Your upcoming movie The Dummy 2 - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
The Dummy 2 tells the story of a group of college kids who find the
"real" Dummy from the murders 20 years ago. After they obtain
him from a creepy back alley peddler they decide to throw a party which
includes a seance. Of course it isn't long before the Dummy is wrecking
havoc and bumping them off one by one.
The Dummy 2 follows 1995's The
Dummy by Dante Falconi - so how closely are the two movies related,
both narratively and stylistically?
original The Dummy was actually directed by Todd Jason Falcon
Cook. Todd is a friend of mine and I grew up a fan of and inspired by his
early SOV films like Demon Dolls and Night of The Clown. I had already remade both of those films by basically
creating films that where more of an "homage" to the originals.
A re-invention, if you will. This time around I went the sequel route,
which would allow me to more closely follow the original film
stylistacally and in tone. While the original film is about a possessed
Dummy killing off a group of "cursed" friends, this sequel
exists in a world where The Dummy is a movie based on a real
crime. So while narratively it's a totally unique film, we still had fun
paying homage by lighting the death scenes similar to the original and
referencing the original movie throughout it. We even had a scene with a
Other sources of
inspiration when dreaming up The Dummy 2?
than the original The Dummy, I took note of the way the dolls
moved and were presented on-screen in the flicks Pinocchio's
Revenge and Dolly Dearest, as well as the first Child's Play. On a low budget you try and make best with what
you have so instead of showing the Dummy in full motion we had to rely on
more suspenseful tactics like showing his feet run across the frame,
project his moving shadow on a wall, stuff of that nature so I had to
refer to a lot of the classics to see how they did it and basically try
and replicate it the best I could. Luckliy I had the talented Michael
Johnson on set to puppeteer him. He really added a lot to the character of
about your film's approach to horror for a bit!
a killer doll movie is naturally campy in nature, we did try and take a
more serious approach when it mattered. I didn't want the film to be too
cheezy, I did that already with Demon Dolls. I wanted
something that could be taken on a more serious note while still
containing the Dustin Ferguson trademark dance/shopping montages, smoking
scenes and fun soundtrack.
you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
was a very "meta" story so we tried to really create a movie
that felt like "reality". Everyone had their real names, they
did real, everyday things and in the end, suffer the same fate as the
victims of the "original murders". While the film utilized more
tripod and steady cam work than the original, it also had a lot of more
modern looking "hand held" and "POV" shots to spice it
up a bit and give it some freshness. Like several of my films, this was a
really fast production. 4 days of filming (that's not even full days) and
1 day of pick-ups. It was made fast and cheap, in the spirit of the
original, but with an artistic and modern touch.
talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
film stars Schuylar Craig [Schuylar
Craig interview - click here], whom I first worked with on a Dragonsclaw music
video shoot. She was fun and outgoing, not to mention drop dead beautiful
so I started casting her in my flicks. She's only had one real "show
piece", and that was the Camp Blood-flicks. I wanted to
give her something to show off her strong points, and she really did here.
Breana Mitchell [Breana
Mitchell interview - click here] was a co-star. She's been in around 15 films now, she's
also a big fan of killer doll movies so I always include her in those when
I can. Danielle Brookshire is another co-star. I've only got to work with
her a handful of times in the past and she's always so much fun to be
around. She's from out of State, but always so willing and eager to come
act in my stuff that I just had to give it to her. And rounding out the
local scream queen cannon is Jennii Caroline [Jennii
Caroline interview - click here]. She has a brief part as a
party girl who's the first to die, setting of a chain reaction of death.
Daniel Stier plays Breana's boyfriend, he has a lot of funny lines and
always does such great adlibbing. Clint Beaver from Omaha, whom I met at a
Thrill Kill Kult concert, plays Danielle's annoyed and horny boyfriend, and
Nate Christensen, who had done several film scores for me in the past,
stepped up to the plate to play Schuylar's boyfriend in a last minute
recasting. Also, Timothy Ohearn from New York traveled down here to play
the creepy "Man in Trenchcoat". He's the one who provides the
Dummy to the kids in the film. Together they form a really fun and likable
of course also have to talk about your Dummy-prop for a bit!
was tough to find the right one to use because he had to be not only
creepy looking, but also vintage yet functional. I finally found one
online and a producer friend Elliot Monroe purchased him for us to use.
After a few alterations he was all ready for some stabby action! He was
puppeteered by Michael Johnson.
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
I mentioned earlier, it was a super fast shoot. We had one day that was
probably 60% of the movie to shoot at once. This included a scene at the county
fair, the palm reader scene, the Dummy purchase downtown and all
the party/death scenes. It got a little daunting at times, but overall was
a lot of fun and we just made that night a giant party.
$64-question of course, when and where will The Dummy 2 be
believe it will be out in early 2017. It's coming from Screamtime
who recently released my films Night of The Clown and Tales For The Campfire.
Any future projects beyond The Dummy 2?
late September I plan to start shooting Meathook Massacre 2.
After that is Tales For The Campfire 2. In the meantime I'm
working on two projects for other people. One is a secret project with Tim
Ritter, the other is a very special feature for the upcoming Blu-ray
release of Slumber Party Massacre 2. More on those when they
are announced! Also, I'm finishing up my documentary called Mondo
Shock, which will be available soon on my Vimeo channel, and lastly,
I'll be shooting a short film for the upcoming UK produced anthology film Conspiracy X. It''ll be a retelling of an infamous Skunkape
attack at a slumber party.
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Props to Mark Thimihan for the amazing lighting! He added a lot
visually to the film and I'm always pleased with his work. Also, Meathook Massacre has a prequel comic book coming out as well
as a Nintendo (!) game based on the movie! Both will be available in
limited quantities at the Sinister Studios Storenvy. The Amityville
Legacy is currently available the purchase on DVD there as well, or
you can download/stream it on Vimeo or Amazon Prime! Finally, watch for
our VHS Double Feature Vol. 2: Invitation To Die / Meathook
Massacre release hitting Vimeo on September 1st!
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