A Conversation With Fright Hype’s Mike Hickey

December 18, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

Today I had the pleasure of talking with Mike Hickey, filmmaker and writer/host of Crypt TV’s Fright Hype, a great program that supplies news and updates about horror films and more. Mike took the time to answer a few of my questions and I would like to share them with you now.


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KM “How did you get into horror?”

MH “As a kid I was into Halloween, more than normal. I stayed spooky. I was always into horror. My mom wasn’t though. She was fine with movies like the old Disney Legend of Sleepy Hallow and Hocus Pocus and stuff like that, but when I was around 10 I remember having a sleepover at my godmother’s (who was into horror movies) so I could watch Wolf with Jack Nicholson, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.



KM “What was the horror movie that got you hooked?”

MH “I watched Scream when I was 13. That really stuck with me.”


KM “How did your show Fright Hype come to be?”

MH “A couple of years ago I was working at a production company and watching a lot of horror movies. There was a show, Film State, I thought “I can do that”. Then Crypt TV came along looking for a short I did (He Sees You) and things just fell into place. I sent them a sample, a pitch, of what I thought the show could be. I shot it in front of a lime-green bed sheet. Now I have a proper green-screen.”



KM “Tell us about your short films.”

MH “The first couple sucked. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, then a friend named Mark Brown, who has a werewolf webseries asked me to do a short for it. It was called The Full Moon Files. I used a handycam and literally recorded it on the road behind my house. I edited it into a story – it was awful. Then, I had a short titled Our House, it’s a haunted house film. It’s about a family that moves into a new house. They take a haunted house tour that leads right back to their door. The Calming won Best Film and Scariest Film at the 48 Hour Horror Challenge. Slugger, it was part of a 48 hour film challenge for Nickle Independent Film Fest, which I am now president of. In 2014,  In April or May I’ll begin production on my short That Halloween, which I hope to have finished in time for next Halloween. I have a short, He Sees You, that will be released on Crypt TV on December 26th.


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KM “What is your favorite horror movie and why?”

MH “That’s a tough question. I have to say An American Werewolf in London. I’m a huge werewolf guy. Even without the werewolf, it’s a great story. Two young guys are traveling the world when an attack happens and one come to terms with what happened. It’s such a strong story. I love Landis. I like movies that play against the laughter and the screaming and An American Werewolf does that.”


Mike is a talented man and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. It was a pleasure to talk with someone who loves horror as much I do.

Be sure to check out Fright Hype, new every Friday on Crypt TV.


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