Patrick Mason Interview: All The Little Details of Fear

Let’s start the first post of 2020 with a bang, by picking the brain of writer/director Patrick Mason! As you all know, I’m already a fan of his work on the films Ayuda and Tagged, but I’m even more excited to announce that he has more creepiness in the works for us.

Why Horror?

I wanted to dive right in and try to understand Patrick’s drive towards the horror genre. If I’m being honest, it’s easy to see why creators would be drawn to the bloody and twisted world of horror, but not everyone planned to focus their energy in this field. Patrick told Ubiquitous Horror that it’s only his recent work that has embraced True Fear. He has created projects in other genres, which I have no doubt were just as awesome. Especially, considering the fact that he knew he wanted to work in the film industry since high school. While I’m not sure we’ll ever get the opportunity to enjoy his first feature that he wrote in high school or his short film starring action figures, I’ve been told, “They’re both terrible but they were fun to make at the time!” They can’t be that bad, Patrick!

Joking aside, we terror junkies are pretty thrilled that Patrick learned to love his dark side. He went on to explain his draw to the horror genre, “For me horror has such a palpable and unique effect on the audience that’s hard to get from any other genre. It’s like spicy food. You can have all the drama, comedy, and suspense with a little hot sauce on top.”

It’s a fantastic point. Horror is such a unique field to work in because it can embody every other genre. One wrong move and it’s no longer considered horror, it suddenly becomes a thriller or a mystery.

Thankfully, Patrick has a way of thinking about all the little details to really bring the True Fear. This is something that he was able to do in the first film I saw of his, Ayuda.

“I wanted to make a film that was all about the little details and clues. If you show too much of one you give the game away and if you show to little no one notices.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the review I did on it where you can watch the full short.

Discovering What It Takes To Create True Fear

Both Ayuda and Tagged touched on some pretty relevant topics, that might hit close to home for some, illegal immigration and our obsession with social media. This was genius, because the more the writer can bring the audience into the film the more fear we’ll have. However, it doesn’t seem to be the easiest concept to execute. I mean, I can’t even count the amount of times I was babysitting and decided to sneak my boyfriend over to have sex on the couch or when I was working in a mental institution and decided to sneak my boyfriend over to have sex on the couch or when I went camping with my girlfriends but I decided to sneak my boyfriend over to have sex on the couch… okay, maybe this happens way more in horror than in real life! But that’s just my point!

Patrick could have gone down that same old path but he didn’t and because of that he made some truly creepy films. “I hope the films I make are relevant but also somewhat timeless.” No worries there Patrick. I think we can all agree that you’re nailing it.

But How Long Does It Take Someone To Create True Fear?

In Patrick’s case, relatively quickly. While Ayuda did take longer with it being a longer film, Patrick mentioned that the longest part was the production and the time he and Raul Serpas put in on that awesome dialog. However, Tagged took only a week to put together. It was an idea he was already toying with so after he finished writing it on a Monday, they were able to record it Friday. I know some people may be thinking, that’s pretty normal for a short film, but not at that quality! Sure, I could grab a camera… or my cellphone and shoot a short film, but there is no way it would be able to grab you like a Patrick Mason film. It’s the time and details that he puts into his work that makes him stand out.

Dream Cast

I asked Patrick if he could have anyone act in one of his films, who would he pick and he kept it simple. All he said was, “I’m a big Leo fan.” Aren’t we all, Patrick?

I would love to see the script that he could put together for Leonardo DiCaprio and whether or not it would fall into the horror genre.

What’s In Patrick’s Future?

Recently, Patrick made a short with his brother. This is one I know I’m going to have to see! It looks so creepy! Check out these stills:

Looks like he is definitely pulling some inspiration from Japanese horror, and I’m okay with that! Can’t wait to see this one!

He’s also working on a feature film, but unfortunately, he couldn’t share any secrets about it just yet. But, as soon as I know, you’ll know!

Patrick’s Advice for Aspiring Writers and Directors:

“Write, write, write. Make, make, make.”

Patrick’s Favorite Horror Movie:

“Alien. It’s the pinnacle of suspense and dread. The chestburster scene is an incredible shock the first time you see it and that moment has always stuck with me.”

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Aaron Dalla Villa is a name you’re going to want to remember. His ability to morph into the characters given to him is amazing. I first spotted him while watching the trailer for Pledge. I knew then that I was going to love that movie, but I had no idea that Aaron would pop up in other movies that I picked at random. After that, the more I learned about him, the more I liked and the more I thought you all would like him too.  

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Movie Review: Between the Darkness

Between The Darkness

Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

To be honest, when I first watched the trailer for Between the Darkness, I was concerned. I thought it would end up being a horror movie whose fear based solely on the idea of a antagonist. You know what I’m talking about, right? The kind of film that ends with there being no villain, just the protagonist’s inner demons. Thankfully, I was so incredibly wrong. Between the Darkness was such a beautifully dark and mysteriously creepy coming-of-age story.

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Rakefet Abergel Interview: Creeping into the Horror Genre, Leaving No Woman Behind

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Ubiquitous Horror was able to grab a moment with film industry’s renaissance woman on the rise, Rakefet Abergel. Whether it’s producing, directing, writing, or acting, Abergel seems to do it with ease, and we horror fans are just fortunate enough to have her in our genre, even though that wasn’t her initial intent, “I fell into horror by accident”. Believe it or not, the creator and star of the short film Jax in Love had this to say about it, “I didn’t think that Jax in Love was a horror, but it seems it is!” Lucky for us! Continue reading “Rakefet Abergel Interview: Creeping into the Horror Genre, Leaving No Woman Behind”

Movie Review: Ayuda


Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

Ayuda poster

Ayuda blew me away! Only eleven minutes. That’s all it took to put me on the edge of my seat and leave me wanting so much more.

When I was approached to review Ayuda, I was interested right away. The synopsis had me hooked. “When two day laborers are picked up for work, they quickly realize that their new employer may be hiding a deadly secret”. This had me guessing what could happen in this film. I thought of all sorts of ideas, but never once did I guess what actually happened.

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