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An Interview with Dusty Fleischman, Director and Creator of The Crawlspace

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2015

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The Crawlspace 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.


You have dedicated your first episode to Frankenstein - so what do you find so fascinating about that particular monster?


Frankenstein’s 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. Frankenstein has always been my favorite horror character. So it was only fitting that my first episode be dedicated to him.


Do talk about your individual shorts and skits for a bit, and were they all made especially for the series?


Yes, they were all written specifically for the series. I wanted each short to be completely different and I think we achieved that. 

Winter Monster, 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. 

Mind’s 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 this year.

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?


The 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.


What can you tell us about your cast(s), and why exactly these people?


They 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.

The 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.

But 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.


Do talk about the shoots as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?


On 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 super cool.


Anything you can tell us about future episodes of The Crawlspace yet?


The 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?


We 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.

We 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.

Plus 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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