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An Interview with Charles Davis, Director and Star of Eddie Glum

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2018

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Your new movie Eddie Glum - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Eddie Glum is a surreal horror film about someone making a documentary about a disturbed man who is trying to survive in an abandoned suburb after the world has ended due to an alien invasion.

 

With Eddie Glum being a post-apocalyptic movie - is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

I do like post-apocalyptic movies but I guess I wouldn't necessarily say it's been a MAJOR genre to me. I think a lot of horror films in general take place in post-apocalyptic settings though they are considered to be a different kind of genre (i.e. zombie movies).  In terms of my favorite post-apocalyptic movies I'd say Mad Max (Road Warrior, Fury Road particularly) and The Road. Movies that I would say were more influential to me though but aren't really considered "post-apocalypse" films (even though they are) would be the original Night of the Living Dead films and the Japanese horror film Kairo (called Pulse in the West).

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Eddie Glum?

 

Obviously I'm a big David Lynch fan, and I put a pretty obvious call out to Lost Highway in Eddie Glum, which is one of my favorite movies. I'm also a big fan of the David Cronenberg film Videodrome which I would consider an influence in a way. Another person this film was very influenced by is a Japanese video game designer named Hideo Kojima (most famous for the Metal Gear Solid series) as well as the video game series Silent Hill. I have a few big callouts to Hideo Kojima and Silent Hill in Eddie Glum if you know what to look for.

 

What made you choose, of all characters, someone like Eddie to be at the center of your movie?

 

The initial idea for the movie came from when I was making my last film. We had finished a day of shooting and I was out to dinner with actress Morgan MacCarthy (also in this film) and makeup artist Krystle Feher. While we were at dinner I came up with the idea for a horror movie about Forest Gump's evil twin brother. So that's basically Eddie Glum (his last name is "Glum" because it sounds like a more sinister version of "Gump" to me). Now jump ahead to the movie being out and the first thing everyone comes up to me to ask is "are you trying to Slingblade with Eddie Glum?" lol. I was trying to rip off Tom Hanks, guys, not Billy Bob Thornton! The craziest thing is (and I swear to God I'm telling the truth), I've never actually seen the movie Slingblade before! (Though having watched a few YouTube clips, people are absolutely correct that I sound just like him in Eddie Glum.)

 

Making a movie with a post-apocalyptic theme - what are the main challenges from a producer's point of view?

 

The main challenge is just getting shots where cars aren't driving by or people aren't walking around. It's harder than it sounds, even though we were primarily filming indoors most of the time.

 

What made you pick the mockumentary-approach to tell your story, and what were the advantages and challenges doing so?

 

I think a lot of the idea initially came from the fact that even though the main character is mostly supposed to be alone through the movie, I still wanted him to talk a lot. Having it be set up as a documentary made the most sense, and I also liked the idea that I could turn things a bit half way through the movie and have you start asking "who exactly is filming behind the camera?"

 

You also play the lead in Eddie Glum - so do talk about your character for a bit, what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and have you written Eddie with yourself in mind from the get-go?

 

I did write Eddie Glum with me in mind for it from the get-go. Outside of the "evil Forest Gump" reference I previously stated, a big thing with me in terms of the performance for Eddie was concentrating on his rate of speech. He will randomly take long pauses in the middle of sentences which I think is a real stand-out thing about him and I wanted to emphasize. I also wanted to make sure he was a bit emotionally flat (except when he isn't, lol) with most of his lines and that his face was mostly expressionless. My hope was that audiences will have a hard time deciding if he's a good or bad person or if he's lying or telling the truth because he's difficult to get a read on.

 

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

 

As with most of my films, Eddie Glum gets pretty weird and I knew it was important to work with people who were ok working abstractly and didn't necessarily need a full explanation on why they were doing something or what their motivation was (as a lot of the time it's a complete mystery). Hope Stamper and Morgan MacCarthy were both the main people I thought of for the roles as I knew they liked things like this and would sort of just get it. The other actors were a large collection of friends and acquaintances who were also fans of weird horror who wanted to participate and they all did a great job.

 

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

 

Things were actually pretty smooth on Eddie Glum. We ended up filming everything pretty fast and in not many takes. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that everyone was cool doing something abstract like this.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Eddie Glum yet?

 

It's actually been pretty great! Outside of 2 negative reviews on Amazon (which of course is dragging our ranking down, lol) I've gotten probably 8-10 personal messages from people telling me how much they loved the movie, and the Chunkle Freaky's Movies Facebook page has gotten a bunch of new fans because of the movie too. Eddie Glum was also given an A- rating on FilmThreat and it won Best Horror Film at the Chain NYC Film Festival this last summer and was an official selection at the Newark Film Festival in September. On top of all of that I was invited to present the film to the film making students at Lesley University in October which was fantastic.

 



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Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes! I've nearly completed a new film called Portal Man. Right now I'm finishing up the audio editing on the movie and then all I have left to do is the music. This one is a humorous sci-fi action movie and is easily the most ambitious movie I've ever made. I'm pretty excited to see how people react to it because it's the polar opposite from Eddie Glum.

 

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

 

Follow Chunkle Freaky's Movies on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/chunklefreaky

You can also watch my previous films on Amazon Video: The Arc of Methul and Solus.

 

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

 

Thank you for taking the time to interview me!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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