Your new movie Chaos A.D.
- in a few words, what is it about?
The film is about an abused housewife, a sleazy politician and a
brother and sister who get kidnapped by a group of crazed women and one
man on Halloween night. Through out the night the victims are
forced to play twisted games and are eventually tortured, raped and
What were your
sources of inspiration when writing Chaos
Well first I'll give you some background on
the script. It's been a story I have been writing and rewriting
for the past twenty years. So, my inspiration on the script has
changed throughout the years but my main sources of inspiration to the
film would be The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre, The Hills Have
Eyes, Spider Baby, and even
I Spit on Your Grave and
Last House on the
Also the works of George A. Romero, Herschell Gordon Lewis [Herschell
Gordon Lewis bio - click here],
Dario Argento and the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
Also the current events of today's society have also been an influence
to the story with all the craziness on social media and how everything
seems to have to be recorded now to post online and all the senseless
shootings and killings that have plagued our world for the past few
Who did you identify with the most in Chaos
A.D. - and honestly, to what extent did you enjoy to create the
villains of the piece and the tortures they inflict?
a tough one with who I identify with because all the characters are so
different from me, but I would pick the character of Vinnie, minus the
abusive family and having a sister, but just being a young adult male in a
small town and being bored and having to find ways to entertain oneself.
And as far as creating the villains, I loved it. I wanted to
create brand new villains of horror in the tradition of Michael
Krueger. I felt that modern
horror of our time didn't have characters like this anymore and I also
wanted make them mostly women to make it different as well. I never
really seen vicious women villains or monsters. I know there have
been many women as killers in plenty of horror films, but I wanted to make
a woman character that would be a female version of Leatherface
The character of Misery is my answer to that. I also wanted
them to be ruthless and have no mercy to their victims. Most of
their victims they don't just kill off quick, they like to torture them a
lot before they die.
A.D. doesn't exactly shy away from violence - so how were these
scenes achieved, and was there ever a line you refused to cross for
I just make sure the actors in the film
are safe and not uncomfortable when doing some scenes. I
don't want to put any actor in harm's way or do anything they don't want to
do. The scenes of killing in the film I don't shy away from the most extreme
or gory. I like to come up with insane deaths that will shock
people. I know a lot of talented make-up effects artists, like
Picardo Limbo, that help me achieve all the gory death scenes.
What can you tell us about your overall
directorial approach to your story at hand?
I like to first rehearse
with the main actors and give them a background of the characters they are
playing and how I want them to play the part. During filming I
sometimes act out the scene in front of the actors to show them exactly
what I want from them and in the scene. I also shoot my films as
well, so I'm juggling getting the camera set up and helping with lighting
to going over the scenes with the actors and telling them
where they have to be next. It's a lot of work but I love doing it.
much all characters in Chaos
A.D. get naked and/or are grossly humiliated, how easy or hard was
it to cast the movie?
It wasn't hard at all since most of
the actors in the film I worked with on many my other films and know that
they'll be okay with nudity since they have done it before. I think
the only tough role to cast was the character of Tony who is raped by
Misery in the movie. I wanted to have a scene where a woman rapes a
man, so the scene required for the male role to be nude and the
character is raped by the female with a strap-on dildo. Of course
the rape scene is simulated, but a lot of actors didn't want to play the
part because it was too graphic. We were lucky to
find someone that was okay with doing the role.
So what can you tell us about your
cast, and why exactly these people?
I am very grateful
to have a stable of actors that give it their all and are very talented and
fun to work with. It's like having a great lineup for a sports team.
You know everyone's strengths and weaknesses and you know exactly
where to place them in the movie. Plus they all work well together and
have great chemistry.
What can you tell us
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
on-set atmosphere was great. A lot of of have worked together many
times and we are all good friends, so it is like we're a big family just
making a movie. Most of the film was shot in a studio owned by
Zombie Riot Media and they had amazing sets. Bishop J. Stark did an
awesome job with the set design and was able to make the film have this
larger than life feel and gave the film some great depth. But the
whole shoot went very well and I was extremely happy with the way the
film came out.
$64-question of course, when and where will Chaos
A.D. be released onto the general public?
will be out very soon on DVD. Right in time for Halloween. Sometime
in October it will be out, but pre-orders will start as early as late
September on our web site www.thesleazebox.com. We also have an
IndieGoGo campaign going on now until August 29th - www.indiegogo.com/projects/chaos-a-d. There you
can purchase a limited edition autograph copy of the movie on DVD. We
also have a VHS from Vultra Video, a CD soundtrack, trading cards,
posters, buttons, stickers, T-shirts and tons of props and costumes from
the movie. I'm also looking into getting the film into some retail
stores, on amazon and other video on demand outlets in the near future.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Chaos
It has been great. It premiered on
July 9th at Slaughter in Syracuse and got a good reaction from the crowd.
All the reviews so far have been very positive. They have
been giving great props to the story and the cast, which I'm very happy
with. I want this film to branch out more and I know it is still
early and the film has not been officially released yet, so I
hope when it does more people will see it and hope fans will spread the
word about it and make it a must-see horror film.
Any future projects beyond Chaos
Well next year myself and Sean Donohue are
shooting Death-scort Service Part 2. We even shot a few scenes from
it already, but will shoot the bulk of the film in early 2017. I'm
also planning on shooting another installment of Naughty, Dirty, Nasty with
Ashley Lynn Caputo and Krystal "Pixie" Adams returning. I
might be shooting it later this year or early next. We also have a
new film called Cannibal Claus, which was directed by Donohue coming out
this Christmas. It stars Bob Glazier as a cannibalistic Santa
That film has already been wrapped and I will start post production
on it soon. We will also have other Sleaze Box releases coming from
other filmmakers that will be out later 2016 and throughout 2017.
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IndieGoGo, whatever else?
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Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Just want to
thank you guys for taking the time to do this interview with me and I appreciate
all your support for The
Sleaze Box and also I would like to thank the
fans out there who support our films as well. Thank you!