Emil Hyde, Filmmaker
Y Spy: Who are you and why are you here?
Emil Hyde: My name is Emil Hyde, and I’m here at HorrorHound Weekend promoting our film, “The Landlord!”
Y Spy: What is “The Landlord” about?
Hyde: “The Landlord” is a heartwarming tale of a young man who inherits a demon-infested apartment building from his devil-worshipping parents, and with it the responsibility for finding new tenants for the demons to devour, and cleaning up the mess when they’re done!
Y Spy: Is this your first time as a director?
Hyde: Yes. This is my first time directing a real movie. We had a few cases where it was just us running around a backyard with camcorders. Those don’t count.
Y Spy: What is the difference between then and now?
Hyde: Money. And people.
Y Spy: How much did it cost to make this movie?
Hyde: This movie cost an affordable $20,000 to produce, paid largely on credit cards. The other ones cost about $175.
Y Spy: What is your take on horror?
Hyde: You can’t watch a “horror” movie; you’re always watching an individual movie. You might be watching our film, which some might call a horror-comedy. I don’t know how one can say: “I don’t like horror-comedies,” when there’s probably one out there that’s good. I generally don’t like remakes, but occasionally you’ll get something like the remake of “The Hills have Eyes” that kind of kick ass. There’s an audience for the genre, and as for the art itself, there’s good films and bad films.
Y Spy: What has the reaction been thus far to “The Landlord?”
Hyde: We started showing it at film festivals in August, and as with any little film that doesn’t have the Hollywood bullhorn people were looking at us as if we were trying to sell them a vial of the Ebola virus. But as word got out that it was a really funny film – almost a sitcom version of “Hellraiser” – and not just another backyard zombie film, it’s been getting easier and easier to sell.
Y Spy: Would you be okay with making a Hollywood film, considering all its restrictions?
Hyde: You’re dealing with some major restrictions when you’re working on the independent level. Yes. I’d absolutely take a job doing a Hollywood movie. I’d figure out how to fuck with the system later.
Y Spy: Is there anything coming down the pipe?
Hyde: Yeah, we’re working on a couple of projects. One that you’ll probably be hearing about soon is called “The Dog Cage.” We’ll be producing a graphic novel first and a movie later. You should be hearing about that this fall.
“The Landlord” is available now. More information can be found at www.thelandlordmovie.com.
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