Slasher films are an acquired taste. A subgenre of horror films, they normally involve a serial killer murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools. Slasher films were originally influenced by such movies as Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960). Slasher films experienced their “Golden Age” between 1978 and 1984.
Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child’s Play (1988), Candyman (1992), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Many slasher films released decades ago continue to attract cult followings The slasher canon can be divided into three eras: the classical (1974–1993), the self-referential (1994–2000), and the neo-slasher cycle (2001–2013)
Drawing on the early 1980s influence of slasher films, young filmmaker Randy “Randy Dies” Scott is working on creating a slasher film. Taking his cast and crew into the woods of Hillman, Michigan, this is where this will all go down.
Randy permitted us an interview and talks at length about how he was influenced to create this movie and what he will do to bring it about. Randy is creating a slasher film and is confident that this movie will find an audience if a “cult following.” It will be called Paradise Lodge.
When did you start filming Paradise Lodge?
Randy, We started filming July 8th on location in Hillman Michigan.. December is when we are planning to release it. I’ve always been a big fan of horror films and I came up with a basic concept of a very eighties throwback Styles slasher similar to Friday the 13th of a group of friends go out to a cabin and meet simply a madman in the woods. I contacted my friend Dale Hills about it. I had close to the first 30 pages and he took over and had a concept than an idea and ran with it.
Talking features, who are your featured actors in your film? How did this cast work together?
You’re a man of many talents. When does your movie release? Are you looking at a possible premiere, or will this be released online?
Randy, We are planning on doing a red carpet premiere in Detroit. From there we may look at festivals, as well. I don’t plan on dropping it on digital right away. If the first 30 minutes of footage tells me anything it’s that this cast deserves every opportunity I can make for them.
Paradise Lodge teaser trailer
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