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An Interview with Richard Chandler, Director of Scrooge in the Hood

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2011

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Tina Krause

Your upcoming movie Scrooge in the Hood - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


It's literally A Christmas Carol, but told through the eyes of our version of Scrooge, who is a pimp that made his name in the 1970s. It follows the orginal storyline pretty closely, except of course, the plot takes place in a very crime stricken, messed up city called Cockton.


Why did you of all things choose Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as the basis of your film, and how close are you going to stick to the source material?


I always wanted to bastardize a famous work that was taught in school. I really wanted to do something Shakespeare, but Scrooge as a pimp was far too funny to pass up. And aside from the Jewish mafia trying to kill Scrooge, the plot is very similar to Dicken's play.


Any other sources of inspiration besides the Dickens-story?


Alcohol consumption.


How would you describe your directorial approach to the material?


I'm trying to make the film look as ridiculous as possible. The characters are as over the top as could be. Every traditional character is now a ghetto version of the orginal.


As far as I know, Scrooge in the Hood is going to be a comedy. A few words about the film's brand of humour?


George Raynor

Crude and potentially offensive.


Scrooge in the Hood's cast features a few quite recognizable names, right? What can you tell us about your cast and crew?


I've made a handful of feature films with this crew; we have good expierence working with ultra low budgets. As far as recognizable cast, fans of the B-horror genre should recogize Tina Krause [Tina Krause interview - click here] and Seregon O'Dassey [Seregon O'Dassey interview - click here] as appearing in many releases nation-wide. And you can't overlook our lead actor, George Raynor, a hardcore pimp himself.


Seregon O'Dassey

The $64-question of course, when will Scrooge in the Hood be released onto the public?


It should premiere near Boston for a December release - hopefully someone wants to distribute it. I think the world needs to see this version of the story.


Let's go all the way back to the beginning of your career: How did you get your start in the film industry, and did you recieve any formal education on the subject? And is it true you actually started out as an actor?


I didn't recieve any training as an actor or director, but made bad films in college and that led to producing lower budget films around town. Been doing that for 6 years now. I actually started out as a writer.


What can you tell us about Richard Chandler, the actor, and what do you prefer, directing or acting - and why?


Well, acting is fun. I'd act more if I could. Directing is very hard - no one likes the boss. But both are rewarding.


You have directed quite a few shorts throughout your career. A few words about those?


I recommend fans of horror/sci-fi to check out Hangar 18 - the full movie is on imdb. Other than that, well, much like a college student, I experiemented with everthing.


A few words about your debut feature, Sons of Perdition?


It was actually Our Kingdom Come which came first and Sons second. But no one's keeping track, haha. It's a bit rough around the edges but probably the most popular film we've shot.


Heaven and Hell

In Sons of Perdition you play a character called Attorney Zimmer, who also pops up in your movies Our Kingdom Come and Heaven and Hell. What can you tell us about these two movies and of course your character in them?


The character of Zimmer, is a neo Nazi who is working for Lilith, the main villian. I enjoyed playing Zimmer; it's not often you get to be that evil and get away with it.


Sons of Perdition

Titles like Sons of Perdition, Our Kingdom Come and Heaven and Hell all suggest some kind of religious connection. Is there any truth to that assumption?


Yes, definetly. The trilogy's plot incorperates demonology and other biblical characters borrowed from the Christian religions. Some of the characters include The Holy Spirit, angles, demons, and of course Satan.


With the film Legless though, you seem to leave any religious context far behind. A few words about that one?


Haha, yes, Legless is a drinking comedy. I think with the Lilith-trilogy, we tackled religion enough, and it was time to shoot a lighthearted silly comedy.


Any other films you'd like to talk about, any future projects?



Currently, we are attempting to raise money for a large sci-fi project, called Gilgamesh.


Apart from making your own movies, you also work as what I would term as a "filmmaker for hire". What can you tell us about that aspect of your career?


I'm available if another production company needs a director, but I've been mostly hired to shoot music videos and planned events.


... and you are also a published writer. A few words about your novels?


They're very dark. Dark Nation (sci-fi) and Streets of Rage (crime).


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Your favourite movies?


Empire Strikes Back, Kill Bill, Departed.


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


Cabin Fever. If you have a big budget, why copy crappy b-horror humor and plotlines?


Your website, Facebook, whatever else? and of course, Boston Film Family, LLC is on Facebook.


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


Nope, we're good :) Thanks for the interview!


Thanks for the interview!


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