Updated: June 2, 2012
On Thursday, June 21st our good pal Kevin Kelly will host the Late Night Horror Show for this year's Nickel Independent Film Festival in St.John's, NL and when it comes to that we've only got 4 words for ya...
"Get there" and "brace yourself" because the feature film is THE CORRIDOR. 10:30pm Screening
Posted: April 19, 2012
I believe Ryland Aldrich of twitchfilm.com said it best when he described THE CORRIDOR as “a taut thriller that wraps the audience in a blanket of paranoia” (source)
I quote him because my words like - “just the trailer freaked me right out! Scared me to wits end it did” would seem far less eloquent and professional. Watch it for yourself above and let me know how you make out.
Filmed in the peaceful setting of New Ross, NS – five old friends get together for a boys weekend in the woods. It starts out harmless enough, but what transpires in that red cabin... let's just say none of them will ever be the same. (#justsaynotospoilers)
SABS: First of all - let me say...I may not sleep for a while!!!! That's some scary bit of trippy business. What did you think when you first read the script?
Glen Matthews: Yeah, the script is just fantastic. Josh [MacDonald, the writer] lures you in, makes you feel like you're one of the guys, and then all of a sudden drops you into this sci-fi, thriller film, and you're going through these horrors with these five guys. You're invested in them as human beings. The first time I read the script, that's what stood out to me, was that the characters weren't just paint-by-numbers archetypes, which you see all too often in the horror genre, in my opinion.
Mostly though, I thought "Frig, I really want to do this!". We shot THE CORRIDOR two years ago, and at that time I had mostly just done small parts here or there in film and television - this was my first big part in a feature film and I was thrilled to be a part of it, especially considering how in love with the script I was.
SABS: All of that tension building on screen - I would imagine there was some release needed when you weren't rolling?
Glen Matthews: When we were on set, we were a pretty damn well-oiled machine - we shot the film in 21 days, so we all knew that there wasn't too much time to play around with. Off set though, we definitely did our fair share of blowing off of steam.
One of the blessings of shooting THE CORRIDOR on a tight budget was that we didn't have money for trailers.
Instead, in between shots, the cast just hung out in this tiny, cold computer room next to the studio, where we were constantly being told to keep quiet. The chemistry that you see on screen is a direct result of us being jammed together in a tiny room for hours on end.
SABS: I know the movie tells the story of five friends - but having a look at the credits it would seem as though there's a lot of history and friendship between the cast and crew
Glen Matthews: Yeah, when you're working in Nova Scotia, you're bound to know at least 75% of the people on set, between the cast and crew. Prior to shooting, I had met everyone from the cast except for Stephen Chambers (who plays Tyler in the film) who was coming in from Toronto. Matt Amyotte (who plays Bobcat) and I were good friends before the film, he actually cast me in the very first play I ever did, Jump! An 80's Musical, six years ago.
SABS: You're based in Toronto but I gotta believe it's always good to come back home to work on a project
Glen Matthews: It's always great to come back home for any reason, but coming home to work on a film or a play is that much sweeter.
That was a surreal experience, hanging out with two phenomenal actors in Charlie Cox and Eddie Marsan, in the same spot where I used to get inebriated with my friends when we were in high school (tsk tsk, I know).
SABS: What's up next for you - any other projects in the 'hood?
I'll be returning to NS next month to shoot a short film, that's all I can say about it now, unfortunately. While back home, I'll also be putting the finishing touches on Room Service, a short film I wrote and directed. We shot it back in October and have been working away at it ever since. We're hoping to show it in Halifax in the Fall if all goes according to plan.
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THE CORRIDOR was released in Theatres and On Demand in the US by IFC Midnight (IFC Films) on March 31, 2012, and was released by D Films in a limited Canadian theatrical run on March 31 2012, and On Demand in Canada on April 3, 2012.
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