Filmmaker Mark Jones talks ‘Scorned’

Writer/director Mark Jones recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about his new thriller “Scorned.”

In “Scorned,” which will be available beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4 on Blu-ray and DVD, a romantic weekend turns horrific and sadistic when a young woman (AnnaLynne McCord) discovers that her boyfriend (Billy Zane) is having an affair with her best friend (Viva Bianca).

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Jones by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the writer/director discusses what he hopes that viewers take away from “Scorned” as well as what he took away from making the film.

It is a guy’s worst nightmare. He gets caught cheating by his text messages. It is a lesson to make sure to erase them if you are going to do stuff like that. The lovely girl that he goes away to a weekend lake house with kind of turns into a young, pretty Kathy Bates from ‘Misery.’ Sadie (AnnaLynn McCord) probably says it best when she says, ‘You men need to learn to delete your text messages a little more often.’

I did the picture purely to entertain people. I tried to have fun with the movie and not really take myself seriously in terms of some underlying message. I think it moves quickly. I am one of the directors who has ADD so I tend to cut my pictures very quick. I take things out of the movie. Most directors want to keep things in. But my voice is saying, ‘Let’s cut. Let’s get going.’ I just want people to just enjoy the picture.

No matter how many pictures you work on, direct or write, every time you do another project you learn something. You think that you have got to the point where you know how to do [everything] but what is interesting is that you learn something new every time you make a movie. Just as an overview from a director – and I am going to speak for Steven Spielberg or somebody on that level – I bet you that every picture he does he walks away and learns something new.” – Mark Jones

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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