Evil Never Dies

A Conversation With Executive Producer Jeffrey Hayes

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Q: If you had to describe this movie in one word, what would it be?

A: If I had to describe this picture in one word, it would have to be "frightening." And that's not just in the sense that it's got a lot of creepy action and darkness, not to mention a very serious situation with a murdered wife and a serial killer. It also has to do with the fact that from a nightmare standpoint, the main character is dealing with the man who killed his wife, a man he thought was executed. That would be anybody's nightmare.

Q: How are you living up to that word "frightening"?

A: In terms of the tools of the trade, we are using the the creepy cinematography, the unexpected twists and turns and the red herrings, to name a few. It's going to be a very frightening film.

Q: What has been the stylistic approach to the movie's cinematography?

A: One of the templates that we used to discuss how we wanted to approach the cinematography on this film was the movie Se7en. What that means is not being afraid to let things go black in the corner. Things that you don't see are much more frightening than things you partially see. A lot of times in filmmaking, cinematographers are not known for letting something go black. So we're really tried to push the limits of those moments and places in which you can't see what's in the dark.

Q: How would you describe the laboratory in this movie?

A: Professor Arkin's lab is a mix of gothic, because the building was built in the late 1800s, and high-tech. What we've tried to do is juxtapose those two worlds.

Q: How did the set design contribute to making the laboratory more realistic?

A: We went as high-tech as we possibly could. We used medical advisors to give us that reality feel to the set. It contributes to the whole thing being a very believable situation.

Q: Is the concept of bringing someone back from the dead far-fetched?

A: Although the idea of reviving somebody is far-fetched, the advances that have happened in medical technology these days have prolonged life. The future looks like it's going to be wide open.