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An Interview with John W.T., Director of Gore Feast

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2017

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Your upcoming movie Gore Feast - in a few words, what is it going to be about?

 

Gore Feast is about twisted lives.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when dreaming up Gore Feast?

 

I was inspired by the work of Herschell Gordon Lewis [Herschell Gordon Lewis bio - click here], Texas Chainsaw Massacre and numerous 80's slasher's such as the Friday the Thirteenth films.

 

Why did you choose the anthology format for Gore Feast, and where do you see the advantages and challenges there?

 

I chose the anthology format because I love those old Amicus compendium films. I find that with anthologies even if you don't like one story you might really like the next story. Also I have been making short films since 2008 and writing an anthology seemed less daunting than writing one long feature length story. 

 

Now the title Gore Feast alone suggests quite a bit of, duh, gore - so do talk about the bloody bits you have planned for your movie, and how do you intend to achieve them?

 

Recently I have been working with two exceptional SFX makeup artists, Jenny Gilbert and Natasha Mann-Harwood, who specialise in SFX makeup on a low budget. Needless to say they will be creating plenty of gore including: stabbings, mutilations, dismemberments.

 

Do talk about your movie's overall approach to horror, and is horror a genre at all dear to you, and why (not)?

 

Gore Feast has an over the top and comical approach to horror similar to Peter Jackson's film Braindead. Horror is extremely dear to me, however I'm not a big fan of modern supernatural and paranormal horror I find them boring and feel they lack the atmosphere of Hammer horror and Amicus films [the Amicus story - click here].

 

A few words about the film's intended overall look and feel?

 

I want Gore Feast to have a look that is a modern twist on classic slasher films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween.

 

Anything you can tell us about Gore Feast's key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?

 

Aside from SFX makeup artists Jenny Gilbert and Natasha Mann-Harwood, there are a number of directors of photography including Nicholas Wright and Edward Dinnage who will be working on Gore Feast. I have worked with Nicholas Wright before on a short called Deathface and I worked with both Nicholas Wright and Edward Dinnage on the Gore Feast trailer and both did exemplary work. Another DoP working on Gore Feast is Sigita Silina whose work I have seen previous examples of and have been impressed. John H. Shelton [John H. Shelton interview - click here], a close friend of mine, is producing Gore Feast. As regards cast, very few parts have been filled. I can say that Rachael Caulton will be starring in Gore Feast and playing more than one role. Rachael is a 23 year old Nottingham-based actor and I was extremely impressed with her work on the Gore Feast Trailer.

 

As far as I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for Gore Feast - so do talk about your campaign for a bit!

 

An IndieGoGo campaign is being launched at 1am on Tuesday 28th March. We are looking to raise ten thousand pounds for Gore Feast. We have a number of unique perks including signed photos of Gore Feast star Rachael Caulton, Gore Feast posters signed by myself, masks to be worn by characters in Gore Feast, digital downloads of some of my previous shorts unavailable online and associate producer credits.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gore-feast-directed-by-john-wt-horror#/

 

Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule, and any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet?

 

We are looking to shoot Gore Feast during the summer and autumn of this year. Hopefully Gore Feast will premier just before Halloween at Mayhem Film Festival 2018. I feel this will be a fitting premiere as my first short The Unknown Serial Killer premiered at Mayhem Film Festival in 2008. Mayhem Film Festival has also supported and screened a number of low budget features from British directors including Colin and Monsters.

 

Any future projects beyond Gore Feast?

 

I would like to make one of the stories in Gore Feast into a feature film.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I started writing scripts in early 2008. I then did a course at The Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, Directing for Drama, by Steven Sheil, director of Mum and Dad and Dead Mine among other notable films. I then did a National Diploma in Film and TV Production between September 2008 and July 2010 at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Gore Feast?

 

Prior to Gore Feast I have made a number of shorts including The Unknown Serial Killer, Unstoppable Killing Machine, Jack the Ripper Gave Birth to the 20th Century and two recently finished shorts, Deathface and Serial Killing for Beginners.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I would describe myself as someone who spends as much time directing actors as he does concentrating on the camera and crew.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

The filmmakers that inspire me include Hershell Gordon Lewis [Herschell Gordon Lewis bio - click here], Tobe Hooper, Tim Burton, Yoshiro Nishimura and Michael Powell.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

My favourite movies are The Wizard of Gore, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Murder Set Pieces, Tokyo Gore Police, Witchfinder General and A Matter of Life and Death.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

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The Blair Witch Project - nothing actually happens in it whatsoever until the end which is terrible. It is also a poor man's The Last Broadcast, which is a great film.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo whatever else?

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gore-feast-directed-by-john-wt-horror#/

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

This is probably obvious, but this film is in part a tribute to Hershell Gordon Lewis.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks for the interview to you too, Mike!

 

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