[Interview] ‘Arcadian’s Jaeden Martell and Maxwell Jenkins Talk Creatures and Halloween

The new post-apocalyptic horror movie Arcadian, starring Nicolas Cage, arrives in theaters this week, and we talked to the film’s co-stars Jaeden Martell (It) and Maxwell Jenkins (Lost in Space) about the relaxed vibe on set despite the intense nature of the subject matter, shooting a creature feature, and more.

Arcadian takes place in a near future, where normal life on Earth has been decimated. Paul (played by Cage) and his two sons, Thomas (Jenkins) and Joseph (Martell), have been living a half-life of tranquility by day and torment by night, because every night, after the sun sets, they face the unrelenting attacks of a mysterious and violent evil. One day, when Thomas doesn’t return home before sundown, Paul must leave the safety of their fortified farm to find him, as a nightmarish battle ensues that forces the family to execute a desperate plan to survive.

In our video conversation on Tuesday, Martell and Jenkins also delighted in talking a bit about Halloween, revealing their favorite costumes and candy treats, and Jenkins described how his dad goes all out every October 31st.

“I grew up in a travelling circus,” Jenkins said, “and my dad kind of goes overboard for Halloween, and he brings in all the circus performers and we do like a crazy show to terrify children for the rest of their lives. It’s so sick.”

You can watch our full exclusive interview with Jaeden Martell and Maxwell Jenkins below.

Arcadian opens in theaters this Friday, April 12.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.