Your new movie is graced with the beautiful title Strip Club
Slasher. In a few words, what's the film about (apart from the
Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll!!! Along with a big ass masked slasher that
likes to stalk and slash hot stripper chicks!!! Yeah, nuthin new but I
think we did an excellent job with making the movie exciting, bloody,
gory and loaded with thrills and a handful of chills as well!!!
What inspired you to make Strip Club Slasher
in the first place?
I've always been a fan of slasher flicks and shot 3 short films in that
genre prior, You`re Next 1-3 that have recieved pretty good feedback so
I thought what the hell... Let's make a feature length slasher flick and
really try and fuck shit up!!! I'm more than happy how things have
turned out with Strip Club Slasher!!!
What made you choose a strip club as the
location of your film?
I'd like to say I had some sort of
relevation that YES... Let's make movie magic in a strip club... it would
be genious... But yeah, me and the NFTS Productions gang work on micro
budgets and we had ins with the owner of a hole in the wall strip club (The Border Lounge in Hager City, Wisconsin) that we shot bar scenes for
in our prior movie Terror Overload: Tales from Satan's Truck Stop (2009)
- so yeah, I was like lets make a stripper slasher flick and spill even more
blood and show even more boobs in the same location but use the sniffers
row this time around!!! As an indie filmmaker ya gotta make things happen
with whatcha can get access to so that's what we did!!!
With Strip Club Slasher
essentially being a slasher movie, is this a genre especially dear to you?
Maybe just a little, LOL, already reflected upon it a bit earlier with
mentioning my short film trilogy You`re Next 1-3, in particular is Part
3 best known as Pajama Party Massacre (2008) is just a hint as to just
how much I'm a fan and wanted make my own mark in the slasher genre!!!
But yeah, I'm a huge fan of the famous slasher flicks like the Halloween-series,
Friday the 13th-series,
Slumber Party Massacre-series, and the
list goes on!!!
few words about Joe Knetter, who not only plays the lead in your films, he
has also written it and has worked on some of your films before this one?
A few words about my sick and twisted blood brother Knetter!!! He is
soooo in tune with what kind of movie magic I want to make that yeah, I
can send him a 5 word idea (as with Strip Club Slasher) like strippers,
club, blood, boobs and gore and well a few days later I have one bad ass
script waiting to made into reality!!!
strip club without strippers - so what can you tell us about the girls performing
in your film?
Ha, ha... Many of the girls in Strip Club Slasher (2010) are Indie
scream queens that I have worked with on past muvee's that I can count
on to deliver the goods so they got to come back and help make things
happen again including my fiends, errr friends Scarlet Salem, Elske
McCain [Elske McCain interview
- click here], Rachel Grubb, Leah Avery, Lindy Starr alongside a bunch of new
super cool up and comming scream queens with Saint Deville, Obituary
Mary, Corrine Manning, Lm Williams amongst many other surprises!!!
A few words about the rest of your cast?
Jason Stephenson with Joel D.Wynkoop
First off with Strip Club Slasher... I got to work with one of my fave
veteren B-HORROR-MOVIE veteren's Joel D. Wynkoop [Joel
D.Wynkoop interview - click here] best known for Truth or
Dare (1986), Wicked Games (1994), Creep (1995)
amogst many, many others!!! That was a priceless experience that I will
never forget!!! Not only that but I had a one day shoot with Manzin
stunt double for the actual rock'en roller Marilyn Manson and lets not
forget the comical and some what gory scene with Patrick Olson... DJ for
Minnesota's best hard rock radio station 93X!!! Lets just say Strip
Club Slasher (2010) might be theee best thing on DVD to have ever been on
the strip club part of your movie's title, how far do you go in
terms of sex and nudity?
All I can say is yeah... It is one complaint away from an XXX rating!!!
... and speaking of the slasher
part of the title, how far do you go concerning violence and gore?
Hate to give away theee fine details but yeah, these scream queens get
violated and butchered in a a handful or more different ways!!! gotta see Strip
Club Slasher (2010) tooooo believe it!!!
