Check the Gate

Check the Gate is a recurring column in which Brad Gullickson goes one-on-one with directors in an effort to uncover the reasoning behind their creative decisions. Why that subject? Why that shot?

Explore the entire Check the Gate archive below

Phil Tippett Mad God Interivew

Phil Tippett on Why ‘Mad God’ Had to Be Cooked Slowly

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We chatted with the stop-motion legend about the filmmaking advice he received from MiloŇ° Forman and Paul Verhoeven. It’s all about preparing for a good shit.

Brea Grant Torn Hearts Interview

Brea Grant Discusses Her Gnarly Country Music Horror Movie ‘Torn Hearts’

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We chat with the director about her one-of-a-kind country music horror film and how it exposes an anxiety surrounding a slowly evolving creative industry.

Graham Moore The Outfit

Graham Moore Asked Dick Pope to Make ‘The Outfit’ Look Like a Suit

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We chat with Moore about his feature directorial debut and geek out over his partnership with master cinematographer Dick Pope.

Castle Falls Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren Wants Action Without Superheroes

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We chat with the director about his movie ‘Castle Falls’ and why his fight scenes can’t afford spandex theatricality.

Jim Cummings The Beta Test Interview

Jim Cummings on ‘The Beta Test’ and its Horrific Opening Scene

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We chat with the filmmaker about the masterful tonal balance required to pull off his latest movie.

Blue Bayou Justin Chon

Justin Chon Explains the Blood Memory Coursing Through ‘Blue Bayou’

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We chat with the director about his new film and how he hopes to change the hearts and minds of those watching.

Sion Sono Prisoners Of The Ghostland Interview

Sion Sono Leaves Japan Behind with ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’

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We chat with the director about his magical relationship with Nicolas Cage and why Western audiences prefer his movies.

Wild Indian Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr Interivew

‘Wild Indian’ Took Years to Write But Only 17 Days to Shoot

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We chat with filmmaker Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. about his first feature and how years of creative thought ultimately paid off.

Demonic Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp Cobbled ‘Demonic’ Together Using Old Ideas and Available Assets

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We chat with the director about what he learned from his last feature and how making a self-financed horror film delivered much-needed mental relief.