Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff on Directing A Suspenseful Thriller with Held [Exclusive Interview]

Held - Jill Awbrey

Held – Jill Awbrey

Directing duo Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff already conquered the supernatural horror realm with their previous movies. Now they’re tackling a new subgenre of a suspenseful thriller.

In Held, Emma (Jill Awbrey) and Henry’s (Bart Johnson) marriage is losing its spark. In an effort to reconnect, they vacation to a remote high-end rental, complete with automated smart house features and integrated security. However, after suspecting a nighttime intruder, they decide to flee, only to become forcibly trapped inside by the automated security system. Emitting from the house, an unknown ‘Voice’ watches their every move through an array of hidden cameras, revealing an intimate and unsettling knowledge of their relationship. While the situation grows increasingly brutal, Emma and Henry must work together to uncover the truth and find a way out before it’s too late.

Jill Awbry wrote the script for Held.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff on their transition from supernatural horror movies into something different with a suspenseful thriller. Also, we talked about chance meetings with Jilly Awbrey and Bart Johnson, the house, and filming in Fresno.

In 2011, Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff formed Tremendum Pictures, which launched their first micro-budget horror film The Gallows for only $100,000. The film grossed over $42 million in the worldwide box office under the Warner Bros. and Blumhouse banner. It spawned a successful sequel The Gallows Act II in 2019. Also under their company banner, they produced the adventure horror film Prey in 2019 and the horror film Behind You last year.

Held releases in theaters and On Demand this Friday, April 9, 2021.

Watch the exclusive interview with Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Magnet Releasing

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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