t want this one to necessarily „feel“ like a particular horror film (other than a few very specific homages) but I wanted to make sure my love of the genre overall sort of came through in what I was doing.
If you had the chance and one big Movie Company would have sponsored you for doing this movie, What would be different about this movie?
Hard to say really on this one, although I imagine I would have had to tone down a few bits, especially toward the end haha!
There was a lot of blood and some other disgusting bloody stuff in the movie, who did the SFX?
I was super lucky on this to have an amazing FX team, the mastermind being Katherine Shae Spradley, who I met early on in the process and saw a bit of her work that I really loved and felt that she’d be able to achieve what I wanted in the film. She absolutely did that and then some, with a lot of the FX turning out even better than I had hoped for.
What horror directors have inspired you?
John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, Ti West, Takashi Miike, Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza, and Lucio Fulci are ones that I really love (along with probably a million others).
In the near future would you love to continue doing horror movies or would you like to be a part of some other Movie Genres?
Literally every movie idea I have is either pure horror, or has some horror element to it, so I don’t see myself stepping outside of the genre any time soon.
Last but not least you can tell anything to my readers you want to.
I’d say, stay tuned to my twitter for updates about the US release of Tonight She Comes, and also future projects of mine that I hope to be able to talk about real soon.