Your new movie Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps - in a few words, what is it about?
It's an anthology loaded with short films from myself & Kieran Johnston
common themes of crazed killer gimps and a necrophiliac.
2 horror filmmakers coming together and making a film about killers,
Nazis, necrophiliacs, gimps, sluts & disorders.
question, why an anthology movie - and were all of the segments filmed
specifically for this movie?
I thought it would be nice to gather the films I had been helping Kieran
with a few of mine that were not doing much and get them out there
a feature can be easier than pushing a short film. Iím not a fan of
films sitting there
nothing and like to try and let them find their audience. None of the
films were made
for this anthology apart from my short Gimp - sort of. It just so
happens that me
Kieran think alike a bit when it comes to filmmaking and we ended up with
a series of
that kind of work together well nicely. The icing on the cake was I was
film Gimp for a while, I had been distracted with other projects and
issues that left it
for years. It was originally shot in 2007 - 2009 for various other films I
asked by a distributor to do a new short for an anthology in which I
revisited this film
he knew I use to be crafty recycling my old footage, and to be honest
getting a film
is hard work & time-consuming as well as being a drain on finances, so
I thought this
the best option rather than shooting fresh again. Turned out I ended up
short for that compilation anyway so was kind of stuck with this bizarre
I had started which I really did not want to give up on. So when I sat
with Kieran and
through his films I realised how well the gimp-theme worked for this
it ended up working out well in the end.
Why the anthology? Because our films are only a minute to 17 minutes it
great idea to put them together, most films kind of connect in someway. At
the time of the
we didn't plan them specifically for this movie.
How did the project fall
together in the first place, and what were your sources of inspiration
when dreaming up Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps?
I was really excited seeing the results of Kieranís film Nightman
I had shot for him. He was editing away and sending me over the new cuts
that I was
with him, but I was well happy and excited at what I was seeing that it
to push it as far as I could being the executive producer on that short. I
we should combine some of our work together that has not really been
the world as an anthology, which he was very game to do.
It was all Jasonís idea. Jason messaged me saying he had just finished Gimp
that he's been working on for a while and I had just finished making the Nightman
suggested it would be a great idea to make an anthology. Most of our films
looks, characters & aura. i.e gimps, killers & sluts.
How did the two of you
first meet even, and were there any collaborations prior to Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps?
I was introduced to Kieran through a guy that was doing some work at the
short film Revenge of the Dead back in 2007. Kieran had wrote a
script that was very
that an actor/producer said he would take part in allowing me & Kieran
Unfortunately that guy turned out to be extremely bad news that ended up
causing me a
amount of trouble, but luckily I survived it an was able to move on. I was
Kieran got back in touch with me to discuss films and filmmaking, we share
in the same styles and sub genres of films. I was doing a few new shorts
Kieran if he wanted to come down to set and help, which he did and that
of our filmmaking collaboration. I encouraged him to start making his own
which I helped him get going on and am very proud of what he has gone on
We first met in 2007. I was introduced to Jason by a friend. We didnít
much. We lost contact for a few years due to some people. I got back in
in 2015 when Jason was doing his film Impotent Killer and he invited
me to his set
from then on weíve been working together on some short films.
& The Killer Gimps tackles a wide variety of approaches to the
horror genre - so which ones were the most fun to film, which do you think
express your personal predilections the best?
I had huge fun filming Morder segment as it was a real relaxed and fun
Kieran were able to take our time and play about with the idea. It was a
to filmmaking that I am very passionate about as you can really have fun
how you're going to do something shot wise etc, and it really helps to get those
flowing. Editing Gimp was a surreal but fun experience as I was
having to make a
work that was not actually shot the way I was trying to edit and tell the
story, so I was
presented with some challenging issues. But revisiting that footage again
inspiring to myself ironically. As the years have gone by it has made it
much harder to
films, this is due to more commitments in life, finances, time and
nasty egos and some bad seeds out in the world of film. Seeing my approach
of how I
shot Gimp made me realise how much I miss my old style of just going out
my film. At times the idea would only be rough but I would develop it as I
went on - sounds
mad but believe me some of my best work was created this way. I had a few
around me and was lucky enough to be able to go out and shoot some great
I have tried to recapture that style over the years but its never quite
same sadly. Not all my old cast & crew are around anymore, some even
as it can be a real depressing curse at times, I wont lie about that. But
I do look
with fond memories and am happy with what I achieved in my younger life,
in me was extremely strong and always will be for raw gritty edgy film.
Nightman 3. The cast and crew were amazing and they had the passion for
my brothers house got trashed a bit, haha, and Disorder was a fun film.
