Check the Gate

Check the Gate is a recurring column in which Brad Gullickson goes one-on-one with directors in an effort to uncover the reasoning behind their creative decisions. Why that subject? Why that shot?

Explore the entire Check the Gate archive below

Kids Vs Aliens

Jason Eisener Reveals How Stuart Gordon Inspired ‘Kids vs. Aliens’

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We chat with the director about his new kiddies-in-peril movie and how an often-forgotten motion-simulator ride influenced its brisk runtime.

Werewofl By Night Michael Giacchino Fantastic Fest Interview

How Michael Giacchino Thrust ‘Werewolf by Night’ Upon the MCU

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We chat with the composer and director about his new Marvel Halloween special and how he convinced Kevin Feige to interrupt his MCU Phase Four plans.

Goodnight Mommy Matt Sobel Remake

Matt Sobel Explains Why He Remade ‘Goodnight Mommy’ After Rejecting It

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We chat with the director about initially dismissing the idea of a ‘Goodnight Mommy’ remake and how a friend changed his mind.

Honk For Jesus Save Your Soul

The Ebo Sisters Discuss Bringing a Gut-Check to ‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul’

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We chat with the filmmaking duo about their new film and how they relied on their sibling bond to get it done.

Bodies Bodies Bodies Halina Reijn Interview

Director Halina Reijn Explains Why ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is Our Problem

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We chat with the director about her new film and discuss whether she loves or loathes her characters.

Rza Kung Fu Cinema Alamo Drafthouse

RZA Names the 2 Kung Fu Flicks Every Curious Kid Should Watch

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We chat with RZA about his favorite kung fu movies and why the new Alamo Drafthouse on Staten Island means so much to him.

Phil Tippett Mad God Interivew

Phil Tippett on Why ‘Mad God’ Had to Be Cooked Slowly

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We chatted with the stop-motion legend about the filmmaking advice he received from MiloŇ° Forman and Paul Verhoeven. It’s all about preparing for a good shit.

Brea Grant Torn Hearts Interview

Brea Grant Discusses Her Gnarly Country Music Horror Movie ‘Torn Hearts’

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We chat with the director about her one-of-a-kind country music horror film and how it exposes an anxiety surrounding a slowly evolving creative industry.

Graham Moore The Outfit

Graham Moore Asked Dick Pope to Make ‘The Outfit’ Look Like a Suit

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We chat with Moore about his feature directorial debut and geek out over his partnership with master cinematographer Dick Pope.