Known for a visually captivating style that blends his own creative sensibilities as well as the influence of 1970′s classic horror films, filmmaker Mickey Keating has risen to the prominence with such diverse and captivating cinema over the last five plus years. Working currently on “Psychopaths,” running the film festival circuit again with “Carnage Park,” and getting ready for the release of his latest work, the overwhelming dark, rich, and terrifying “Darling” with Lauren Ashley Carter on April 1. Keating took a few minutes to chat about some of his current works with Jay Kay and Nightmarish Conjurings.
Jay Kay: Mickey Keating thank you for taking the time to answer questions about your film work, influences and your latest “Carnage Park.” In your film work such as “POD” (the woods), “Darling” (New York City) and now “Carnage Park,” your storytelling focuses on isolation in very open spaces and the impact on the main characters. Talk about “Carnage Park” and the aspect of isolation in an open area on this film.
Mickey Keating: My films before CARNAGE PARK definitely focused on isolation and loneliness, but in a much more contained setting. RITUAL had a sleazy motel room, POD was a cabin, and DARLING was an old mansion. CARNAGE PARK was an opportunity to really build a very intimidating sense of scope around Ashley Bell’s character. It was important to express just how out of her element she actually is, all the while creating the constant threat that a bullet could come from any direction.
JK: Talk about the cast of “Carnage Park” and the connection you had with them.
MK: CARNAGE PARK was such a fantastic cast of truly talented actors. It’s much more of an ensemble piece than my others and I had a lot of fun working with everybody. I use a few of them in my new film as well!
JK: In each of your films, your sets are characters in the story. How much fun and creative freedom was it to cultivate this set as a character in “Carnage Park”?
MK: Building CARNAGE PARK was incredibly exciting. The film features set piece after set piece and so it was awesome to add a lot of texture, rust, and decay to each new set. Every location is supposed to tell a story about Wyatt’s character and provide even more insight to his world of madness. I owe it to my brilliant production designer, Angel Herrera, for bringing it all to life.
JK: We saw in “Darling” how much sound was a factor to push forward the tension, insanity, performance and psychological effect on the viewer. What role does sound and score play in “Carnage Park’?
MK: We tried to make it more intense, but totally different. DARLING’S sound and score is supposed to bury itself under your skin and stay there. CARNAGE PARK’s on the other hand echoes out into the vast nothingness to really convey how enormous, desolate, and lonely this place is.
JK: Where can the fans find “Carnage Park” and you?
MK: CARNAGE PARK is being released in the states by IFC Midnight – exact dates are coming soon. People can reach out to me on twitter: @mickeykeating
JK: Fantastic Mickey, we look forward to continued success with “Darling”, “Carnage Park” and the coming “Psychopaths.” Thanks for being a part of Nightmarish Conjurings!