"On the night of the blood moon, there may be hell to pay."
Haddie is a new and unique horror film in pre-production stages from writer/director Jimmy Westmoreland. Westmoreland is a veteran to the local film scene and has made a name for himself as a writer, director and producer. We've seen his work more recently in the supernatural thriller, Tuckerman, which premiered in September of 2011. According to the film's Facebook page, Haddie will be shot in Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida. Continue on for a synopsis of the film and an interview with Jimmy Westmoreland.
From the Facebook Page:
Debbie and Stephen, bickering and barely clinging to their marriage, travel to the deep country to care for Debbie's ailing aunt. Once there, they discover a secret Haddie has kept hidden for years - and find themselves trapped in the house by animals they never knew existed. In the middle of it all, Debbie's sister Sherry, arrives, drunk, with unresolved feelings for Stephen. Before the night's over, they will question what the creatures outside are, and whether or not any of them have a chance of getting out alive.
Jess Carson: Thanks for taking the time out for this interview. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Jimmy Westmoreland: My name is Jimmy Westmoreland, but a lot of people know me as Jett because I have dual personalities. Jett’s a little weird, but he likes chocolate like I do, so it’s cool. I work a day job editing commercials, and spend my nights and weekends with the family or (more times than not) working on a book or a movie (currently The Gathering and Haddie).
I’m also a Cancer and love short walks on the beach…
JC: Who came up with the concept for Haddie?
JW: Haddie is the third story from my collection, Quad, to be made into an indie feature. And the concept is simple: “What would you do if you actually found yourself trapped by real life monsters?”
JC: What do you think will set this film apart from other films in the genre?
JW: Haddie is more atmospheric and creepy than [a] slasher and gore [film], so that will set it apart from a lot of “mainstream” horror being made today. Emotionally, we hope to put you in that house with Debbie and Stephen as they experience a nightmare.
JC: Tell us a bit about your crew.
JW: We‘re just starting to reach out to crew members now. There’s a huge talent pool in Arkansas and it takes a while to talk to everyone. Plus, the out-of-state interest has been amazing. There are several crew members we’ve worked with before who we would love to have involved, we just don’t know in what capacity yet. We’ll dive deeper into it once we have the dates for the production.
JC: How's casting going?
JW: Casting is great. I love the open casting calls, but this time we went with video demos to give actors who don’t live here a chance to audition. We received tons and it’s making decisions difficult. Plus, we’re still talking to two veteran actors who we hope will be joining the project.
JC: Are there any other projects we should be on the lookout for from you?
JW: Yes, most definitely. Right after Haddie, I’m optioning the rights to a '70’s horror/comedy for a remake, then there’s the fourth (and final) installment from Quad - a story about a stripper and her brother with Sudden Onset Rage Syndrome, and now Haddie 2. We’re also currently shopping packages for two kid/teen adventure stories, Alienhead and Ungrateful, both written by Jennifer Mazzacane. There seems to be growing interest in these two, so it’s very possible one of them will shift to the top of the slate. And I’m still plugging away at The Gathering (the book), so hopefully it will be out this year.
JC: Is there anything else you'd like for us to know?
JW: If anyone wants information or is interested in Haddie, they can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wain Bradley at email@example.com. I would suggest emailing Wain for any business related purposes. Also, we will be taking advantage of tax credits, Sec. 181, etc. for anyone interested in investing in movie production.