& The Killer Gimps seems to have been in production for quite
a few years now - so how did the project evolve and maybe change even over
Well my short Gimp went through many bizarre changes. It was
originally shot for
mashed up feature film Cut & Paste. Then part of that film was
also shot for the poorly
sequel Cut & Paste 2. I needed to do some tricky editing over
the years to make
all work. Nightman was originally shot as three super short mini
films, but we ended up
so much material it actually came together better as one whole film that I
about. My segment Two Tales Of Terror is actually a reworking of two
films from me - Trapped and my super 8 short Mind of a Killer.
rest of the
were shot and edited as individual shorts over the space of a year or so.
Jason made Gimp and myself and Jason made a fake documentary about
and body trafficking. From there we just made more short films for this
How would you both describe your directorial
approach to the respective segments of Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps - and maybe also the respective other's
I have found my own style over the years of how I like to work and shoot
grown comfortable and discovered myself through this form of art. I do
but even unintentionally my style will appear and I will fall into my
to be honest is not a bad ting, it's what makes me me, and the film you're
Impey flick. I must admit, I do adore the DIY and raw approach to
enjoy being self shooting as I am a cinematographer by trade and know what
am looking for. I certainly am a director who is more from the technical
side of things,
I enjoy the whole process apart from producing, I hate producing with a
much hassle and dealing with troubled people. I do find it very
directors at work. The different styles fascinate me. Kieran has quite a
he likes to get the job done but is very open to
which can be nice
You also both appear in quite some
of the segments of Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps - so do talk about your characters and
on-camera experiences for a bit!
Well I donít like to think of myself as an actor much as I much prefer
camera. However when I started making films and struggled getting cast I
roles myself as it was easier. This kind of back fired in me getting known
in the day and in result I ended being cast in a number of people's films!
I do have fun
the odd cameo here and there. Playing the victim in Kieranís Morder was
I hadnít done much acting lately so it was interesting returning back to
it, and it's a
different experience than being a filmmaker. I would argue an easier one!
worry about and handle! Playing my role in my short segment Gimp is
a bit of a fingers
to the film industry as I am in some ways playing an extreme version of
artist in a very uncertain world.
My character in Nightman 2 is a new recruit to the police force and his
first job is a
scene. His a bit nervous and scared. I had to wear a wig for the role
miss and Iím not a good actor. It was fun being killed on set and
running around with
wig on. I prefer to be behind the camera.
Kieran putting the final touches on Mj Dixon
What can you tell us
about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people?
Well in my short Two Tales Of Terror aka Mind Of A Killer I
worked with Ken
He was an old school friend, but I introduced him to B movies which he
fell in love
and really wanted to get involved. He absolutely threw himself into the
roles I gave
and would go well above the call of duty. He certainly would do more than
did not shy away from gory scenes or crazy roles. Gimp features a
of mine, Alex Bakshaev [Alexander
Bakshaev interview - click here]. We share a great love of the films by Jess Franco
were filled with passion to just go out there and make movies for
ourselves, do stuff
would watch and want to see. We are on the same wavelength and working
at times can be like a dream.
Mj Dixon [Mj Dixon interview -
click here], the founder of Mycho who
plays Luke in Nightman 3, I chose him
his an amazing actor and such a funny & kind guy. Being on set with
and Iíll easily work with him again. Gareth Power who plays John in
Nightman and produced,
weíve been friends for a long time and he's a funny guy and has some
I would love to work with him again. Murdo Yule who plays the Nightman, he's
person. My brother introduced me to him and I knew he would be good for
role, he may look scary as the Nightman but he's a kind funny man. Martin W.
is one of the best actors Iíve worked with. When I was directing Disorder,
a gimp and he was in the zone, he was flawless. He is one of the kindest
guys and Iíll work with him again. My brother David Johnston plays the
role of Rob in
Nightman 3. His the best brother ever and being able to use his house for
few words about the shoots as such?
When I was shooting Kieranís segment Disorder I was doing a shot
where I was
the character through the house in which I ran backwards and fell over the
the living room but my cat instincts made me shove the camera up in the
air and save it
I took the full brunt of the fall! The first shoot for Gimp resulted
in us shooting
the night and in the snow, but the snow added a great atmosphere for the
was a real bonus.
When we were filming Nightman 3, Mj Dixon broke my brotherís door handle
door, haha. I was scared to see what my brother'd say. So Gareth Power had
to B&Q to get a new handle. While he was driving back his car
down and his
came to pick him up. At this point I was crapping myself. But the door got
fixed and the
3 was completed by the time Gareth got back.
The $64-question of
course, when and where might this movie be released onto the general
Iím currently working on trying to secure distribution for it.
All I can is very soon.
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Necrophiliac
& The Killer Gimps yet?
It's very early days but Iíve had some nice feedback from the target
Most people were shocked by the trailer haha.
Any future projects
you'd like to share?
Iím currently in post-production on a feature length documentary about
industry that I shot earlier this year.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Iím planning Nightman IV and The S Man.
Your/your movie's website,
Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Iím just very excited and happy to see this collection come together and
upon the world. Thank you.