Since we have talked about Nightmare
Alley before [click here],
let's skip the introductions and jump right into the thick of things:
wraparound story of your anthology film features a creepy and apparently
magic comicbook. Are you at all into comicbooks personally and do they
provide a source of inspiration to your work?
comics at diff times in my life and I'm very familiar with EC
comics which was the publisher of Tales from the Crypt,
that comic definitly inspired
Alley as well as other horror comics like Vault of Horror, Creepy,
Fistful of Innards - the Western story: What were the inspirations for
setting this zombie-tale in the old West, and would you consider yourself
a Western fan?
I always enjoy a good Western, we thought it
would be cool to do a western with a horror/zombie theme cause it's really
never been done before - at least not much anyways.
Rebellion - the story about the
rat: Where did the inspiration for that one come from?
don't know, Rebellion was a story we tried to film many years ago
for my first movie, and we never got to finish it. When it came time to
Alley, I remembered the idea and decided to rewrite it, making it into
few words about the deliberately cheesy stuffed rat?
was always an imaginary friend - in fact he's sitting in my room right now
looking at me ...
Chat - can this be seen as your commentary on cheating and/or the
I wanted to have a ghost story and asked my
partner Laurence Holloway to write something cool - Death Chat was
what he came up with. I'm not sure where the idea came from, but im not
really fond of internet dating, bad things can happen. As you can see from
watching Death Chat, it usualy ends bad.
Meat - somehow the set-up (not the
outcome) of this story seems to be right out of a bad porn flick. Is this
perception at all accurate?
Well we purposly did the music
that way to give it a cheesy porno feel. The angry husband in that story
was Danny Marianino the same guy responsible for knocking danzig on his
ass as seen on youtube.
Is there any particular
reason why both guys in this episode are, shall we say, a bit on the
No, I guess since the larger of the two was
gonna be hassled by the girl by the pool's husband, I had to make sure the
actor would be intimidating to a bigger guy, so i got another big guy. Does
that make any sense?
Closet Case - now where did that
story come from?
Lol haha - it's a senseless kill. That was
the first thing we shot, it was originally gonnabe made into a fake
trailer, just like Machete was originally, but we needed more time
so we added it to the film.
The Great Damone - Is it just me
or was this one inspired by Herschell Gordon Lewis's Color
Me Blood Red [Herschell
Gordon Lewis bio - click here] and maybe Roger Corman's Bucket
of Blood [Roger Corman bio - click
Exactly, it was my tribute to Herschell Gordon
Lewis, you hit it on the nose. The script is kind of a mixture of the two
A few words about the paintings used in
They came from Sarah Chavez and Chris Thayer.
Both are terrific artists, the Anton Levay painting at the end Chris Thayer
painted in 3 days.
Slash of the Blade features the
ghost of Jack
the Ripper. To what extent was the character based on the actual
We totally based it on the Ripper. In fact it's
supposed to be the Ripper, we just gave him a cool mask. But the story is
Jack the Ripper goes back in time and can move from place to place like a
ghost and kill people - pretty cool, eh?
Like all your films so far, Nightmare
Alley is an anthology movie. If you had the choice though, which
episode of the film deserves the most to be turned into a feature film in
its own right?
Definitely Slash of the Blade with
the cool Ripper background - that could be an awesome slasher film. Any
producers out there reading this?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
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What was your collaboration with your
co-director Laurence Holloway like?
Laurence is awesome, he really pushed me to become a better
filmaker, that's why Nightmare
Alley is a lot better the anything I've done in the past.
A few words about your cast and crew?
They were all
team players, I'm proud of everybody. Making movies can be grueling long
days, but in the end it pays off.
you tell us about audience reaction to the film so far?
been great. If you have any sense of humor whatsoever then you'll be
entertained by this movie. I've never seen anyone who watched this movie
film's website, MySpace, Facebook, whatever else?
have a Twitter and info is available at www.midnightreleasing.com.
future projects you'd like to talk about?
I am planning my
next project, it's going to be my last anthology called Scream Machine.
There will not be a host this time, we are doing a totaly diff wrap-around
idea, it's gonna be a little on the sci fi side.
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Alley is made by the fans for the fans, it's a bloody, fun little
morsel that won't dissapoint, there's something for everyone and remember
terror begins where the sidewalk ends, so pre-order your copy today, http://www.amazon.com/exec/
for the interview!