The new horror-slasher film Some Kind Hate is now in theaters. The film is directed by first time filmmaker Adam Mortimer and stars Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin, Sierra McCormick and ensemble cast playing troubled teens who get killed off one-by-one when the ghost of a murdered girl comes beck for revenge. We spoke with Spencer Breslin about his role in the film and how he prepared his role. Check out the interview below and go see Some Kind of Hate playing in select theaters across the country.
Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.
How did you wind up in Some Kind of Hate?
Spencer Breslin: I auditioned two years ago with Adam Mortimer and a bunch of the other producers, and we all read through some scenes and it went well. I’ve been involved since day one and I really love the project. I was really stoked when they finally made the movie.
What was it that got you interested?
SB: I have some experience in the horror and thriller world; I worked on a movie called The Happening. There was something about working on a really low budget, indie horror movie and the script was fantastic. I immediately connected with the character of Isaac and I really think Adam and Brian DeLeeuw did a great job on the dialogue and set up. The whole thing was just kind of an ideal project for me and it was appealing from the beginning.
What got you started in acting?
SB: My parents have never had any interest in acting or show business or anything like that. I grew up in New York City and there used to be this great indoor playground that I used to go play at. Commercial agents would send out talent scouts to look for cute outgoing kids who might be needed in a cereal commercial or something like that and they approached my mom. I used to be a really crazy baby; they called me ‘Bam Bam’ because I used to tear things up all the time and destroy stuff, so they thought I had really great natural personality and that I might be great in commercials.
In the film, you’re in this environment with all these troubled kids on this ranch going through therapy. How was it for you having to work in that setting?
SB: It was good. Working with Ronan Rubinstein I think reflects on how good of an actor he is because he is the complete opposite of how he is in the movie. He’s this really affable, fun loving dude. We connected immediately and between takes we just told jokes and made each other laugh our asses off. There were so many good actors in this movie and I think that made everyone feed comfortable.
How was working with director Adam Mortimer on set?
SB: The thing about Adam is that he’s a first time feature director and the entire time he just acted like a veteran. He always had a vision that he stayed true to and he was always really helpful towards the actors. It’s a big thing working on a film with no budget, Adam was always there when the actors needed an explanation and that’s huge. As an actor you kinda really want a director who’s engaging and will really direct you. It was great, that guy’s gonna make some really great films in the future.
What was your approach towards some of the themes in the film regarding troubled teens, suicide, self-mutilation and bullying?
SB: Everyone can relate to these characters. I get Isaac and I’ve been Isaac before. For me it was kind of an easier one to prepare. The character is really rich on the page. Everyone can relate to feeling alienated or bullied or whatever. Isaac was really easy for me to connect with and that goes for all of the characters in the script too.
Are there any actors that have influenced you?
SB: I think Isaac in the film is a really funny character. There’s no one actor in particular that I found was the perfect influence for this role. Tim Allen and Gary Marshall are probably my two comedy idols. I’ve worked with Tim a lot, and I’ve worked with Gary a lot. They’re two of the funniest people you’re ever going to meet. And in terms of trying to make a character funny, I try to think what would those guys do. I could never do it as good as them. I try to look up to them and emulate their timing and their wit and they’re just smart guys.
Are we going to be seeing you in more horror and genre pictures in the future?
SB: For me it’s all about the character and the script. I love horror movies, but for me it doesn’t really matter what genre. It’s just all about the script and the characters. That’s what was appealing about this one and that’s what I look forward to in anything that I read. I’m down to do pretty much anything.
Have you been to any of screenings for the film?
SB: Back in May I went with everyone to the Stanley Film Festival. It was really cool because everyone was just there to see horror movies and have a good time. The response to our movie was really great, so yeah I’ve gotten a little taste of crowd reactions and it seems like people really dig the movie. We dig it and we had a really good time making it.