Anyone who was lucky enough to catch Graham Skipper in Joe Begos’ Almost Human and this year’s The Mind’s Eye will know that this guy is about to be huge. Natural, likeable and endlessly charismatic, Skipper has already proved he can more than hold his own no matter how much blood and guts is flying.

Beyond The Gates, the debut feature from writer-director Jackson Stewart, puts Skipper front and centre in his most challenging role yet as a recovering alcoholic who finds himself thrust into a supernatural world, alongside his brother, thanks to the titular game. It also sees him sporting a pair of specs that would make Herbert West (whom he portrayed in the joyous Re-animator: The Musical) green with envy.

Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it

Starring alongside Skipper in Beyond The Gates are genre stalwarts Chase Williamson, Brea Grant and even Barbara Crampton herself. Stewart co-wrote the script with Stephen Scarlata, while Crampton also has a producer credit.

Wicked Horror caught up with Skipper at Frightfest 2016 to discuss his star-making turn in the flick, what’s next for him and how it feels to be a horror star on the rise.

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Interview conducted by: Joey Keogh
Camera: Mark Vessey
Editing: Richard Waters