Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Method of Murder 2017

- Blind 2019

- Italian Turtles 2019

- The Killing Death 2008

- Dolls 2019

- Double Face 1969

- Terror in the Skies 2019

- Hexing 2017

- Five Minute Rush 2017

- Daisy Derkins vs. the Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines 2019

- Kiss Kiss 2019

- The Chair to Everywhere 2019

- The Surreal Project 2019

- The Affliction Table 2018

- Hallowed Ground 2019

- The Big Clock 1948

- Trash Arts Killers: Volume Two 2019

- Rondo 2018

- Being Without 2018

- Shed 2019

- Clinton Road 2019

- Khrustalyov, My Car! 1998

- A Record of Sweet Murder 2014

- Firstborn 2017

- Das Wundern des jungen Ulysses 2019

- The Incessant Fear of Rape 2018

- The Dragon Unleashed 2018

- Yakuza Law 1969

- Murder Made Easy 2019

- Chasing Shadows 2018

- Jumper 2019

- Bunkheads 2018

- Chase 2019

- Emily's Hands 2018

- Raiders of the Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll 2018

- The Grand Duel 1972

- Silencio 2018

- Room for Rent 2019

- Extra Innings 2018

- Keoma 1976

- Blood & Oil 2019

- Eyes and Prize 2018

- On the Trail of Bigfoot 2019

- The Shipment 2018

- Nox 2019

- The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire 1971

- Astro 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

An Interview with Charles Chudabala, Star and Producer of Ugly Sweater Party

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2018

Films starring Charles Chudabala on (re)Search my Trash

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Your new movie Ugly Sweater Party - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Ugly Sweater Party is about 2 characters (Cliff and Jody) who find a sweater along the way to an ugly sweater party. Except, the sweater happens to be possessed by a serial killer. All hell breaks loose on Christmas eve.

I play Cliff, the high strung, anal and anxious counterpart to Jody. He develops an “attachment” the evil sweater.

 

What did you draw upoon to bring your character to life, and how much Charles Chudabala can we actually find in Cliff?

 

One of my first acting roles was on the stage show Odd Couple. I drew a lot of my inspiration from Felix Unger (the neat freak), and Mark Linn Baker’s character from the 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers. Surprisingly, there is a lot of myself in the Cliff character. I love when things go right, and become a bit anxious when I my plans don’t unfold exactly the way I want them to. On the other hand, I have learned to go with the flow in life and I am way less repressed than Cliff. I don’t really care what people think of me as much. When we first meet Cliff, you can tell that public persona means everything to him.

 

Do talk about Ugly Sweater Party's brand of comedy, and to what extent does it correspond with your own sense of humour?

 

I would describe it as bathroom humor and raunchy at times. It is also playful and quite tongue in cheek. I loved the opportunity to be able play in this world and say or do things that I wouldn’t normally do in my personal life. Ugly Sweater Party was a cathartic experience (chuckle).

 


How did you become involved with the project, and how did you end up on the production side of things as well?

 

Director Aaron Mento [Aaron Mento interview - click here] cast me for a small part in his series called Choose Their Kill and asked me if I would be interested in meeting about his new project. Once he told me about it, I was sold. I offered my connections and resources within the indie horror world and we organically decided that I should be a producer from conception.

 

What were the challenges of making Ugly Sweater Party from a producer's side of view?

 

Filming in the mountains (Idylwild, CA) at high altitudes where the roads are rocky and there’s exposure to extreme temperatures was a challenge that none of us could completely prepare for. It was extremely cold and also difficult to get vehicles to the location. Cell phone service was spotty. I will never forget the final day of filming. The temperature warmed up so fast that the mosquitoes and bees hatched and came after us. Lots of stories, but the most fun ever.

 

What can you tell us about your director Aaron Mento [Aaron Mento interview - click here], and what was your collaboration with him like?

 

Aaron Mento is an excellent director. He knows exactly what he wants and he’s very organized. This also leads to having time for collaboration. There were days where we actually wrapped early because he had prepared us so well.

 

A few words about the shoot and on-set atmosphere?

 

We got to make a movie and go to summer camp at the same time. What else is there?

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes! Next you can see me in 2 horror films The Crossing (directed by Thomas Haley) and Lilith (directed by Alex T. Hwang) which will both playing at the Culver City Film Festival on December 8th, 2018.

Lilith, a horror anthology which also stars Felissa Rose [Felissa Rose interview - click here] will be released on Christmas Day direct to Amazon Prime and other VOD platforms.

I'm also directing my first horror short called Nightshade which stars Jennifer Nangle (Lilith, Malvolia: The Queen of Screams, Ugly Sweater Party) [Jennifer Nangle interview - click here].

2019, will also see the release of a few other horror features I star in: Serena Waits, Irrational Fear, BEARRY and For Jennifer.

Aaron Mento [Aaron Mento interview - click here] has cast me in his next project. It's gonna blow people’s minds. That’s pretty much all I can say for now.

 

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

 

I took drama in high school and loved theatre and film acting ever since. My dream was to be an actor who does horror movies. I’m living my dream.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Ugly Sweater Party?

 

It was my first year jumping into the industry full time. I played a lot of roles in slashers but also some diverse experimental screenplays. I was still learning to navigate auditioning, saying yes to every single opportunity, and learning who I was as an actor. Ugly Sweater Party gave me the opportunity to have dimensions and a story arc.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I had a career in psychology prior to making the leap. Observing human behavior and responding accordingly to “outside stimulus” is like second nature to me. This gave me an entire bag of tools to use in my craft. My current focus is character breakdowns and diagramming the character's life, motives, desires and triggers. Increasing reactions before the “reactions” I’m no longer afraid to let go, and move towards a deeper place.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Lucille Ball, James Dean, The entire cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Charles Chudabala
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Charles Chudabala here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

The House of the Devil, Misery, Suspiria, Black Christmas, Kingsman, Pans’s Labrynth, Rosemary’s Baby, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Return To Oz.

 

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

 

There’s something to be said about films I originally dislike… I end up appreciating them in some way (chuckle). With that said… The Witch has really grown on me.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Instagram: Charles Chudabala

Facebook: Charles Chudabala

Twitter: @CChudabala

Facebook: @UglySweaterPartyMovie

Twitter: @UglySweaterPartyFilm

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


Legal note: (re)Search my Trash cannot
and shall not be held responsible for
content of sites from a third party.




Thanks for watching !!!



 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD