Saw vet­eran Kevin Greutert on his spooky new su­per­nat­u­ral chiller Vi­sions

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“Pro­duc­ers and stu­dios they re­ally value the jump scare,” says Vi­sions di­rec­tor Kevin Greutert, talk­ing ex­clu­sively to Red Alert. “How­ever a hor­ror film only works for me if there’s a deep and abid­ing sense of dread that you start to ex­pe­ri­ence early on.” Greutert knows a thing or two about shocks and scares – hav­ing worked as an ed­i­tor on the first five Saw films as well as home-in­va­sion hor­ror The Strangers, Greutert made his di­rec­to­rial de­but with Saw VI. But now with his new twisty haunted house movie star­ring Isla Fisher as a preg­nant woman, he’s ven­tur­ing into dif­fer­ent ter­ri­tory.

“I never want to say that the Saw movies were easy, be­cause they weren’t, they were very tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult. But they’re not stud­ies in char­ac­ter or even stud­ies in creepi­ness per se, they’re more like ac­tion hor­ror. In a haunted house film it can only work if the au­di­ence em­braces the char­ac­ters and it can only be scary if it’s quiet.”

Greutert came across the script back in 2008, yet it wasn’t un­til years later when he was work­ing with Jason Blum that he fi­nally had the chance to re­alise the project, as­sem­bling a sup­port­ing cast which in­cludes Eva Lon­go­ria and Com­mu­nity’s Gil­lian Ja­cobs. And then there’s The Big Bang The­ory’s Jim Par­sons, who plays Fisher’s char­ac­ter’s doc­tor.

“Jim Par­sons as a gy­nae­col­o­gist is a lit­tle bit strange,” he smiles. “For me he did a re­ally good job of bring­ing that creepi­ness to it.”

Next up Greutert’s got cult-re­pro­gram­ming hor­ror Jack­als, though he says he is in­ter­ested in other gen­res. “In the mean­time I have a ca­reer and I don’t want to jeop­ar­dise that by do­ing a mu­si­cal.”

Vi­sions is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

This new home had a se­ri­ous spi­der prob­lem.

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