22nd Feb2018

‘Death House’ Interview: Cody Longo

by Philip Rogers

With the highly-anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on March 2nd, I got a chance to ask lead actor Cody Longo about Preparing for the role with Cortney Palm and Harrison Smith, what was it like working on such a landmark film and what makes Death House stand out in the horror genre.


What can we expect from Death House?

One for the movie fan. For the people who like to go out and have a good time. Take a rollercoaster ride and see some blood along the way. It’s an intelligent, retro feeling film with a new age plot. Go out and enjoy it, and pay attention to the details!

How did you become involved in the film Death House?

It came across my desk and I loved the idea, script and Harrison’s vision, I trusted.

Can you tell me a little bit about your character?

He’s the quiet type, but is one to control the room. He is sure of himself, and likes to make lighter of the situations they get into. He doesn’t miss a shot.

What sort of preparation did you do for the role?

We had weapons and skills training to learn the proper movements of an FBI agent. I also dive heavily into my scripts, it’s like music to my ears, I can’t get enough. Cortney, Harrison and I had nightly meetings to move through these characters together. I like to create small details with my characters that people may not even notice, but I know they’re there.

As Agent Jae Novak you play one of the pivotal characters in Death House, what was it like working on such a landmark film with working so many horror icons?

Harrison had to tell me to stop annoying Bill Mosely, sorry man. Huge fan ha ha. No, it was an appreciation and a responsibility to do well. It still is.

What was your favourite scene to film in Death House?

I can’t say, Harrison might get upset.

What makes Death House stand out as something different in the horror genre?

It’s honestly completely different. I was drawn to it for a reason, and I previously wasn’t drawn to scripts from this genre.

You have been successful in the last few years appearing in both TV and Film, but are there any specific type of roles which you would like to take on as a new challenge?

I like playing characters that have to go through something deep, and very challenging. I’m attracted to eccentric characters. You will be seeing me do more of those in the future I think.

As well as an actor you have directed your own short Cody Longo: Scream and recognised as a talented singer. Are there any other areas which you would like to pursue creatively?

I love directing, I always have since I was a kid, even before acting, I loved being behind the camera, and before all of that was music. I will always put my art out there. Music is a different business, it’s a blessing to be able to play both sides. Whatever pulls me the hardest is where I’ll go, but I will always do all three and hopefully put out content that people can relate to or have be affected by.

Do you have any other projects which you are working on at the moment?

I have an album coming out in the spring, and I’ll play some shows in between time here and there. I have a movie coming out with Burt Reynolds, Arielle Winter, Chevy Chase. We shot that a while ago though. I took some time this year to finish writing the album and stay home with my babies, they are becoming little people and I will never miss that.

If someone is wants to get into acting, what advice would you give them?

Cry a lot. Laugh a lot. Pray a lot. Be able to connect with your emotions. Do a lot of reading.

You can find out more about Cody Longo on the following social media channels:

Instagram: CodyLongo
Facebook: CodyALongo
Twitter: CodyLongo


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