Patrick Rea is a talented writer and director who has been making movies for over 10 years. Although he has numerous short films currently on the festival circuit, Rea’s feature length horror flick “Nailbiter” has been racking up awards left and right. The low budget picture brings something a little different to the genre, as it tells the story of a mother and three daughters who are trapped in a cellar attempting to avoid a storm.
Among its many honors, “Nailbiter” has been named Best Feature at the Mad Monster Party, Best Film at the Horrorfind Weekend Film Festival, and Best Horror Feature at the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival. The movie also earned top prizes at the Fright Night Film Festival and Chicago Fear Fest, with Rea taking Best Director spots at both events.
“Nailbiter,” which will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, will next screen at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis on September 7, kicking off Elvira’s Horror Hunt film festival.
Below is a brief interview with Rea, discussing horror, “Nailbiter,” and his future plans.
What is the first horror movie you fell in love with?
I think the very first horror movie I fell in love with was the original “Friday the 13th.” I was watching those films when I wasn’t supposed to at a very young age while growing up in Nebraska. I caught it on cable and quickly became obsessed with the film and its sequels. I think the USA Network back in the 80s and 90s is partially responsible.
Not only is “Nailbiter” truly frightening, but it looks great compared to many other indie films. What were you hoping to accomplish with this movie?
Well, I really wanted to make a horror film that relied on suspense rather than gore and had a very old-fashioned feel to it. I didn’t want to use quick cuts in the editing. I also wanted the score to sound more classical than having it be too modern. I think our overall goal was to make a horror film that could appeal to more than just the teen crowd as well. The first time we screened the film, I had a fourteen year-old tell me they loved it, as well as a seventy-five year old.
It obviously needs a sequel! Are there any plans to continue this story?
We have a script written for “Nailbiter Part 2” and are hoping to make the film in the near future. I’m going to do a different horror film with more comedic elements about energy drinks first and then come back to the “Nailbiter” story. The sequel script goes in a few directions that are unexpected, while still delivering on what is hinted at the end of the first film. The trick is that it’s going to be a bigger story and will probably cost a lot more than the first film!
What are some of your plans for the future?
Well, I have several projects I’m interested in doing. The horror/comedy is what I’m working on now, but I have a stack of scripts I’d like to make. I also have recently ventured into a non-horror genre with a short crime-drama titled “Rhino,” starring Malcolm Goodwin and Keith Loneker. The film is currently on the festival circuit. I also several new short films that I have coming out here in a few months. I’ll always make shorts between features. It keeps me energized.
For more information about “Nailbiter,” visit the movie’s facebook site. The film can be seen at these upcoming festivals:
HorrorHound Weekend – September 7-9, Indianapolis
Montreal Horror Fest – September 14-16, Montreal
Con X Kansas City – September 14-16, Kansas City
Shriekfest LA – October 4-7, Los Angeles
Cinema Wasteland – October 5-7, Cleveland
Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival – October 19-21, Richmond, WA
Bram Stoker Horror Film Festival – October 25-28, Skelton, North Yorkshire, England
New Orleans Horror Film Festival – October 25-28, New Orleans
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival – October 31, Palatine, IL
Drunken Zombie Film Festival – November 2-4, Peoria, IL