Rebecca Reynolds Writes About Sibling Writer/Directors, Brett and Drew Pierce, Following Completion of Their New Indie Horror Film, Hag
LA-based filmmaking brothers, Brett and Drew Pierce, recently completed principal photography on their latest indie horror film, Hag. A modern twist on the classic witch genre, Hag is their third feature and the second one the brothers co-wrote and co-directed. Scheduled for a 2019 release, Hag stars Disney Channel veteran Piper Curda, Here and Now’s Kevin Bigley, Jane the Virgin’s Azie Tesfai and John-Paul Howard from Midnight, Texas.
How the Pierce brothers became die-hard aficionados of the horror genre and how they developed their filmmaking chops is a simple case of “Like Father, Like Son(s).”
Their father, Bart Pierce, started making films when he was twelve, shooting short stop-motion movies after borrowing his brother’s 8mm camera. A huge fan of monster magazines, vampires, and King Kong, Pierce continued honing his skills, particularly special effects photography. By his twenties, Pierce started getting film work doing color timing and processing in Detroit, which is where he met other budding young filmmakers including A-list director Sam Raimi, Editor Chris Innis, and Producer Rob Tapert. All of them, including Pierce, were trying to make horror films. Raimi’s team, including his college buddy, Actor Bruce Campbell, secured funds for their film first. The title was The Evil Dead. Shot in 1979 and released in 1981, the horror film became a cult classic, setting all those involved on successful filmmaking careers and spawning a lucrative, 30-years long media franchise.
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