In The Pale Door, after a train robbery goes bad, two brothers, Duncan (Zachary Knighton) and Jake (Devin Druid), leading a gang of cowboys must survive the night in a ghost town inhabited by a coven of witches. The film is directed by Aaron B. Koontz and is written by Cameron Burns, Koontz and Keith Lansdale. It stars Melora Walters, Zachary Knighton, Stan Shaw, Devin Druid, Bill Sage, Pat Healy, and Noah Segan. It is now streaming on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I chatted with the director and co-writer, Aaron B. Koontz, about his film The Pale Door. During the episode we discuss the inspiration behind the story; dealing with insane weather during filming; finding the balance between genres; what makes this film a passion project because of how personal it is to Aaron; as well as the original ending that Aaron had written; as well as some of the practical FX.
There’s much more here, too, and just a note about spoilers: There are mild spoilers throughout the conversation but the only time where I personally felt it was super spoiler heavy is from 30:00-30:30, 37:10-39:00 and then basically from 44:00 to 49:00 when we get in depth about the witches.
You can listen to the episode below or go here to download it.