The Pierce Brothers, Writers/Directors of "The Wretched," Talk Indie Filmmaking, Drive-in Success, and Witch Folklore
Brothers Drew and Brett Pierce grew up in a horror household. Their father, Bart, worked on the special effects for The Evil Dead, including the infamous meltdown sequence near the conclusion. As children, they encountered props from the film in their basement and can recall stories their mom shared about director Sam Raimi and crew taking over their house. Now, the brothers have grabbed headlines after their film The Wretched, a creature feature about a witch invading a lakeshore town, found an audience thanks to distributor IFC Midnight’s decision to screen it at drive-ins across the country, thus making it the #1 box office film as theaters remain closed.
The LA-based directors/writers talked to us about their influences, witch folklore, and the film’s success after it made the festival rounds last year, including at bigger fests like Fantasia and smaller fests like HorrOrigins, where it snagged two awards for Best Actor and Best Feature.
(Photo Courtesy of Aislinn Clarke)
Aislinn Clarke made history by becoming the first Irish woman to direct and write a feature-length horror film, The Devil’s Doorway, currently streaming on Hulu. The film focuses on the real horrors of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, where, from 1765 to 1996, women were put away if they became pregnant out of wedlock, had mental issues, or were scorned by any male family member who said they should be put away. They were then placed into forced labor by the Catholic Church.
Jennifer Trent is the Head of Post-production at Blumhouse Productions. With the extensive roster of movies she has been involved with, horror is definitely the dominant genre on her list. Some movies she’s overseen include Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, The Happytime Murders, and Get Out. As a longtime horror fan, it makes sense that she ended at Blumhouse. We were able to get an interview with her about her work at Blumhouse and what exactly being a post producer entails.