“The problem is this: you can never make everyone like a movie, especially my movies. But you can make people that like something love it and that’s the best chance you have of having a commercial hit.”
We had the chance to speak with Matthew Leslie in advance of the Salem premiere of Summer of 84 on Thursday, August 23. Go deep into the production history, unravel the role of nostalgia and impact of media in a time before the Internet and learn how his experience growing up on the North Shore helped shape the new film.
During a Boston visit to promote his new film Upgrade, we had the opportunity to sit down with writer and director Leigh Whannell. Over the course of the interview, he addresses themes of cultural violence and mental health in the Saw and Insidious franchises he helped create, and talks about what it was like to direct his first film without creative partner James Wan.
Built as a supernatural slasher akin to Final Destination, It Follows and Nightmare On Elm Street, Truth or Dare selectively subverts expectations by delivering its onscreen deaths in unpredictable patterns with suspense drawn directly from its character’s psyche as part of a game of Russian roulette in which the audience is complicit.
This weekend is all about resurrection. Enjoy the springtime festivities and don't miss our first Salem Horror pop-up party at Tanner City Barbershop in Peabody, Massachusetts for a free screening of Child's Play 2 on Sunday, April 8th!