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
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
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?
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
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!
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
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?
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
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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.
for the interview!