Richard LeMay started out as an actor – appearing in such fare as “Smooth Operator” in 1995 and “Chapter Perfect” in 1997 before he turned his attention to filmmaking in 2004. After the success of “200 American”, LeMay was able to concentrate on filmmaking on a more full-time basis, with his latest film “Blood Bound” hitting VOD January 15 from Clay Epstein’s company known as Film Mode Entertainment.

On January 1, 2019, Richard discussed this action-packed movie which focuses on what happens to burglars who select the wrong house to rob…specifically, one occupied by a coven of witches.

Movies, production and stories

Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you become a filmmaker, Richard?

Richard LeMay (RL): I started out as an actor and made a film to showcase my talent as an actor. Instead, I fell in love with film production, and I've never looked back.

MM: When was the first time you got paid to do what you love, aka making Movies?

RL: I sold my first film (that I directed) back in 2004. 200 American got worldwide distribution after a very successful festival run. I kept laughing, thinking that anyone wanted to watch it.

MM: How do you think you’ve improved as a filmmaker since then?

RL: In every way. I think every film has a new bunch of lessons to learn, so the more you do, the better you get.

I used to focus solely on the actors because that's all I knew when I started. Now, I think visually, my films have become quite beautiful, and that's just experience. But overall, I see things very different on set than I used to. One of the biggest lessons has been hiring great people to support your vision. Collaboration is the key.

MM: How did “Blood Bound” come about?

RL: This is almost embarrassing to admit, but it all started as a raging fantasy. I saw on the news that there was a very violent home invasion in Long Island and it got me thinking about what I would do. The reality is that I would most likely be beaten and killed, but I kept thinking "what if..." and eventually it came down to what if they were witches and captured the invaders.

And then this twisted story unfolded.

MM: Would you compare it to something else we might have seen?

RL: I would say it has elements of “Rosemary's Baby” and “Drag Me To Hell.” It's a methodical look into a character's struggle to escape a very dark situation.

Films, casting and the horror genre

MM: Independent films are tough to put together; can you talk about some of the hurdles you had to jump on this one?

RL: I think with all indie films, money is the main hurdle. For this film, everything came together after we had the budget to shoot. And it all felt easy. But budget and time is always the biggest issue in the indie film, and there was no exception with Blood Bound.

For example, as per casting, we did things a bit unorthodox on this film.

We used two casting directors. We worked with Elaine Del Valle casting for the bulk of the cast and Susan Shopmaker Casting for the three leads. They both brought so much to the table in regards to the great actors that it was very hard to choose just one for each role.

MM: Is there anyone you would’ve liked to have gotten for the movie but couldn’t, either due to scheduling or budgetary issues?

RL: I don't look back in that regard. I feel like the perfect cast came along and I was so happy to work with all of them. There are actors who I wanted when we started but... woulda coulda shoulda... I can't complain about the cast I got. In fact, I love every one of them.

MM: How healthy is the horror genre at the moment?

RL: I think it's the healthiest it has ever been. Horror movies these days are really giving you great stories, great performances and the big scares as well. I'm a horror fan, and I am loving the films of the last five years. “Blood Bound” will be released on January 15, 2019, and I'm in development for another feature I wrote, but I would love to do more scripted TV. That's kind of my goal right now.