Filmcraziest Interviews, Justin G. Dyck and Keith Cooper, “Anything for Jackson”

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I chat with director Justin G. Dyck and writer Keith Cooper for their new film Anything for Jackson, a great reverse exorcism horror that had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on Sept. 1, and recently had its U.S. Premiere as a part of the Nighstream Film Festival on Oct. 9.

The plot: Dr. Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) and his wife, Audrey (Sheila McCarthy), lost their grandson, Jackson, in a car crash two years earlier and instead of accepting it, they found satanism. To get him back, they kidnap one of Henry’s pregnant patients, Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), to execute a ritual that would hopefully bring Jackson back, but they get more than they bargained for. The film also stars Yannick Bisson and Josh Cruddas. My review out of Nightstream can be found here, and my first review from Fantasia can be found here

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Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings in Anything for Jackson. (Courtesy of Fantasia Film Festival.)

For Canadian readers: The film plays as a part of Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Canada on the Super Channel, and the film plays on the Super Channel in Canada tonight (Oct. 28) at 9 p.m., with a Q&A following, and an encore screening at 12 a.m.

In our interview, we chat about the bizarre things they had to research for the film, the film’s ghosts, the use of jump scares, how well the design of the house worked for the story, what it was like working with the talented cast, the dry humour, and more. Also, just to note, there’s a major spoiler warning that goes in effect at 40:36 to 47:30, so if you don’t want much of the third act ruined, just skip past this part. You can listen to the interview below, or go here to download it.

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