Bloodline is a new horror flick that's about to scare up U.S. audiences at the end of the month. Written, directed, produced and starring promising newcomer Matt Thompson, it's an Evil Dead-esque yarn about a young man, originally on a path to lead a priestly life, who goes in search of answers about his real identity and finds out some disturbing, horrifying truths.
Christopher Frontiero, whose many credits include Dexter and Parks & Recreation, plays Davy, the film's 'light relief' - if you will.
Hey Chris, so how did you get involved in Bloodline?
I was lucky. I saw the audition posted online, submitted myself, auditioned and booked the job. Jesse (Kristofferson, my co-star) was at the audition with me. I just assumed he had already been cast because he's good-looking and I generally resent good-looking people.
Tell us a bit about your character, Davy.
Davy wants to have fun but on his own terms. He has become more of a city dweller and does not appreciate the beauty or the quiet of the country. Davy is Kevin's cousin. How those two are related, I have no idea.
Matt Thompson not only stars in it, he's the director. Did you find, since he's an actor too, that he's more in tune with actors?
Matt had a very difficult job. Writing, co-producing, directing and starring in a film at the same time requires an incredible amount of discipline. You really have to know what you're talking about and you have to have the respect of the cast and crew because as soon as people believe you are spread too thin, anarchy and mutiny can sneak up and bite you in the ass. Matt was somehow able to do all of those jobs and make his film, something I could have never done. His efforts are certainly commendable. I'd work with him again in a New York minute.
How long did the movie film in Sacramento? What was the atmosphere like up there?
I only shot for a day or two in Sacramento before the production moved to Pollack Pines, so I wasn't really able to get a firm grasp of Sacramento as a city. I did hear it referred to as 'Sack Town,' a nickname I'm sure most residents regret. Pollack Pines was a trip. There were times where I felt like I was in the middle of Appalachia but the folks in town were nice and by the end, the bartenders remembered my name, and in the end, that's what's important.
And have you kept in touch with any of your co-stars?
In fact, we have all become very good friends. Other than Matt, the rest of the main cast live in Los Angeles. Jesse, Grainger (Hines), Kimberly (Alexander), Gina (Comparetto) and I see each other often. They are all incredibly talented and getting to hang out with them is always a blast.
BLOODLINE hits U.S. Cinemas September 27th. (UK release date TBC)