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Marvin, you have done several
screenplays for Indy film?
Nothing to set the world on
fire yet, but this I have done. I prefer writing. I am no actor.
You have sometimes used a few
unflattering aliases in your
work such as Bloody Marvin or Marvin Flathead. Why?
They are not unflattering if
you know the story. The former is a nickname from high school,
as I was always crazy for horror film. The second refers to a short
haircut I used to have. It is inside humor all the way.
You live in Ohio now?
Yes, in Akron and I want out. Several years ago there was an Indy horror
producer here name Bookwalter
who was based in Akron. He had sense enough to get he hell out of
here and head for California. I want to do likewise. While there are some
opportunities in Indy cinema in Ohio, there are not that many. If
you own your own Indy company you can get
someplace in Ohio, but it is a pain in the ass.
Then when you do bust your ass and produce something you have every
net get and asshole out there running down what you do and thinking they
are fucking cute. These
smalltime critics really overdo it when it comes to
perception their own self importance. Their opinions mean nothing,
but they are an annoyance. I am doing something. They are parasites
shooting their mouths off to their college friends about the hard work
others do when they in turn do nothing.
This is why you seldom do
Correct. I hate the press in most forms. It is worse around the Akron
area as you have all these old farts in charge
of the libraries, the festivals and the like, who get offended by sex and
profanity and live in a different age. They want to go back to
the days of Roy Fucking Rogers [Roy
Rogers bio - click here]. They are as out of
touch as the net critics, but
in a different way. For example, The Monster
Within, which I worked on as
scriptwriter and you are familiar with for many reasons, was actually
banned from an indie film fest at a library in the Canton, Ohio district
because it used the word ”jerking
off” and spoke of but never showed an incest scene. One would think
libraries would stand against censorship and not for it, but not here.
Ohio is a cultural deathbed.
What is your take on The Monster
A very good haunted house short. A few net assholes
were running it down and my suggestion to
them is to go cut a tin bill and peck shit with the chickens. They
had no idea how hard I worked writing a script from a short story for
that. I worked too hard to have
some dipshit tear it down.
have worked quite a bit with Blue
Kat Boneyard in Canton?
They were a starting point, but
I am looking to branch out. I am going beyond just horror. The Monster
Within vibrated a lot of positive attention aside from some of the local
negative press that I do not give a fuck about. I am looking at other
avenues as well. Nothing against BKB, but there are some other roads I
want to follow.
You also did a film called
Weirdo with them ...
Helped edit it. Sounds like a
horror film, but really a
surreal piece that has nothing o do with horror. The idea was to
intentionally make the worst film of all time and we even spelled the
title wrong at one point in the credits. It offers two hours of film clips
supposedly showing what is going on in someone’s head.
Trains, graveyards, garbage cans,
airports, bullfights, fishing trips, amusement parks, zoos and even
a close up of horse shit. The airport footage I provided as I love flight
and airplanes. Some people
thought this hilarious and others hated
it. Face it, some people did not get the concept which shows
what I have known along, some people are stupid.
Do you have a webpage for
No, though I do have a MySpace, but who knows how long that will be up!
MySpace is going the way of the dinosaur. I am planning a Facebook
soon. After that I may do
Twitter and may hire a webmaster to run a full webpage for me and my
I need to get more stuff out first.
Do you ever attend the
Not too much, but I am going to start. They run a big one in Cleveland
every year, but who knows how long I will stay in the area? The west coast
is where all the action is. That is where
I would do better. I think I could sell my stuff at a table and do
What are some of your present
I am doing something on the history of flight as airplanes and flight
have long been favorite topics of mine. I am hoping to do a screenplay on
flight and sell it to an educational network or bigger educational
DVD place. This is one advantage of living in the Ohio/Michigan area.
Loads of material to draw from. Goodyear, which aside from tires has an
aerospace division and also made those blimps everyone loves. Also down
south there is a magnificent flight museum in Dayton that I would suggest
to anyone, including those not normally into such things.
You are also doing a screenplay
on a religious killer?
Already done and being filmed in Indy cinema, so it is out of my hands
and I have no connection to it now. Just waiting for it to come out and
get my money. Working title of Sin, but it may change.
Like with most Indy groups, there is a load of fucking
around and dragging ass. No money half the time to get the film
finished. I just hope I do not get screwed
on pay. In the meantime, I am looking at some other things, as the Indy
horror realm is overcrowded now, at least in the Midwest and just causes
more trouble than it is worth. Plus so many people involved are either
inept and know nothing about what
they are doing or do know what they are doing, but are fucking
So you plan to get away from
No. I am also working on a
screenplay for a horror tale of my own titled Playmates. It is a vampire
tale about a man who has been treated for mental illness, unable to
distinguish fact from fiction and maintaining in his youth an imaginary
friend was real. The idea is to have him be revisited by said imaginary
friend as an adult and find said friend to be a vampire able to change
shape or form, from kid to adult. I think once done it will do well. I am
sure I will sell it.
Ever think of doing
it in novel form, and selling though Books on Demand?
I don’t do books. An entirely different form of writing.
Are you trying to capitalize on
the Twilight theme?
Shit no! I hate fucking Edward
and Jacob. First off, neither of them can act. The special effects and the
good looks get them over with the women, but as far as acting gives, they
suck. If one wants to see werewolves see the first Howling. Now there are
some werewolves for you.
If you want to see vampires, check out Jack Palance in his role of Dracula. Few people know this guy who was known mainly as a gunfighter in
movies also did horror. He did a version of Dracula that
I believe was just
aired as a TV movie, but is now on DVD. His death scene was remarkable.
Now there’s a vampire as he should be. Romantic in a way, but
evil and dangerous. Not this shit like in Twilight. They look like they all just stepped
out of some fashion
show in Twilight. I hated the first one and the one that followed and have
no desire to see the next.
Do you feel Indy film does not
get its due respect?
Yes. Hollywood has no originality any more. All they do are remakes and
they all suck. The Wolfman, My Bloody Valentine, Halloween. The remakes
were shit. In Indy film you have to know how to act to get things to work
and cannot rely on special effects to get you over.
But many Indy people are dare I
say, not real good actors?
Give me an Indy actor who will try as opposed to some superstar who
coasts on his name.
Have you ever considered
I have no desire to do that. I am interested in screenplays and
scriptwriting for film or
stage and nothing else.
How did you start doing this?
In high school I wrote a couple half assed plays for
school projects. That is what got me going.
have learned pretty much by trial and error?
Yes. I never went to some film school. I think a lot of them are rip offs.
Anything you would like to add to this
I do not like giving interviews, so no. No thank you.