Writer, Director David Koepp with his leading man Kevin Bacon, has made something completely different for their quarantine project. They recently collaborated for suspense thriller ‘You should have left’. In the quarantine they have come up with an original horror story, ‘Yard Work’.
The story is about an elderly and widowed judge, Herman who seeks solace in a home in Wisconsin. With deliberately struggling with grief and alcoholism, encounters a dead weed that wouldn’t leave the place. Koepp recently was interviewed by Cinemablend to talk about the new story and how he convinced Kevin Bacon to become his partner.
In the interview, David Koepp revealed that this horror story was entirely a quarantine project. David and Kevin write it and read it respectively. According to David Koepp Kevin is a great actor and feels lucky to have a friendship with him. David added that Kevin has the ability to differentiate between characters. In the context of selecting particularly Wisconsin, he admitted that it is because he was raised in Wisconsin where his dad lives until 86.
The story is basically based on the genre of horror which later takes turn into psychological horror. Herman is helped by Jeff, a local hardware store clerk to combat the weeds. But nothing they do can stop the abnormal weeds growing in his yard. Unless all this is just hallucinations that are all in Herman’s mind.
As these emblematic struggles that Herman faces in Yard Work continues, David Koepp revealed that the idea of the trees and roots of terror originated after his experience with Hurricane Sandy which affected his well being and destroyed his Northeastern home. He was always inclined to his yard, to clean up after the destruction caused by the nature, which was led by the hurricane, and became obsessed with the act of cutting down the ramblers and pulling them out of the trees.