Prepare yourselves for all kinds of goopy, gory fun when Shudder drop’s their Original Film today: Music-video and commercial director Josh Forbes‘ (Contracted: Phase II) Destroy All Neighbors.
Helmed by Forbes from an original script written by Mike Benner (“Bob’s Burgers”), Jared Logan (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), and Charles Pieper, the film stars Jonah Ray Rodrigues (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys, Bill and Ted franchise) – who also produce.
Forbes’ wickedly offbeat splatter homage to the glorious ’80s centers on neurotic, introspective musician William Brown (Rodrigues), who is hell bent on putting the finishing touches to his prog-rock tour de force, but falls victim to a severe case of creative roadblocks courtesy of a noisy and grotesque new neighbor called Vlad (Winter). To make matters worse, when William finally summons up the courage to tell Vlad to keep it down, William unwittingly ends up decapitating him. But while attempting to cover up one murder, William’s accidental reign of terror leaves a trail of victims behind who turn into undead corpses, tormenting him at every turn and causing bloody detour after bloody detour on his road to prog-rock Valhalla.
To celebrate Destroy All Neighbors releasing in theaters and on Shudder today, January 12, we caught up with Forbes, Winter and Rodrigues to talk all about the film echoing the old-school horror narratives and effects of the ‘80s golden era, how Winter inhabited the heavily prosthetic-laden neighbor, Vlad, and how they know that “Not everyone with get the film, but the right ones will.”
Words: Howard Gorman