The Retreat: Interview with Director, Marcus Anthony Thomas
In June 2021, I published an interview in Horrified magazine with Marcus Anthony Thomas, director of the short-form horror film The Retreat. With the rise of online entertainment, movie directors have found new ways to create eye-catching, free-to-view short-form horror. In the US, box-office successes, including Lights Out (US, David F. Sandberg, 2016) and Slender Man (US, Sylvain White, 2018), were viral shorts or YouTube series before cinematic adaptations. Britain’s up-and-coming talents are also showcasing their talents online through horror shorts, including The Quiet Zone (UK, Andrew Lonides, 2018) and Snapshot (UK, Matt J Blakley, 2020).
In this interview, Thomas discussed The Retreat, YouTube, and new opportunities for genre film in the post-COVID film industry.
Read the full post through Horrified magazine: The Retreat - an interview with director, Marcus Anthony Thomas.
I'm Christina Brennan, a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in various places, including Little White Lies, Horror Homeroom, Horrified and Ghoulish Media. My first book will be on George Sluizer's film Spoorloos (translated from Dutch as The Vanishing) – a film that Stanley Kubrick called the most terrifying film he'd ever seen. The book will be coming out with Devil's Advocate series, the imprint of Liverpool University Press devoted to exploring cult and classic horror cinema. I've been a reviewer for the Salem Horror Film Festival, and I write reviews for academic journals, including Revenant and the Irish Gothic and Horror Journal. In the recent past, I did a PhD on North American post-apocalyptic and doomsday fiction.