TWS Week of Horror Day 9: Daniel Myrick [Interview]

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When I was just a young lad of about 14 years old, I came across a story on the internet about a  group of twenty-something who went on a literal documentary style witch hunt and died a mysterious death. And pretty soon their footage was going to be in a theater near me. I was hooked. This was REAL! I was so excited, I logged off of the internet so I could make a phone call to a friend to tell him we HAVE to see this!

This, of course, shows just how damn old I am, but more importantly how vulnerable we once were to brilliant advertising techniques. I am talking of course about the now legendary horror film we all know and love known as The Blair Witch Project. A truly classic film that, in all sincerity, could not truly be replicated, ever. “Found Footage” or handicam oriented pictures have come since, but none of them have been able to, or even tried to, convince us that this was some REAL stuff. And I feel so bad for anyone who was not able to feel that very real sense of terror. The film recently had a very successful sequel hit theaters, so we were very excited to be able to get a few words out of one of the film’s original creators, Mr. Daniel Myrick, who has gone on to do some more amazing work in the last couple of decades since The Blair Witch Project came into fruition. Besides creating one of the highest profit margins imaginable in the world of film, Myrick has continued to bring some amazing work to screen. So please enjoy a few words with the legendary Daniel Myrick!

 

What made you decided to enter the world of filmmaking, and more specifically the world of horror filmmaking? Was it always a dream of yours?

I’ve always loved movies. When I was a kid my mom bought me my first still camera where I learned how to start thinking in terms of telling stories visually. Eventually, that led to a video camera where I started shooting short films. I’ve always liked the sci-fi/horror/thriller genre and grew up on great films that inspired me at a young age. And yes, it was always a dream to make movies.

It really seems like today’s generation of younger audiences could never fathom the success behind The Blair Witch Project. It truly was our generation’s War of the Worlds, having us all freak the hell out about this “found footage” and going to a theatre to be scared absolutely shitless. Do you feel like something like BWP could happen again? Is it a surreal experience knowing you were a part of something so historical?

 

I think anything is possible. Blair Witch came along when everyone was getting pretty set in their ways in the horror genre, so it shook things up in a big way. No reason why it couldn’t happen again. And yes, it was (and is surreal) being that Blair was always a ‘small’ movie, by design. We never expected it to become so huge.

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What were those initial years like coming off of the surprise success of The Blair Witch Project? Was there a feeling of like, “Well, what the hell do we do now?”

Oh, yeah. Ed and I did a 180 and wanted to go out and do a comedy. Partly out of not wanting to try and jump back into the same genre due to the inevitable comparisons that would be made. However, I consider myself very fortunate to have had such a success in my career and it makes me feel great to know it had such an effect on so many people.

While I absolutely adore The Blair Witch Project, I must confess that I have been truly impressed with the work you have helped get out into the world that may not be as historic. You are the man who brought films like Rest Stop and Sublime to us. You seem to definitely have a gift as a producer as well. So, what are you looking for when you are looking for films to bring to the world of horror? What sort of characteristic are you searching for in a film? Beyond possible profitability, of course.

I like concepts/films that challenge convention. Provocative subjects are what get me excited and I like to try and bring those kinds of stories to the screen, as well as being unpredictable. That’s when it’s really a fun ‘ride’ for me, when you’re not exactly sure where things are going to end up.

I also remember enjoying your 2008 film Solstice quite a bit. You managed to shoot a brilliantly terrifying performance from Elisabeth Harnois that was spectacular. Can you tell us how this project came to life? Where did this surreal story come from in your mind? Is it any way from personal experiences?

Solstice was based on a foreign film called Midsummer. I was approached to write and direct by producer Bill Block (one of the producers at Artisan that bought Blair) and ultimately landed at Endgame Entertainment. It was a great experience to work with Elisabeth. We hit it off immediately during the auditions and really wanted to have a character driven ‘horror/thriller’.
The full fledged reboot of The Blair Witch is now out, in which you were an executive producer for. Can you tell us anything about the premise of this film? What should an anticipating viewer prepare for?

It’s much more in keeping with the original style and mythology of the original, which both Ed and I appreciate. I really like the idea of a whole new generation of film goers having a Blair Witch film to call their own.

Do you have any big plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions with the family and what not?

I’ve got two kids, so Halloween is a big deal every year. Fortunately, for us, the street above us goes nuts and has a massive ‘block party’ that we always attend. It’s a blast.

What is your favorite scary movie?

Good question and hard to answer. Definitely classics like The Exorcist and The Shining rank up there. But on any given day, Jacob’s Ladder and Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer are still some of the best ever.

What was the last thing that made you a smile?

My kids.

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TWS Week of Horror Day 8: John Franklin [Interview]

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Isaac from Children of the Corn & Cousin It from The Addams Family are the same person. If you read nothing else of this article, I just want you to know that fact.

