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Interview Juan Frausto – Director, THE POSSESSION DIARIES

Start an entry in the frightening The Possession Diaries, featuring acclaimed actor James Russo (Django Unchained, Beverly Hills Cop), arriving on DVD and Digital this June from Uncork’d Entertainment. Juan Frausto, director of Road Kill and Once Upon a Time in the Hood, invites you to log on for a streaming screamfest that will leave one girl possessed… and you on the edge of your seat!

Playing with an Ouija board is dangerous, and college student Rebecca Clarkson (Katherine Munroe) is now documenting the proof, as day by day a demon takes possession of her while a webcam audience watches the horrific event.

How’s 2019 shaping up so far for you?

It’s looking up as I just completed writing a new script entitled “The Acts of Killing”, that I plan to produce and direct in early fall of this year. I’m very excited about this one since I’ve never touch into the mind of a family of killers.

Is the film one of the highlights? Some nervous excitement as the release date approaches?

Yes, it is – although I’ve directed two horror movies in the past, this new film is the one I’m very proud of because of the fact I did an entire movie in one location that required much creativity and ingenuity to create a psychological horror story that grabs you at every turn. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here or recreating The Exorcist either, but I’m just trying to entertain the viewer with new ideas instead of using the typical jump scares that teenagers love.

How long ago did you shoot it?

It took 10 days to shoot plus two days of 2nd Unit.

Where was it shot?

It was shot in Granada Hills.

What was it about the film – character, story, and location? – That had you chomping at the bit to be a part of it?

I wanted to shoot another movie so badly and I couldn’t get the finance for other projects that I was pitching to producers because of the cost. I started my roots in guerrilla filmmaking back in Chicago and decided to step in that state of mind once again. I called up a good friend of mine, Rich Wealthy whom I worked with before on another movie and I asked him if he happens to have a horror script that takes place in one location. He said yes and sent the script over. I read it and I really liked the premise of a young girl being possessed in her own point of view while doing a live stream on the internet. I loved the progression of the possession and I thought I could do this on a very ultra low budget scale. I took the script and omitted out many of the clichés you see in many past possession movies and I added my own ideas to make it more original and very creepy with a Halloween theme to it.

Is the Internet a scary place? Is that the message you’re telling here?

From the stories I hear about bullying and stalkers on the Internet, it can get ugly and scary to the point of people even children commit suicide. It’s just very sad to see that happening in our society today.

Have you watched any videos, like the one in the movie, yourself?

Not from the point of view of the protagonist that I can recall. If there were one, I’d love to see it.

Furthermore, do you believe in such possessions?

Oh, yes I do. That shit is real and I’d never want to witness one in real life. I’ve seen ghosts since I was a child and I still do to this very day. I don’t get scared of them anymore since I got used to them.

The Possession Diaries, on DVD and Digital June 4,2019.

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
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