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Exclusive: Tim Sullivan talks Chillerama

Last week TF told you how Tim Sullivan had delivered a finished cut of Chillerama to the studio and since then he took the time to chat to us exclusively about his horror anthology film.

Sullivan told TF how the original idea transformed over the 12-year period from pitching to production, as well revealing how he put 'the band' together to create the four segments of the film.

Chillerama was conceived by myself and Adam Rifkin in 1998 when we were working on Detroit Rock City , which he directed and I co-produced. We bonded at the time over our mutual love for drive-in movies, Kiss, Mad Magazine and so on,” Sullivan reveals.

“At the time, we approached the then editors of Famous Monsters magazine about doing an anthology film called Famous Monsters that would take place at a drive-in and feature four segments that would be mini-movies - almost like condensed or edited versions of full length films like the Super 8 digest versions we used to collect as kids.”

“When using famous monsters didn’t work out, we felt the idea was too good to waste, and so we came up with the name Chillerama . But like a lot of things, life gets in the way, and so we sat on the idea for years going off to do other projects.

"Along the way, we became friends with Adam Green and Joe Lynch, our paths always crossing at various genre events. One day we were telling Green and Lynch about Chillerama , and a giant light bulb just went on and me and Rif knew we had finally found the perfect partners for the ‘band’, so to speak.

“And now, here we are in 2011- the four of us just dropped this bad boy off at Image, our distributor. Feels like the longest pregnancy in history. I need a Drink!”

Chillerama gets its European premiere at FrightFest 2011, which is partnered by Total Film and takes place at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square between 25-29 August. Tickets can be booked by calling 08714 714 714 or by visiting www.empirecinemas.co.uk.

Adam Green and Joe Lynch will also be in conversation with Larry Fessenden and a host of other US horror directors at a special panel hosted by Total Film on 26 August.