Hunters - Britne Oldford

What is Hunters’ blood?

Their blood has a high mineral content so that gives it is silver shade. What is it in real life? It’s lube. It’s like a big vat of lube, of silver colored lube. It’s embarrassing but it’s true.

What else should we know about Hunters?

Hunters is a conspiracy thriller but it also has elements of horror. It’s scary. It’s about is there a monster inside of me? Is there a monster next door? How do we stop that monster? I really did want to make aliens scary again. I think that they’ve been a little neutered. And really just creating a whole new mythology for aliens that we hadn’t seen before, and taking on the issue of terrorism.

Why have aliens stopped being scary? The H.R. Giger alien is still one of the scariest creatures of all time and that was even before they came up with the Queen in the second film.

Something happened in the last two decades that kind of neutered them for some reason. I think there was Gale’s movie which was quite scary, and then there was something that happened that kind of neutered them and made them soft. It might be the fact that it’s too familiar so there really isn’t anything eerie or unsettling because we kind of know what’s coming. Then I think Under the Skin was a real touchstone movie for me that kind of made aliens gooey and dark, just in a way that we haven’t seen before. It might’ve been a combination of familiarity and overuse of hackneyed ideas so we’re like, “Oh, I’ve seen that before.”

Even when the Alien movies were out, there were family movies like E.T. and I don’t think that compromised them.

Yeah, that’s a good point. Attack the Block was kind of funny and scary at the same time. I really do think it has a lot to do with familiarity, that we’ve seen it and done it. We know there’s something behind the suit and no idea of scariness behind it. That’s something Gale and I have talked a lot about.

Who’s the scariest alien on Hunters?

It’s definitely McCarthy. I think McCarthy is scary because he is an expression of our own id. He is a hunter and he’s unleashed and I think there’s something really unsettling for humans to wrestle with the monster within. McCarthy is a hunter who just encapsulates rage, sexuality, hunger, just getting what you want and taking it. I think that’s scary for humans. That’s what we’re scared of inside ourselves and it’s what we’re scared of the guy over there, that he’s going to do that to us. As charming as Julian is, he was actually the scariest as well.

It looks like a lot of the show is in broad daylight. Are you finding terror in broad daylight?

It’s a little bit of both. There’s a scene that’s a bombing in a public space. I think the idea right now that we could be in a hotel and a guy could walk in with an assault rifle or walk in with a bomb, and the idea that terror and monsters are invading our public spaces that we consider very space is definitely a part of the show. That counterpoint of being in a shopping mall or being in a music store, being in a very ordinary pedestrian environment. That said, it’s hard to make prosthetics look scary in daylight. They’re very vain and they like shadowy light, so we had to split the difference between liking that idea of terror in daylight and then respecting what con actually be done with prosthetics and monster builds.

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Hunters kicks off Monday, April 11 at 10/9c on Syfy.

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