Horror-On-Sea Interview with director and co-writer Ezra Tsegaye

Skin Creepers (2018)

Director: Ezra Tsegaye

Writers: Sebastian Kühne, Ezra Tsegaye

Stars: Mai Duong Kieu, Micaela Schäfer, Milton Welsh, Nicolás Artajo, Barbara Prakopenka

Two unsuccessful filmmakers want to make a pornographic movie, but things go very wrong as their lead actress gets possessed by a demon.

Date & Venue: 20th January 2019 at 12:30pm

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK

Skin Creepers is a new short horror film from director Ezra Tsegaye, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival. I got a chance to ask director and co-writer Ezra Tsegaye a few questions about what we can expect from the film.


Q.  Skin Creepers has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, what can people expect from the film?

A funny low budget Exorcism Movie from Germany. Bloody, sexy and damn weird.


Q. You co-wrote the film with Sebastian Kühne, how did the original concept for the film come about?

I liked the mix of one demon-possessed porn star and a preacher who has to save the situation. The first version of the script was written in 2015, later Sebastian Kühne joined as a co-author and the last version was completed in early 2016.


Q. Why did you decide to write the film as horror-comedy?

I’m a big fan from John Landis, specially An American Werewolf in London (1981). I like the mix of comedy and horror. As with Sam Raimi’s films (Evil Dead (1981), Drag me to Hell (2009)).


Q. What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?

I like it when a horror movie starts bright and friendly and later gets bloody and crazy.  We are geared to films. Responsible for the music was Simone Cilio. I like his work very much.


Q. Did you have to change any elements of the original script during filming?

Yes, more splatter sequences and more nude scenes were planned. And the cave scene was much longer with more guts and hanging people.


Q.Did you face any difficulties whilst filming Skin Creepers?

When we built the hotel set, we tried to make the hotel corridors on the computer. That worked fine, but due to the time pressure, we had to cancel the keying of the green screen scenes. Therefore, there is no gangway through the hotel corridors.

Q. What was one of your favourite moments during filming?

The shoot took place in October. It was very cold and wet. When we completed the outdoor shots in the cold hall and finally could turn into the warm set, that was the best moment. Since the team were almost only friends, the atmosphere on the set was always great and pretty comfortable.


Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

The script for Skin Creepers II was ready after the filming was done. But the implementation depends on the success of the first part. At the moment we are working on a martial arts film.


Q. What advice would you give to someone who is looking to write and direct their own movie?

Check out “How to make a movie” tutorials and just start making films yourself is the best school. Learning by doing! I like to participate in short film festivals like the 48 hours film. So, I tried every position of filmmaking and you also learn to improvise.


You can find out more about Skin Creepers on the website www.skincreepers.com

and the following social media pages;

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SkinCreepersFilm

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ezra_tse

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Botchcofilms

You can find out more about the feature films playing at Horror-on-Sea Film Festival and details of tickets on the website.

Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!