Nick Simon isn't a household name yet, but give it time. In 2010, the writer/director released a psychological gem called Removal (review) that most likely made Alfred Hitchcock twitch in his grave (a good thing). After seeing that film it was obvious this guy was going places. Perhaps it was that release which grabbed the attention of horror master Wes Craven.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2012 Simon received an email from Writers Guild of America (WGA) stating that none other than Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Scream) had chosen him for the WGA mentor program. Over the months to come Simon and four other mentor program winners would join their new mentor at Craven's home for dinners and brainstorming sessions.
At these gatherings Simon presented Craven with a script that he, co-writers Robert Morast and Osgood Perkins had been writing titled The Girl in the Photographs. Craven not only was impressed by the script, he became an Executive Producer on the project and volunteered to assist in getting the low budget film made. Simon told The Hollywood Reporter that "He was in the trenches with us," and that "it’s the thing you daydream about — a legend who helps you make a movie."
The horror film 'The Girl in the Photographs' has landed the highly desired Midnight Madness slot at TIFF 2015 (Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m) and of course was a dream come true for Simon. Unfortunately the news is bittersweet considering director Wes Craven won't be in attendance for the world premiere, as he passed away at age 76 on August 30 due to complications with brain cancer.
In a statement about the film, Craven spoke of his admiration for Simon, stating “Sometimes you read a script and you just know. From first draft to final cut, Nick has told a unique story that will leave you wondering: is it always good to be noticed? It has been a pleasure to work with Nick from his days in my WGA mentor group to picture lock. You’ll be hearing from him again.”
In 'The Girl in the Photographs', big-city glamour clashes with small-town values when a celebrity photographer and his adult entourage descend upon a sleepy community to investigate the bloody doings of a serial killer.
Check out the official trailer for Simon's first feature 'Removal' below. A trailer for 'The Girl in the Photographs' is expected to release soon.