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An Interview with Doug Waugh, Co-Director of Treasure Chest of Horrors

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2012

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You are one of the directors of the upcoming anthology movie Treasure Chest of Horrors - what can you tell us about the film as a whole and your segments in it?


Yes Iím the director of three of the four segments and the wraparound segment, overall itís a fun and campy anthology horror comedy. The whole movie is a fun collaboration between Shawn C. Phillips [Shawn C. Phillips interview - click here], James Cullen Bressack [James Cullen Bressack interview - click here] and Jarret Cohen (the producers of the overall movie) and me!


Especially in horror, anthology movies have a long tradition. Any explanation for that, and your favourite horror anthologies?


Horror anthology movies seem to have a big spot in the heart of the horror genre, mainly because itís a lot of fun to see different story lines take place in one movie. And of course the different scenes of blood and gore towards unsuspecting victims! I absolutely love the horror anthology movies, my favorite would have to be Creepshow 2 and the ultra gory SOV german flick The Burning Moon, I like bringing that up whenever I can because it doesnít have the notoriety it should!


How did Treasure Chest of Horrors come into being in the first place, and a few words about the movie's executive producers James Cullen Bressack [James Cullen Bressack interview - click here] and Jarret Cohen?


Well, Treasure Chest of Horrors came into being after the other soon to be released anthology from James and Jarret was full to the brim with shorts. It was brought up by James Bressack to be called Treasure Chest of Horrors after they decided to make a different anthology project. So that is how it came to be! As for Jarret Cohen and James Bressack, they are pretty cool guys who are not afraid at crossing different boundaries in terms of creativeness. They both are very awesome at seeing what other people have to offer.


About the host segments ... why a pirate?


The title Treasure Chest of Horrors came first, so therefore we figured a kooky pirate would be the best fit for a host.


What were your inspirations when writing the individual segments?


The inspirations came from every direction possible! The segments Rotten Classmates and Resident EMO were made back in 2007 when I was in high school. They have been shelved up until Treasure Chest of Horrors came about. As for inspirations, Resident EMO was made at a time when the EMO trend was at itís most high, so its a satirical mix of emo zombies and political shenanigans. Rotten Classmates was made after an article I read on classroom bullying and the negative effects it had on the victims. Mama itís a Mannequin was written specifically for the Treasure Chest of Horrors anthology, the inspiration was mainly thinking of how fun and creepy it would be to see a family birthday party be destroyed by an evil sexually assaulted mannequin that kills everyone in itís way. I thought it would be a great fit for the overall campiness of the movie.


Treasure Chest of Horrors is labelled a horror comedy. So what can you tell us about your film's brand of humour, and its ways of delivering the shocks?


You will laugh at the expense of the characters basically. Treasure Chest of Horrors is a great film to relax and enjoy a big bowl of garlic powder popcorn! Turn your mind off and watch the carnage and hilarities ensue on screen. The humor is more on the satire side filled with quirky ridiculousness, BUT never at anytime is it self aware of itself! Which makes the shocks come in more of a serious yet still ridiculously violent but funny tone.


One of your stories features Troma-legend Lloyd Kaufman. How did you get him, and what was it like working with him? And to what extent have Lloyd Kaufman and Troma influenced you as a filmmaker?


Back when I was in high school, filming Resident Emo, the whole urge to even start making my own movie was after watching Toxic Avenger and seeing Lloyd Kaufman have a PSA at the end speaking about making your own damn movie. In reality, it was Lloyd Kaufman and Troma that really pushed me to want to make my own movies. I called up Lloyd and left a message asking if he could play a role in a no budget movie. He agreed and the rest is history!


The ubiquitous Shawn C.Phillips [Shawn C. Phillips interview - click here] has not only contributed a segment to the movie as a director, he also pops up in one of your stories. What can you tell us about directing him, and have you two at all coordinated your contributions to Treasure Chest of Horrors?


Shawnís short Vampireís Lust is one of the four segments in the movie. Shawn is a great guy to work around and I'm very glad we both are in high contribution towards Treasure Chest of Horrors. He also pops up as a hobo in my segment Mama Itís a Mannequin - donít want to ruin it but his scene is hysterical.


You yourself also pop up in all of your stories. What can you tell us about Doug Waugh, the actor?


Acting has always been a favorite of mine. The characters I play in each segment of Treasure Chest of Horrors were mostly the ones that nobody else wanted to play! I really have no limits to what I wonít do on camera. For example one scene involves a characters head being smashed in a filthy mop bucket, nobody wanted to do it so I ended up doing it. Same with a character who rapes a mannequin and gets his testicles yanked off, I ended up playing him too, haha!


A few words about the rest of your cast and crew?


One interesting thing about the cast in all my segments is that they also served as crew. So a huge thank you to all the people who were in my segments. Too many to name so I'll clam it till the credits.


The $64 question of course: When will the film be out, tentatively?


It is scheduled for a June release this year! The sequel will hopefully be out a few months afterwords.


As far as I know, Treasure Chest of Horrors II is already in the works. What are we to expect from that one?


Bigger, better and more of what we wanted in the original! Part 2 also stars the famous Miles Dougal (Detroit Rock City, Chillerama) in a segment about a giant evil baby (played by Shawn) that kills all the babysitters that enter the house. Some of the newer segments in Treasure Chest of Horrors II involve a caged girl in drag, a vicious gum bacteria that causes a man to rip apart his gums, a giant evil baby and MORE! So the gruesome fun will continue!


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


Really my love of growing up with horror and comedy movies sparked me to want to jump into the filmmaking field. My grandma used to show me a bunch of horror VHS tapes that she had, I absolutely loved being afraid yet being entertained at the same time. That's when I knew it was something I wanted to either make a career or a hobby out of.


Any past or future movies of yours you want to talk about?


The shorts you will see in Treasure Chest of Horrors are really the only ones I started with.


In your as of yet short career, you have assumed almost every moviemaking position, producing, writing, directing, acting, editing and whatnot. What do you prefer, what could you do without?


I actually enjoy doing everything. However, since I'm not rich, producing and financing is probably the most challenging. When I want to make a new film, I usually wait until I save enough money from my work and use that as production money. It all works out in the end!


Most of the projects you are involved with somehow seem to have to do with horror. Coincidence, or is horror a favourite genre of yours, and why?


Horror is my all time favorite genre, not today's horror films, but the ones of the 80ís. I grew up with 80's horror movies and love them to death. Really horror is the only genre I've seen where there are constant fan conventions held, and that is by far one of the coolest things around. There is just so much you can do in the horror genre.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Lloyd Kaufman, Andreas Schnaas, Adam Rifkin and Mark Pirro.


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


Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Generation!!!!!!!! Also any BIG budget studio film that becomes overrated... like Transformers... ugh. I really donít like that stuff.


Your website, Facebook, whatever else?


Yes, the link to my facebook is right here:  I usually do most updates on there. 

You can also go on my IMDB page:


Anything else you are dying to mention that I have merely forgotten to ask?


No you pretty much picked my brain to the bone! I'm all good!


Thanks for the interview!


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