‘Doctor Strange 2′ Director Sam Raimi Thought This ’50 States of Fright’ Episode Could’ve Been a Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Horror grasp Sam Raimi launched the scary collection 50 States of Fright on Quibi in April. It’s again with new episodes in time for Halloween. A Quiet Place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote and directed “Iowa: Almost There.” While they have been engaged on the episode collectively, Raimi even contemplated giving Beck and Woods a complete film. 

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50 States of Fright: Iowa – Almost There | Quibi

Beck and Woods spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about their episode, “Iowa,” starring Taissa Farmiga and Ron Livingston. New episodes of 50 States of Fright, together with “Iowa,” are streaming this week on Quibi.

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Woods recalled creating “Iowa: Almost There” within the workplace proper throughout the corridor from Raimi. The episode offers with a legend they’d heard rising up within the Midwest, and their concern of heights. Farmiga performs an engineer repairing a turbine, haunted by ghosts from her previous.

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Taissa Farmiga | Quibi

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“One day he came into our office and he’s like, ‘I don’t know, guys. Should we have done this Turbine Tower episode as an entire feature film?’” Woods mentioned. “We were like oh shoot, maybe we should have because short form narrative storytelling was new for us. That was part of the fun. It was part of the challenge to see if we could whittle our episode down into short bites and that was the fun of working with Quibi as well.”

A horror quick was the purpose of ‘50 States of Fright’

Ultimately, Beck and Woods embraced the format of Raimi’s anthology collection. They’ve had function movies like A Quiet Place and Haunt. This was an opportunity to do an episode in beneath 30 minutes (divided into 3 Quibis.)

“I believe we love the concept of doing quick kind, whether or not it’s 50 States of Fright, or one thing like considered one of our favourite collection like Black Mirror,” Beck mentioned. “It’s certainly a challenge to figure out how do you distill your storytelling into the most basic form? So that you’re able to achieve a character arc and setup and a payoff, all within that short window. We just love the ability to throw ourselves into whatever small stories that we might have at the recess at the back of our minds.”

The definition of a function movie could also be in flux as we spoke, Woods identified.

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L-R: Bryan Woods, Taissa Farmiga, Scott Beck | Quibi

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“There’s one thing attention-grabbing occurring although in movie proper now the place you have a look at there’s this new function on Shudder known as Host,” Woods mentioned. “It’s 60 minutes, but it’s a feature. It’s riding that line between is this a feature or a short. I don’t know. Everything’s kind of just stories now. It’s kind of cool to watch the technology strip away the formality of what we all grew up thinking the form was. [Streaming is] tearing down the barriers between television and short films and feature films.”

What Scott Beck and Bryan Woods discovered from Sam Raimi

Raimi will at all times be a hero within the horror world because of his Evil Dead films. Beck and Woods additionally praised his return to the style with Drag Me to Hell. Raimi had blockbuster success with the Spider-Man films too. So, Beck and Woods have been impressed to see their hero nonetheless had the identical filmmaker worries they’d.

One of essentially the most superb experiences on making 50 States of Fright was at some point throughout preproduction he got here into our workplace. He was speaking about oh man, for his episode, he’s like, ‘We’ve obtained this blood gag and this tree’s going to fall. I’m frightened it’s not going to work.’ He was simply expressing the standard issues and fears that each one filmmakers have after they’re in preproduction. That was a extremely profound second for us as a result of we admire Sam and his work a lot. Sometimes you neglect that your heroes have to determine all the identical little small issues of manufacturing too. So, watching him put together for his episode and prepare to direct it, we have been simply sitting throughout the corridor taking notes continuously.

Bryan Woods, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 9/27/2020

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