Your upcoming movie Dry Bones - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
A little boy is terrorized by a monster under his
bed. Decades later, after years of psychiatric help, he returns to his
home town to fix up his childhood home and put it up for sale, but by then
the house has a reputation for being haunted. Before long strange things
start happening in the house. Of
course the monster is still under his bed, it’s never left, and it’s
been waiting for him all these years…
What were your inspirations when
writing Dry Bones? And is any of the film based on real life
experiences (apart from the monster bit I suppose)?
O’Hear, who’s a good friend, hired me to write another script for him
to star in and direct. He had some ideas about a monster under a bed and
about a succubus. Now these
are two very different ideas – one is about childhood fears and the
other is about adult fears. As
it turned out, one of my own unrealized story ideas – every writer has a
ton of them – dovetailed nicely with Michael’s ideas and enabled me to
fuse them together.
Bones is described as a horror comedy - so what can you tell us about
your movies brand of humour?
is pretty funny, but many of the laughs were unintentional. Dry
Bones will be equal parts comedy and horror, like the original Fright
Night, and House. The humor
comes from the characters and some really absurd situations, and then some
really gross sexual situations in the last act.
Unlike a lot of indie horror comedies, I think this one is going to
be genuinely funny. In a lot
of ways it’s closer in spirit to Slime
City than anything I’ve done since.
Likewise, how would you
describe Dry Bones' approach to horror?
a real paranoia at work as the main character comes to realize the
creature under his bed is a succubus who is capable of taking the form of
anyone it chooses. The succubus will be a really horrifying creature,
covered with STD sores all over her body because she’s been rotting as
she’s waited for this guy to come back to the house so she can wrap up
unfinished business. The dried up husks of her victims keep popping up all
over the house, and in the last act, when the succubus and our hero
finally reach their collision point, the gags will be outrageous.
you can tell us about the planned monster effects yet?
Rod Durick and Arick
Szymecki, both of whom worked on Slime
City Massacre, are creating the special effects.
Rod also wrote the book Filming the Undead: How to Make Your Own Zombie Movie and Arick
worked on Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast. We
all understand that the creature is our main selling point, so the design
and execution have to be exceptional.
Let’s face it, succubi haven’t been very well portrayed,
they’re sort of third or fourth tier characters.
We’re going to change that!
Bones is going to be directed by actor Michael O'Hear - why him, and
what will he bring to the table? And having directed quite a few movies
yourself, did you ever feel tempted to try your hand on this one as well?
this project, it’s his film even though I wrote it and am producing it.
When I wrote it I didn’t know I was going to produce it, but I
was so pleased with how the script turned out that I wanted to make sure
it got made correctly and in a reasonable period of time so that the
people who work on it aren’t wasting their time.
Michael is an
actor who takes his work seriously, he appeared in Slime
City Massacre, on which he worked as my assistant director, and we
worked together on Model Hunger,
which Debbie Rochon [Debbie
Rochon interview - click here] directed. This
is his first feature, but he’s directed theater, which is really
important because most of the humor has to come from the performances.
He’ll make sure the acting is rock solid and I’ll make sure
everything else is as professional as possible.
He’s also playing the lead character, so he’s got a lot of
responsibility. I’m careful about who I
work with, there are a lot of charlatans in this industry and I only want
to collaborate with people whose first priority is to make a good film.
Melantha Blackthorne [Melantha
Blackthorne interview - click here] and Debra Lamb [Debra
Lamb interview - click here], you've gotten yourself two women
quite well-known in horror cycles as co-producers. Now how did you get
them, and what will your collaboration be like?
known Melantha for several years now, I was supposed to direct a film that
she appeared in but I bailed on the projet because I didn’t trust the
producer (who later went to prison). I’ve
seen her at conventions, and we brought her out to Buffalo Screams Horror
Film Festival as a guest, where she screened Inbred
and Undead, an outrageous short which she directed.
