[Interview] Gareth Evans And Timo Tjahjanto Talk About Their Insane ‘V/H/S/2′ Segment, “Safe Haven”!

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V/H/S/2 just hit VOD!! You can find the iTunes and Apple TV link here. Other outlets carrying it should also include Amazon, AT&T UVerse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Google Play, Playstation 3, Sudden Link, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, VUDU and Xbox Zune. Look around! There’s also a theatrical rollout set for July 12th. We’ve also got an insane look at a new poster courtesy of MTV.

In the film directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto, “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.

Last night I hopped on the phone with directors Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Timo Tjahjanto (Killers) to talk about their segment, “Safe Haven.” While I was at it, I got a little bit of info on The Raid 2. Check it out below and be sure to write your V/H/S/2 review here!!

How did you guys get looped into this?

Gareth: We both got contacted separately. I’m not the horror guy really, I’m more the action guy, but we’ve known each other for 6 or 7 years. And we said, “f*ck it.” We’ve wanted to collaborate so we just let this be that thing.

The segment has such a sense of dread and escalation, but it also has a sense of humor. Was that hard to balance?

Timo: I guess if you take the original inspiration, like the Jonestown Massacre and all that, that whole thing is such a serious subject to tackle. We just wanted to see what would happen if a camera crew went into one of those places on the day of the f*cking apocalypse. In that respect, once we knew we were going to do that – and once we decided it would be supernatural – that informed us in terms of tone. It’s so dark and f*cked up, but it’s laced with black humor and a sense of “what the f*ck is going on?” Hopefully the audience can barely catch their breath.

It’s so ambitious, how much time did you have to shoot it?

Gareth: Seven days, but the schedule we had we would sometimes shoot 18 or 19 hour days. At some point we went for 24 hours and then we had to go for an extra day, so 8 days. The benefits of shooting in Indonesia, we are very independent from union laws.

Timo: It’s very much normal to shoot for those kinds of hours. Gareth and I both have our feature films where we actually went for crazy hours. It’s pretty much nothing new.

Gareth: Also the way we work together as co-directors, we could split up duties and know we could trust the other person. Usually, on our features, neither one of us has a second unit because we want to be able to see everything. But on this one he would cover me for one scene and I’d cover him for another.

The cult leader is amazing. He was in ABC’s Of Death too, right?

Gareth: Oh it’s nice that you noticed that. Yeah Epy Kusnandar, who plays The Father, Timo had done ABC’s with him first and had just f*cking raved about him. I was like, “okay let’s find something for him.” I don’t think he even auditioned, we just cast him off the bat.

Timo: He was already in character when he came for our first call. Also, after “Safe Haven” we cast him in our feature films.

Gareth: Yeah he’s in Killers and will be in The Raid 2 as well. We love Epy to bits so we’re going to keep casting him as more and more f*cked up characters.

Gareth, it seems like the shoot for The Raid 2 is epic. What day are you on and how many do you have left?

Gareth: Right now we’re on day 84 I think. It was supposed to be 100 but we’ve gone over a little. We’re a few days over at the moment. In about a month or so we’ll be done and then post will probably take me until the end of the year. It’s been intense. In a way the number of shooting days is a response to The Raid, which was 71 or 72 days but almost every day was 16 or 17 hours of shooting. We were just drained and sick. So on this one I wanted 5 days a week and 15 hours a day maximum. That helps space it out a little bit.

Timo, how’s post on Killers coming along?

Timo: It’s done, I just came from color correction. We’re going to start getting it into festivals before we go after a premiere here. That film is interesting because it started out as a slasher movie, but it slowly developed into a psychological drama. When I watched the final cut it still ended up having some horror elements, so it will be something fresh, hopefully.

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.turney.58 Joshua Turney

    checked this out last night at midnight, gotta say safe heaven should’ve closed, was truly insane. the rest were ok to good, but this one made it really worthwhile. haven’t seen any of timos other films but will most definitely watch them asap now if they are even an iota as crazy as this short.

  • KeepDoubting

    For god’s sake, make that V/H/S 2 poster along with all of the posters for the first film available to buy somewhere!