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Peter Dukes, the ambitious and hugely talented filmmaker behind independent horror short The Beast catches up with The Horror Hothouse’s Emma Knock to talk about the inspiration behind his work, upcoming short Little Reaper and his admiration for Steven Spielberg.
Written, directed and produced by Dukes himself The Beast is a werewolf film with a twist, focusing mostly on the emotional struggles of a father whose son is cursed with a lycanthropic affliction. Starring indie horror icon Bill Oberst Jr (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies and Take This Lollipop) as the father in question, the film is set in the woods on the night of the full moon. Michel (Bill Oberst Jr.) and his brother Douglas (Peter Le Bas) venture into the woods with an aim of tying Michel’s son Jacob (Alexander Le Bas) to a tree to prevent him from hurting anyone once he has transformed in a werewolf. However, following on from untold months of this, it seems the uncle has come up with another solution to end Jacob’s suffering and keep the town safe.
Under the banner of company Dream Seekers Productions, Dukes has produced 15 films, including many horror and fantasy shorts such as Ghosts, All Hallow’s Eve, A Goblin’s Tale, Lanrete and, of course, The Beast.