An Interview with Scarlet Fry – By Kirsten Walsh

The unshakable Scarlet Fry has been a mover and a shaker for years within the horror community with such films as Nightmare Alley and Horrorama. In 2013, he released Death by VHS- an anthology film. Reviewed in April of 2013 here:, Scarlet took a few moment away from coming up with awesome new ideas for horror films to fill us in on some of the behind the scenes secrets of Death by VHS!

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KW: What can you tell us about the stories behind Death by VHS?

SF: A battered and mysterious VCR…A bevy of lethal video- tapes… These are the building blocks of horror in "DEATH BY VHS". A mind blowing descent into madness and death. Five shocking vignettes, designed to take your sanity and devour your soul! Mild curiosity leads to severe consequences when a couple rents a supposedly cursed video cassette recorder. An urban legend renowned for leaving a trail of agonizing and torturous death. Unbelieving, they take the plunge… And another legend is horrifyingly born… Do you dare give fate a winning hand, and test yourself against the hellish consequences of the VHS machine? Insert Cassette Press Play…DIE!

KW: Definitely sounds spooky! Where did you come up with the idea for the film?

SF: Originally It was going to be called Scream Machine & we had a different wrap around story in the works when we realized we were going to go over budget. We quickly decided to re-write the wrap around story & funny enough we actually wrote it before the film V/H/S ever came out, when we submitted the film to the distributor they decided to change the title to Death BY VHS. The idea just came to us once the pen hit the paper.

KW: Going a bit tech-nerdy, the sound was awesome in the film, which is something that can be a little tricky, especially for a compilation film. Can you talk about the sound process?

SF: We mixed the sound with pro tools & we had a very talented musician friend do the score, the mixing really took us about a month before we could get it right, we are very happy with the outcome. The music in the movie is great! Our guy played it while watching the film so everything syncs perfectly.

KW: I’ve always heard that horror sets are the most fun sets to be on. Did you have some fun chaos happen while shooting?

SF: Yeah during the short film Christmas Krampus when the actor starts singing the ABC song, that was improvised & totally genius. We laughed our butts off that day.

KW: Let’s talk about the effects- many horror films these days go towards using digital effects- what was the choice to use primarily practical, with prosthetics and latex?

SF: I’m a big fan of the old school way of doing effects, especially with gore f/x the practical approach is so much better & more realistic. You can always tell CGI & it is really sad that it has become the primary way of doing f/x these days. There are a ton of talented f/x artists out there now who cant get work, so I have a soft spot for latex & good old fashioned home made gore.

KW: What was your favorite experience from the film?

SF: I love the whole process, for me I think it’s seeing it all come together in the end, what started out as an idea in thin air becomes a reality & I’m holding the DVD in my hand that has to be my favorite part.

KW: What are your plans for Death by VHS and where can people find it?

SF: Death by VHS came out on DVD Sept 17th and is available on amazon.

KW: Awesome! What is next for you?

SF: Right now I’m working on a short film called Love’s a Loaded Gun which will be part of a new anthology coming out next yr that will feature over 20 directors, very much like ABC’s of death, This will be my first serious horror film. So far everything I have done was a bit humorous, but this will actually be pretty sick & disturbing. You can donate to the cause here:

KW: Awesome- so with all of your years of wisdom and horror, what advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?

SF: Never give up & don’t listen to people who tell you , you can’t do it, or if people say what your doing stinks who cares follow your dreams. Make movies because you want to make movies, don’t make movies for the money.

KW: Thanks Scarlet!

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