Jennifer Reeder is an artist and filmmaker who received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Reeder wrote and directed Knives and Skin (2019), a surreal murder mystery about a missing teenager, which is reminiscent of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Her films tend to have a focus on themes of trauma, relationships, and coping mechanisms. Her new horror film, Night’s End, tells the story of a haunting and is a compelling exploration of mental illness and isolation. The film stars Geno Walker as Ken Barber, who is divorced and living alone in an apartment. He never leaves the house and frequently talks with his ex-wife and his best friend on video chat. Ken follows a strict routine and has some unusual hobbies, which he hopes will help him control his severe anxiety and insomnia. When he begins to believe he is being haunted by the spirit of a woman who died in his apartment, he seeks guidance from an author on the occult and the host of an online video paranormal series, which forces him to confront his inner demons.
During a recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to talk with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder about Night’s End, filming during the pandemic, the film’s themes of isolation and mental illness, and a lot more. Night’s End will premiere on AMC Network’s premium streaming service, Shudder, on March 31st. You can watch our video interview below!