Where is the
film available from?
Strip Club Slasher (2010) is NOW
AVAILABLE on DVD at the official website here: www.stripclubslasher.com
Let's leave Strip
Club Slasher behind for the moment and dig deep into your past. What
made you go into filmmaking in the first place, and did you have any
OOOOOOHHHH YEAH, I was corrupted early on with seeing flicks at the
drive-in as a little kid like Young Frankenstein (1974), Jaws (1975),
Melting Man (1977), Orca (1977), The Boogens (1981) and
yes The Exorcist (1973) on TV back in the day!!! As for formal
training... my drive-in past and bootlegging VHS days during high school
must have been my training cause once I bought my 1st vid cam I was all
about shooting some sort of sumthin scary!!! Film school is overrated
and my guess over-priced!!! LOL
Your first feature was Off the Beaten Path
in 2004. What can you tell us about that film and your on-set experiences
as a debut director?
Off the Beaten Path was my nod to a pair of fave horror flicks Evil
Dead (1983) and The
Blair Witch Project (1999)... Still dig how we shot that
film and I can also say that because how cool an experience that was to
shoot... I am still making Minnesota horror movie magic to this day!!!
Then came Doomed to Consume - a few
words about that one?
My nod to theee zombie film genre!!! Wasn't quite what I wanted but
zombie muveee fans seem to dig it still to this day and yes, I will chok
it up as one big and super involved learning experience!!!
Could you tell us something about your
short You're Next 3: Pajama Party Massacre, and were there
actually You're Next parts 1 & 2?
Reflected upon this trilogy earlier!!! And YES... all 3 parts exist,
directed an episode of the horror anthology Terror Overload. Could
you talk about the movie as a whole and your contribution for a bit?
Actually I directed 1 episode and also the wrap around story for this
kinda sorta anthology... Originally Terror Overload started out as a
drunken idea between me, my NFTS partner in crime Kevin Myhre and my
horror fiend, errr friend of mine Brant Johnson over waaaaay to many
drinks one wasted night!!! Sure as shit, we remembered bits and
pieces of things and yeah, we got together a few more drunken nights
with ideas and yes, Terror Overload wuz realized and made a reality!!!
Any other films you
have worked on which I have forgotten to mention for one reason or another?
Only ones I can think of are forgotten NFTS Production shorts like
The Locksmith and Separation Anxiety... Of which Separation
forgettable but The Locksmith is kinda sorta still making the rounds
with a Canadian DVD release called Suburban Madness!!!
future projects you'd like to talk about?
Hellz yeah, Housewarming Party for the Dead, working title is well
underway for 2011!!! Sounds funny but when I release the actual title...
Be prepared, WELL prepared!!! Nuthin funny about it!!! Nod to The
Entity (1982) and 13 Ghosts (2001) with an ALL OUT Minnesota horror movie
A few words about
your production company, Not For The Squeamish Productions?
NFTS (Not for The Squeamish) Productions "kicks ass for the
lord" Minnesota style and totally believes in "total bodily
dismemberment"!!! Nuff said!!!
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
very basic question: What makes a family man from Minnesota like yourself
go into horror filmmaking?
Ha, ha... ALL THE DAMN DRIVE-IN FLICKS my parents took me to as weeee
young horror lad back in the day!!! Thanks pops, LOL
Directors who have influenced you?
Sam, Wes, Tobe, Stanley, and a fuck load of splatter fiends like Andreas
Schnaas, Jörg Buttgereit and yes my personal german splatter fave...
Anything else you'd really like to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Not sure u forgot but... Be sure to check out www.nftsproductions.com
revamped and highly diggable ALL new site coming soon... along with www.doomedtoconsume.com,
and yes, www.stripclubslasher.com
Thanks for the interview!
My blood and babes filled pleasure!!! Cheers from Jason Stephenson,
founder and filmmaker for NFTS Productions!!!