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Mickey Liddell , executive producer of ‘The Collector’, talks Horror

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 10, 2009

The Collector Movie

BRANDY MCDONNELL – The Oklahoman

Director and producer Mickey Liddell relishes that feeling of fear and foreboding he gets from a quality horror movie.

When the Norman native talks about a great fright film, he means one that makes you care about the people running for their lives.

“If I don’t care about the characters, then I don’t really care,” he said during a phone interview from Los Angeles. “I really feel that way about everything that I do … whether it’s a comedy or a horror movie or a television show.”

Director and producer Mickey Liddell

Director and producer Mickey Liddell

Lately, scares have been at the top of his diverse resume. Last year, Liddell, 47, made his directorial debut with “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” a teen scare fest. He then became executive producer of “The Collector,” an R-rated serial killer tale from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, writers of three films (so far) in the gory “Saw” franchise.

“The Collector,” which opened last weekend, follows would-be thief Arkin (Josh Stewart) into a house he intends to rob. When Arkin breaks in, he learns the home already has been invaded by a twisted killer.

The University of Oklahoma grad liked the movie enough to buy it from Dimension Films when the studio consolidated and couldn’t distribute it. He released it through his company, Liddell Entertainment, and Freestyle Releasing, but not before overseeing reshoots to boost the terror quotient.

“Directing made a big difference. … I’m able to look at a movie that has a lot of potential like this one and be able to find the places where we can really make it better,” he said. “Now, it’s really scary.”

He’s next producing “The Details,” a domestic black comedy with Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Ray Liotta that starts filming this week in Seattle.

This fall, his company and Roadside Attractions are distributing the Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair,” a festival Goremaster Makeup Effects Manualfavorite about the methods black women go through to meet society’s definition of a well-coiffed lady.

He plans to make the teen comedy “The World Belongs to Taylor Nichols” his next directing project, provided he can find time.

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