Unless you're a hardcore horror fan (or maybe a video game freak), you probably aren't familiar with the name JT Petty -- yet. The guy broke in as many good filmmakers do: With an independently-made (and entirely) creepy horror flick. But then he branched off and wrote a bunch of (rather popular) video games before landing a gig on a direct-to-video sequel. And with all those dues paid, Mr. Petty decided to move forward with ... a nearly indefinable horror documentary called S&MAN, which I saw (and enjoyed) at least March's SXSW Film Festival.

Hey, but don't go by me. The Toronto Film Festival programmers also found a lot to like in S&MAN (it's pronounced "sandman"), which is why the flick's about to make its Canadian debut at one of North America's premier festivals. JT and I tried to have an interview last March, but the conversation quickly devolved into a random-access-memory 45-minute discussion about horror movies -- so with the Toronto festivities now in full swing, I asked Mr. Petty if we could give it another go. And here's how the new chat went down...