Billy Hanson is the writer and director behind “Bone Cold,” which just so happens to be his first feature-length film. Hanson’s previous work includes shorts like “Total Ghostage,” “Survivor Type,” and “Apology Day” as well as two different TV miniseries, “Coach Hop Playlist” and “Lightning Dogs.” Hanson also works on the business side of things, and in 2023 he worked as a producer on the series “Eli Roth Presents: The Legion of Exorcists.”
In an interview with Deepest Dream, Hanson talked about his creative process and specifically how the full story of “Bone Cold” came to be. “It started from really, basically, one image that popped into my head. It was this one man on his own holding a rifle, running through the snowy woods, and there’s a creepy monster in the distance.” Hanson started asking himself questions about that image to slowly piece together details about the man, the monster, and the entire context surrounding the two of them.
Hanson knew that this starting image — and the emotions it invoked for him — would be the center of the entire film, but building around that allowed him to take the story in unexpected directions. “I think that’s one of the big reasons why it’s not necessarily just an action film or just horror, you know, it’s not one thing, it kind of walks between several lines.” By keeping his focus small, Hanson was able to expand the movie beyond what it first appeared to be and create a multilayered story.