Exclusive Interview with “Dead List” Filmmakers Holden Andrews, & Victor Mathieu

This May, pray you’re not on the… DEAD LIST.

A struggling actor conjures a dark force in order to win a movie role in a terrifying new movie experience from filmmakers Holden Andrews, and Victor Mathieu.

High Octane Pictures unveils the DEAD LIST on VOD this May.

Calvin is competing with five other actors — Zander, Scott, Kush, Jason and Bob — for a major movie role. Stopping at nothing to win the role of a lifetime, he uses a demonic book to curse his fellow actors, with each actor being killed off in their own separate unique and terrifying chapter.

DEAD LIST available 5/1/18 on VOD, DVD 7/3/18 on DVD, and SVOD 9/4/18.

-PH: Thanks for chatting to us – or is it written in your contract you have to? Ha!

-Holden AndrewsYou’re welcome, excited to have the chance to share Dead List with you and your audience!

-PH: How did this film come about?

-Holden AndrewsThe three of us are true fans of horror and have favorite films that span the genre. Between us we love films like The Blob, The Exorcist, V/H/S, IT, Goosebumps, Creep show, Evil Dead, and the television show The Twilight Zone. We partnered together to make Dead List, a new take on the horror anthology genre. Instead of having multiple chapters that tell different stories we made an anthology film where each chapter continues to tell a singular narrative of the film.

The inspiration for the film comes from us all living in LA and working in the film industry. We wanted to tell a story about the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, framing Dead List around a group of actors who are interested only in excelling their own careers by any means possible.

-PH: Was it shot in your neck of the woods?

-Holden AndrewsWe shot on location in Los Angeles, CA, where the film is takes place and where we all live.

-PH: What was it about the concept…?

-Holden AndrewsLiving in LA we wanted to tell a story about the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, framing Dead List around a group of actors who are interested only in excelling their own careers by any means possible. If you’ve lived in LA and are in the film industry, chances are you’re very well aware of how difficult it is to make it in this town, how hard you have to fight, and the dog eat dog nature it breeds. This of course can then translate into any environment where unethical behaviour is unchecked.

-PH: And is it based on any personal events? Heck, are any of the characters in the film based on you or people you know?

-Holden AndrewsThe film is 100% original, but there are definitely things in this world that influenced us when making this film. For example, the first chapter tackles an unresolved issue in the US about police brutality and the excessive use of force. In addition, the opening scene to the chapter with the Witch is based off a conversation Victor and Holden once had back in college, where they met at USC.

-PH: How fulfilling is it working on an indie production? I imagine it’s very fulfilling once they’re complete?

-Holden AndrewsThis was a project of love by three talented filmmakers, we set out to make the best film possible. We had 100% creative control, so we took out all the stops. We created over 5 monsters to appear in Dead List. We had nothing but an amazing time making Dead List, from everyone that we worked with to the amazing memories we created together. Our cast was not only talented but dedicated, they were a privilege to work with. It was such a positive experience that we already begin next steps on making the sequel. Also, the fulfilling aspect of it wasn’t just the experience, but the result our efforts achieved. We managed to form a dream team that made a film worthy of being distributed by High Octane Pictures. This was such a honor for all the hard work we had put in.

-PH: What keeps you in the game?

-Holden AndrewsTaking an idea, getting it onto the screen, and being able to see how it affects the audience is what drives me to continue working to this day.

-Victor MathieuMy ultimate goal is to have the freedom to tell the stories I want to tell, because I simply have so many that are screaming to be brought to life. In order for that to happen though, I know that I need to work on and create films that people will hopefully like and even more so, grow fond of. Therefore, I constantly write synopsises, develop director’s pitch packages, ceaate storyboards…coming up with ideas and watching them play in my head is probably one of the most motivating factors for me. If I enjoy an idea this much, I’m willing to bet that others will as well and that’s what motivates me most – the idea that someone else will get to see what’s playing through my head, if the finances work out of course!

-PH: What’s next for you?

-Holden AndrewsStay tuned for Scary Nights, a 360 VR horror series I worked on with Victor Mathieu, later this year and the sequel to Dead List which is going to be AMAZING! Also, Ivan Asen and I have written a road trip horror film that gives From Dusk Till Dawn a run for its money and we’re in the process of shopping it right now.

-Victor MathieuI’m currently deep in development on La Llorona, a horror film about the famous Mexican legend. I can’t speak too much about it since I want to protect my ideas for the project at the moment, but I am confident it will see the light of day soon as I have big plans for it and I’m pretty far in already. I’m also attached to an emotional and character driven feature horror film called Shallow Water, produced by good friend and producer Albert Melamed along with a few other feature films. I’m also wrapping up filming on a Breaking Bad type TV series called First List, an amazing and suspenseful show for which I wrote all 8 episodes.

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