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PODCAST: Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision: How to Make Horror Movies Without Losing Your Soul

PODCAST: Elijah Wood's Spectrevision: How to Make Horror Movies Without Losing Your Soul

Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh Waller created SpectreVision, the LA-based production company devoted to the high-minded horror flick, after the trio met at Tim League’s genre film celebration Fantastic Fest. Wood has spent his life in the film industry (he was 8 when he portrayed “Video Game Boy” in the 1989 “Back to the Future II”); now that it includes shepherding new talent into the fold, he says: “I’ve fallen in love with the process in its entirety.” 

Last year Spectrevision produced Ana Lily Amirpour’s festival and audience favorite, “A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night;” the partners say the film is a paradigm for what they envisioned for the company at the outset. “When we sat down and started this endeavor, we made promises to each other about certain values that we would always maintain,” Noah said. “In some ways, it was a grand experiment: what happens if you align yourself with certain ethics around making films and refuse to change them no matter happens?” 

READ MORE: Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s How to Get Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team to Produce Your Film

Their latest venture is “Cooties” (opening in theaters this Friday), the horror comedy that finds an elementary school’s faculty fighting a hoard of zombified young students. To find how this film ties in with the group’s philosophy on balancing different production roles, finding a space in the genre community and how the city of Austin plays into all of this, listen to the full episode above.

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