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An Interview with Dustin Mills, Director of Night of the Tentacles

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2012

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Your new film Night of the Tentacles - in a few words, what is it about?


In a nutshell its a monster movie with a Faustian twist.


To ask quite (and maybe a tad too) bluntly: Why a Faustian monster movie?


I'm attracted to "deal with the devil" type stories because I think they are relatable. Its easy to understand someone's motivation for selling their soul. It makes the audience ask "What is my soul worth?" As for the monster part, well... I just love monsters.


Watching Night of the Tentacles, I couldn't help but notice the occasional similarity to the low budget classic Little Shop of Horrors - at all a fair remark?


That is definitely fair. Though to be honest I am more of a fan of Frank Oz's musical version.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Night of the Tentacles?


The films of Frank Hennenlotter. I think that's pretty obvious. There is a lot of Brain Damage and little bit of Basket Case in there. Maybe a smidge of Bad Biology.


Night of the Tentacles is mostly confined to one apartment - solely a budgetary decision, or could you never have imagined your film on a larger scale?


No. I think I told this story exactly the way I wanted to tell it. If I had more money I just would have had another camera and a better monster puppet.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?


When it comes to directing actors, I am an adjuster. I watch them rehearse and study their natural inclinations and then I step in and adjust if needed. I like to let my actors play. Apart from that, the camera and the lighting were very deliberate and color coded. The lighting also helped make each scene distinct. Filming in one location can be visually boring if you aren't careful.


You just have to talk about your actual monster creation, the tentacled heart, for a bit!


Well. Basically I had no money so I sculpted it out of leftover foam. The eye is a ping pong ball. The tentacles were clotheslines that were covered in latex veins and sinew. The dagger tips were crayola model magic. It was made from scratch and bits I had lying around my office.


Brandon Salkil, Nicole Gerity

Having talked about your monster, you of course also have to talk about your human leads Brandon Salkil and Nicole Gerity, and what made them perfect for their roles?


Brandon is just fantastic. He's energetic, enthusiastic and cares as much about the films as I do. He is a valuable resource. Nicole was a last minute replacement because the original actress (who actually was pregnant) dropped out. Nicole was friends with Jackie (who plays Delilah) and expressed an interest in the part. She's actually very small so we strapped a fake belly to her. I think she did a great job at pretending to be pregnant.


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


Everyone in the cast did a fantastic job. I am so thankful to them for being in my crazy-ass movie. There wasn't a crew really. Just me running around with a camera and some clamp lights.


What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?


It was the easiest shoot so far. Very laid back. We didn't rush. I wasn't stressed. It was fairly enjoyable.


I know you only have just released this film to a handful of reviewers - but what can you tell us about critical reception thus far?


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So far everyone loves it which is a shock to me. I wrote it in "Dustin Language" and wasn't sure it would make sense to anyone else, but I think most people say its my best work so far. I am flattered and shocked by that. I sincerely thought most people would hate it.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Bath Salt Zombies comes out February 19th. Easter Casket comes out March 26th. Kill That Bitch and The Ballad of Skinless Pete will come out sometime in 2013.


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


Not that I can think of, sir. Thank you very much!


Thanks for the interview!


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