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An Interview with Andrew J Chambers, Director of Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2022

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Your new movie Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís about a shapeshifting lizard woman who is called on by the president to stop not only a zombie horde of whores but also the drug manufacturing pimps who created them.

 

With Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde being a zombie movie, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites? And what can you tell us about your approach to the zombie genre?

 

I do love the zombie genre because itís so easy to make the idea silly. Most of the serious zombie films are even a bit silly. The movie that got me interested in horror and horror comedy is the first favorite that comes to mind, Return of the Living Dead. Thereís also a special place in my heart for Biozombie. In this movie I went for the simplistic funny and cheap zombies. We just quickly slapped on some Night of the Living Dead ghoul makeup. Just on their faces of course.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde?

 

A big source of inspiration for this movie was Full Moon Features. Not only for the sexy content but also for the speed in which they turn movies out. I had a goal for this movie to make it cheap, quick, and dirty. I came up with the concept in late July and we had DVDs for sale the first week of September.

 

Do talk about your movie's brand of humour for a bit!

 

The humor definitely draws from bad movies that were meant to be serious. Itís stupid humor. The type that will have one type of person rolling on the floor and make another type of person annoyed.

 

A few words on your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Beyond all the silliness and gratuitous nudity itís really a feminist movie. All the women, even the zombies, are in a position of power over the men. All the men in the movie are portrayed as stupid and believe they have a right to use the women. This ultimately ends with the death of every man in the movie other than the president who asks for Babezillaís help and praises her for it.

 

Many of your actresses, and especially your lead Stephanie Love, show quite a bit of skin in Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde - so how hard was it casting your movie with that in mind?

 

Not hard at all! Stephanie Love was always going to play Babezilla. I wrote the role specifically for her. She had worked with me before on After School Lunch Special II: Sloppy Seconds opposite Lloyd Kaufman. I knew what she would be willing to do so I had fun and just wrote based on that. As for the other women, the policy at HojBob Productions is pretty simple: You donít have to do nudity but itís always welcomed. I donít push anyone to do it but they all know coming in what the movies are like, and most of them are more than willing. Iím also all about showing different body types. All boobs are good boobs and the world needs to see some variety.

 

Talking about cast, what can you tell us about the actors in your movie, and why exactly these people?

 

Some are actors Iíve worked with before, some are friends, and some just answered the call to an online request for actors and extras.

 

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

 

With this movie everything was pretty fast paced. Most things were done in one take. We do keep it light and fun. There wasnít much time to rehearse, and a lot of people didnít really know what we were shooting till they got to the set. Even with the rush everyone was able to laugh and have a good time with it.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde be seen?

 

As of right now the only place to watch is by ordering a DVD from HojBob.com - Iíll make digital copies available soon and it will be streaming on Troma Now sometime in the near future. There is one theatre showing scheduled for November 27th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde?

 

I honestly havenít heard many bad things about it. I think from the title and concept people are going in somewhat knowing what to expect. Basically donít watch it if you donít like cheesy movies with a ton of nudity.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Right now Iím working on a Christmas movie called Maul Santa, and I have a ton of other ideas just waiting to come to life.

 

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

 

I think just watching indie films like Troma movies mostly. For a long time I thought Iíd like to make movies if I had the time and money. Then one day I was watching Troll 2 and I thought, ďScrew time and money. I can do this.Ē No real formal education other than a high school class about video production. I learned from doing it.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Babezilla vs the Zombie WHorde?

 

Iíve made two other feature length films. After School Lunch Special and After School Lunch Special II: Sloppy Seconds. Both featured Lloyd Kaufman. The second one had Mark Torgl who played Melvin the mop boy in the Toxic Avenger. Other than that Iíve done a handful of shorts and a 40 minute collaboration during Covid quarantine.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Iím pretty easy going. I like to plant seeds and see where the actor takes the character. I only give suggestions if they seem to need help or if I have an idea I really want to come through.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Lloyd Kaufman of course. Super nice guy. Frank Henenlotter, early Peter Jackson, Charles Band, John Waters.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Itís so hard to pick favorites because I know Iíll leave out something good. Iíll just go with Street Trash, Terror Firmer, Return of the Living Dead.

 

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

 

Dramas. There is enough drama in the world. I want to watch a fun movie.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

HojBob.com

Twittter: @HojBobProd

Instagram and Facebook: @Hojbobproductions

 

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

 

Fuck the MPAA! Censorship sucks and charging thousands of Dollars just to get a rating is trying to keep independent movies from being seen.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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