Your upcoming movie Frankenstein Created Bikers - in a few
words, what is it about?
It's about a re-animated biker gang trying to escape the control of mad
scientist while under attack from a rival motorcycle club. On the surface
at least. The underlying theme is an exploration of free will and how to
truly obtain freedom.
What were your key inspirations
when writing Frankenstein Created Bikers - and how did you dream up
this weird genre mix in the first place?
inspired by drive-in classics and what I'm currently dealing with inside
my own head. With Dear God No! I was delving into home invasion and
hardcore films from the early 70s and coming to terms with becoming a
parent. Death Weekend and The Northville Cemetery Massacre were big
influences on that film. With the latest picture, I'm really delving into
my love of hair-brained mad science flicks, Armando de Ossorio and Jess
Franco, along with the classic biker movies. The sub-genre mash-ups seem
pretty natural to me. It's an extension of what I personally want to see
or what I had hoped to see as a kid from the 1-sheets hanging outside the
Created Bikers is a stand-alone sequel to your earlier Dear God No!
- so how closely are the two movies actually related?
are directly related but if you haven't seen Dear God No! then you will
only be missing some character arcs. This is kind of The Road Warrior
to Mad Max or Hell up in Harlem to Black
Created Bikers sounds like it might go way over the top in terms of
violence, humour, weirdness and whatnot - am I at all right in that
assumption, and would you care to elaborate?
right. I approach each film like it may be the last one I make so why
bother playing it safe or trying to please the general public. Chas.
Balun, editor of the magazine Deep Red, coined the phrase "films that
bite". Meaning they bite back at an unsuspecting audience. This is
the style of subversive cinema that I'm interested in. As a viewer and a
filmmaker. I have deep issues to explore within the context of this world
I've created and like life, there is no room for catharsis. There is
always humor in my writing but it's more like a Hustler cartoon. Really
rotten stuff for rotten people. (laughs)
you describe the film's intended look and feel?
we're going for an American hicksploitation aesthetic mixed with
flourishes of 70s Eurogore. If that makes any sense. So expect expansive
exteriors with a dominating Southern landscape juxtaposed with high
contrast and heavily saturated interiors.
you can tell us about your key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these
Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede 2), Tristan
Risk (American Mary) and Ellie Church
(Headless) will all be playing new
characters I've written. The majority of the Dear God No! cast of Jett
Bryant, Paul McComiskey, Jim Sligh, Jim Stacy, Nick & Rachel Morgan,
John Collins and Madeline Brumby are all returning. My Atlanta based crew
stays the same with SPFX wizard Shane Morton overseeing the carnage with
his talented crew and Jonathan Hilton behind the camera. Dusty Booze is
obviously our nutty professor with set building. Each department is adding
some key positions. I'm bringing in filmmaker Jill Sixx Gevargizian as my
A.D. and director Brian Williams to shoot some 2nd unit. I know everyone
well and they're all professional and drama free - which is essential for
a fast paced shooting schedule like this. Bryan G. Malone and
Adam McIntyre will be recording and assembling my soundtrack again with
Richard Davis composing the score.
cast of Frankenstein Created Bikers
As far as I know, Frankenstein Created Bikers
is presently still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us
about your fundraising efforts?
We've met our Kickstarter
goal, which will allow us to begin shooting key scenes involving Laurence
and Tristan. We still hope to raise additional funds to carry us all the
way into post-production. There are plenty of really cool rewards still
available. Every dime we raise will be going on the screen. This isn't
like Hollywood budgets where expenses are padded out with business
brunches and cocktail parties. I'm not taking any salary as writer,
producer, director and editor. My only concern is getting these filthy
ideas on film and projecting them to an audience of like minded
Once the funds are
raised, what's the schedule - and any idea when and where the movie might
be released onto the general public yet (and I know it's probably waaay
too early to ask)?
We begin principal photography on May
4th, 2015 and plan to have the completed film available to the general
public around January 2016. We're giving our Kickstarter contributors
opportunities to see the final cut as early as October, 2015.
Any future projects beyond Frankenstein
Created Bikers you'd like to share?
There are a bunch.
It's very early to tell going into a film but I have a women in prison and
a moonshine running script written. Another about a home wrecking hussy.
(laughs) Plus several treatments that are all genre related. I'll have to
wait and see where Frankenstein
Created Bikers leads me. My dream is to
shoot in the jungle.
What got you
into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I've always been a film addict
from an early age. I studied photography at Georgia Southern University
and started volunteering for film shoots at Georgia State University. From
there, I worked for several mail order companies making bondage and
S&M loops and features. Once I had several years of experience
editing, I started making my own feature films in the horror genre. That
was always my goal.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Frankenstein Created Bikers?
but always experimental.
would you describe yourself as a director?
organized and always know what I need so it will cut together. That's the
editor experience but I'm always improving too. I'm striving hard to get
more in touch with the actors. I find it easy to step out of the writer
role and direct but it's difficult "not being a producer" when
you know how much each take is costing the production. (laughs) Community,
common goals and building long lasting friendships. Us against the world.
That's how I run a production. Rewarded with a legendary wrap party,
who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
There are many, really. I probably have
three or four that primarily shot in the Philippines. (laughs) I've
always admired the ballyhoo artist like Kroger Babb, William Castle, David
Friedman and Roger Corman [Roger
Corman bio - click here]. Obviously the rebels who get their hands dirty
in every aspect of a production like Bunuel, Meyer, Sarno, Waters, Van
Bebber, etc. There are many. I'm probably more influenced by tone and
attitude than camera placement.
I have about 10 for every sub-genre. If I
had to pick one film to watch on a loop for the rest of my life, it would
be Paul Glickler's The Cheerleaders.
... and of course, films you really
Everything after 1979 with a happy ending.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook,
You can keep up with the progress of the film at
Thanks for the interview!
Thank you, Michael!