You seem to have quite a few projects on your plate for 2013 - so
why don't you walk us through them one by one, starting with ... Kill
that Bitch. In a few words, what is it about?
That Bitch is something I have been working on since last summer. Its kind
of a slasher, but in an unconventional way. I don't want to spoil
anything. All I will say is that the women of Kill That Bitch fight back.
They really give the killer a run for his money. Its a little darker than
what I usually do. It will be a mailing list exclusive DVD and Blu-ray
upon its release. So my mailing list is going to get it long before anyone
not mistaken, Kill that Bitch is your first straight slasher. What
drew you to the genre, and considering the genre's very narrow confines,
how hard/easy is it to put your own brand onto the movie?
the movie isn't strictly a slasher. You'll just have to watch and see.
Though it is a bit less bug-fuck insane than my other films it has plenty of
my trademarks. Chief among them is the inclusions of beautiful women who
appear in little to no clothing.
Ballad of Skinless Pete - now what is that one about?
one is really weird. It's a monster/mad scientist tale with a dark dark
dark sense of humor. Its about obsession, friendship, love, and rape, but
its also a monster movie with The Three Bs (blood, boobs, beast). I think
my fans are really going to dig it. When I tell people I describe it as
The Fly meets Re-Animator.
It's gonna be icky.
have made quite a few monster movies before The
Ballad of Skinless Pete with quite an eclectic mix of monsters. So what can you tell us about your
monster creation for The
Ballad of Skinless Pete?
is an interesting monster because he is a man at war with himself.
He doesn't want to hurt anyone, but the chemicals in his brain force him
to do it. He doesn't enjoy killing, but he is driven to do it. People will
empathize with Pete. His relationship with our female lead and the
constant inner struggle with the thing inside of him make him a very deep
can you tell us about Country Dark?
Country Dark is
going to divide my audience. I know that for sure. It is complex,
non-exploitative, and nearly bloodless. It's a supernatural horror tale. I
feel the need to challenge myself. Not to get pretentious, but if I make
titty-filled monster flicks forever I will never grow as an artist. I love
making those movies, but every once in a while I need to try something
new. The movie starts as a simple "trapped in the middle of
nowhere" tale and grows from there into something strange and
horrifying. My desire is to utterly terrify my audience and get them
talking about what they think was happening in the film.
Dark sounds like a very ambitious project to handle on a low budget.
So how are you planning to go about this?
I actually think
the technical side of things will be relatively simple. It mostly takes
place in once location with one actor. I think this will allow me to
concentrate on the execution. Brandon Salkil will be our main character
and its really mostly him in a car out on a country road dealing with
terrifying situations and creatures. We basically have no money for this
one, but we don't need money. What we need is creativity and a good plan
of attack. I want people to be creeped out by this movie.
Dark sounds more serious than your usual output. Am I at all right in
that assumption, and/or will there still be plenty of the typical Dustin
I wouldn't say that there is no humor, but it's
not a comedy. It's not like my other films at all. It isn't dirty, it
isn't cheeky, its oppressively and pervasively scary.
You're also preparing Puppet Monster
Massacre II: MonsterGeddon, right? So what's that one going to be
As the title implies it will be an end of the world
scenario featuring a ludicrous amount of monsters.
As far as I know, Puppet Monster Massacre II
will completely ignore the continuity of the first Puppet
Monster Massacre - why, and in what manner will the movie differ
from the first one?
This is try. I had basically given up
on the thought of doing a sequel. My fans kept asking for it, but the
first one didn't do well financially and the thought of tackling that much
work scared the shit out of me. One night I had a conversation with Mac
Brewer from Horror Society, and it led to me figuring out a new direction
for the franchise. I think ignoring continuity is a grand tradition in
horror and genre filmmaking, and without the restraint of following the
original I was able to craft a new story that was better than any sequel I
could have come up with. That being said there are some interesting twists
that may tie it to the first film. It will be interesting to see how
people feel about it. I believe this is the best way to follow up the
original film though.
Any future projects beyond all those
above you'd like to talk about?
Yes, but none that I want
to talk about yet.
With that many projects
in the pipeline: What keeps you going, and what keeps you inspired?
are two things that keep me going. One is my stupid maniacal ambition and
passion. I just love making this shit. Its better than any job I have ever
had. Two is my fans. I still find it strange that I have fans, but I am so
thankful for them. I would start naming them but I don't want to leave
anyone out. I am almost 3 years into my filmmaking career and I estimate I
have about 200 active fans. They support me, they adore my crazy shit, and
they make me believe that I'm not a fool to pursue this line of work.
far as I know, both Puppet
Monster Massacre and Night
of the Tentacles are soon to be re-released. So what makes this
Monster Massacre has seen
several releases, but what's coming July 26 is a Blu-ray. Available for
addition to being in full HD it will also contain several new special
features including the first episode of DMP Zone which is my take on
Video Zone. It will take you behind the scenes and provide
exclusive news and interviews. There will also be an extensive sneak peek
at Puppet Monster Massacre II.
of the Tentacles is being release under its original title Heart
Attack. It will feature new artwork, cast commentary, pop-up trivia, dirty
deleted scenes, and more. It should come out on DVD and Blu-Ray
simultaneously soon. It will be a DMP mailing list exclusive.
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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
I think we pretty much covered it!
Thanks for the interview!
you, my friend!