Tommy Vlahopoulos & Matthew Lamothe Talk ‘Intruders’
Horrornchill.com sits down with Intruders Executive Producers Tommy Vlahopoulos and Matthew Lamothe. Intruders is an original, claustrophobic, and utterly terrifying home invasion horror movie. The film stars Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin, and Martin Starr.
Intruders tells the story of Anna Rook who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only problem. Intruders is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and more. Check out the Golden Trailer Award nominated trailer for Intruders:
Intruders Executive Producers Tommy Vlahopoulos and Matthew Lamothe sits down with Horrornchill.com to talk Intruders, horror, and more in this exclusive interview.
First, I just wanted to say congratulations on the success of your new film Intruders. It’s a great film. How did the project come about?
Matthew Lamothe: Christa Campbell of Lati Grobman Films introduced us to the project. She had vetted out Directors Adam Schindler and Brian Netto through Millennium. Christa Campbell was also in charge of domestic sales which landed us a deal with eOne. We were very fortunate to have such an impactful production.
Until watching Intruders, I had no clue how great of an actress Beth Riesgraf is. Her portrayal of Anna Rook was amazing. How was it working with Beth? What was it like on set?
Tommy Vlahopoulos: Beth was great to work with and yes, she gave one hell of a performance. Beth had a lot riding on her shoulders as the lead, with some very intense scenes. All in all, she delivered a solid performance. I would certainly work with her again.
What horror films have influenced you as an Executive Producer?
Matthew Lamothe: Growing up I was always intrigued with the cult classics likes of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. But more recently I have gravitated to enjoy more intense thrillers, particularly Justin Kerzel’s Snowtown Murders and Prisoners.
Many horror fans are also indie filmmakers and aspiring screenwriters. Do you have any advice for these indie artists that would help them break into the industry?
Tommy Vlahopoulos: Most people don’t realize this is a business as much as it is an art. So to make just any film because it has sentimental value to a handful of people does not work for me. The script, cast, and production have to all make sense from a business standpoint – commercial is key.
What kind of projects can fans expect to see next? Any chance of bringing Beth Riesgraf back for an Intruders sequel or prequel?
Matthew Lamothe: We are currently in production on an adaption from an award winning best selling graphic novel created by Alan Robert that IDW published entitled Crawl To Me. I cannot reveal much about the cast but I can say the script has been a hit. This has been one hell of a development process. I cannot wait until we lock picture. In regards to bringing back Ann for another Intruders…I’ll leave that up to your imagination.