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by Mike Haberfelner

April 2021

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Do tell us about your show Rude Horror Podcast, and when did you start it and what's the philosophy behind it?

 

Rude Horror Podcast all started during the summer of 2019, but I have always been fascinated with film ever since I could remember. I remember watching comedies, action and sci-fi films, then horror movies came along and changed my preferred palette of movie viewings. I like all kinds of movies but horror is my favorite genre. So years later after being in several metal bands never getting anywhere I decided to turn the mic dial from doing metal style vocals to talking about my favorite movie genre, horror. So after a few months of deciding what I wanted to do for the show I released my first episode in the middle of October of 2019 and have kept going ever since. The philosophy behind Rude Horror Podcast is this is a podcast mainly about anything and everything horror. I've had guests on the show ranging from spfx artists, directors, producers, composers, writers, illustrators, production crew members, actors, musicians and even other podcasters. I've only been doing this a short time so far and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon!

 

The current episode covers the Ozploitation genre - so for those uninitiated, what does "Ozploitation" even mean?

 

Well, Ozploitation films is a simpler way of saying Australian exploitation films, a genre that covers low budget produced films within the horror, comedy, action, sexploitation and even kung-fu genres that are made in Australia. Ozploitation started in the early 70's and is very much alive to this day!

 

What can you tell us about your guests on the show, and what are their contributions to Ozploitation:

Roger Ward?

 

Roger Ward is a legendary veteran actor and pioneer figure for Ozploitation films and has been in over a dozen of Ozploitation films, Ward has been in over 1,500 TV series and over 50 feature films, he's even written a novel called The Set, which was even turned into a motion picture - quite impressive if you ask me.

 

Ron Brown?

 

Ron Brown is a director/producer/editor and is also the CEO of the streaming service Ozflix that provides many Ozploitation films on its platform. Brown has also worked on editing an Ozploitation film that is revealed in the podcast!

 

David Black [David Black interview - click here]?

 

David Black is a writer/producer/actor who is hitting the gas pedal to the floor when it comes to acting and producing horror films - he's got several projects in the works right now including Toxic Alien Zombie Babes From Outer Space and  Badass Bunyip.

 

But all of these guys are great guys to talk to, and they are very knowledgeable when it comes to Ozploitation films and film history in general.

 

Some facts/stories learned about Ozploitation on your show that maybe you yourself didn't even know?

 

There was one story from Roger that was rather "explosive" that I was not aware of, he mentions at one point in the podcast that during the shooting of a scene in Turkey Shoot aka Escape 2000 where he has to cross a river, they had to set off explosions in the water and guys underwater with guns to protect him from any crocodiles trying to approach him! It was also really cool to hear Roger's thoughts on Mel Gibson during Mad Max and how Roger was stepping on Gibson's foot with all his weight during the staircase scene and Gibson didn't even flinch or wince.

 

And I will say I learned things about Ron Brown on this podcast that left me speechless about his involvement in the movie industry besides being the owner of Ozflix, but you will have to listen to the podcast to hear about that!

 

To turn the last questions on its head, are there maybe some Ozploitation stories that didn't make it onto your podcast for whatever reason that you'd like to share here?

 

There were a few more questions that I would have liked to ask regarding Ozploitation films in the newer era, but we ran out of time and somethings never got answered, yet!

 

Any Ozploitation flicks that might be recommended viewing before listening to your podcast?

 

Mad Max is obviously the big one, as well as Turkey Shoot aka Escape 2000, but some other ones that I would suggest checking out would be Lady Stay Dead, Stone, Walkabout, The Man From Hong Kong, and Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

 

Having talked at length about your podcast, when and where will it be available?

 

The newest podcast with guests Roger Ward, Ron Brown and David Black should air the beginning of April 2021. Go to www.linktree.com/rudehorrorpodcast to find out where the podcast can be heard and choose your favourite platform.

 

Any future topics/interviewees on the Rude Horror Podcast?

 

I plan on doing episodes in the near future covering Zombi 3 (1988) and The Toxic Avenger, but as far as guest appearances I will say there will be a continuance Ozploitation discussion with director Brian Trenchard-Smith [Brian Trenchard-Smith interview - click here] and actor Andy McPhee as well as David Black joining again, that should be coming soon after this episode with Roger Ward & Ron Brown. I'm always getting guests on the show, so lots of surprises to come!

 

What can you tell us about past interviewees/shows, any highlights you'd like to share?

 

I've had tons of guests on the podcast with many great stories, but I will say a few would be hearing about the story of spfx artist Nick Benson almost having to have his arm amputated after working on a werewolf transformation scene in Howling IV, director/spfx artist Joe Castro [Joe Castro interview - click here] being possibly the only person on the planet with Herschell Gordon Lewis' [Herschell Gordon Lewis bio - click here] blood formula and some great not to miss stories of Jim Wynorski [Jim Wynorski interview - click here] talking about his film Not of This Earth (1987), composer Stefano Mainetti being the only composer to make music for both Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here] and the Pope! So many more stories though I could go on and on...

 

I'm taking a very wild guess here in stating horror is one of your favourite genres - to put it bluntly, why?

 

I guess when it really boils down to it, Predator is to blame, haha. I would consider Predator to be a scifi/horror/action movie, but it really drew me in not only from the action and sci-fi aspect but there were some comedy moments and the reveal of the antagonist being a horror looking creature from an unknown planet hunting humans. So I guess from there I was instantly drawn to creatures and spfx and thinking that stuff was so cool. Then A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre came along, haha, and that changed the way I viewed horror as well and realized there was more than just creatures that are fucking scary, there was evil and man is what brings out the evil within our minds as well. But to really sum it up, the genre horror is really filled with all kinds of sub genres within itself, and horror has been the most explored genre, always finding new ways to bring out that adrenaline rush we get when we are scared, and it continues to push those boundaries. I love it.

 

Your favourite movies (not necessarily only horror)?

 

Predator, Dawn of the Dead (1978), Dead Alive aka Braindead, Aliens, The Evil Dead and Autopsy of Jane Doe to name a few... there's so many good movies out there!

 

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

 

As a podcaster I really hate to bash on movies, but ones that aren't for me or I didn't really care for would be Alone in the Dark, The Disappointments Room, Pinocchio's Revenge, the A Nightmare on Elm Street-remake, to name a few. I could keep going but... I'll leave it at that, lol.

 

Your/your podcast's website, social media, whatever else?

 

You can find all my links at www.linktree.com/rudehorrorpodcast

 

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

 

I just wanted to mention that I'm an associate producer and zombie extra for a horror/comedy zombie film, Spring Fever (2020) - it has yet to be released on VOD/disc but fingers crossed that happens sometime in the near future. It's also worth mentioning that this is perhaps Robert Z'Dar's final appearance in a movie, so Maniac Cop fans will be pleased to see him on screen.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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