Your upcoming movie Massacre at Femur Creek
- in a few words,
what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?
Massacre at Femur Creek
is Kyle Hytonen's [Kyle Hytonen interview -
click here] love letter to the 80's, and specifically 80's slasher
films. I play "The Shape" in the film, so I got to be the psycho
killer, which was great...
What did you even draw upon to bring a psycho like "The
Shape" to life, and (even if that might sound mean) how much of
yourself can we find in your character? But also, how much fun was it to
play a character like this?
Well, I didn't draw from real
life at all. We were creating a movie set within a specific era and genre,
so my influences were other slasher movies. I was the guy on set saying
stuff like Michael Myers would probably do something like this... I think
you can see a lot of me in the character. He's a killer, but he's not
really all that polished. He makes mistakes and does funny stuff. I can
definitely relate to that. It was great playing this sort of character. I
do a lot of horror films, so masked psycho killer has been on my bucket
list for some time.
To what extent could you
identify with the movie's brand of comedy, and do you consider yourself a
humourous person in real life?
The movie's brand of comedy
was right up my alley. I don't speak in the film, so I have to get
everything about me across physically. The humour I had to convey was
always very physical and I love that kind of comedy. I do see myself as
humourous in a creepy kind of way. I also play horror host Johnny
Ghoulash in Partially Devoured Movies, which has a lot of outrageous comedy
How did you get
hooked up with the project in the first place, what did you find appealing
I met Kyle at a film festival a while back. We
were both showing films there. He approached me with a script sometime
after that. I read it and laughed out loud a few times. I knew it was
going to be something cool. I've always been a fan of mixing horror and
humour. It just goes so well together...
What can you tell us about your director Kyle
Hytonen [Kyle Hytonen interview -
click here], and what was your collaboration like?
a real professional. He takes good care of his cast and crew, he's well-prepared and knows what he's looking to capture on film. It was real easy
and fun to work with him. His directions were always clear and very
talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?
lot of it was shot deep in the woods. We did a lot of hiking to locations.
The set was professional, but at the same time it was just like being out
with a bunch of pals. I really had a good time, even though I'm not a big
fan of hiking! I did tended to keep quiet or to myself some of the time,
just to help me stay in character.
future projects you'd like to share?
I just finished
shooting the second season of Partially Devoured Movies a short while
back. The show will be playing on Zom-Bee TV and some other Roku stations
soon. I'm currently working on a feature called Johnny Ghoulash Escapes
From Creightonville. It's the story of a horror host who, by mystical and
magical means, becomes trapped in a movie. I hope to have it completed by
the end of September. It's going to premiere at HELLoween Fest in Virginia
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I've been shooting and acting in
my own movies since I was a kid. Super 8, Beta, VHS, Hi 8, Mini DV... I
burned through them all. I never had any formal acting training, but I
took some film courses here and there and am quite naturally a ham
Relics of the Damned
You have played zombies in an I
think record-breaking number of movies, including several by George A.
Romero - so what do you find so appealing about playing the undead, and
some of your zombie-highlights?
Yeah. I've lost count.
Definitely more than 25 zombie films to date. Dawn of the Dead (2004) was
my first. I loved zombie movies and was always terrified by them. That one
helped me get over my fears. Survival of the Dead was an amazing
experience. I got to be one of the zombies that tear Chuck to pieces at
the end of the film. I just kept going back and biting and ripping, biting
and ripping... I think playing a zombie can be very cathartic. I've never
felt more free to release all my rage and still not go to jail afterwards!
You of course also have
to talk about your recurring character/horror host Johnny
Ghoulash for a bit, and the movies and series he has appeared in?
Ghoulash started out as a bit I did for Matt Cloude's Midnight in the
Mortuary series. He then became the host of Partially Devoured
which Matt and I produced together. Johnny also appears in Kount Kracula's
Review Showcase, which is produced by Tony Watt. Johnny made an appearance
in a short film called Project 37 and is now the main character in a
feature film entitled Johnny Ghoulash Escapes from Creightonville.
other films of yours you'd like to talk about?
appeared in a few films by Brett Kelly, like My Fair Zombie, Homicycle,
Spyfall and Raiders of the Lost Shark. Working with Brett is always great.
I got to be a graveyard ghoul in John Johnson's remake of Plan 9 [John
Johnson interview - click here], which
was very special to me as a fan of the original film. I played a number of
small roles in Lloyd Kaufman's Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 and
Volume 2. Basically, I love horror and exploitation films and can't wait
to do more!
than making movies, you have also done quite a few comicbooks, right? So
what can you tell us about John Migliore, the comicbook creator/artist?
Night of the Living Dead Live
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he's semi-retired these days. I probably wrote close to a hundred
published comics over the years. I wrote The Grad for Lethargic Comics and
Dinky on the Road for Blind Bat Press. I wrote a bunch of Stargate books
for Entity Comics that took the characters from the movie to new
adventures. Most recently, I did a comic called, Blood Runs Cold for
would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to (after-)life?
I'm a big movie
buff. I'd say I base my performances more on what I've seen other, better
actors do rather than relying on real life experiences. Also, I'm
basically an average guy, so I tend to like losing myself in costumes and
make-up and becoming someone else entirely. I find that really helps me
turn into a character. I'm not a method actor, because I can turn it on or
off, but I do like getting lost in a role.
indeed actresses) who inspire you?
I'm inspired by
Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Bela
Lugosi [Bela Lugosi bio - click
here] and so many others. I'm also a big fan of actors like Dick Miller
[Dick Miller bio - click here]
and Sid Haig. I really relate to them and want to have careers like them
that span the years.
This is always tough. My favourite horror movies
are The Shining, The
Exorcist, Dawn and
Day of the Dead, and
favourite adventure movie is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Airplane is my favourite comedy without a doubt. I love Brian De Palma's
films, particularly Carrie, Phantom of the Paradise and The Untouchables.
... and indeed, films you really deplore?
don't really enjoy much in the way of dramatic films. Ever tried to watch The
Prince of Tides? So boring...
website, Facebook, whatever else?
IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4276395/
Web - http://johnmigliore.blogspot.ca/
Twitter - http://twitter.com/survivalzombie
Survival Zombie Films - http://www.facebook.com/survivalzombie
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Better tear me away from the mic while you've got the chance!
for the interview!
You're most welcome!