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An Interview with Eric Hollerbach, Director of the Wraparound-Segments of Theatre of the Deranged 2

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2013

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Ian Longway, Eric Hollerbach as Damien Shadows, Ted Endres behind the camera

Theatre of the Deranged 2 is an anthology of short horror films. And really, the only thing the films have in common is James Cullen Brussack [James Cullen Bressack interview - click here]. All the filmmakers know him, and produced shorts specifically for this anthology. But, as we discover via the magic of film, the short films are actually "Audio and Visual conjuring spells." Each short summons a different entity into your domicile. Damien Shadows teaches you what these entities are, and what to do about them.


The wraparound story - why Damien Shadows PI, and was the whole thing conceived and produced before or after you had chosen the individual shorts?


Why Damien Shadows PI Why not?

I've already made a TV pilot and a webseries around the character of Damien Shadows. Damien Shadows is a Psychic Investigating ghost-hunter, with mediocre internet acclaim. For more info on that, click here!

So, when James came to me and asked me to host Theatre of the Deranged 2, it seemed like the perfect fit to do it as Damien Shadows. I stayed in the already-established ghost-hunting world of Damien Shadows, but added a bit of an Elvira aspect to his character.

I had already seen the first installment of Theater of the Deranged, before I had any association with the project. So when James came to me, and asked me to be a part of the 2nd installment, I already had an idea what I was in for. I came onto the project when all the shorts were already shot and delivered except for Plate Face.

Fun fact: When you see the movie, Plate Face is the only one that Damien Shadows doesn't make any direct comments about, because it was delivered after the Damien Shadows wraparound segments were shot.


How did you get on board of Theatre of the Deranged 2, and how were the shorts for this film chosen?


I got on board because my good friend and roommate Jody Barton (actor in Hate Crime, To Jennifer, and he's in the Theatre of the Deranged 2 short Unmimely Demise [Jody Barton interview - click here]) is best friends with James, and recommended me for it - so, for all you dummies in film school in Colorado, it really is who you know in Hollywood. But James had already seen the Damien Shadows PI pilot at Shriekfest 2012, so I think he knew that I'd made it funny.

James picked the shorts. I just picked the order that they appear. 


Do talk about your segment for a bit, your inspirations, style, cast, shoot, whatever!


I think the Damien Shadows webseries worked so well because it's a character I'd already thought a lot about. For example, I'd originally written the character of Chuck from Globo-Ghost for a future web-series, so I thought Theatre of the Deranged 2 would be a good place to introduce him. 

Throughout Theatre of the Deranged 2, Chuck is always selling Damien Shadows exotic and expensive ghost-combat equipment. He's the snake-oil salesman of the paranormal research world (just like any vendor of paranormal research equipment actually is).


My shooting locations were also pretty bad-ass. I'd recommend anyone with absolutely no budget to shoot at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park. It's basically an abandoned zoo, with lots of creepy cages and tunnels to shoot in. I'm sure you technically need permits, and I think we did it illegally, but no one bothered us, so fuck it.

We also shot at The Actors Garden which is a cool theater run by Andy Libby. I knew about it, because I've done stand-up there a few times. Because of that, Andy gave me a great rate. He's an awesome dude.


So what was your collaboration on Theatre of the Deranged 2 like - and based on this, will you ever be part of another anthology movie?


Being a part of an anthology is awesome. It's a great way to get a legit feature without having to raise thousands of dollars and block off a few weeks to do it. It basically took me 8 joints and 2 days to write it. I shot it in a day. Then I had about 3-4 editing sessions with Collin McDowell, and blammo, I'm in a movie. I wouldn't recommend that exact regime to everyone. I'm a professional.


Any idea when and where the movie might be released yet?


We estimate it should be available on DVD/BluRay/VOD around Feb 2014.


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In my opinion Collin McDowell is the secret hero of this movie, he was the editor for the Damien Shadows wraparound segments, made the trailer for Theatre of the Deranged 2, and the opening credit sequence. He's a bad motha-fucka.

Also, I'd like to thank Garrett Penwell and Ian Longway for their hilarious performances in the Damien Shadows segments. Ted Endres, who is the best kept secret DP in LA. Elissa Prager for making the awesome props. And of course James Cullen Brussack [James Cullen Bressack interview - click here] for making this project happen.

His prodigy filmmaking, and marketing skills added the much-needed credibility. 

Thanks for the interview!


Thank you Michael!


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