Schmoozing With Director, Writer And Star Of Blood Relatives Noah Segan

Recently I sat down with Noah Segan the director, writer and star of the film BLOOD RELATIVES. The film follows a 115-year-old Yiddish vampire named Francis (Noah Segan). He drives his muscle car down the backroads wearing his leather jacket. He keeps to himself until the day he meets 15-year-old Jane (Victoria Moroles). She says she’s his daughter, and she’s got the fangs to prove it. They go on the road, deciding whether to sink their teeth into family life.

Segan explains how he came up with the concept for the muscle car-driving, leather jacket-wearing Yiddish vampire
“I looked right in the mirror, that’s the guy I thought I was for a very long time. I have this old muscle car, and I have a closet full of leather jackets, that my wife likes to point out.

That’s the guy I really thought I was, I still have some leather jackets and a muscle car, and I still have my hair, but I’m a dad. When that kind of all happened for me it felt a little bit like a horror movie. It felt spooky and I thought maybe I should write it down”

The full audio answer can be heard below

Blood Relatives is a film that sticks with you. When it was over I felt like Wait, there are more adventures and conflicts to explore. Is there a chance we might see Francis and Jane hit the road once again?

“Well, you know I love a movie that feels big I love a world. It’s something I take from the movies I love. There sort of telling a small story in a bigger environment”

The full audio answer can be heard below

Shooting films during the Pandemic changes the landscape of filmmaking. Segan explains the film was always a two-person character-driven story. The Pandemic didn’t change the dynamics of Blood Relatives

“No, it was always planned to be a two-hander sort of in the vein of Paper Moon where you have this kind of road trip and you meet people along the way. Frankly, it was just sort of one of the very few brights spots trying to function during the Pandemic was that we were able to do a movie like this under those circumstances”

The full audio answer can be heard below

The film is full of heart, which is weird to say about a vampire movie. Segan dedicates the film to his two young children. I asked when or if he would ever show them, Blood Relatives.

“You know, I don’t know if I can tell you an exact age that would be appropriate for them because they are two and a half and five years old. I will say that the movies that I love to this day are often movies that I saw as a kid. Maybe a little bit too young to fully understand exactly what was going on. They made me feel sophisticated, they made me feel like I wasn’t being talked down to. Whether that’s Indiana Jones movies or The Goonies or The Ghostbusters made me feel like I was part of the show or part of the experience. Now when I look back at those movies as an adult they are so comforting and make me feel like a kid again”

The full audio answer can be heard below

Comedian, Pot smoker, actor and podcaster Doug Benson plays a small but pivotal role in the film. Segan explains how he became attached to the role

“You know, I have had the pleasure of knowing Doug for many years. I’ve been able to be on his podcast (Doug Loves Movie) a few times and he’s a frequent attendee of Fantastic Feast when we premiered the movie. We just formed a friendship over the years and when it came time to cast that role, I just thought wouldn’t it be great if Doug could come out and do it? Thankfully, he was available and was willing. He was one of the very few people from L.A that came out to do the movie, along with Tracie Thoms another old dear friend of mine”

The full audio answer can be heard below

Shudder will exclusively stream BLOOD RELATIVES on Shudder on November 22, 2022.

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