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An Interview with Alex DiVincenzo, Director of The Horrors of AutoCorrect

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2015

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Your new movie The Horrors of AutoCorrect - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Horrors of AutoCorrect is a 6-minute short film that puts a comedic spin on a familiar horror set-up, pitting an old school slasher against a tech-savvy teen.

 

Basic question: Why make a movie about AutoCorrect (and its shortcomings)?

 

This is my first effort as a director, and I wanted to do something short, funny and horror-related. I had half-heartedly toyed around with other ideas, but when this one came to me, I knew I had to make it. It's something everyone can relate to, and it sets itself up for so many jokes.

 

With your movie playing with slasher clichés - is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

Yes! I'm a huge slasher fan. John Carpenter's Halloween is my favorite film. I love the whole Halloween series - even Resurrection! - as well as the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. I'm also a big fan of Scream, Black Christmas, Hatchet and Slumber Party Massacre. I'd love to make my own slasher some day.

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing The Horrors of AutoCorrect?

 

Scream was a big influence on the set-up. I made it a point to mention it right in the movie so no one accused me of ripping it off. The set-up was '90s inspired, but the score has an '80s, John Carpenter synth vibe. Visually, I referenced Dario Argento and Quentin Tarantino to my cinematographer.

 

What can you tell us about The Horrors of AutoCorrect's brand of humour?

 

The humor is intentionally varied. A lot of the jokes are crass or sophomoric, but I like to think some of the others are pretty clever. There's also a fun nod to A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 that always gets a big laugh when it plays at horror festivals. I wanted to include something for everyone.

 

You of course also have to talk about the movie that plays on Jenny's TV for a bit, Roger Corman's Creature of the Haunted Sea [Roger Corman bio - click here] - and why did you choose exactly that film?

 

Any time someone is watching a movie in an independent horror film, it's always George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. As I'm sure you know, the reason is because it's public domain so you don't need to pay to use it. I love that movie, but I wanted to do something different. So I looked at other public domain horror movies and found Creature of the Haunted Sea. It's perfect because it's a terrible, cheesy movie that usually gets a chuckle. Plus it was nice to give a shout out to the great Roger Corman.

 

A few words about your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I believe filmmaking is a collaborative process, so I'm always extremely open to input from anyone involved. I trust my cast and crew a lot, so I always like to try their ideas whenever possible. I'm new as a director, so I'm still developing my style, but I try to keep things casual and fun.

 

What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

For the role of the killer, I was fortunate enough to cast Nick Principe, who most people know as Chromeskull in the Laid to Rest movies. Before he went Hollywood, I knew Nick as the singer of an awesome local metalcore band called Closer Than Kin. I asked him if he would do the short, and he thankfully accepted. It was great because not only does he get to play the menacing killer, which he's so good at it, but he also gets to show off his comedic side. I can't picture anyone else in that role. I'd love to see him do more comedy.

Jenny, the lead girl, is played by Jackie Fabian. I met her on the set of a friend's movie, Dead Bounty, and was instantly taken by her charisma. Not only is she captivating on screen, she also brings a boundless energy and a great sense of humor to every shoot. I want Jackie to be in all of my movies.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

I quickly learned that a shooting schedule is meaningless. I told the crew that the shoot should take about 4 hours, but it ended up taking double that. They graciously stuck it out at my house until 3 in the morning. That said, I learned a lot about how to prepare better for future productions. The on-set atmosphere was always fun. I have worked with most of these people on many other projects, so we're all very comfortable with one another.

 

A few words about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?

 

The reaction has blown me away. I knew most horror fans would appreciate it, but I wasn't sure how it would play to those who aren't familiar with the genre. Thankfully, it's doing amazing! It has close to 35,000 views and counting. Reviews are almost unanimously positive from both critics and viewers. I've found no greater joy that seeing it with an audience.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

The Horrors of AutoCorrect is available exclusively from Crypt TV, the digital genre studio co-founded by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth. You can watch it for free on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CryptTV/videos/vb.1394290797478133/1617895505117660/?type=2&theater) or YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GCHLKESQpo).

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I'm currently in production on my next short, Trouser Snake. It's a throwback to '50s sci-fi/horror movies... but with a giant, mutant penis. I think it's going to be a fun one. After that, I'd like to do something more serious so I'm not pigeonholed as a comedy guy.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I've liked movies since as far back as I can remember, and I fell in love with the horror genre in my early teens. Since then, I've been obsessed with it. I visited my first film set when I was in high school and immediately knew I wanted to make movies. I do not have a formal film education - I went to college for business - but I've spent a lot of time working as a crew member on local indie productions. I believe I've learned more from those real-world experiences than I ever could in a classroom.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Horrors of AutoCorrect?

 

Although this is my first effort as a writer and director, I've done everything from producing to production assistant work in the past. We have an amazing independent filmmaking scene in New England, and I'm very proud and fortunate to be a part of it. Most often, I am a still photographer and a publicist.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

In terms of personality, I'm very laid back. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves and make something they can be proud of, and that is not a responsibility I take lightly. In terms of style, I like to think of myself as a visual storyteller. I want cool, artistic shots, but they also have to serve the story. Although I've yet to show it off too much, I like slow-burning, deliberate pacing that builds tension.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

John Carpenter is my main influence as a director. I hold many of his works near and dear to my heart. I have also found a lot of inspiration from Adam Green, who's best known for directing Hatchet. His podcast, The Movie Crypt, and his TV show, Holliston, were both pivotal in me finally making the jump to director. I have since shown him The Horrors of AutoCorrect and he said it made him laugh out loud, so that is a true accomplishment.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

John Carpenter's Halloween is my all-time favorite. I also love Jaws, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Psycho, Suspiria, The Shining, The Devil's Rejects, Rosemary's Baby and The Monster Squad. Outside horror, my favorites include Back to the Future, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Memento.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I'm a pretty positive person, so I try to find the best in any movie - even if that means it's so bad it's good. I will say I can't remember being more disappointed in a movie than Boogeyman. It had Sam Raimi's name plastered all over it because he was a producer, and he just did The Grudge, but I still can't get over what a trainwreck that move is. There's also House of the Dead, although I've come to appreciate that one for how terrible it is.

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

When I'm not working on movies, I also run a horror site called BrokeHorrorFan.com.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for speaking with me. I really love that you take the time to interview and review independent filmmakers. So many sites ignore them, and I've always admired the emphasis you place on covering them.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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