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[Interview] ‘V/H/S/2’ Director Jason Eisener On Aliens, ‘Fire In The Sky’ And Loving Kids Movies


V/H/S/2 hit VOD last week and I’m loving all of your reactions. You can find the iTunes and Apple TV link here. Other outlets carrying it should also include Amazon (link link here), 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.

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.

Earlier this week I spoke to director Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgon) whose segment, “Alien Abduction Slumber Party”, is one of the film’s highlights. It’s youthful, exuberant and fun and I can definitely see him making a Goonies type film someday. Head below to check it out and be sure to write your review here!!

V/H/S/2 is considered to be more colorful and cinematic than the first one, and your segment certainly contributes to that. Was the more cinematic approach discussed with everyone ahead of time, or was it a coincidence?

We would have a big group talk over the phone, which sometimes felt like a nightmare because there’d be 20 people on it. We just sent each other our scripts so we could go through them and make sure that none of us were doing the same thing. They pretty much gave us free reign to do whatever we wanted. The main thing is that we never wanted the audience to ask, “oh why didn’t they just turn off the camera?” That was really the only guideline.

When I first pitched my idea to Brad and told him I wanted to do something with aliens he was like, “oh my God! I’ve always wanted to do that!” He greenlit it right away.

Have you seen ‘Fire In The Sky?

Oh yeah, that’s the movie when I was a kid that ruined my life for a couple years. It kind of triggered my fascination with aliens and I slept with a baseball bat under my bed.

Working with the kids in your short, was that hard to take them through all of that?

It was interesting because none of the kids had never acted before except for the main kid, Gary. I just wanted kids that reminded me of me and my friends when we were kids. I would always be asking them questions – what would they do? What kind of pranks would they pull? The tough part was trying to escape the 30 person crew. Sometimes we’d come up with an idea and run away from the production and I’d just put the camera in the kids’ hands and let them go to town. Some of those moments are my favorite, they feel really genuine.

I’m a huge fan of Goonies, The Monster Squad and The Sandlot and have always wanted to do something in that world. That’s always been one of my dreams, to make a fun kids movie.

We only see the aliens fleetingly, were the suits super detailed or did you have to make sure you didn’t show too much of them?

The aliens looked pretty good. It was a couple of my friends and we made the masks for them and these gloves they used for hands. Then we just painted their bodies all white. Luckily it was summer. When I was writing it there was a new Jaws special edition that came out and I was watching the documentary and thinking about that movie a lot while writing and I was really inspired to do something with kids, something on the water, and also deal with a monster that we don’t really get to see that much of.

It’s kind of based off of my recurring childhood nightmares of being chased by aliens. The aliens would come into my home and try to abduct me and my friends and we’re just running. In my dreams the aliens are always kind of distant, and by the time they get super close to me the dream is over. When I was researching aliens I just kind of based the images on everything I saw and my nightmares.




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