Nobody wants to leave a house party, right? If it’s a really good one, odds are you won’t leave until the next morning, until the police bust it or until you’re brutally murdered by the Devil himself! Well, at least that’s the type of fate that Josh Petrino’s characters in his film “The Devil’s Tree” may have to face.
“After visiting a landmark tree rumored to be a gateway to hell, a group of friends hold a small house party where, without explanation, they realize they mentally can’t bring themselves to leave. Shortly after this revelation, torment and slaughter begins at the hands of a supernatural killer with a warped, sadistic sense of humor.”
Sounds promising, eh? Well this film needs your help and there’s only a few days left to jump on board. We got the low down from director Josh Petrino about his new film and invite you to read some of his insight for yourself. If it sounds like something you’d dig (and if you’re here already then you know you already will), then do the right thing for Satan’s sake and SUPPORT INDIE HORROR!
LAHORROR: You guys have a lot of movie influences listed for this film, from “The Devil’s Rejects” all the way to “Clerks.” What kind of film are people going to see when they watch “The Devil’s Tree”?
Josh Petrino: I’m a movie nerd through and through so I think everything I love and have watched over and over again will have an influence on this but fans of those films are sure to enjoy it. That is the crowd we are going for. We want to establish our characters as quickly as possible so we can get right to their downfall. Why should we bore you with a long set up, long dialogue and semantics? Let’s try to make you like these poeple ASAP and then take them away from you.
LAHORROR: Good man Josh, get to the good stuff. What kind of characters are we going to meet in “The Devil’s Tree?”
JP: All the characters are based on people I know with the exception of the killer. We’ve written them in a way where they could each have their own movie. I think it’s important that our characters are interesting enough to deserve their time on screen. They’re not really kids to be honest. They’re old friends that are kinda forced into hanging out again despite all of them growing up and going their separate ways…They aren’t idiots, in fact most of them are above average intelligence and most of them would react how any person would.
LAHORROR: And why do they go messing around with things that they probably shouldn’t be…?
JP: They go to the Devil’s Tree, which is a landmark with some mythology behind it, just to check it out. A lot of people visit abandoned places or creepy landmarks, but nobody REALLY expects anything to happen. These people live within our own universe, they’re aware of horror movies, they live life how we do. If someone were to tell you, going to a tree could open a gate to hell, would you actually believe them? No. Some people might get spooked but none of us have seen a demon or real evidence of anything of the sort. It’s a place to go to get a fun scare and have a good time. I’m a very skeptical person and most of this group is too, I think if a demon or something supernatural ripped my heart out, I’d spend my last waking seconds confused and trying to figure out a reasonable explanation for it. This group doesn’t instigate anything at all. They’re just an unlucky few out of many. Extremely unlucky…
LAHORROR: Supernatural killers are always exciting because the deaths can be as crazy as your imagination lets you be. Without giving too much away, what kind of carnage are we going to see in “The Devil’s Tree”?
JP: All kinds. Some of the deaths are going to be pretty damn unique. I’m a fan of the unorthodox and bizarre…
And with the previous talk of hearts being ripped out, we’ll leave that at that…….