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An Interview with Steve Goldenberg, Writer and Producer of Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Piranha

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2012

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Your film Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Piranha - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It's a movie about two killing creatures that are fighting over a woman.

 

How did the project come into being in the first place and what were your initial inspirations?

 

I wanted to make a creature-killing-people movie, but it turned into a versus film.

 

What can you tell us about the writing process of Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Piranha, and a few words on your co-writer/partner-in-crime on the project, Dorian Knight?

 

Dorian is very talented, he made the story work and has become a successful internet/TV producer.

 

As the title might already suggest, Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Piranha is a monster movie, a genre you have frequently returned to over the course of your career. What do you find so fascinating about the genre, and some of your genre favourites?

 

I believe there are creatures that roam the Earth like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Lizardman.

 

Not only in my opinion, Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Piranha's special effects were refreshingly retro - so what can you tell us about your effects work?

 

I love in-camera effects. I think they help remind people that we are pulling off a miracle, a movie with no budget and we are here doing this together, so let's surprise ourselves.

 

A few words about your main cast?

 

Very talented people and dedicated to the job. I appreciat and am thankful for their commitment.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It was a great atmosphere because everyone had that we are all in this together.

 

As you might know, monster movies are not exactly unprone to sequels - so will there ever be Piranha-Man vs Werewolf-Man II ... or will one of the beasts ever be pitted against another creature?

 

Maybe, if anyone wants to make it they have to ask Chemical Burn Entertainment.

 

What can you tell us about critical and audience reception so far?

 

From what I have heard people enjoy this movie.

 


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

From watching the behind the scenes footage of Star Wars as a child, seeing creature films and seeing gorgeous Hollywood starlets, I knew at a young age I wanted to make movies. Working in B Movies and independent films for Roger Corman [Roger Corman bio - click here], Jim Wynorski [Jim Wynorski interview - click here] and the Asylum, I learned you just have to do it but make sure you finish a movie that will get distribution. Otherwise, it's gonna be harder to make your next one.

 

Going through your filmography, one can't help but notice you have worked with genre veteran Jim Wynorski [Jim Wynorski interview - click here] quite a bit, on films with great titles like Cleavagefield, Dinocroc vs Supergator, Piranhaconda, Camel Spiders and Busty Coeds vs Lusty Cheerleaders - so what can you tell us about the man, your collaborations with him, and how did he influence your way of making films?

 


Jim is a wonderful mentor. He has taught me numerous things from understanding the business side of movie making as well as the art side. Jim shares his knowledge from storytelling, casting, production and post production. He has helped me jumpstart my career. I can't thank him enough.

 

While I was in film school in Savannah GA, I wrote Jim a fan letter. About five hours later, in the middle of class, he replied and thanked me for the kind words. I was so excited to receive a letter from one of my directors, I yelled "Jim Wynorski wrote me back". The professor asked me to leave the class for disrupting. Throughout my film school days, we became pen pals. He even watched my demo reel and thesis film. After college, I moved out to LA, went to meet him and get his autograph. At the meet and greet, I told him I like what he does and I want in. At that moment, he hired me and now we have been working together for six years and about twenty movies.

 

One time, a funny incident took place on set. I volunteered to make lunch for the cast and crew. I bought frozen lasagnas. But forgot to defrost them and tossed them into the oven. It was too late. The cast and crew had a delicious frozen lasagna lunch. Lets just say the next day we ordered Chinese.

 

You have also worked in varying positions on a handful of movies for notorious production house The Asylum - a few words about your work for that company?

 

It's a great place to work, you learn a lot about making movies on a shoe string budget. I recommend it for anyone who is breaking into the business or if they are looking to try a new department/job on set.

 

Any other films of yours you want to talk about, any future projects?

 

Lizardman: Terror of the Swamp is being finished. Its a creature feature about the Lizardman that haunts Ore Swamp in South Carolina. It's a movie I wanted to make since I was 16.

 

When it comes to making movies, you have pretty much done it all over the years, producing, writing, directing, a bit of acting, and whatnot. What do you enjoy the most, what could you do without?

 

I enjoy producing because I get to work on making deals and helping people get what they need out of the project. As for doing without - screenwriting. I have friends who are much better at it and help with scripts. I consistently work on my writing, but till then I have to hire writers.

 

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Your favourite movies?

 

Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, Death Race 2000, The Fighter, American Beauty, Star Wars (all of them, even the Ewok Adventures).

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I love all movies, I really do.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Just a personal page.

 

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

 

Nope, great questions, thanks for having me.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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