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An Interview with Richard Chandler, Director of Parts Unknown

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2020

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A family of wrestlers are down on their luck - blacklisted and drug addicted. The movie opens up exposing the dark side of the pro-wrestling industry and later turns into something far more sinister.


What was the motivation behind setting Parts Unknown in the wrestling world, is that a form of entertainment especially dear to you?


I've been a life-long wrestling fan. I think I heard of a few wrestling slashers - but not a more plot driven wrestling-horror film. The business is very dark. I've always wanted to show that side of it, in a different context.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Parts Unknown?


Dark wave music, and 1980s cult films.


Let's go back to the wrestling aspect of Parts Unknown for a moment: What can you tell us about the fight scenes in your movie, and how were they achieved?


3 of the lead actors wrestled at some point in their careers. We had William DeCoff and John Callahan of Showcase Wrestling helping us out with the blocking, and getting out the ring rust.


Parts Unknown isn't a film that exactly holds back when it comes to violence - so do talk about the violent bits in your movie for a bit!


Yea, I'm not sure if the world is still into violent movies with the rise of censorship. But when I wrote the script in 2016, there was a massive demand for it. I wanted to get ugly. The film, although campy at times, was meant to be shockingly disturbing. Some people went in just not expecting that. But I can't lie, my intent was to have that Japanese death match feel.


You also have to talk about the monster in Parts Unknown, and to what extent were you involved in its creation?


It was created by our SFX team member, Vee Hight. I wanted to see something odd, kind of alien-like, but still demonic.


Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!


Some reviews don't understand the approach to horror with this film. There's a lot of 'stuff just happens', what gives? My intent, at the time, was to create a world of such nihilism that anything could happen, with out reason. Most of the characters were dancing with death, and simply didn't care where they ended up.


A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


I wanted there to be a bright neon feel. Maybe almost flamboyant. But dirty, and deadly.


What can you tell us about Parts Unknown's key cast, and why exactly these people?


The key cast is like no other I've had in any of my films. This was a tough project with the psychical and over the top emotional aspects of it. Don't let the camp fool you, Alexandra Cipolla and Sarah Michelle had very emotional roles, and it was tough to keep them in the mindset they needed to be in. There's so many distractions on set - they had to really become these characters not to lose a step. William DeCoff needed to be a paternal figure, but also really crazy and brutal, which I think was achieved very well. Lizzie Hazoc, I think this was her debuting role, did exceptional to be thrown into the fray like that. Alexander Hauck and Ralph Regine played up the sleaze factor of 90s wrestling perfectly. Couldn't have had a better cast, and they put in the time, and really pushed themselves for these performances.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


The days were long and hot. I think everyone hates me now. Hopefully it was worth it for them in the long run.


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Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Parts Unknown?


Yea, I don't think the film is for everyone. Some fans are attached to the camp. Then they get freaked out by the violence. Others come in looking for the violence, but don't want the backstory. It's a strange film, and I don't think it's for everyone. But I can see a cult following with the great performances, wardrobe, 80s style effects, and cinematography.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


It's been hard to get bigger projects rolling with the global bastard. But we managed to film a short called Rats. It's a heist-horror film.


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

@BostonUndead (everywhere) 


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


Wear a mask, stay safe. Don't die like everyone in my movies.

Thanks for the interview! You rock!


Thanks for the interview!


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