Your new movie Psycho-Therapy
- in a few words, what is it about?
Psycho-Therapy is a about a therapist that feels useless and overwhelmed... as
the pressure gets to her she finally snaps and takes her vengeance out
on her patients.
Is any of Psycho-Therapy
based on any psychotherapy sessions you've had (if you've had any), or
couple's retreat experiences?
Ha! No... although I will
say that I once had a boss that made all of her employees so angry that
I'm pretty sure each of us had a small fantasy about some... horror film-inspired acts to her.
(Other) sources of inspirations when writing Psycho-Therapy?
a life-long horror film fanatic so I'm sure I stole a few things here
and there for all the influential 70's
and 80's horror films I grew up on. But hey, everyone steals from
question, why a killer clown, and is the fear of clowns something you can
Actually no... I was working with actor Kenny Ledee, and he is so wonderfully
animated that it just hit me - this man would make a wonderful psychotic clown!
What can you tell us about Psycho-Therapy's
approach to horror?
somewhat of the traditional formula -
you get a bunch of annoying people, bring them all to an isolated area
and then let the bloodletting begin! However, I did try to work on the
character development for each person... I actually feel that killing off
people that you don't know or care about (in a good or bad way) has much
Despite all the killings, Psycho-Therapy
is also a darkly funny movie - so do talk about your movie's brand of
feel comedy is a very important element to
add to almost all types of film... it's like taking water with pills, it
makes it a lot easier to swallow. In fact, writing wise, comedy comes
the easiest for me, but I LOVE horror... so, I end up adding comedic
elements whenever warranted.
What can you tell us about your overall
directorial approach to your story at hand?
I don't see myself as a
very good technical director, thank goodness I had a good camera man. I
am more of an actors' director, so my concern is always more focused on
the performances of the actors rather than anything else.
about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
Everyone fit like a
glove. Talented people that were able to deliver exactly what I wanted
words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
NO drama! I mean that
in a good way. It was an absolute pleasure simply because all the cast
were not only talented actors but wonderful people. All acting should be
fun but when you're working with people that are... well, not so enjoyable
to be around, it makes the process a lot more frustrating. BUT I had the
pleasure of working with an excellent group of people.
$64-question of course, where can Psycho-Therapy
Nowhere yet... we are in the process of shopping it now.
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Psycho-Therapy
From the small audiences
that have seen it, they find it very entertaining. They laugh a lot and
seem to enjoy the film.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Working on several at
the moment. Just finished a short called Help from Above (that we would
love you to review - wink wink).
what I know, you entered the filmworld first as an actor - so what can you
tell us about that aspect of your career?
Correct, I've been an
actor for a looooooong time... at one point things got slow so I decided
that I would write and produce my own films... and that was a great way
to get out there (Aunt Rose, Skinned Alive, Pinkeye)...
and I was lucky
enough the major distribution with all of them. As time went on I
realized it's not that easy to star in and produce your own films... well, not on my budget, so I started more and more to stay
behind the camera.
What made you
pick up directing eventually, and did you receive any formal training on
training, and unfortunately sometimes you can tell! Lol... I learned from
being in other films, I learned from watching how other directors work.
But hey, we were able to make Psycho-Therapy
in 4 days with 0 budget, so
we're doing something right.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Psycho-Therapy,
in whatever position?
So I made several
features and had them released... and then I started working on a lot of
shorts... eventually I hope to get back to the features...
How would you describe yourself as
know nothing about technical direction... and that sucks... but I feel I
know what a believable performance
is and should be, and as an actor and acting teacher, I can usually bring
what I need out of an actor.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
I believe William
Friedkin is the greatest director of all time. And I will always have
the greatest respect for the legends, Carpenter, Romero, Hooper...
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
The Exorcist, Maniac,
Escape From New York, Dog Day Afternoon, The Warriors...
nothing recent on here... hmmmmmm.
... and of course, films you really
I hated Blair Witch...but my expectations were WAY too high.
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to review the film and more
importantly, give independent filmmakers who have SUCH an uphill
struggle, a chance at exposure.
Thanks for the interview!