Your webseries The
Crawlspace - do explain the concept behind it!
is going to be the flagship for
Creepy Crawl Entertainment. It
is a place for young talent to be showcased. Young writers, directors,
actors and musicians are all welcome to come to The Crawlspace
to show off
their talents and be a part of something that I believe is going to be
special. The other side of the show is a place for horror companies to be
advertised and promoted. Film makers, bands, tee shirt companies, pretty
much anything horror related that needs advertising or promoted will be
included. That is something we didn’t get a lot of in Episode 1 but will
be pushing for in future episodes.
have dedicated your first
episode to Frankenstein
- so what do you find so fascinating about that particular monster?
monster was the first horror image I have in my memory. He was what drew
me to horror in the first place. I saw a large Pepsi cardboard cutout in a
grocery store when I was a kid, and it was Boris Karloff as Frankenstein
and Bela Lugosi as Dracula and since then I was hooked.
always been my favorite horror character. So it was only fitting that my
first episode be dedicated to him.
talk about your individual shorts and skits for a bit, and were they all
made especially for the series?
they were all written specifically for the series. I wanted each short to
be completely different and I think we achieved that.
which tied in with the mock newscast was the comedic short and it was fun
to shoot out in the snow, which a lot filmmakers won’t do, but we all
had a blast and it added something really special to the short.
Creation was the psychological short and was all about story. You don’t
even see the monster until the end. The story about a young writer who
is tormented by the fact that the murders in town are very similar to the
ones in the story she is writing. There is a twist I won’t give away but
it was well done and despite the lack of action I think it flowed well.
There are a few death scenes that didn’t make it into the show but will
be featured in the full length version when it is released on DVD later
Duel of the Dead was a classic throwback to the monster
films of old. My favorite Universal film was
Frankenstein meets the
Wolfman, so I had to do something similar to that. This short had very
little dialogue and was all action. My only regret was having such limited
time to really tell the back stories but it was designed to be a short and
you have to make sacrifices.
Each monster was different in body type, make
up, and even purpose for being created. The stories were well written and
acted out and I think it added a nice variety to the episode.
What can you tell us
about the shorts not made by you, and how were they chosen? And what was
your collaboration with the other directors like?
trailer featured was from Very Scary Productions and Jeff Kirkendall. Jeff
is a great filmmaker and him and I have known each other for years. I
asked him what he was working on and if he had anything he wanted featured
and he sent me the trailer. I have been a fan of the Ghouligans since they
started and I wanted to feature something for them. So I added a promo for
their show which is awesome and fun and it fit with the Frankenstein
theme. I hope that other filmmakers and horror companies will see what I
am doing and want to be a part of it in future episodes.
can you tell us about your cast(s), and why exactly these people?
are the reason I am making the show. A place for young talent. This cast
was a great example of that. They all brought something special to their
episodes, so much so that I regret not being able to do more with them.
stand out performance for me was Mel Heflin in the Duel of the Dead. Her
character was very vague and not much went into creating it. She was
really just a reason for the monsters to fight. But Mel brought so much
emotion to that character is was really amazing and I was quite taken
aback by it. As a director you try to feed the actor the purpose of the
character and Mel just ran with it. So much that to me her performance
overshadowed even the monsters. Mel is very beautiful and attracts
attention her way but I think what draws you in is how she reacts to the
situations especially her bonding with Chaney Reed despite his being a
wolfman. I learned a lot about Mel Heflin that day.
I can’t say enough things about the cast and how they were prepared, and
their professionalism on set. In the 20 years I have been making films I
have never worked with a better group of people. I am looking forward to
them coming back in future episodes and films.
talk about the shoots as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?
set was amazing. Everyone really clicked and we all had so much fun. Even
despite the cold, and it was cold in some locations, no one complained and
we all just had a blast. It was really that one day the band By the
Graveyard Tree came by and hung out on set for a little bit. That was
you can tell us about future episodes of
The Crawlspace yet?
second episode is a Poe special and will be the last “themed” episode.
As a writer I want to have more freedom and I want the show to have a bit
more variety so we are dropping the theme concept. Shooting for episode 2
is in progress and the episode will be online in April. When you're dealing
with Poe, you're dealing with heavy emotion and that is what the shorts in
the 2nd episode will be about. They are great stories and will
be a different than episode 1 but in a positive way. I want to keep people
guessing and not knowing what to expect from us. I think that makes it
more fun then rehashing the same shit over and over.
Any other future projects you'd
like to share?
have a lot going on at
Creepy Crawl Entertainment
- in addition to The Crawlspace, I am shooting
two music videos, one for By the Graveyard Tree, their song “Murder
Haus”, which will feature the return of the Corn Stalker. The second is
for Terror Inc. The song is “Digging You a Grave”. Both videos will be
shot as mini movies wrapped around the videos, kinda of like how Michael
Jackson did “Thriller”. That is my style of shooting music videos. I
want to tell a story with the song. I am also talking with Scarecrows
Curse about shooting a video or short film for them.
are also beginning production on a new feature film, Space Death.
This will be a sci fi monster movie shot in honor of the old 60’s
monster movies and will be done with the biggest budget I have worked with
to date. It is all going to be shot on a sound stage with sets that we are
building. We are going to have backdrops,
a full monster costume, the works. No CGI, none of that bullshit.
Just an old fashioned monster movie. Really looking forward to that.
we will be out on the road hitting the convention circuit. Right now we
are going to be at three conventions. We will be at the SlasherCon in June
in Waynesboro, Pa. Then in July we will be at the Scares That Care II
event in Williamsburg, Va. Then in October we will be at Helloween in West
Virginia. I also plan to hit a lot more later this year and next year. So
you will be seeing a lot more of
Creepy Crawl Entertainment!
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