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An Interview with Brian Dorton, Director of Crazy Fat Ethel

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2013

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Your upcoming film Crazy Fat Ethel - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


Like the original film Criminally Insane from 1975 it is about a woman that will stop at nothing to fulfill her gluttonous appetite. Even kill! There is an array of interesting supporting characters. This time around Ethel seems to be caught up in hidding her crimes by silencing possible witnesses or those she believes suspects her. But she always takes time out for her next meal.


Crazy Fat Ethel is a remake of Nick Millard's 1975 indie cult classic Criminally Insane [Nick Millard interview - click here] - what did you find so fascinating about that movie you wanted to remake it?


Priscilla Alden really sold the whole thing! She was easily bought into and I loved her! A female villain with a meat cleaver in a gown is iconic to me!


To what extent did you collaborate with Nick Millard when writing the new script, and did you take many liberties with the original movie?


Nick and I didn't write together. I wrote the new script myself based on his characters. There are a lot of tributes to the original but just as many differences.


What can you tell us about the intended look and feel of your movie?


If I had the right budget I'd be tempted to do a period piece by setting it in the 70's, but with the estimated budget I am afraid that would be biting off more than we could chew. I do plan on the house being vintage with old wallpaper etc., plus these people aren't very modern they don't have cell phones (other than the hospital staff) or computers etc. In a way they seem to be back in time. As far as blood and gore, there will be no CGI! All effects will be hands on by the best effects crew we can get!


How far are you intending to go in terms of violence in Crazy Fat Ethel - and will you keep any of the original's black humour?


It's going to be very bloody! The humor I think is natural with this subject matter but we aren't going to push it.


Do talk about your projected cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?


I knew casting Ethel would be a challenge. Several men approached me wanting to play her in drag but I always wanted a woman out of respect for the original and for Priscilla Alden. Amanda Jelks' friend approached me first about Amanda on the Facebook page for Crazy Fat Ethel and we liked her right away. She is very enthusiastic about the role. She sent us pics of herself in character which were very cool. And really expressed how much she liked the original film. You might remember Amanda Jelks from Cabin Fever 2.


For Ethel's aunt/guardian I only had Alan Rowe Kelly in mind from the beginning [Alan Rowe Kelly interview - click here]. As I was writing I pictured nothing but Alan. Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, Return of the Living Dead) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) are providing supporting roles. And I'm trying to get Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2) for a cameo!


As far as I know, Crazy Fat Ethel is as we speak still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


I talked with some major studio people and they wanted to change things, make Ethel thin, rearrange cast that I have had onboard nearly 2 years. So I felt there was no option but to reach out and get private donations. We did have a private investor who passed away that was going to fund the film. For obvious reasons it didn't happen.


Once your funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed, and any idea when the film might be released yet?


At that time I will schedule shooting dates, get locations set and get many more ducks in a row. October 2014 is when we hope to release the film.


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


I just hope those that can give to the campaign will take that extra step to do so. Because if everyone says "My donation won't help or $10 isn't gonna help" we will end up not coming close to our goal. So please take that extra step and donate.


Thanks for the interview!


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