Tommy Stovall [Interview]


Welcome to Day 3 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Annual Month of Horror Showcase! We have a fully loaded month of all things horror for you fine folks! October is our favorite month for this very reason, and we are so excited to share 31 full days of film showcases and interviews with some of the finest folks from the world of horror, just as we have been doing for the last 6 years. What started as a simple 5 day showcase, has now blossomed into a full blown month long event. You’re going to love this! Enjoy!


Today we have some wonderful words from a guy that helped bring at least one particular project to life that will be discussed at length through the remainder of our Month of Horror, and has actually already been thoroughly reviewed just a few months ago. Well, 5 months almost, but I guess that’s a “few”, right? Anyway, that film is an absolute gem of a film, and one of the best of 2019, entitled Room For Rent. Featuring Lin Shaye, it is an absolutely brilliant thriller that is sure to leave you exhausted with anxiety and torment. At least that is how I felt when the whole experience wrapped up. And with us today is the film’s director, the great Tommy Stovall! Tommy is a multifaceted filmmaker, editor, writer, etc. with some very creative projects under his belt, and Room For Rent, his latest film, is a clear sign that he is here to stay and we can expect a very bright future from this extremely talented human being, and for that we are oh so grateful!.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the incredible filmmaker, Tommy Stovall!




What inspired you to get into the world of filmmaking? Was it an early aspiration you can always remember having since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

When I was a teenager, I made some horror movies with friends just for fun.  Then I ended up studying TV and film in college and eventually had my own video production company for many years.  I always had a desire to give indie filmmaking a real shot and eventually that’s what I did.

What was your first paid gig in the world of filmmaking? And were there any kind of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work today?

Someone asked me to videotape their wedding and paid me for it when I was young, which got me started in the video business.  I’m not sure there what the specific lessons were from that.  But I’ve learned things from every single project I’ve done, whether it’s what to do, what not do, or how to do something better.

Your film Room For Rent is definitely one of the finest works of horror to be released this year. It’s such a truly unique and wonderful story. I am curious to know what it was like to make this bizarre film, with what I would consider Lin Shaye’s best role to date?

Thank you!  That’s what I liked about the script – the uniqueness of it.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Lin is incredible to work with and fascinating to watch.  She really gave it her all with this project.  We had a few months to develop the character of Joyce and Lin really took advantage of that.  She delved deep into Joyce’s backstory and we talked a lot during those months about ideas of who Joyce is and why she does the things she does.  And Lin was very detailed in analyzing the character’s choices and things she would say.



In your own personal opinion, what do you believe it is that makes the horror genre special? What sets it apart from other genres you have worked in?

I’m not quite sure what it is that makes horror movies so appealing to people, but they can be so much fun to watch.  I was a big horror fan as a kid and it was the most fun when watching these movies with a group of friends.  As far as making them, I think horror can give you more opportunities to be creative with the filmmaking, especially if there are special effects and makeup involved.  But to me the things that make a good horror movie are the same things that make any other genre of movie good.  And those are telling a great story and having compelling characters.

What is your favorite scary movie?

My favorite of any genre is Silence of the Lambs, which some people consider scary, but in the true horror genre it would be The Exorcist.

Do you have any plans for this coming Halloween? Any fun traditions that you try to stick to every year?

I don’t have plans yet, but we usually try to do something fun.  We don’t have traditions, so it varies from year to year.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I have a couple of projects I’m developing and will hopefully go into production on one of them soon.  One is a psychological thriller and the other is an action movie, which I haven’t done yet.

What was the last thing that scared the hell out of you?

Screening Room for Rent with a big audience for the first time and being unsure how they would react!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Thinking about the answer to the previous question.

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