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An Interview with Michael S. Rodriguez, Lead Director and Showrunner of Last American Horror Show: Volume 2

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2022

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It's a variety of things, all horror related, from murder to the supernatural. A great mixed bag anthology movie.


What inspired you to make a sequel to your original Last American Horror Show, and how closely is Last American Horror Show: Volume 2 linked to the earlier film?


I started working with other aspiring filmmakers in the producing aspect and felt they had a quality that needed to be seen on a larger scale, so I contacted Ricardo Vasquez and Montgomery Dodson and said let's put together a sequel. Here's your deadline and this will be a collaborative piece.


How would you describe Last American Horror Show: Volume 2's overall approach to horror?


Fun, bigger than it's predecessor and really focused on giving the audience intriguing storylines and interesting story arcs for some of the characters/the vignettes.


Do talk about the individual segments you directed for a bit, about their inspirations, casts, shoots and the like?


I really enjoyed shooting the wraparound segment Killer Callahan Meets a Monster. Working with living legend Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death) and Mike Ferguson was a complete treat, and they gave some of the best performances I've directed to date. The Dark Lullaby was fun. Donna Hamblin [Donna Hamblin interview - click here] and Helen Udy (My Bloody Valentine) [Helen Udy interview - click here] gave so much to the characters, and of course dear friend Lynn Lowry (Shivers) comes in a steals a scene. Can't also forget Jack Incarnate and the intense car scene with Geovonna Casanova and the incredible Maria Olsen [Maria Olsen interview - click here]. Ah... you just have to see it!


What was your general directorial approach when shooting your segments?


I've always taken the psychological approach to my work. I let the artist ingest it, then I ask them how's your steak? I usually get great feedback, and when that happens I know the artist has taken ownership of the role.


Were all your shorts shot for Last American Horror Show: Volume 2 from the outset, or did the idea of doing another anthology only pop up eventually?


Great question. I like to stay busy, so I'm here cranking out short films, directing as well as some producing, and it dawns on me: Sequel! Last American Horror Show: Volume 2 has been a fabulous journey.


Other than the first movie, Last American Horror Show: Volume 2 also contains segments directed by other directors - so do talk about them for a bit, and what did each of them bring to the table?


I've seen a short 3-4 minute piece from Montgomery Dodson and knew he had it. Understood the art. I've seen it in every frame. With Richardo Vasquez, he's been my producing partner for many years, and I know what talent he possesses, and said "Alright, brother! It's your time!" Both did not let me down.


What can you tell us about audience and critical reception of Last American Horror Show: Volume 2?


So far so good. Personal messages from fellow filmmakers and fans have been great. There are one or two reviews out there on the internet that have been kind, but it's only been out since March 4. So time will tell.


Will there ever be a third Last American Horror Show - and/or any other future projects you'd like to share?


I'm never going to leave that out as a possibility. It would be amazing to bookend this franchise with a third, a final chapter, but I have lots of stuff slated already, so we'll revisit that possibility somewhere down the line.


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


Please check out Last American Horror Show Vol 1 & 2 on Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, etc. - we won't disappoint. And please follow its page on Facebook.


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A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
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written by
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Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

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