Robert A. Trezza is the writer and producer of the film The Purging Hour; here is a link to the films website:
Q: What made you interested in film making?
A: To me there was always something quite fascinating that someone with a camera could impact people’s lives. Kinda like how Hitchcock kept people from showering for years or how Spielberg killed many summer vacations for those who once loved the beach.
Q: What attracted you to this story?
A: It was simple. Emmanuel Sandoval (the director) mentioned to me the idea of doing a horror film based on a home video he saw. After thinking back for a bit I remembered, just how eerie watching those old home movies could be and I thought it would be interesting to capture those moments of a family and all the chaos that happens with their move.
Q: Why do you think people are so interested in paranormal stories?
A: Probably because in the back of their minds it could happen. Giant Lizards and Werewolves, although really cool and interesting, feel a lot more fictional. All of us have walked the earth and lost a loved one and their presence always still feels existent. So, I guess in the back of our minds, ghosts can and may really exist.
Q: How do you tell a real horror story from a fake horror story?
A: I guess going back to the last question it is what feels real. Any story or film that reads or plays out like a newspaper article can be quite frightening. Films that tend to play more on the psyche and provide less gore always felt real to me.
Q: Who are some of your film making influences and how can we see that influence in your work?
A: Probably as most horror fans, John Carpenter and Sean Cunningham. To this day I still love their less is more style. The first Friday the 13th kept us waiting until the end to actually show who was behind the mayhem. With Halloween, the use of POV to show the action was strong, especially in the opening scene.
Q: What is the most realistic horror film you have ever seen?
A: I would have to say Cannibal Holocaust. To this day there are a lot of people who still think it was a snuff film.
Q: Do you think there are any friendly spirits out there?
A: I’d like to think my Grandmother is still hovering around out there.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and what is the worst thing about it?
A: I work in property management in NY. The worst part about it is that it limits my time to do creative projects, but in the same vein, financially it allows me to do them…go figure.
Q: What have you done to publicize your movie?
A: We partnered with Dread Central and the flagship Ruthless Studios and a lot of the small horror sites have given us some love too. We built a decent social media following too- for an uber low budget film.
Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: Procreate : )
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.