How Having Too Many Movie Credits Can Hurt You – Brad Sykes

Film Courage: Why not pitch Netflix and get them to do an upcoming project?

Brad Sykes, Writer/Director: I doubt I would ever get in the room with them? I mean, I’m just being honest. I don’t know how I would get in the room with them? It’s weird in this business too (and this is the honest truth) is I am sure…and I’m not saying it was easy for The Duffer Brothers with STRANGER THINGS but it did probably help that they hadn’t done a whole lot when they pitched that. What happens in this business is it’s kind of a double-edged sword if you start to do things and you have a track record and you made X number of movies Well, okay that’s great because it shows you can do this and you’ve done it more than once and obviously you’ve got some kind of track record of skills and so on.

But for some people depending on what type of movies you make and in my case it’s horror movies, that’s a stigma, it stigmatizes you. Then most people think That’s all that they can do, that’s all that guy knows how to do.

Let’s just throw a name out there Wes Craven on an obviously way bigger level. He struggled with that his entire career. That’s why he made the movie with…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Brad Sykes got his first hi-8 camera at age fifteen, and hasn’t stopped shooting since. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brad made eight features on video (many of which involved Karo syrup, red food coloring and stunts of dubious safety) while still in high school. He attended Boston University’s film program in 1993 and by the time he graduated cum laude in 1997, he had already worked for both Paramount Pictures and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. After moving to Los Angeles, Brad continued to work in film in various capacities both here and abroad (a stint at Castel Film, Romania) before landing his first writing-directing job in 1998. By 2000, he was writing and directing full-time, with many genre credits such as DEMON’S KISS, MAD JACK, and the well-known CAMP BLOOD. Brad has continued to make his mark in horror with more recent projects like DEATH FACTORY, GOTH, WITHIN THE WOODS and MUTATION. His films have been distributed worldwide and can be found at rental outlets like Blockbuster and Netflix. Brad’s films have received attention in many publications including Fangoria, The Dark Side, Indie Slate, Rue Morgue, Videoscope, LA Weekly, Mad Movies, and Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies. Brad lives in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Josephina Sykes, where they operate Nightfall Pictures, a full-service development and production company. 


Terror in the Desert: Dark Cinema of the American Southwest by Brad Sykes

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