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An Interview with Kelly Fitzgerald, Director, and Mark Colegrove, Producer of Mutantis

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2014

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Mark Colegrove (producer) - It's a good old fashioned monster-movie throwback, complete with all the bad wigs, bad dubbing, and cheap fart jokes that we're known for at Dire Wit Films.


Kelly Fitzgerald (director/editor) - It pays homage to unsung classics like the 80's film Night of the Demon (not to be confused with the 1988 film Night of the Demons), but with more rape.


How did the project get off the ground to begin with, and what were the inspirations behind it?


Mark - I think after we completed Isle of the Damned (which Kelly assistant directed) everyone BUT me was pretty eager to immediately follow it up with another film. Having just spent the last 3 years of my life on Isle of the Damned, I decided to take a step back. I can tell you though that it initially started with a script by Mark Leake called Soldiers of Sodom, or Isle of the Damned 2 (which essentially spoofed the fact that distributors often changed the name of old Italian titles to make them appear as if they were sequels to movies they had nothing to do with) and it was set on a cannibal island, but also involved Nazis and Dinosaurs. I think the production team realized pretty quickly it was a hard script to pull off on a low budget.


Stylistically, the movie is a hommage to/parody of grindhouse cinema of the 1970's and 80's - what do you find so appealing about that style of filmmaking that you return to it time and again?


Mark - We all grew up with those films, so nostalgia is a big factor. I also think that those films were a little more adventurous both in terms of style and content than what we're typically served up in the horror genre these days, and so it's fun for us to play around with the elements that made those movies so fun to watch.


Do talk about your movie's over-the-top humour for a bit!


Kelly - I think the over the top humour balances out the ridiculous number of rape scens we have. I think its good to have some cheese with the sleaze.


As far as I know, Mutantis does get quite violent at times - so what can you tell us about the gore effects in your movie, and was there ever a line you refused to cross regarding that?


Kelly - A lot of the effects were made by Mark Leake, as was the Mutatnis-suit. He is very creative and did a lot with a little. As far as crossing lines my opinion is there is no line. I am a big fan of Herschell Gordon Lewis [Herschell Gordon Lewis bio - click here] and his style of filmmaking, I agree in horror boundaires should alway be pushed.


You of course also have to talk about your movie's monster for a bit, and how was it conceived?


Kelly - Mutantis you see, was created in the sick and twisted mind of Mark Leake. He is quite a lusty one and Mutantis is pretty randy himself.


What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?


Kelly - We had an awesome cast. Very down-to-earth people who had as much fun making it as I hope you all will have watching it. If it wasn't for them this film could have never been made, they didn't only act in this film but they were also the crew. Despite the lack of funds and the 100 degree weather no one ever complained and they kept a postive and fun attitude throughout the making of this movie.


As far as I know, you're currently raising finishing funds, right? So what can you tell us about your fundraising campaign?


Mark - In actuality, the film is just about finished, we're just tightening up the music and sound effects as we speak. Our fundraising campaign will actually help cover the costs of pressing the film on DVD (so it's essentially a pre-order for a product that will be available VERY soon), as well as an opportunity to press some new T-shirt designs, limited VHS runs of our films, and a few more collectables. So ultimately the funds we're raising help cover all that fun stuff.


Any idea when and where the film will be released yet?


Mark - We'll be doing some screenings in Baltimore and LA this summer, and it'll be on DVD shortly thereafter. We'll probably have it up on some digital outlets by the fall as well.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Mark - We're gearing up for a busy year here. I'm directing a feature-length comedy called Driven to Succeed about a crappy driver's ed school, and Jason Koch (7th Day) is gearing up for his 2nd feature as well called Humani Generis, which promises to be a dark and bloody descent along the lines of Jodorowski. Another partner of ours, Clint Kelly who previously helped get the Severin Films re-release of Sledgehammer off the ground, is gearing up for his first feature, the Watcher in the Woods.


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Kelly - I am in the beginning proceses of writing a rape revenge film that I hope I can start production on in 2015.


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


Mark - I'm wearing brown underwear. Just in case I have an accident. There... I think I've said all I need to.


Kelly - I would love to share more but I just remembered I have to return some video tapes.


Thanks for the interview!


Mark - Thank you for all your support over the years Mike - and all you've done for underground cinema!


Kelly - Thank you for the support Mike.


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