Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Albert (HANDSOME DEVIL)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Handsome Devil is about a grieving and shy young man who is forced out of his comfort zone when the friends of his deceased brother invite him to an all-guys weekend out in a secluded country estate. Someone – or something – crashes the party, and the weekend becomes this violent cat and mouse game.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror with elements of dark comedy.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This is a horror movie with a gay, half-Chinese protagonist, with a cast of men, and central themes of grief and brotherhood. I don’t see too many of those being pumped out by Blumhouse or Shudder!

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Bloody and unexpected.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Might be a three-way tie between the original Alien, Jurassic Park, and Scream.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took one month to write but several months of thinking, planning, and obsessing over.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many. Most of them unfinished. None that I’ve really shared with anyone – until this script.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Ceremony by New Order… but the first recorded version!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt, mainly, and self consciousness. I think I worried a lot about how the script would be ‘received’ – it’s horror, for one, and it centers a gay person without the whole movie being about that person being gay. I knew this would make it a struggle for some to read.

But at the end of the day, I wrote this script to make myself happy, and getting to type out THE END and hitting save made it all worth it. Naysayers be damned.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I work in libraries and I’m very passionate about information literacy, or the ability to critically evaluate information you find online and determine what makes a resource reputable. This is an important and sadly undervalued skill, especially in a world where anyone can write anything on the Internet and have it passed off as ‘real’. More information can be found here – or ask your local librarian!

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s been very smooth and easy. No complaints here.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to get a general feeling about the script’s strengths and weaknesses. It can be tough for a writer to get out of their own head, so outside opinions are absolutely invaluable. The feedback I’ve received from this festival was helpful – encouraging while offering constructive notes on what could be done more effectively.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

When a masked stranger crashes a celebration of life party at a secluded estate, an all-guys weekend becomes a terrifying battle for survival – one that will force a grieving young man to use all of his wits and resources to win.

“Handsome Devil” is a twisty horror/slasher with an undercurrent of dark humour that centers and gay protagonist.

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Thea: Kyana Teresa
Adam: Allan Michael Brunet

Writer Biography – Andrew Albert

Born in Toronto, Canada, Andrew has been writing ever since he watched John Carpenter’s Halloween at a parents-disapprovingly young age. When he’s not working full time in a library, Andrew enjoys novels, baking, playing videogames on easy mode, and dreaming about his next creative projects.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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