Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: You have been quietly doing some amazing work recently. We loved Mudbound, and then there was First Man. But the one we loved that not as many people saw was Chappaquiddick. It was incredible and quite a transformation for you. Jason Clarke: Oh yeah, Chappaquiddick. Thank you. It got a bit lost, but at the same point, it made million in the U.S. It was one of the highest grossing independent films of that year. People saw it. People didn t talk about it, because it s pretty difficult to talk about for a lot of the media in the current environment. It will stand the test of time.RT: Moving to Pet Sematary are you a scary movie person? A horror person?Clarke: To be honest, not hugely so, although some of my favorite movies are. You know, I wouldn t term them as horror, like The Hunt. That film terrorized me. It s very creepy watching. It s extraordinary but not horror. RT: We just had the premiere here at SXSW. What was it like, seeing it last night? Because the audiences here are legendary for their reactions.Clarke: It was insane. Really. It struck me as how rarely I go to a cinema now and watch a movie with a group of people. I m always watching them by myself, with my wife, maybe with a couple of people, or with my child. To watch something with a thousand people was wonderful. You remember that s what cinema is about. For an actor, it s almost like the theater. You re sitting in the same air. I was able to see people s reactions. I could feel the love and enjoyment. I couldn t help but think, I need more of this. Like, my God, I might need to do a play again. It s the connection to the people, because acting [on film sets], you lose that.RT: Do you think that is particularly because horror is such a reactive genre?Clarke: You know, it s cinema, it s a director s medium, and whatever anyone says, you know it s their vision, particularly with horror. The audience watches it to feel it. And last night, I felt it, you know, but that s not in every horror flick. I think horror s not enough for this film. It s not enough to say when it s Stephen King.Pet Sematary opens on April 5.
Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to include VOD and select drive-in releases. This week we have three horror films one about a killer rideshare, one about a stranded astronaut with a secret, and a punk rock slasher horror-comedy. In our Spotlight section, we have a documentary about a political experiment with the youth of Texas and a chat with the film s directors, award-winning documentarians Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Finally, we have new trailers featuring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, Robin Williams, and Janelle Monáe.New This Weekend