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

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

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

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

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

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

We chat with the director about what he learned from his last feature and how making a self-financed horror film… Read More

Navot Papushado on the 99 Movies Stuffed Inside ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

We chat with the director about why all contract killer movies begin with an eye towards Hitchcock, Kurosawa, and Leone. Read More

Neill Marshall Explains How ‘Hellboy’ Heartache Birthed ‘The Reckoning’

We chat with director Neil Marshall about 'The Reckoning' and how it rekindled his love for making movies. Read More

Adam Wingard on Shooting ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ as an Immersive 800 MPH Brawl

We chat with the director about attaching cameras to fins and fists and why these two titans reign over all… Read More

Anthony Russo Explains How Six Tones are Better than One in ‘Cherry’

We chat with the director about his new film and how he and his brother jumbled genres to capture life… Read More

Jay Baruchel Makes His Camera a Ghost for ‘Random Acts of Violence’

We chat with the director about finally making the horror film that lingered in his head for over a decade. Read More

Danny Trejo Documentary ‘Inmate #1’ Reveals a Life Caught in a Rewrite

We chat with director Brett Harvey about how he shaped Trejo's larger-than-life persona into a message of hope. Read More