Producer Travis Stevens has worked on some of the most beloved modern genre movies including Cheap Thrills, Starry Eyes, We Are Still Here and Ted Geoghegan’s upcoming, and hugely-anticipated, Mohawk. He seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to choosing projects, but remains refreshingly out of the limelight himself, letting the work speak for itself.
His latest project is 68 Kill, a horror-comedy pitching a psychotic girlfriend (energetically played by Annalynne McCord) against her guileless, hugely gullible boyfriend (fan favourite Matthew Gray Gubler, loveably schlubby). The flick’s gender politics are questionable, but it’s still a rollicking good time for the most part, a kind of offbeat road movie with a nasty streak of dark humour.
Boasting some fantastically gory violence and a wicked cast that also includes Sheila Vand, 68 Kill went down enormously well with the Frightfest audience. It’ll no doubt find a considerable audience on home video, and may even be destined to become a cult hit given its self-proclaimed attitude problem.
Based on the novel of the same name by Bryan Smith, the movie is hilariously described on IMDb as “A punk-rock after hours about femininity, masculinity and the theft of $68,00″.
68 Kill stars Annalynne McCord (Excision), Matthew Gray Gubler (Trash Fire), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) and Alisha Boe (Paranormal Activity 4). Fan favourite Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills) wrote and directed, with Travis Stevens producing. Check out our review of the movie here.
Wicked Horror caught up with Stevens, who was out in force representing the movie at Frightfest 2017, to discuss female-fronted horror, why he would do just about anything for Haaga, and he even dropped a big hint about his next project. Also no, he does not remove his sunglasses for the entire interview.
Interview conducted by: Joey Keogh
Camera: Richard Waters
Editing: Richard Waters