Your upcoming movie Dead Men Tell No Tales - in a few words,
what's it going to be about?
It’s about this guy who has a boring dead end kind of
life where most of the people annoy him. He meets this unusual man who
gives him the power to make his thoughts come to life and “get rid” of
these pests. Being a horror movie fanatic, he brings his celluloid
creatures to the real world to do his bidding.
What were your inspirations
when writing Dead Men Tell No Tales?
love 80’s style dark comedies and have always wanted to do one. Also I
wanted to break the norm of horror in the sense that there is one killer
or one type of killer. In this film I get the chance to explore a lot of
different types of monsters/demons/killers. So I wanted to do something
that I could “spread my creative wings” so to speak.
you had the powers of your movie's protagonist for, let's say, one day -
what would you do ... and how would you make sure it wouldn't end up in
Honesty, I would probably kill
everyone just like this guy did, there is no way to control such a power.
That is kind of the essence of the film. The main character is not a bad
guy, in fact he is a very likeable and nice guy, but even the nicest person
in the world can be pushed too far and when you have a power like he is
given, you would easily lose control. Plus most people in general can be
very annoying at some point. With this kind of power, once is enough.
What can you tell us about
Tell No Tales' approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks,
atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?
I like to do different
things in film. I steer clear of traditional formulas and don’t follow
trends. Like everyone I know is making zombie movies because they are
popular because of the Walking Dead series. Fuck that. If I want to watch
zombies, I will watch The
Walking Dead, or watch Romero movies. So I stay
away from trends.
When I write and direct
films I look for ideas that are unique and give me a chance to try new
things. In a film like this I can really explore different styles and
characters. There will be blood and gore, there will be monsters, there
will be some scares, and there will be some laughs. I try to bring as much
to the table as I can in an hour and half. I hope that answered your
How would you
describe Dead Men Tell No Tales' brand of comedy then?
Dark would be one word.
Not “stupid” comedy. Like when you're onset shooting and someone says,
“Oh I got an idea of how we can make this really funny”, that’s not
going to work for me. I don’t want that kind of humor. The laughs are
written into the story. It is funny by design, not by mistakes or because
we just wanted to be goofy. That kind fo humor is popular in indy horror
these days and has really turned me off to some films. Everybody wants to
be like Ed Wood [Ed Wood bio -
click here] or Troma. I don’t. If the story is written to be funny,
then it should be, if it isn’t then it shouldn’t be. A lot of
filmmakers on this level give up on story because they don’t have the
money or technology, so they just let it become silly.
I just wrote and porduced
a film called The Crawlspace Chapter II: The Succubus and even with
a limited budget the film has no humor. I watched it and was like, “man,
if anyone finds this funny, there is something wrong with them”. There
was nothing funny about it. That was a learning experience for me. I
realized I can make films on this level and not make them silly. So then I
thought, what if I could make a stylized dark comedy and not make it
silly? So there is my challenge with this film.
talk about the intended overall look and feel of your movie!
going to be a wild ride. There is a lot going on and we explore a lot of
different genres of horror all in one film. Then you splash in a dose of
80’s style humor and mix it all together and there you have Dead Men
Tell No Tales. There is a lot of narration throughout the film, because
the main character is telling you his story. So one of my actors told me
it was like “Ferris Bueller Goes to Hell” (laughs)
can you tell us about your co-director Rita Christine, what has your
collaboration been like so far, and how did the two of you first meet
She is a pain in the
ass…no just kidding, Rita!
Rita came to my company as an actress when I did my first
casting call back in January. She showed a lot of dedication and drive and
became my special FX artist. We worked so well together that I made her my
production assistant. She was just heavily involved in everything I was
doing that I made her co-producer. The next step in her “film”
evolution was to start directing. She was assistant director on Radioactive Flesh Eating Foliage, and that worked out well. I play
the main character in this film and needed someone to help behind the
camera so I could focus more on acting. Rita was the natural selection for
Anything you can tell us about your projected cast
yet, and why exactly these people?
am playing the main character, Matt Shreck. I also have Jesse L. Green and
Rick Jermain as my detectives. Rita Christine is also in the film. Adult
film star Nadia White and Tromette Jenny Jannetty are also going to be
featured in the film. Invader Bethany, Matt Burns and Steve Fiendish, who
were in Radioactive Flesh Eating Foliage, will be making appearances. Then
I have some new faces Steve Boliek, Kelly Spikas, Tiffany Divelbliss,
Lindsay Day, and Rebecca Chambers will be appearing in the film.
From what I know,
you're presently still raising funds for Dead Men Tell No Tales
- so what can you tell us about your fundraising campaign?
slow going… (laughs) I am new to the crowdfunding thing. We want to
upgrade our equipment and maybe bring in a few horror stars to help us
round out the film and the funding would certainly help with that. We
offer some nice perks and it will help out supporting indy horror. So
anyone who can afford to help out in any way please do so. I promise you
will not be disappointed with the outcome. We are also doing a tee shirt
campaign on Booster, check out our Facebook page for info on that. The Tee
shirt was designed by artist Tony Fero. It is amazing!
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the funds are raised, what's the schedule? And any idea when and where the
film might be released onto the general public (however tentatively)?
has already begun. The film is in production now. We are looking at a
possible Christmas release, but most likely it will be out after the first
of the year.
future projects beyond Dead Men Tell No Tales you'd like to
We are actually going to be
shooting two movies at once. In a few weeks we are starting production on
a second film called The Town That Feared Halloween. This is a film
where trick or treaters don’t wait for the treats, they go right in for
the tricks. I have always wanted to shoot a movie about Halloween and this
is going to be a good one.
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