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An Interview with Dustin Mills, Director of Easter Casket

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2012

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Your upcoming movie Easter Casket - in a few words, what's it going to be about?

 

Basically all hell breaks loose when Peter Cottontail aka The Easter Bunny hears that the Catholic Church is about to do away with all Easter rituals not pertaining directly to the resurrection of Christ. That means no bunnies, no eggs, no candy, etc. The Mega Pope (secret leader of the Catholic church) smells something fishy going on when a nun is murdered under mysterious circumstances. He sends Father Asher (a warrior priest with retractable armor) to investigate. From there it's all out warfare and lunacy with Asher trying to defeat The Easter Bunny and his minions before time runs out.

 

Basic question of course: Why the Easter Bunny?

 

Partially because he's a familiar face. He's a recognizable character who has rarely been treated as a threat. We see killer Santa Claus movies all the time, but the scariest Easter Bunny movie is Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Also there have been horror films about killers in bunny costumes, but I don't think anyone has cast the actual Easter Bunny as the antagonist.

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing Easter Casket, and what got the project off the ground?

 

My main source of inspiration are the low budget films of Japan. I'm trying to use their philosophy of going nuts and holding nothing back. I shopped the concept around a bit and either found no interest or the deal just wasn't right. Finally I found an investor who was willing to put forth enough money to get the film made. Now I'm running a campaign on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com/eastercasket). This is basically a pre-orders. We are trying to raise at least $5000 in pre-orders to put back into the production. Essentially the more pre-orders we get the bigger the budget for the movie is, but it will be made regardless.

 

What can you tell us about your actual bunny, as in, your creature effects, yet?

 

He will be a puppet. I am in the design phase right now. I'll be building him over the next couple of weeks. He won't be a complicated animatronic because we don't have the budget. He'll be more like a Muppet from hell with a lot of personality.

 

Related to that, and since I know quite a few of my readers are gorehounds, any cool gore effects planned yet you want to talk about?

 

The movie will be very bloody. We have decapitations, razor sharp carrots, exploding Easter eggs, a graphic egg laying scene, and lots of other cool gags. I don't want to spoil anything specific.

 


From what I have read so far, of all your films, Easter Casket seems to be the most closely related to Zombie A-Hole - is there any truth in this, and what can you tell us about Easter Casket's projected look and feel as such?

 

That's probably accurate. We have Josh Eal starring again as a religious hero, and it definitely has a grindhouse feel to it. It won't have the faux film scratches or anything, but it's completely insane and full of magical weirdness like Zombie A-Hole was. It will be shorter and an overall better movie, but it will have just as much nudity I think. Another thing is that if we raise enough money I am going to include Selwyn (the creature in the box) from Zombie A-Hole. Everyone seems to love him and I am always asked to give him his own movie. I have to rebuild him though, because a fan bought him and has him displayed.

 

What can you tell us about Easter Casket's projected cast, and why these people?

 

Josh Eal in Zombie A-Hole

Nothing is set in stone yet, so I can't say much except that Josh Eal will be playing Father Asher. The film is basically cast, but until contracts are signed I don't want to say too much. I will say that we have some great actors and actresses, and a few familiar faces for people that attend horror cons. As I said there will be plenty of naked girls in the film as well and they will be absolutely lovely.

 

You are currently running a fundraiser for Easter Casket - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?

 

Well like I mentioned before: We are doing pre-orders via www.indiegogo.com/eastercasket. The movie will be made regardless, but the more pre-orders we get the better the movie gets. We can afford better fx, better pay for the actors, maybe some of the crazier scenes we would like to include but can't afford to. $10 gets you a DVD and from there you can get posters, t-shirts, signed merch, and even producer opportunities.

 

As far as I know, none of this film has been shot yet, but you plan to release it as earky as next spring - so yeah, what's the actual timetable ... and man, how do you manage to work that fast?

 


Well with this one we will be self distributing it at least at first to make that date. They will be available to order on www.eastercasket.com on March 26th. I work that fast because I write my scripts for my budgets and I edit while we are filming. I've worked out a pretty good workflow. It's going to be difficult and there will be sleepless nights, but we have to get this out by Easter to capitalize on the holiday. I am in pre-production right now, we film in January, February I will be finishing it up, and then March 26 it is released to the masses. It's a crazy way to work, but it's mostly out of necessity right now. One day I'd like to take my time again like I did with Puppet Monster Massacre (which took a year), but it's not in the cards right now.

 

You plan to make/release quite a few other films the next year as well. Want to talk about any of those for a bit - and what keeps you going, actually?

 

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Night of the Tentacles comes out January 22nd, Bath Salt Zombies comes out February 19th. Those are both finished and at the distributor.

We are in the middle of making Kill that Bitch and Skinless Pete. They are both about half filmed. We pick Skinless Pete back up in February and Kill that Bitch in March or April.

Filmmaking is my job so I have no excuse to slack. I do the best I can as quickly as I can with the money I have. It's not a perfect system, but it beats rotting in an office. My motivation is to keep making movies. That's it. I don't have delusions of going to Hollywood or getting filthy rich. I just love making movies and I will do whatever is necessary to keep doing it. I have to make movies or I will die.

 

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

 

Website: www.eastercasket.com

Indiegogo: www.indiegogo.com/eastercasket

Youtube: www.youtube.com/eastercasket

Facebook: facebook.com/eastercasket

 

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

 

Not that I can think of. Thanks, Michael!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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