Your feature film project, The Forces of Horror Anthology Series
Volume 1 - in a few words, what is it about?
The Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume I is the culmination of a
project we started over two years ago as 4 short films called Revelations,
The Jones, Rawhead and
The Origin of
Species. The original plan was
to eventually compile them into a feature film for release, and this
project is the realization of that goal.
inspired you to make an anthology in the first place? And while we're at
it, do talk about some of the anthologies that might have inspired you!
started out wanting to make a short horror film to prove our skills to
investors so we could make The Zombie Effect feature and the logic at the
time was that if we could make a really good short film with no budget
that would show investors what we were capable of. But as I was writing Revelations, the other stories came to me as well. When we tried to
decide how to choose which one to do, the idea came up to do them all.
Film them at the same location. Use the same cast. Follow
American Horror Story's principles. Then we formulated the stories
to include a man, woman and child characters as the core. That is how we
thought about trying to make the compilation.
I haven't seen that
many anthologies as it turns out but Cat's Eye, Night Gallery,
The Crypt and Twilight Zone were some very influential films I saw growing
four shorts The Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume 1
consists of vary rather vastly in style and approach to the genre, so how
are you planning to fit them together into a coherent whole, and will you
at all add a framing narrative to tie things together?
a great question. The beauty of it is we explore the wrap-around
story using the same man, woman, child approach and it begins as if it
will be its own separate film. But as the end approaches it reveals
itself to be a continuation of one of the shorts playing itself out.
We interweave the films into the telling as the little girl goes to
therapy to work through her nightmares (the 4 shorts). Then, just as
in the shorts themselves, we turn you in a completely different direction.
maybe put the last question on its head, do talk about the shorts that
make up The Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume 1 and
their respective approach to the genre for a bit!
to create something original based on the genres we used. We didn't want
to remake or rehash the same tired fare, so we took some big risks and
brought the genres out based on a completely different twist to them.
To some horror fans, they may not like the direction we took them
in, but they are all unique in their approach and just when you think you
know what's coming, you don't. That is how we waged war on cliché!
shorts that make up the anthology do rely on similar casts quite a bit -
so do talk about the regulars of The Forces of Horror Anthology
Series Volume 1!
We wanted to cast people who had quite
a range since the design of the anthology was to create 4 completely
different stories with 4 different sets of characters. This meant
none of them could always be the protagonist or the villain. We had
to mix it up. The cast varies slightly through the 4 films but with
the exception ofThe Origin of
Species all of the actors are used a
minimum of twice, and most of the time 3 or 4 times. We were very
blessed to get the cast we did. Gracie Whitton is just an amazing
little girl and she was always up for whatever we wanted to throw at her.
In fact, for
The Origin of
Species we rewrote the ending a bit in order to
accommodate her request for monster makeup. She loved it! April
Hartman and Lance Eakright did a phenomenal job in every film and they
have amazing range. And I can't way enough about Robert Johnson.
He was so amazing, especially as Rawhead that half the time the
other actors didn't need to act, because he brought the monster to life!
From what I know, making The
Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume 1 took you quite a bit longer
than originally planned - so what can you tell us about the actual story
behind the creation of your movie?
Yes, the film took a
long time, but that was due to a series of uncontrollable circumstances.
We faced sickness, weather, scheduling issues, you name it. Two
of the films had to be shot twice. It was supposed to take 6 months
to film them, and instead it took 18 months. Then we tried to do a
hosting angle like Elvira to wrap the 4 films together, but those attempts
ultimately failed to get us what we needed. In the end, we realized
we had all the pieces we needed to make the film and keep it a true
anthology, and that's what we're doing.
running a fundraiser to raise the finishing budget for The
Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume 1 - so do talk about your
campaign for a bit!
We are running an IndieGoGo campaign to
raise finishing funds. We have a distribution agreement in place and
all we have to do now to get the film into the world wide market is
provide the deliverables to the distributor. So we can use as much
help as we can get to pay for post production and festival marketing.
We have tons of perks including cast photos and posters, digital
copies of the film, wardrobe, screenshots and even dinner with some of the
Once the funds are raised, any idea
when and where The Forces of Horror Anthology Series Volume 1
will be released onto the general public?
those decisions will come based on where and how it sells. The
agreement we have covers all platforms world wide, so with any luck it
will be available on VOD, DVD and hopefully even TV if we can swing it.
The sky's the limit.
future projects beyond The Forces of Horror Anthology Series
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We have a ton of projects ahead. We
follow up the anthology with a faith-based feature which is already in
preproduction called The Sacrifice. After that we're planning to
move forward with a feature film version of our latest short Visitor.
Then still down the line we have The Zombie Effect to produce, and I
still have to write human trafficking thriller The Deep Web, our submerged
bullet train action/thriller The Abyssal Plain and our sci-fi fantasy story
Precognition. I may also be involved in a few other projects which
I've been approached about. So no shortage of things to do.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook,
IndieGoGo, whatever else?
Forces of Nature Films Facebook:
Adler & Associates website:
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Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
We are very
thrilled to have secured distribution through Adler & Associates
Entertainment and Marie Adler! Their website is listed above! I
wanted to offer their team a huge shout out for taking a chance with our