In this podcast I talk to Noah Segan whose extensive list of acting credits started when he was 7 years old. Now he’s extended into writing and directing. His current genre-busting movie, Blood Relatives, is available on Shudder. And, in case you missed it, Noah was also a rebel pilot in Star Wars!
(I totally meant to raise Star Wars with Noah but the removalists arrived with all my worldly possessions and were talking REALLY LOUDLY IN AN EMPTY ECHOEY HOUSE so I had to cut the interview short. Much to my disgust! Kermit flail!)
Blood Relatives follows Francis, a 115-year-old Yiddish vampire who still looks 35. He’s been roaming American backroads in his beat-up muscle car for decades, keeping to himself, and liking it that way. One day, a teenage kid, Jane, shows up. She says she’s his daughter, and she’s got the fangs to prove it. They go on the road, deciding whether to sink their teeth into family life.
That’s not quite how I’d describe it. Orphan Jane needs a father but Francis says hell no. And then maybe. For reasons.
My interpretation of the trailer is that Blood Relatives is straight up comedy. But it’s so much more. Noah loves the vampire genre and is well versed in movie history. He draws on many sources, building a movie that references much of what has gone before. And he blew me away with this understated dramedy with genuine heart.
Blood Relatives has much in common with Brinna Kelly’s The Fare in my opinion. Both are indie productions, both stories have real depth, with writers – Noah Segan and Brinna Kelly – who both love the genre in which they’re working. And both have the makings of cult classics. (Brinna talks about making The Fare in this podcast if you’d like to hear her story.)