SXSW Q&A: Director Joe Lynch talks ‘Mayhem’
A passionate genre fan himself, director Joe Lynch has given fans films like Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Everly, and Knights of Badassdom. He’s also one half of the duo behind the Movie Crypt podcast and the Holliston TV series. He also just so happens to be one of the nicest, most down to earth people you could ever meet.
His latest feature, which saw its world premiere at SXSW, sees Steven Yeun as a disgruntled employee that must battle his way to the top of his corporate office while trapped inside with a virus that causes the infected to lose control of all inhibitions. The office becomes a literal war zone.
After the premiere, we chatted with the director over the inspirations behind the film, the hopeful message amidst the carnage, the surprising dynamic between his two film leads, and much, much more.
What would you be like if you were infected with the Red Eye Virus? How would you go nuts?
It’s actually interesting, though, because I feel like we’re heading that way without the virus, you know? Rage seems like it is more present than ever.
Right, exactly. I really appreciate, though, that your film has a very hopeful message. Despite all of the carnage and mayhem, it seems to be telling viewers to follow their passion.
That’s ok! I want to touch on the actors; I always love films where the actors on screen are clearly having the time of their lives, and Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving both just seemed to have pure joy on their faces the entire time.
Samara’s character is no damsel in distress. Thank you for empowering her; her character was much tougher than Derek was.
How long did you rock that mustache that you debuted in your cameo?
Deleted scenes on the Blu-ray?
Read our review of Mayhem here.