Writer George Richards Previews His Latest, After Dark Originals - Seconds Apart

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In the summer of 2009, screenwriter George Richards was approached by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon (Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason) with a one-word premise for a horror movie: twins.

“They told me to take it in whatever direction I wanted – just make it smart and make it scary,” says Richards, whose spin on identical siblings, the original feature horror script Seconds Apart, is part of After Dark Films' After Dark Originals which open this weekend at select theaters across the country.

With nods to Carrie and Dead Ringers, Seconds Apart follows twin brothers who use their psychic link to rain murder and mayhem on their high school. As a recently widowed detective closes in on the truth, the twins’ bond begins to fracture when one of them falls for a rebellious new classmate. 

Seconds Apart is directed by award winning short-film director Antonio Negret (Towards Darkness) and stars Orlando Jones (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Evolution) and twins Gary Entin & Edmund Entin (Rest Stop, The Seeker), produced by After Dark’s Lucky Mukerjeewith, with Swift and Shannon serving as executive producers.

“Sure, twins have always intrigued me,” says Richards. “There’s plenty of creepy movie fodder to mine from their quirks and the deep bond many share.”

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But Richards was also drawn to the project for the creative challenges it presented.

“Twin #1 walks into a room. How do we know it’s him and not his brother? Sure you could throw a pair of glasses on one, but to me that felt like a cheat.”

Richards says he avoided gimmickry by creating a pair of strong characters who could be distinguished by their words and actions exclusively.

“This was particularly tricky in the beginning of the story, where the differences between the twins are subtle,” he says. “But as their relationship begins to fall apart, two distinct personalities emerge. This process also needed to be calibrated in a way that was both compelling and believable.”

Richards says he’s pleased with the final results, noting that Seconds Apart isn’t your typical horror movie.

“A lot of people who’ve read it consider it a thriller,” he says. “To me, that’s a huge compliment. My  favorite movies are those that transcend the conventions of their genre and touch on larger themes. On its face, Rosemary’s Baby is a horror movie, but it’s also a mediation on married life, a commentary on sexual repression, and, perhaps most impressively, it’s got this creepy sense of humor.”

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Seconds Apart opens Friday, January 28th as part of the After Dark Originals series. Click here to find a theater near you.

If you live in LA, BloodyDisgusting.com is hosting a Q&A for Seconds Apart at the Laemmle Sunset 5 after the 9:30pm showing on Saturday, January 29th featuring: Antonio Negret (Director), George Richards (writer) and stars Gary & Edmund Entin and Samantha Droke.

[photos: www.afterdarkoriginals.com]

 

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