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An Interview with Sean Weathers, Director and Star of The Fappening, Star of Bill Huckstabelle: Serial Rapist, Creator of Vault of Terror II: The Undead

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2015

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Your new movie The Fappening - in a few words, what's it about?


A struggling filmmakerís descent into a serial killer.


You leave no doubt that The Fappening was inspired by 2014's phone hack scandal - so your personal thoughts about this, and also about the (American) public's utter fascination with celebrity porn?


I thought it was an invasion of privacy and wrong on every level, but once itís out there itís out there and I did watch a lot of it, but honestly I didnít even know who most of the women were. Itís the same thing as watching someone get knocked out, beat up, shot, you donít have to like it or agree with it to watch it, weíre all voyeurs and itís hard to look away.


Other sources of inspiration when writing The Fappening?


Myself, a lot of this film is autobiographical. As you know and some of your readers may or may not know, Iíve done a lot of erotic films and Iíve had some actors (male and female) find God or get married or who knows what and decide years later that they want me to edit them out of my films, so in certain ways I can directly relate to Alan Smithee.


Do talk about The Fappening's brand of humour for a bit! And how did those Human League lyrics slip into the movie, was that actually in the script or improvised on the spot?


The second I went with the title I did I knew the film had to have a deadpan sense of humor. As for the song, it wasnít until rehearsal that I realized how close the dialogue was to the lyrics, so before shooting I said, why not just go all the way with it!


What can you tell us about your directorial approach to our story at hand?


This was a fairly easy film to direct, because half the cast played themselves and the ones that didnít still played actors. Also like most films Iíve done recently, Iím in almost every scene so I try to guide the actors with me as Iím performing, like itís a dance and Iím leading.


You also play the lead in The Fappening - so have you written him with yourself in mind, what did you draw upon to bring Alan Smithee to life, and do what extent can you identify with him?


Yes and yes. I addressed this in some of the answers above, but Iíll add that a lot of what happens in the first act was inspired by some real events that happened to me, but after that itís all fiction.


What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?


I wanted to cast people with enough of a following that they could play themselves and fans of low budget horror would know who they are. Prior to this film, Iíd mostly worked with people moonlighting as actors, with a few exceptions. With this film I had the great opportunity to work with several scream queens and a couple cult icons.


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


Things started off as bad as it can get, this was going to be the first film I was going to shoot without my partner who was also my cinematographer, I was going to shoot without a script and go completely improvised and I wanted to shoot most of the film on Halloween night to get some of the Manhattan parade footage in the film. It was a complete fail on all levels, the guy I got to shoot the film for me was terrible, not his fault, he was not a professional, but none of the Halloween footage was usable, I got caught in the parade so most of the stuff I planned I didnít get to shoot anyway, which turned out to be a good thing. I regrouped, I got someone else to shoot it for me, fully scripted it and I think itís right up there as one of my best films.


You've recently starred in another sex scandal-inspired movie, Bill Huckstabelle: Serial Rapist - so what's that one about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


Itís a fictional biopic about a successful comedian that has a sadistic hidden side that eventually gets exposed.


Again, what did you draw upon to bring him to life? And the rape allegations notwithstanding for a moment, your thoughts about Bill Cosby the actor, comedian and the nation's favourite dad?


I drew upon the man himself and played it as if he was the hero in this film. Cosby was a hero of mine growing up, I loved The Cosby Show and I think heís done more good in his life than most, but there is this other side that if these allegations are true, also ruined lives, itís tough because throughout history there are a lot of great people, men and women that have done a tremendous a lot of good and bad. I honestly donít know how to feel about him. There are people we hero worship today that owned slaves, killed people, molested children, had inscest, cheated on their wives, were racists, bigots, etcÖ


How did you get hooked up with the project in the first place?


I had a treatment for this and a few other films and sent them out via text to some friends of mine and asked them what they thought. A fellow filmmaker, Jerry Landi [Jerry Landi interview - click here], got back to me and wanted to direct it with me as the star. I said, letís do it.


What can you tell us about your director Jerry Landi, and what was your collaboration like?


Iím used to having a partner (Aswad Issa) for years, so collaborating wasnít an issue for me and Jerry was pretty open to me rewriting a lot of my dialogue and scenes and also ad-libbing as well. It was fun and we plan on doing it again in the near future.


Again, do talk about the shoot for a bit!


It was odd, even though I was the lead actor, co-producer and I handled a lot of the actors, I was used to doing so much more than I did on this set. There were a few days that I did very little and some days that I wasnít even needed, which is something Iím not used to. Aside from that, the shoot was smooth and fun.


Back to The Fappening, which incidently also serves as framing story for Vault of Terror II: The Undead, a horror anthology you and Jerry Landi [Jerry Landi interview - click here] have conceived - so do talk about that one for a bit, and the films featured, and why they were chosen?


I think it took the success of the first Vault of Terror to make the second the way I wanted. Having Jerry co-executive produce was a great help because he was just as passionate about the film as I was. In terms of the films we picked, we wanted to pick the best ones instead of trying to stick to a theme.


So what can you tell us about audience and critical reception of these three movies of yours?


Itís very early, but Vault of Terror II: The Undead is doing really well on DVD, The Fappening has been solid On Demand and DVD an Bill Huckstabelle: Serial Rapist is doing solid On Demand, but wonít be on DVD until the end of the year.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Night of The Walking Dead, Sex Games: Mockingbird and Vault of Terror 3 - there are others, but these are likely the next three in that order.


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


No, thanks again as always and I canít wait to do this again. Peace and love!


Thanks for the interview!


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