Written by Michael Kirk, the Incident on Highway 73 short film stars Ian Alda and Elizabeth Schmidt as the doomed couple. It is still making the festival rounds six months after its premiere at La's Screamfest last fall. Dread Central recently caught up with Thompson to discuss his stellar sci-fi/horror short in honor of Indie Horror Month and heard more from the rising filmmaker about what inspired his story, the challenges of shooting in the desert and much more.
Dread Central: Can you tell us about how you came up with the story for Incident on Highway 73 and what inspired some of the horror
Incident On Highway 73
Cast: Elizabeth Schmidt & Ian Alda Writer: Michael Kirk Director: Brian Thompson
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve of 2005 Jeff and Kelly took a trip through the desert and mysteriously disappeared. This is the account of their final hours.
From the Press Release:
Incident on Highway 73 recounts the harrowing final hours of a newly engaged couple who mysteriously disappear while driving through the desert on Christmas Eve, 2005. Michael Kirk (co-producer of The Grudge and The Grudge 2) and Brian Thompson shared producing duties with Kirk writing and Thompson directing the tension-filled 26-minute short. The film stars Elizabeth Schmidt and Ian Alda (Alan Alda's nephew); it was lensed by Jason Hafer and edited by Dave Gallegos. Robert Borer, Kathleen St. Peter, and Jeff Beard served as executive producers.
Kirk and Thompson first met while Thompson was fulfilling a college internship at Ghost House Pictures in 2005. "Brian showed me some of his college work,
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