Budget Cuts & Portals to Hell: An Interview with John and Ben Matsuya

We recently corresponded with John and Ben Matsuya, the creative powerhouse duo behind the horror-comedy Midnight Massacre, to discuss their horror influences, their creative process, and advice they had for aspiring creators.

COMIC BOOK YETI: John. Ben. Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer some questions.

Your synopsis for Midnight Massacre specifically referenced the horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead. Were there any other horror influences for this story?

JOHN AND BEN MATSUYA: Edgar Wright’s "Cornetto Trilogy" is a masterclass in comedic gags and pacing, while still developing a fun story with clear themes and ideas in an absurd atmosphere. He also takes full advantage of the form of cinema and what it can do –and we’re trying to do the same with the pages and panels.