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An Interview with John H. Shelton, Director, Lyricist and Vlogger

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2021

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Two shorts of yours, Vampire and Video Creeper, have been playing at this year's Sarah of Horror online film festival - so why this two, and why this festival?


Vampire & The Video Creeper were recent short film outings I had made this year or so… one I thought, created a lovely gothic atmosphere using a bit of Exiled Hope’s music.


The Video Creeper had to be touched up a bit and the great Rod Glenn did some narrative voice over work. I love to honour those that have helped me out on projects.


I entered Sarah of Horror Festival as she too is a fellow YouTuber and had nothing to lose at the time. I’ve known Sarah [Sarah Giercksky interview - click here] a few times, and she's a horror hound ... and a lovely person to know, of course.


Can you talk about both Vampire and Video Creeper for a bit, from the conception to writing, to casting, and to the actual shoot?


Being experimental I approached writers and wrote poems and narrative myself for others to record over footage. Casting was getting in touch with laid back actors who really wanted to do filming post-lockdown. It was like a bit of a reunion and I normally keep things simple.


What can you tell us about each of the movies approach to horror? And based on that, what does the horror genre mean to you?


Horror is just there… I mean, it’s fun to collect old horror films, too. I try to approach horror with twists and turns and try to give back. Horror means a bit to my past filmmaking and just being able to be creative with mood and making up scenarios where we can be entertained.


Now that your films have played at the festival, where can one still see them?


They were on Sarah of Horror’s YouTube this past weekend (for Halloween). If you check my main YouTube channel, they can be seen there post-festival.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Vampire and Video Creeper?


I think the audience can be mixed to those particular experimental horror shorts. When I look back, I sometimes think to myself, “Well, maybe I could have done ‘this’ better or even ‘that’?”


It’s a mixed bag on what can be expected in the critical field of things… It’s just not easy to please everybody. Constructive criticism, that is welcome of course. I guess one can come back to it later and re-edit the flaws, or just get on with it as a whole. It’s been a tough journey for making short films, but I still enjoy doing it and to watch other filmmakers create their films and shorts.


You've recently also been in Tony Newton's VHS Love: Cult Cinema Obsession - so do talk about that movie and also your general love for VHS for a bit!


It was a great but fun documentary to film parts for. Tony Newton is a great person to know. The documentary went to UK DVD and is region free I believe. It was great being given the chance to showcase my old Godzilla VHS video tapes on camera for the production.


I love VHS - there seems to be a resurgence in it, and those ex-rental UK VHS Boxes feature some great old artwork. I know Arfon Jones of VID-O-RAMA Paints, and love collecting them as well.


Away from the movies, you've also of late taken up writing lyrics for music - so do talk about that aspect of your creativity for a bit, and how does it tie in with all your  filmmaking?


I love writing. It helps me creatively, and working with Metal Matt and/or Sofia from Exiled Hope helps bring my lyric or poem writing to life.


I could be in any type of mood to write a poem or set of lyrics. I use some songs in the short films themselves, otherwise I’ll use the music in a music video, so that it gets out there into the world, somehow. It's a great process. I love it so much.


Any other current or future projects you'd like to share?


I was in Bad Moon Rising - starring Dani Thompson [Dani Thompson interview - click here] for Vipco. I was there in the background for the werewolf bar scene. I’ve done a few small voiceover roles for a few low budget indie horrors or been featured in the background, somehow.


Before we go, you of course also have to talk about your vlogging activities of late!


I vlog my friends and mini adventures around me. I’ll talk on camera, if I have anything relevant to say or do. I just like to keep them laid back and fun, again… I’ve missed that over the past few years with one thing and another.


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