On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I talked with Jeremy Gardner (pictured in the featured image), the co-director, writer and star of After Midnight (a new Shudder Exclusive).
After a decade-long storybook romance for Hank (Gardner) and Abby (Brea Grant) in small-town Florida, Abby disappears in the middle of the night and leaves a cryptic note saying she’s going away for awhile. Hank processes this as his life falls apart; and coinciding with this is a monster who tries to break into his home every night. The film is directed by Gardner and Christian Stella, and also stars Henry Zebrowski, Justin Benson (who is also a producer on the film alongside Aaron Moorhead) and Ashley Song. My review of the film can be found here.
We discuss stories in bartending and the “bar mat shot,” getting Brea Grant for the film and auditions, growing as a filmmaker since his first film The Battery, collaborating with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the film’s original title, karaoke and the perfect mix-tape song, framing shots, as well as creature design and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Todd Masters.
A note about spoilers: Mild spoiler warning at 14:30 to 17:00, and this part of the conversation is definitely more interesting if you’ve seen the film (streaming now on Shudder in the U.S.), so watch the film first and come back to listen to this part.
As always, you can listen to the podcast below or go here to download it.