L: Hello Eric, how would you describe yourself?
E: Passionate. Determined. Proactive. Weird. Unfiltered.
L: How did you get into filmmaking?
E: I made a movie. That film led to me making a couple of more movies and it was sort of a snowball effect. I didn’t touch a camera until I was about 18 and I made my first movie at 21. So I just decided I was going to do it.
L: Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear is a 2013 horror anthology film composed of five short films. Can you talk about yours (Taste)? What do you think about horror anthology films?
E: I can’t tell you much about the TASTE segment because I don’t really consider it to be my film. I was asked to write the script and direct the film, but I wasn’t allowed to finish the movie. The producers did that. I didn’t know that was the deal when I signed on, and had I known – I wouldn’t have done it. So the film on the screen is not the film I intended to make, and therefore, I don’t consider it “an Eric England film”.
As for anthologies, I think they’re great. It’s a unique way to get several voices into one film.
L: You also directed Roadside. What about it?
E: It’s a classic Hitchockian thriller that takes a simple plot and spins it on its head. It should be out sometime this year.
E: I wanted to tell a story that felt personal to everyone. Sex was the first thing that came to mind. We all know about sex and I thought it would be a unique way to start a genre film that we’ve seen a million times. I loved the challenge of doing a film about a subject that people have said has been “done to death”.
L: Where did you come up with the idea for the vagina full of maggots?
E: Well, her body was rotting, so it only made sense that while she was sleeping, some flies would have crept inside there. Also, it’s part of this weird urban legend I head when I was a kid and that was the payoff. So I thought it would be cool to have that as the payoff of my film.
E: It was difficult with other actresses, but Najarra is a trooper and an incredible actress. The best actresses are fearless. And that’s what she is. She’s not really afraid to take on any role. More than anything, she and I completely clicked over the film and the characters, so I knew she was the one for the job from the moment we met.
L: In your own words, how would you describe Contracted?
E: That would be too hard without giving anything away. Probably that it’s a story about how one’s lifestyle can affect them in horrific ways.
L: What are you currently working on? What’s your next project?
E: I’m working on several things. I’m not sure what my next film will be exactly, but I’m really excited to get started on HELLBENT and THE SIRENS. Both of those have been announced. They’re totally different from each other and from anything else I’ve ever done.
L: What are your favorite horror movies?
E: My favorite movie of all time is SCREAM. Aside from that, I’m a sucker for the classics: Halloween, Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, The Shining, Evil Dead, etc. etc.
L: Leave a message to the DarkVeins community!
E: Thanks for the support of my films and the films of the genre! Keep it up and I can’t wait for you to see what’s next!
L: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me!
E: Same to you!