Back in 1990, you directed your first film, Scarlet Fry's
Horrorama, which has only just become available on DVD. What can you
tell us about this film ?
At the time I was renting about 5 Horror/ B-movies a day & I
started seeing all these shot on video sorta really bad B/horror films,
but they were really gorey. So everytime I rented something & put it
in the VCR, & it looked like it was shot on video I knew I was gonna
love it. They were so bad they were good & I realized I could easily
do something like this so I got out mom's old video camera & started
filming stuff. I never did anything with it untill I had moved to Los Angeles
& got a part starring in Satan's Storybook (starring Ginger Lynn
Allen) which was the first movie Scarlet Fry was credited in. I was
so excited to see my name on the credits of a real movie I could actually
rent that I decided to re-shoot all those old shorts I did on mom's camera
& host them under the name Scarlet Fry ... & that's how this film
came about. It's a very entertaining shot on video gore fest that you can't
help but to love no matter how bad it may be.
What were your influences on Scarlet
Fry's Horrorama ?
Alice Cooper was a big influence on
how I developed the name Scarlet Fry. I used to read all these articles on
Alice & he always spoke of certain filmakers like Herschell Gordon
Lewis [Herschell Gordon
Lewis bio - click here],
& so I went & rented all of his movies - like Blood
Feast, 2000 Maniacs,
Wizard of Gore etc.
I would say my biggest influence even today would be Herschell Gordon Lewis,
& guys like Ted V.Mikels & Ray Dennis Steckler.
on the set of
Scarlet Fry's Horrorama
What do you find so appealing
about anthology movies that you seem to always come back to that format ?
when you're doing a horror film with a low budget you have to be carefully
not to bore people with a long drawn out story. That isn't going to scare
anybody only bore them. I like doing anthologies because every 10 mins
somebody gets killed & the viewer isn't going to sit there wondering
when something's gonna happen, they know that the short is almost over
& somebody is gonna die a gruesome death, & then a new story will
start so they can never get bored.
made you decide to pick up directing in the first place ?
was the only one willing to take my projects seriously in the early days
so I had to direct them. Sometimes it would just be me the camera &
the actors, I wanted to direct so I could get my vision out there without
did the Scarlet Fry character as such originate from ?
i wanted to go into music & do theatrics & be the next Alice Cooper
... but I couldn't sing, so I decided How cool would it be if Scarlet Fry
Hosted horror films like in the old days when you had Zachery, Elvira
& all that ? It's a lost part of the genre that is lacking these
days, so I developed Scarlet Fry to be a ghoulish host that can always
change faces & bring terror to all.
Scarlet Fry, circa 1989
Fry later also popped up in Scarlet
Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest and in your upcoming Nightmare Alley.
How did the character evolve over the course of these three films ?
Scrarlet Fry, circa 2005
I always change the face of Scarlet Fry in each film to keep it intresting.
Bands like Kiss always had the same make-up but every year they used to
change their costumes. I thought how cool would it be if in each movie Scarlet
Fry was the same guy but had a new look every time.
of Nightmare Alley: How is that one getting along, and when is it
supposed to be released ?
Alley is going
along great, we recently won a local film fest, & it will be
released theatrically starting in Az sometime around Oct-Nov. There's no
set date yet, but this movie will be by far the best thing I've ever done
& already has distributors' interest.
Do you plan to come back to
the Scarlet Fry character for future films, and are you planning to ever
use him as anything other than a horror host ?
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starring in my own films as Scarlet Fry I'm also an actor & would love
to be in more horror films & I would just use Scarlet Fry on the
credits of course. So if there's any directors out there that need actors
I'm available. Also we are planning on doing 2 more anthologies before I
set out & do my first full length feature. My next anthology will be
called Scarlet Fry's Scream Machine & Scarlet will be a fortune
teller at a fair who will tell your future ... a gruesome death of course.
We are currently in the writing stages.
you see your own evolution as a director from Scarlet Fry's Horrorama
to Nightmare Alley ?
I've grown in several ways
& have become a lot more willing to break rules, I think the great
directors were the rule breakers & the ones that take their time &
dont settle for second best. I always used to settle, buto more settling these
days. I'm on top of things & make sure it looks great before I put it
out there. In the past I'd just go "Whatever works" haha.
Any future projects worth
Yes Scarlet Fry's Scream Machine which
I mentioned above, & my full length feature Slum Goddess from the Lower
Anything else I've forgotten to ask but you
are just dying to tell us ?
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Thanks for the interview !