Harvey Morton chats to Jonathan Andre Culliton and Marval Rex about Spookable – a film about two trans best friends who go on a cabin vacation and end up encountering werewolves.The film features an all-trans cast, including rising stars Alexandra Grey, Marvel Rex, and Reed Bryce, bringing a compelling narrative to life.

Jonathan Andre Culliton, one of the masterminds behind ‘Spookable’, describes the film as a “big little film,” emphasising the significant effort and creativity invested in its creation. The movie incorporates elements of comedy and suspense, adding a unique and refreshing twist to the horror genre.

Rex, who portrays the character Sean, a trans man, shares insights into his role, highlighting the transformative journey of his character. Through Sean’s experiences, the film explores themes of self-discovery and personal growth, resonating with the audience on a deeper level.

A still from Spookable | DIRECTED BY JONATHAN ANDRE CULLITON

The title card at the beginning of ‘Spookable’ defines the term ‘spookable’ as being clockable as trans in public spaces and conveys the underlying fear associated with it. This deliberate choice seeks to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the trans community, shedding light on the societal pressures to conform.

The inception of ‘Spookable’ stems from a desire to break free from the stereotypical portrayal of trans masculine characters. Rex and Jonathan embarked on a creative journey during the pandemic, crafting a narrative that transcends the conventional narratives surrounding trans masculinity.

The film drew inspiration from iconic works such as ‘Scary Movie’, infusing elements of horror and comedy to create a liberating and queer-centric cinematic experience. The team also paid homage to influential figures in the film industry, incorporating references to Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and drawing parallels to Anna Faris’s character from ‘Scary Movie’ to infuse humour and authenticity into the story.

A still from Spookable | DIRECTED BY JONATHAN ANDRE CULLITON
A still from Spookable | DIRECTED BY JONATHAN ANDRE CULLITON

The musical references in “Spookable,” including tracks from Destiny’s Child and Jermaine Stewart, add depth and nostalgia to the film, weaving a rich tapestry of emotions and cultural significance.

Jonathan Andre Culliton’s personal anecdotes and upbringing contribute to the film’s comedic essence, reflecting the heartwarming and humorous moments that shaped his storytelling style.

‘Spookable’ stands as a testament to resilience, creativity, and authenticity, offering a fresh perspective on the horror genre and paving the way for inclusive storytelling. The film’s bold and thought-provoking approach is poised to leave a lasting impact on audiences, transcending boundaries and fostering a deeper understanding of the trans experience.

Listen to the full interview on Queerly’s Stage and Screen podcast below:

Spookable is playing at the Frameline Film Festival, further details about the film are available here.