As soon as Michael and I started discussing Dry
Bones, we knew we wanted her involved, and
is only five hours away from
Buffalo. When we showed her the
script - we wanted her to play the love interest, but she liked the monster,
so she’ll be playing both parts, which will be a lot of fun – again, a
similar approach to what I did in Slime
Debra to the project. I spoke to Debra the other night and she has a great
attitude. She’s getting
involved in a few films as a producer, so the timing was right.
you can tell us about (the rest of) your projected cast yet?
Michael is casting a lot of local theater people I don’t know –
that’s a different world for me – so I’ll just mention those I do
know. I wrote the three
largest supporting roles for John Renna, who played the Mayor of Slime
Slime City Massacre; Kathy Murphy, who did an impressive job in Snow
Shark: Ancient Snow Beast; and Paul McGinnis, who is also our casting
director. All three are
talented and a pleasure to work with, which is key to me.
Paul is unknown at this point, but he’s a theater actor who
recently started working on films, he’s done some film acting and he
worked as a PA on both Model Hunger
and Ward’s Island. He
co-wrote and starred in a grindhouse trailer called The
Camper which Rod Durick directed which won Best Western New York Genre
Film at Buffalo Screams, and I encourage you to watch it right now,
My daughter will also be making her acting debut!
far as I know, Dry Bones is still in its fundraising stages - so
what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
have a core group of investors who financed Slime
City Massacre and Snow Shark,
and they’re back for Dry Bones.
But Dry Bones will cost
twice as much as Snow Shark, so
their investments won’t cover the full budget, and we’ve started an
IndieGoGo campaign. I
see people raising money on these crowdfunding sites for projects that
will never be completed or distributed – a complete waste of money and
people’s time – and I finish all of my projects and see them through
to distribution, so I can honestly say to people, “Hey, you’re not
throwing your money away by donating to this project; we’ll finish it,
we’ll finish it in a reasonable period of time, and your name will be on
a film that people will actually see, unlike so many indie projects out
the funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed - and any idea yet when
the film will be released onto the general public (and yes, I know it's
waaay too early to ask)?
pre-production next month, we shoot March through May, and post production
will happen over the summer. It
will be finished in the fall, hopefully in time for festivals, but it will
definitely premiere the same year we raise the money and shoot it, and
again, that’s why I think people who are willing to donate to a film
should take a serious look at this one.
Speaking of release dates: As
far as I know, the wonderfully titled Snow Shark, another film you
have produced, will be released in February. You just have to say a few
words about that one!
Qualiana is a young local filmmaker who writes, acts and directs [Sam
Qualiana interview - click here].
I liked some of his early shorts, and when I saw a teaser for Snow
Shark I said, “You have to make this into a feature.”
I raised most of the budget for the film and encouraged him to use
some effects people I know, and arranged for Brett Piper [Brett
Piper interview - click here] and Mark Polonia
to edit the film and Michael Paul Girard to score it, and I got the film a
distribution deal with Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema.
It’s a fun creature film, very absurd and unpretentious.
Sam and his cast and crew worked very hard on it, and I’m proud
to have it on my resume. The
reviews are coming out now, some good, some bad, just like you’d expect.
This is B movie made for a specific audience, and those people will
love it. Invasion
of the Saucermen and all those Roger Corman science fiction films from
the 1950s probably weren’t critically acclaimed when they came out
either [Roger Corman bio -
We just found out
today that when the film is released on DVD February 19th it
will be available for rent in Family Video, and Walmart
will stock it for sale, so we’re doing something right.
Sam is shooting Dry Bones, by the way.
Any future projects beyond Dry
I have no future film plans,
I take them one at a time so I can devote my full attention to them
I am doing publicity for one called Krackoon Bloodmarsh, directed
by Jerry Landi and produced by Marcc Makowski, who co-produced every film
I’ve directed and just signed on for Dry
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