Interview with Colin Theys, director of the “Stalker’s Prey” trilogy!
When I say I LOVE thrillers and horror movies, I mean all of them, including lifelong, over-the-top, cheesy movies. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Colin Theys, director of the Campy Horror Lifetime Trilogy, Stalker’s Prey. The films in this trilogy include Stalker’s Prey (2017), The obsession of a predator (2020), and the third installment Prey of Stalker 3 (2021), which will be released in early summer. Find out about Colin’s career, his love for films, details on the Stalker’s Prey trilogy, what to expect from the third, and more!
PopHorror – Hi Colin. How is 2021 treating you so far?
Colin Theys – 2021 has been surprisingly great. I was lucky enough to switch to immunization without getting sick and the production world has been busier than ever. I’m currently working on three films shot simultaneously across Connecticut. They all pose very different challenges and tell different stories. Plus, this is the year I can now officially say I’ve made a movie trilogy, which is definitely a to-do list phrase.
PopHorror – Damn, yes! What made you decide to become a filmmaker?
Colin Theys – I grew up loving movies. My family watched one almost every night. During this time, I played in the theater and was an amateur host. In college, I studied filmmaking and sort of realized that directing is the natural combination of animation and acting. It is a fascinating combination of technical craftsmanship and art. I love the medium and love to get involved in all kinds of abilities. It’s kind of like tricking the world into making them feel like something specific is happening just long enough to take a picture of it.
PopHorror – Very true. You’ve done a variety of Hallmark and Lifetime movies, how did that happen?
Colin Theys – This industry is very experience driven. One thing leads to the next and you sort of follow the opportunities as they arise. I started doing television reporting working for Syfy’s sister network, Chiller. They were relatively small, low-budget horror projects designed for TV, but we did some interesting things and that experience directly led to additional work in the same area. I have gained a reputation for being able to deliver a lot on a low budget. It’s a double-edged sword, but it can lead to some interesting, albeit challenging, opportunities.
PopHorror – Certainly. What I love most is that it seems like half of your movies are sci-fi / thriller / horror movies while the rest are Christmas love stories. I love both. Do you prefer one over the other?
Colin Theys – I have been very fortunate to be able to work in a variety of genres. It’s too easy to be classified. It’s a really rewarding challenge to work in a new genre and I wouldn’t give up this strain for nothing! I’d say my heart is in stories that have energy and style: for me it tends to lean towards horror, sci-fi, and thrillers, but I also really enjoy doing comedy and kill to make a musical someday. I actually have a musical horror comedy that I hope to someday do. I really admire people like Kevin Murphy who can make so many different stories.
PopHorror – Me too! I like everything. That brings me to my next question… what’s your favorite holiday… Christmas or Halloween?
Colin Theys – I’m gonna have to go with Halloween. 🙂 There are so many possibilities and New England looks great in the fall. I really want to make a fall movie on purpose someday!
PopHorror – YOU’RE WELCOME! Your next movie is Prey of Stalker 3. Can you tell us about the Stalker’s Prey trilogy?
Colin Theys – Stalker’s Prey is a series about a young man with an unusual attachment to sharks who has a serial stalking problem. He had all the perks in life but finds himself aimless after a tragically ending breakup. He just happens to be in the right place at the right time to save a young woman from a shark attack and becomes a media hero. She reminds him of his ex and he looks at her newfound fame and becomes obsessed with her. He doesn’t know how to let go and falls deeper and deeper into the stalking and control of his life, eliminating those who get in his way. As the films progress, this process repeats itself and he sinks deeper and deeper, believing that his good fortune proves that he has found his new purpose in life.
PopHorror – Definitely unique. Where did the idea come from?
Colin Theys – Every movie is impossible until it exists. The first one Stalker’s Prey was actually the idea of executive producer Tim Johnson, who wanted to make a stalker movie in which a guy saves a girl from a shark attack and then thinks she owes him her life. John Doolan, the writer and longtime collaborator was determined to turn this into something intense, true to its genre and serious, yet fun. The audience seemed to really like it and that led to two sequels! Each time, we tried to raise the bar, to get darker, deeper, and a little more stylized. It’s been fun building this world through the show and I’m really excited to see where this one leads.
PopHorror – What can we expect Prey of Stalker 3?
Colin Theys – It’s definitely our most ambitious company, with some really cool locations and visuals. A sequel is always an interesting storytelling challenge. How do you overcome the previous one while staying true to the feel and story of the previous one? What can you do with this character? This one has some real horror themes while still staying true to the world and the story we’ve set up. I think it’s going to be a really memorable thriller.
PopHorror – Favorite scenes without spoiling anything?
Colin Theys – I have two! The first is actually a scene I really wanted to shoot for Prey of Stalker II. In Bruce’s beach house there were a ton of taxidermy ducks and I thought it would be hilarious to have him throw a workout dinner where the camera starts on Bruce, and we viewers don’t realize not that it’s not the actual meal until you see he’s put ducks in every seat. Well we did it this time and John Lauterbach built us these awesome mannequins with buoys and nets to put in the chairs. I thought for sure someone would step in and kill this scene before it reached an audience, but it’s still here! The other is the final. One of the main locations is a lighthouse on a rocky island separated by a long breakwater from a lone keeper’s house. The beam from the green lighthouse sweeps across the house and it’s just a perfect setting for a finale.
PopHorror – It looks great. Can’t wait to check it out. i heard that Stalkers Proy 3 is the darkest to date. Is it true?
Colin Theys – It is certainly the darkest of the 3. We wanted to raise the bar and take a step forward in history. As a character, where do you go after the second? I mean, he lowered Ali’s mom into the ocean in a locked shark cage and put his little brother in a shock collar, and served him dinner. It’s a hell of an act!
PopHorror – Haha agreed! Do you think this will end with a trilogy or will there be more?
Colin Theys – We predicted this to be the end, but never say never.
PopHorror – Pleasant! I like a bit of suspense and mystery. Thanks for chatting with me, Colin. Can’t wait to watch Prey of Stalker 3 and all your upcoming projects! To all reading, watch a preview of the film below!