Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Christmas Harmonny 2018

- Emanuelle's Revenge 2022

- Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls 2023

- Consider the Lilies 2023

- The Wrong Door 1990

- Visitors 2023

- Run Nixon 2023

- Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story 2021

- This is Your Song 2023

- Full Body Massage 1995

- Big Brood 2023

- Night of the Missing 2023

- This is Only a Test 2012

- The Wheel of Heaven 2023

- Rent-a-Man 2023

- Under the Influencer 2023

- Scream Queen 2002

- Do Not Disturb 2022

- The Darkened Cottage 2023

- 15 Cameras 2023

- City of Vultures 4 2023

- 5000 Space Aliens 2021

- Soul Mates 2023

- Shoulder Dance 2023

- Many Keys 2023

- As We Know It 2023

- Ingress 2023

- When the Trash Man Knocks 2023

- The Loch Ness Horror 2023

- Hands of Hell 2023

- Kane 2023

- New Year's Eve 2023

- Screwdriver 2023

- Caralique 2022

- Showtime mit Uwe Boll 2023

- Deadgirl 2008

- Forever Young 2023

- It Be an Evil Moon 2023

- Ghosts of the Void 2023

- Life of Riley 2023

- I Slay on Christmas 2023

- Ethel 2019

- She, Who Dared 2023

- Candela 2021

- The Pact 2023

- The Hive 2023

- Courtney Gets Possessed 2022

- Shaky Shivers 2022

- Lock & Load 2023

- Boy Makes Girl 2023

- Wanderlost 2023

- Alien Intervention 2023

- Beast from Haunted Cave 1959

- Unveiled 2022

- Lion-Girl 2023

- Bloodthirst 2023

- Grieve 2023

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

An Interview with Christopher Wesley Moore, Director and Star of When the Trash Man Knocks

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2022

Christopher Wesley Moore on (re)Search my Trash

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

ArsŤne Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance

Quatermass

Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro


Your new movie When the Trash Man Knocks - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís about a mother and son who are both trying their best to manage their own anxieties and guilt over a traumatic and violent moment from their past until the man who traumatized them returns to continue terrorizing their town on Thanksgiving. They both have to face their fears if theyíre going to live through the night and have any peace going forward.

 

With When the Trash Man Knocks being essentially a slasher movie, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites? And what do you think makes your film stick out of the crowd of slashers?

 

Absolutely! I love a good slasher film. I think thereís a lot you can do with them. They each have their own personification of death or the Grim Reaper. They can represent our own fears of death and how silent, unpredictable, and merciless it can be. All the classics are wonderful like Black Christmas, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, but I love a lot of the lesser-mentioned ones like Hell Night, He Knows Youíre Alone, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night, etc. just as much. Those are my favorites because they take the time to get to know their characters a bit more. Thereís an emotional component to a lot of those. Theyíre not just focused on creating a high body count. I hope thatís what weíve done with our film - creating characters with enough real world problems so that the audience can get sucked in and become invested in them as people and not just think of them as bodies lined up for a slaughterhouse. I hope that helps our film stick out a bit. I hope people care when the characters are in jeopardy.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing When the Trash Man Knocks?

 

Halloween is the biggie, because if youíre going to make a slasher film, you have to go back to the best, but I also found myself drawing influence from films as varied as Letís Scare Jessica to Death, Repulsion, Hereditary, and a lot of the Mario Bava [Mario Bava bio - click here] and Dario Argento's Italian horror films. Thereís a shot or two that are shamelessly stolen from Argentoís Tenebrae. The strangest inspiration would be from Ordinary People. I loved how that film explored how a tragic death in a family can cause such a ripple effect on the surviving members of the family and how each person handles it in a different way.

 

What can you tell us about When the Trash Man Knocks's approach to horror?

 

Itís a mix of slasher and psychological horror. Itís all stuff that scares me. The idea of a creeper peering into your window or already being inside your house without you knowing it is terrifying to me. Equally terrifying is the idea that youíre losing your mind or drifting away in some way and wasting your life due to some form of anxiety or trauma. I think that can be just as scary, but in a quieter and more insidious way.

 

A few words about your overall directorial apporach to your story at hand?

 

It was really just to make everything as creepy as possible, but to keep the human drama grounded in reality. I wanted to create a mood of dread right from the start and build up an oppressive atmosphere. Even before anything outright horror-related happens to these characters, theyíre already living in a sort of eerie dream state. As the horror builds, the lighting and cinematography gets more bizarre and it turns a full-blown nightmare. I love hiding threats in the darkness behind characters or on the corners of the screen where the characters canít see them. It puts the audience on edge, because thereís all this information given to them thatís not given to the characters.

 

You also play one of the leads in When the Trash Man Knocks - so what can you tell us about your character, what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and have you written him with yourself in mind from the get-go?

 

I normally write a role for myself in every film and end up playing a completely different one, but Justin is the first one that I wrote for myself that actually stuck. Iíd been doing a lot of comedy and wanted to test myself and see if I could do something a little heavier. Heís a really lost soul grappling with this terrible sense of guilt. Heís been running for the past 20 years and trying not to face what happened to him and his family. He figures that, if he keeps moving, it can never get him and he wonít have to confront what happened to him. Iíve known a lot of people like that. They use work, booze, sex, food, shopping, or anything else they can to distract themselves from focusing on the tragedies that happened to them - anything to keep them from being vulnerable. If you keep running and plastering on a smile, you think itíll go away or youíll forget about it in time.

 

Do talk about the rest of When the Trash Man Knocks's key cast, and why exactly these people?

One reason I wrote this film was to get back together with the cast of Children of Sin. We had such a fantastic time that I couldnít wait to work with them again. Thankfully, almost all of them agreed to return, and we had another excellent adventure together. I wanted to try and have everyone play the opposite of what they played in the previous film. Jo-Ann Robinson, for example, is playing a very vulnerable and sympathetic role here, whereas, in Children of Sin, she played an unhinged psychopath. I think itís fun to give the actors something different to do with each film so they donít get bored. I hope I get to work with all of them again soon.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It was pretty easygoing, but there were times that definitely felt a little bit more somber than what I was used to. Children of Sin, as dark a story as it was, still had a little bit of lightness on set most of the time, but there was a heavier mood here. The tone of the film is a little darker, so it makes sense, but it did become something I had to get used to. We still had our fair share of laughs, but I donít think the blooper reel will be as long. It was also a very spread out shoot due to location and actor conflicts, so there would be weeks where weíd film for 5-7 days straight and then have weeks where we only shot for 1 to 3 days. That could feel kinda odd at times, too.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of When the Trash Man Knocks?

 

So far, it seems very positive. Iím glad people are finding the humor in it. I was worried that it would be too dreary. As with all my films, I hope it finds just the right audience who can get the most out of it and it seems like itís starting to, so Iím very happy about that.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Christopher Wesley Moore
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Christopher Wesley Moore here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Nothing definitive yet, but Iím hoping to do a full-blown giallo soon. I donít want to count my chickens just yet, but itís definitely in development.

 

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

 

You can follow my production company, CWM Entertainment, on Facebook and Instagram (@cwmentertainment), and you can follow me on Instagram (@somepeopleaintme) and Twitter/X (@somepplaintme).

 

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

 

That should about cover it. Thanks so much.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


Legal note: (re)Search my Trash cannot
and shall not be held responsible for
content of sites from a third party.




Thanks for watching !!!



 

 

In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.

 

There's No Such Thing as Zombies
starring
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry

 

directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke

 

now streaming at

Amazon

Amazon UK

Vimeo

 

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!