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An Interview with David Langill, Co-Director of Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2015

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Your upcoming movie Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran - in a few words, what is it about?

 

A documentary telling the story of how a few moments on screen can last a lifetime. Tony Moran is best known for, and credited as, playing Michael Myers in John Carpenter's horror classic Halloween (1978), and is the older brother of Erin Moran who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days.

I want to show Tony for who he is, a father, a friend, an actor and a horror icon. Tony is a passionate man with a big heart and like all of us, Tony has his ups and downs.

We followed Tony around during different apperences such as horror conventions, haunted attractions and at times continued filming after hours and long into the night. We traveled to West Palm Beach Florida, upstate New York, Salem Massachusetts and many other places.

 

With the original Halloween being a focus of your movie, what does that movie mean to you both personally and as a filmmaker?

 

Personally, it hits close to home as I was born in October 1978. So as a kid, Halloween and my birthday seemed to go hand and hand. At a young age, I wasn't allowed to watch those type of movies but the halloween season always stayed with me.

As a filmmaker, I have spent the majority of my time focusing on the horror genre, so being able to get inside the life of the man behind the mask has been quite the journey. It's a strange feeling and coincidence that I was born just days after Halloween was released and here I am, along with a great team, decades later creating a documentary that wouldn't exist without that film.

 

Of all those involved in Halloween, why make a movie about Tony Moran? And connected to that, how do you answer people who claim "He's wearing a mask all throughout the movie and doesn't talk - anyone could have done that"?

 

I first met Tony in 2008 when he was the lead in the film Beg. At the time, I was working as a police office and the production was using the station. During a day off, a few officers came in to be extras in a scene. After that, I spent some more time helping on set and eventually became Tony's stunt double in the movie. Cause of that, I'm in a lot of memorable scenes.

During the time of filming this documentary, I was Tony's manager and at many times found myself defending that exact comment. There were a handful of people who wore the outfit of Michael Myers but Tony is the person under the mask when Jamie Lee Curtis rips it off. He's in a couple other moments right before and after that but that moment is, in my opinion, the money shot. Going with this is why I came up with the tagline, "A moment on screen can last a lifetime."

 

How easy was it to track down Tony Moran, and what was your collaboration with him like when shooting Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran?

 

As stated above, I have personally known Tony since 2008. Before the documentary was even thought of, I had contacted Tony to see if he'd be interested in a role on a movie I was a producer on called Provoked, directed by Jordan Pacheco. The idea of the documentary came to me after Provoked wrapped and the three of us discussed it.

At the time, our (Tony and I) collaboration was very close and one of the factors I asked Tony before going forward with this was seeing if he had any closed topics. Tony immediately said something to the fact that he's an open book with no secrets.

 

A few Tony Moran-facts you have learned when shooting this that might not be well-known within even the horror community?

 

There was a time in Tony's life when he was living in his vehicle. Like all of us, Tony is human and has his good and rough.

Tony has a large "Moran" family crest tattoo on his back. There is footage of that in the documentary.

Oh and Tony wears boxer-briefs.

 

The Halloween series has not stuck with Tony Moran as Michael Myers - any explanation for this?

 

Tony's footage from the original Halloween was used in the second film so Tony was credited for that as well. Tony has stated in the past that as an actor, he did not want to wear a mask anymore.

I think you mentioned that point above when you stated he's wearing a mask anyone could have done that..

 

Do talk about your other interviewees for a bit, and what were your interviews usually like?

 

We were fortunate with meeting other celebrities who didn't hesitate willing to say some words about Tony. There are some funny stories along with some sad stories. Plus you get to hear from up and coming actors, radio hosts, stunt coordinators and others who all have stories about Tony.

 

How would you describe your overall directorial approach to your topic at hand?

 

Jordan Pacheco and I are co-directors on this. I've produced other films but this was my first credit as director. I wanted to be sure that we had strong crew support so I knew right away, I wanted Kerri Parente as our assistant director. Our goal was to tell a story and not just have a bunch of great footage thrown together. A lot of that will also come from the editor, Alex DiVincenzo, working with us to put the story together.

Plus, it needs to be exciting with never-before-seen footage so the viewers get to watch something special. One of our approaches was when Jordan and I (along with some friends), drove straight through from Massachusetts to West Palm Beach, Florida to get footage of Tony at a horror convention... then drove back a couple days later.

 

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The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran will premiere fall of 2015 plus it will be submitted to film festivals and horror conventions.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

It's been busy, which I feel very fortunate about. I will be directing a comedy short, Cones, in spring 2015, then directing a horror feature towards the end of 2015. The feature is really shaping up to be pretty badass, can't share much yet other than Alex DiVincenzo's screenplay is up there with some of the best I've read.

Along with the new projects, Dead Bounty will premiere this year [Dead Bounty interview - click here] along with John Rodas' short horror film Devil's Work.

I'm also a producer on Richard Chandler's Witch Hunt [Richard Chandler interview - click here] and acting in Dystopia Capitol City directed by Janet Llavina and David McDonough's Groundhog.

 

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

 

Please check out the IMDb page and look at those who've helped out. It takes a team and I could never do it on my own: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2904690/combined

 

Our official poster was designed by the incredible graphic artist, David Ellsworth. Please take a moment and like his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DavidEllsworthGraphicDesign

 

Coming Soon: HorrorIcon.com - Paul Flebotte is the extremly talented website designer who is creating this site.

 

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Thanks for the interview!

 

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