Up subsequent from Australian writing-directing staff Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres, Scare Campaign) is found footage horror Late Night With the Devil, with David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad) starring because the host of a late-night discuss show that descends right into a nightmare.
Dastmalchian stars as Jack Delroy, the charismatic host of “Night Owls,” and the movie traces the ill-fated taping of a stay Halloween special plagued by a demonic presence.
Bloody Disgusting spoke with the actor after the SXSW world premiere of Late Night with the Devil (our review). Dastmalchian, a massive horror fan who’s hosted the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in character as fanged host Dr. Fearless and can additionally be the writer of the graphic novel Count Crowley, seems like an ideal fit as host Jack Delroy.
It turns out that producer Roy Lee thought so, too.
“It’s loopy to me to suppose that someone wrote the script, learn the script, was producing the script, and thought, let’s name Dave Dastmalchian,” the actor states. “But that’s exactly what Roy Lee did. Roy’s producing the film, and believed in and liked the movie when he read it and was helping put it collectively, and for no matter reason, he considered me and sent it to me.”
Dastmalchian describes how he personally was reeled in before he even learn the script, “The very first thing I looked at was the lookbook that the directors had created, which was designed within the format of a 1970s TV Guide combined with a National Enquirer. The design, the structure, the tone, the imagery, the language all was so entrancing to me, this world-building that was going on. That led me proper into studying the script with some further pleasure. So, I began studying the script and all the genre components and the horror elements of the film, which in fact, I love as a longtime lover of the style, was second to the facility of the character growth all through the story.”
He provides, “I thought there was one thing that I could really connect with once I was studying Jack’s journey from the opening monologue by way of to the tip of the film and seeing this development of a person who has created a public persona that is so very important to his validation as a person, to his success as a business person, to his reputation as an entertainer and showman, and this personal suffering; the deconstructing mind of a man who has faced abject trauma and hasn’t processed it properly. That was the hook that pulled me in, after which I was like, ‘I wish to go for this.’”
A significant component of Late Night with the Devil‘s success and enchantment is the intricate blocking and staging that the Cairnes’ craft to establish a TV set’s bustling, chaotic nature during a stay broadcast. It’s a formidable technical feat. Dastmalchian breaks it down, “When you focus on those 70s films like Network or these chaotic power storytelling narratives where you see behind the scenes of manufacturing, to me, that is one thing I expertise frequently when I’m on the set of, say, a movie or TV show. There’s this chaos and incredible power, but when issues aren’t going well, it could rapidly spin into a pretty intense maze of feelings, different people’s working types, and other people’s crises.
“So, over the course of the night time in query throughout Late Night with the Devil, what’s occurring with my character and these moments in between broadcasts were so important to layering in the pressure of what was constructing. So, it was great to work with the camera staff we did, and the directors have been so intentional about this, however as soon as we yell cut to industrial break, after which we’re behind the scenes, the energy, the pacing simply fully shifted.”
The actor continues, “It went from one sort of music to a different, and I’m blocking it particularly so the digital camera can catch all these moments, however we would like it to feel fluid and natural. It should look nearly like vérité style, like a 70s French documentary vibe, and I’m ensuring you’re hitting this mark right here, and you’re grabbing the espresso right here and the cigarette there. There’s a mirror there, and also you need to make certain and switch right here as a end result of there’s some background going this manner. Oh, I love that stuff. It’s the magical choreography of movie language that whenever you get into sync, it’s like it provides you a lot to chew on as an actor.”
While Dastmalchian took nice care to vanish into his character and make him completely original, the actor studied the mannerisms and cadence of legendary late-night TV hosts.
He explains, “There were simply hours, most likely dozens if not lots of of hours of nights where I would, earlier than mattress, just put on old YouTube episodes that I could find of everyone from Don Lane who is a big affect on our film. Don Lane was the late-night discuss present host that Colin and Cameron grew up watching. He was an American entertainer who became a big late-night speak show host in Australia. He was the Johnny Carson of Australia, but he additionally had extra of a proclivity toward the esoteric. So he was always having on thoughts readers, spoon benders, he liked that stuff, the supernatural.
“I also watched lots of the old episodes of Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, and early David Letterman. Interestingly, some of the inspirations I pulled additionally weren’t necessarily late-night talk show hosts, just because I love listening to Art Bell, an previous radio host, in the way that he would relate to callers or visitors that he would have on the present. Because he at all times spoke in a means, he took them very seriously, even when they were talking about something that most individuals would laugh about, like alien abductions or one thing. There was plenty of time excited about how a presenter, a bunch, or a showman like that’s going to nail the language and the rhythm of the language. And I wanted it to return out of my mouth in a method that felt authentic to individuals who watched those exhibits back in the day. If it may fall on the ear in a pattern that echoed that, I can be actually pleased.”
If it wasn’t already abundantly clear, Dastmalchian adores horror. When requested what type of horror attracts the actor to a task, the reply is extra advanced. He provides teases on the number of horror contained within Late Night with the Devil.
“There are sixteen different things that draw me into a movie like this from the horror angle,” he tells Bloody Disgusting. “I knew from early conversations with Colin and Cameron and the producers that they would employ the magic of practical makeup and special effects on the film. They were going to be threading some traditional horror motifs into the film, particularly regarding 1970s occult and exorcism sort of stylistic selections.
“Anyone who loves horror loves an excellent twist. There were going to be some mind-bending twists within the story the place we have been going to get the viewers getting into a certain course and make them really feel like they had been getting a handle on what was occurring earlier than we would crash that practice and completely send them in one other direction. Some main physique horror parts that I thought have been going to be exciting for audiences, and so they repay because watching it with the crowd final evening did. Then the factor to me, as much as I love all forms of the genre, and I mean that like, from B to Z horror to camp, to comedy horror, to just extreme gore, slasher, bull in a China shop horror movies. This continues to be a character-driven story and a drama. That is probably the most thrilling type of genre storytelling to observe at the moment. That’s what I’m really into, and that’s why another excuse I was excited concerning the venture.”
If none of this sells the originality of Late Night with the Devil, Dastmalchian leaves us with a promise: the film’s refined moments and clues are rewarding upon re-watches.
He explains, “The boys layered in issues that, upon second viewing, I began to catch, particularly in the background because Jack is so haunted by elements of his previous, and there are moments in the film the place that comes crashingly, terrifyingly into his face. But there were moments as I re-watched the movie where I observed how they were subliminally piping in little whispers and images of issues from the past that do such an excellent job of just creating attention subconsciously with the viewers.
“Just like Friedkin did in The Exorcist by planting in subliminal messages and sound effects and things like that. It’s an outdated trick, but it’s a good one.”