Your new movie Crazy Fat
Ethel - in a few words, what is it about?
In a nutshell, it's about a large insane woman that won't allow anyone
to stand in the way of her gluttonous appetite. Even if it means killing.
Ethel is of course based on the underappreciated cult classic Criminally
Insane from 1975 - so how did you stumble upon that movie in the
first place, and what made you want to remake it? And did you get any
input from the original's director Nick Millard [Nick
Millard interview - click here] when making your movie?
and I saw the movie years ago and loved it. We both wondered how audiences
would react to a more modern version. I reached out to Nick and he was
very kind and flattered at how much I gushed over his original movie.
After the legal stuff, he wished me luck and wasn't further involved in
sources of inspiration when writing Crazy
Kathy Bates in Misery for sure.
Fat Ethel does feature some quite, erm, meaty special effects - so
how were they achieved?
I looked at a lot of fx blood till
I found one I loved. Everything is practical. Myself and the crew were
always against CGI fx. Throw in real pig intestines and the rest is
What can you tell us about Crazy
Fat Ethel's overall approach to horror?
Everyone involved with the
film are huge horror fans. We sought out to make a gory slasher that we'd
all want to watch even if we had no involvement in the project.
have to talk about Crazy
Fat Ethel's rather dark brand of humour for a bit!
think real life naturally has dark humor. We didn't want to amp up any
comedy but I knew the subject matter was darkly comedic.
talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
Gers is really what got the ball rolling. After years of disappointment in
trying to develop an appropriate cast, Dixie and I met at a film
festival/horror convention. I knew right away she was born to honor
Priscilla Alden's original role. Hell, it took me 5 years to find her. Her
enthusiasm for the part was inspiring. Jenny Coulter stepped in after
another actress left us without an Aunt Joyce. We all agree now that this
other actress not working out was fate. Jenny brought so much that most
couldn't have. Kelli Ellis was originally going to play a mental patient
but I upgraded her to the head nurse and was not disappointed with that
decision. Bill Nugent played Detective Andy Wilkes. Bill continued to
impress everyone and some of our extras thought he was a real detective.
Rounding out the cast are Douglas Conner and Fritz Dorton as greasy
orderlies. Last but not least, Athena Prychodko plays Ethel's cousin Rose,
a prostitute, drug addict whose boyfriend (Shannon Ray Morris) is her
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
In the main house it was
often stressful. We shot in June and the house had no air conditioning.
Unlit candles would melt from the unbearable heat. When using pig parts
the smell was gag inducing. However, everyone was constantly laughing and
having fun. Just had to stay hydrated.
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
entered it into many film festivals which Dixie and I will announce dates
on social media. Other than that the DVD/Blu-ray will be out by summer.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Crazy
Fat Ethel yet?
So far all positive. I mostly enjoy
hearing from fans of the original. One even thanked me for bringing Ethel
back against all odds.
Insane had its (less appreciated) sequel Criminally
Insane 2 - will there ever be a follow up to Crazy
Fat Ethel - and/or other future projects you'd like to share?
Feeling lucky ?
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for more, better results ?
The links below
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No sequel plans yet. I will be producing Venom of God which
Dixie and Fritz are writing and directing. It revolves around a satanic
cult. But I don't know much more than that. I, myself plan to direct my
3rd installment in my Trashology
universe. It's titled An Extremely Uncommon Set of Circumstances.
So looking forward to that.
Your/your movie's website,
Facebook, whatever else?
There are Facebook pages
The Horror Network
Preexisting Conditions -
Crazy Fat Ethel -
Brian Dorton -
reel EPIC entertainment
+ additional info on IMDb
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I think we
covered a lot today Michael.