Backstabbers came about when we realized we just wanted to make something fun and tight and that explores contemporary relationships in a fresh, interesting, and excitingly violent way.

Despite it being so contained, this film thrives in its chaos. Chaos of misidentity, chaos of characters making mistake after mistake. And chaos of personality. Each character has their own standout persona with their own quirks and unpredictable temperament. But despite the outlandish nature, everything is rooted in relatability. These character traits should be familiar to anyone who has ever had a partner. Navigating through the highs and lows, sacrificing for others, and learning that somebody you love isn’t who they say they are is a big part of this script.

But what makes it fun is that we explore all this through violence and twists and turns. The audience should always be on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. What will Ava decide to do? Although the entire film takes place in a house that remains consistent, the circumstances surrounding her get crazier and crazier and crazier. Not a single moment goes to waste. The script takes off right from the first threatening line in Ava’s voicemail on page one and doesn’t stop until the very end.