PopHorror: Winston is your dog? Aw, I loved him! I felt so bad for him in that cone though. Do you have any funny stories from on set?
Baz: Catherine Saindon – she played Mary Ann in the movie – profoundly hated to be bloodied with the blood canon every morning. It became almost a phobia.
Sep: “The Pizza Hawt” song was all improvised by the actress. Every time we did a take, we asked her for a longer version of the song. It started from a 10 second jingle to a full minute and a half song. At the end, it was kind of crazy to hear her singing that crazy song that she invented, so we kept it. Everyone got stuck with it until the end of the shoot.
PopHorror: Yeah, that song just went on forever, didn’t it? I still catch myself singing it. One of my favorite aspects of the film were the slowly expanding head explosions. How did you do that?
Baz: This is the master work of Remy Couture who did prosthetics, the Blood Brothers who did on set effects and Alchemy 24 who did the video fx. We were really fortunate to be able to work with the best in Canada!
Seb: Remy created that really basic and effective system for the head to blow-up. So it basically was a mold of the head on top of the actor with a hidden straw and Remy was hidden and was blowing air like crazy. Every breath he took made the head grow a little more.
PopHorror: That is so freaking awesome! I bet everyone is going to use that technique from now on. I loved the video game animations and references. What inspired that particular element?
Baz: I guess we did so many music videos… it just came naturally.
Seb: Yup, and played a lot of video games. (laughs)
PopHorror: What’s the deal with the manatee documentary?
Baz: I’m a big fan of manatees. I love those lovely creatures. They are in perfect contrast with everything the kids live in the film.
PopHorror: That makes perfect sense now that you’ve explained it. Game of Death is a horror thriller. Are you a fan of the horror genre? What’s your favorite horror movie?
Baz: That’s a really hard question. I love horror movies, but to say one my favorite is too hard. I’ll just say that the first movie I’d ever rented as a kid was Toxic Avenger. And I think I saw Child’s Play at around 8 years old … that was a mistake.
Seb: I really love horror movies, too. As a kid, I was fascinated by them. Now I think I just love all movies, as long as the story is good or that they try to push the boundaries, I’m fine with it. My favorite horror movie… That might be the toughest question. Every day I answer something else. I’d go with Scream and The Shining and Blair Witch Project. Scream because it was the first horror film I saw in the theater and it opened my view on the whole horror genre. Blair Witch Project for the stunt they created. It was a unique experience to see this movie for the first time and The Shining because it’s one of the best movies out there.
PopHorror: I certainly can’t argue with you about The Shining. I get messages nearly every day from people, asking when they will be able to see this film. When will Game of Death be available to the public?
Baz: It will exist as an episodic version on the platform Blackpills around Halloween 2017.
PopHorror: Do you have any upcoming projects that you can talk about?
Baz: We are working our third completely different script right now. Our plan is to shoot in 2018.
PopHorror: What are you afraid of? What scares you?
Baz: Another hard question. Lots of things, I guess, but I never let myself be afraid too much and still go forward. Nothing worse can happen than if you stay still and not move.
Seb: When I was a teenager, I was really afraid of ghosts. My friend’s sister was a goth and used to mess with us, playing Ouija and stuff. Now, I’m not really afraid of anything in particular.
PopHorror: Last but not least, what is your favorite Halloween candy?
Baz: I’m not a candy person.
Seb: Butterfinger chocolate bar!