This Day in Horror

08 December 2013

Twisted Central Interviews Jim Towns: Director of "House Of Bad"





TC: How did you come about working on the project House of  Bad?

JT: Back in college I’d had the basic idea of a story about three sisters on the run with a suitcase full of drugs they’ve stolen. Back then I was working in comics, so I originally envisioned it as a graphic novel-type narrative. As the years went by and I focused on other projects, I moved from writing and drawing comics to writing and directing films, and (what would become) House of Bad evolved with me.

TC: What is the plot of House of The Bad?

JT: Three struggling sisters- an ex-con, a stripper and a junkie- hatch a plan to steal a suitcase full of heroin from the stripper’s drug dealer boyfriend. Their plan is to lay low in their old childhood home up in the hills and wait for the heat to die down, then head south and sell the stash and retire in style south of the border. Unfortunately a lot of bad stuff happened in their old house, and the place is haunted by the ghosts of their father and mother. As the girls hunker down to wait, the house starts turning them against each other. Meanwhile the dealer is searching for them, so it becomes a question of whether they’re in more danger if they leave, or if they stay.

TC: What kind of Horror movie is this? Slasher? Supernatural? Suspense?

JT: I like to call it a Horror Heist film. The film’s a bit of a mashup between thriller and supernatural horror. It’s got a strong dramatic story, as well as a healthy shot of action gore in it, as well.

TC: Do you enjoy working in the horror genre?

JT: Absolutely. The genre has so many nuances to explore, so many different styles to embrace. I could do a dozen horror films and never repeat myself in style or story, it’s such a malleable medium.

TC: Any other projects that you are working on that you would like to share?

JT: I wrote and am producing a horror western called A Man with a Gun, starring Tony Todd, and I’m directing a supernatural detective story called 13 Girls. Both of those should be shooting in 2014. I have a zombie sitcom called The Living End I’m pitching around right now trying to find a network/channel to produce it, and there’s another project I’m developing with Sadie Katz (Sirah from House of Bad) that should be a very sexy type of ghost story.



House of Bad will be released December 3rd and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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