Inventing A New Horror – An Interview with The Birch’s J. Casey Modderno

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Set in a small wooded town on the outskirts of Oregon, The Birch tells the tale of supernatural revenge, where the lives of three teenagers intersect around the presence of a blood-thirsty monster lurking in the woods, the Birch. Sworn to protect the vulnerable wherever she is summoned, the Birch demands a dangerous toll for her services. Our heroes grapple with the grim realities of making her acquaintance – both as friend and foe.

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This incredible supernatural series is based on the 2016 short film that won over an array of horror; even winning a Webby award in 2017.Part revenge/part be-careful-what-you-wish-for, the Birch character can be summoned for protection but for a price that will have you thinking twice as each episode unfolds to reveal multiple character perspectives. The Birch features a talented cast of young emerging actors. Xaria Dotson (American Vandal) stars as Evie Grayson, while Midori Francis (Good Boys, Ocean’s Eight, Gotham) plays teen mother Lanie Bouchard and Dempsey Bryk (Black Mirror, The Silence) rounds out the main cast as Thurston Polk, the teenage drug dealer whose violent crimes set The Birch in motion.

 

The Koalition spoke with writer J. Casey Modderno to learn more about the series, the influence of its fans, the power of Facebook and more.

Check out our interview below.

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