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An Interview with Loren W. Lepre, Creator and Star of The Dark Military

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2015

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The film is an action/thriller which will be one hell of a ride! This will one for fans of Mad Max, Friday the 13th, 24 and Battle Royale. The film can be summed up in the synopsis. What if a webcast, LIVE on Halloween, turned out to be a real life survival game? What if the people hunting them are a rogue military? What if all eyes from the around the world are tuned in, and with a short window of time, officials need to find out where this broadcast is taking place? With all of technology taken away from the the young adults to slow down any rescue team from finding them, they find themselves with no weapons to defend themselves. Can they be found in time, as the world watches on?


From the looks of it, The Dark Military is putting a new spin on quite a few genre conventions - care to elaborate?


Yes I believe the horror genre is a little dry. I also believe if you run that fine line you can bring the action audience and horror audience together.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing The Dark Military?


I'm one that always tries to stand alone. I try to come up with ideas that are fresh. We all when writing a screenplay sprinkle in influences that inspire us, however you need to be your own person. You need to take a chance and go with your heart. I came up with something I believe will please many audiences.


From what I know, The Dark Military is your first feature as a director after doing numerous shorts - so where do you see the differences between directing a short and helming a feature film?


I've done 5 short films and one documentary called Pennsylvania Hardcore which covers the last 30 years of the underground punk scene in Pennsylvania. Coming this fall to Netflix, On Demand, etc. Well I have to say the difference is the short films are your building ground you have room for error. When you make a feature it has to be flawless, it's what you've been building for you have to deliver. I have one hell of a cast. A great soundtrack for the film in the works. It took me 19 drafts over the course of 9 months to get the final draft for the film. It's putting in 20 hour work days to be ready for making your film come to life.


Even based on the little I know, The Dark Military promises quite a bit of violence - so how far are you going in that direction, and anything you can tell us about your movie's action and gore effects yet?


The film will have violence in it but I don't believe that violence makes or "sells" a film. I believe story and the acting make or break a film. Along with the secret weapon of all action films (the film score), but some moments of the film will be turned up - but this won't be a blood bath flick.


What can you tell us about the overall look and feel of your movie?


I'm going for the feel of Mad Max/The Devil's Rejects when it comes to The Dark Military team. Really want the characters to shine and be warmed over with the public.


You also play one of the leads in The Dark Military - so what can you tell us about your character, what do you draw upon to bring him to life, and have you written him with yourself in mind from the get-go?


Yes I play the leader Barabbas he is a true leader of the group and sticks to the plan the entire broadcast. I promise the public will take a liking to Barrabas as well as the other members of The Dark Military. Each member of The Dark Military brings something to the table.


Anything you can tell us about the rest of your cast yet?


The cast is big, the police and agents will bring strong performances. With R. Marcos Taylor (Straight Outta Compton) now aboard leading the way against The Dark Military the public is in for one hell of a ride.


At what stage of production is The Dark Military as we speak, and what's the schedule? And any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet, however tentatively?


The Dark Military is filming all of September. Marketing will be the next key while the film is in post. Our film manager will be looking out for our best interest for the film. No deadline set, I "hope" for next fall.


Any future projects beyond The Dark Military?


Yes, The Dark Military Part 2 and Part 3 all have been funded.


As far as I know, before you broke into films, you've made a name of yourself as a pro-wrestler and MMA fighter - so what can you tell us about that period of your career?


I was in the wrestling business from 99-04, I was working the indies (more of a wrestling manager but been in a fair share of matches myself). I also have been in martial arts since 1995. That is my bread and butter of life (Gung Fu) raised. I've trained with many martial arts icons and have fought in the cage but never went pro.


What made you go into acting eventually, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I got into acting just because it was on my bucket list. I signed up to be a zombie in a movie called The Reunion by Jeff Stewart. Had little time on camera but fell in love with the whole process. I then ran to Walnut Street Theater for acting classes and then came out swinging.


Eventually, you also branched out into writing, producing and directing - now how did that come about?


I've been in 75 films, I just had a taste for everything besides acting. I love every process of filmwork and jumped into everything.


Do talk about your company Average Superstar Films for a bit, and the philosophy behind it!


Average Superstar Films makes films yes BUT also runs the biggest and most active short film fest in Philadelphia! Freedom Shorts and Liberty Massacre. Average Superstar Films also runs networking events for actors. ALWAYS busy here never take your foot off the gas pedal.


How would you describe yourself as an actor and as a director?


As an actor I bring out and deliver what is needed for the role. I take acting to the max, ALWAYS ask questions and always have my lines down when acting and aspire to be the best the performer on set. When it comes to directing, that is a WAY bigger role. You need to know how to make your actors shine. The film lives or dies by YOU when directing.


Filmmakers, actors, writers, wrestlers, whoever else who inspire you?


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Anybody strong-willed and anybody who talks game and backs it up. Always been drawn to the ones that PROVE.


Your favourite movies?


The Lost Boys, Rumble Fish, 9 1/2 Weeks, That Was Then... This Is Now. This list can go on and on.


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




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


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


Nope, all good friend, thank you!


Thanks for the interview!


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