Alright, I can only imagine that you are in hook, line, and sinker at this point. How could you not? You have a damn soul, right? Hell, even if you don’t you have to appreciate the weight of the amazing man we have hear on Day 8 of the Week of Horror. It’s fucking John Franklin! This man has contributed so much to the world of horror, and it is an absolute honor that we would even look in our general direction. But, I am pretty sure that TWS celebrates the world of horror films in a way that no one else does, that is why this genius agreed to be anywhere near us. I know that is very Trump like of me to say, but I really believe that is true.

But, enough about us, let’s talk about John. This cat is cool as a cucumber in Antartica. Such a sweet, genuine, and all around nice dude who has made a fascinating career in the world of acting and writing. You may know him for his acting, but he is also a brilliant writer. Read the collage of sentences below and you will probably release that you have always loved his writing. And if you didn’t before, I’m positive you will after this interview.

So, my beautiful Trainwreckers, please enjoy this amazing interview with an amazing and interesting man, Mr. John Franklin!

You made your big break back in 1984 playing the iconic Isaac in the very first and original film adaptation of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn. And 15 years later you reprised your role in Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return, which you also co-wrote with your writing partner Tim Sulka. So tell us if you would, what made you want to return to the insane mind of the Isaac character? And how did you become involved with the writing process?

My writing partner and I wanted to write a sequel since 1984 when the first Corn came out, but no one was doing any. Suddenly, years later 2 through 5 were knocked out. My acting manager had a connection to Dimension/Miramax. We set up a meeting and pitched Isaac’s Return and they were “Great! We were running out of ideas!” They wanted to end the series with 666, but it made so much money, they got greedy and kept kranking them out. I haven’t seen any of them after 666.

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Going back to the original film, did you have any idea that Children of the Corn would be such a commercial success, as well as gathering a cult following that would lead to several additions to the saga? Was there a good feeling while shooting this one?

The first Corn was my first feature film so I was more concerned about showing up to the set knowing my lines cold and hitting all of my marks. I had no concept at the time of worrying about box office or sequel potential. I was blissfully naive! Ah, those younger days!

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And in one my favorite roles of you, even though we don’t see much of you, you were freakin’ Cousin It on The first two Addams Family movies! Growing up to these films, I loved Cousin It. How was it doing this performance? And more importantly, how was it wearing that extremely long wig? I imagine a “smell” must of occurred after some time, right?

It (no pun intended) was so cool to be Cousin Itt. It was however, an endurance test. During the first film, the costume weighed over 30 pounds! They had me wear a neck brace and this sort of frame to give shape to the costume. I had a battery powered fan, but could only run it between takes. Every 90 minutes I had to get out of the suit for a break. I tried to stay in for many hours the first day, but once they turned those huge lights on, that dark brown costume just become an oven. I had a personal hair wrangler, Vance Hartwell, who took great care of me and the costume. I would drink several gallons of water every day. My complexion was the best of my life! Vance made sure the costume was fresh the next day. Great guy, moved to New Zealand and worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

You also worked with some heavy hitters in those films. The likes of Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, etc. Did you manage to learn some stuff from these powerhouse, theatrically exposed actors?

Chris Lloyd was always in character on set, so you were talking with Fester. I bumped into him once on his way to his station wagon and he was very nice and very shy. Raul was SO much fun on the set, he would burst into opera or show tunes in between takes. On the last press junket there was a two hour delay and he asked me to help him practice his lines for Man of La Mancha. It was an honor and so cool to be treated as an equal with respect. Angelica taught me also to always be humble and to know that everyone has their own issues and insecurities. Arriving at a press junket in NYC, I got onto a crowded elevator to go up to my room for a needed night’s rest before the next day’s 10 – 12 hours of endless reporters. After the doors closed, a voice in the rear of the elevator said, “John? Is that you?” I turned around and there was friggin’ Angelica Huston! Almost nine months after we finished shooting the movie and she remembered MY name and what I looked like! I was stunned! I will never forget that act of CLASS and caring for your fellow actor. She is amazing, not only as an actor but as a human being. I just really teared up, I hadn’t thought of that memory for many years.

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As we mentioned previously, your work has extended beyond just acting, you also have a growing list of writing credits, including the graphic novel series Prime Cuts. Can you tell us about this project? How did this come to life, and what does the future hold for Prime Cuts in other mediums?

Prime Cuts started off as a feature film script that my writing partner and I wrote years ago. It is based on the Sweeney Todd legend which was popular back in the Penny Dreadful days. We loved the concept and wanted to do a twisted teenage version of it. Years later, Tim moved to NYC, met some producers who loved it but didn’t have the bucks to make a film, but did for a graphic novel. We adapted the script and Volume One came out over a year ago. It got enough interest and sales to knock out Volume Two which came out earlier this year. You can now download Vol. I for free! Go to Indyplanet.com — hopefully you will like it and buy Vol. 2. We’d love for some producer to see the graphic novel and say, “This would be a great, funny, dark and twisted feature film!” We will then pull out the online file cabinet and send over the script! There are several parts written for me.

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I have come to learn that you manage to attend a lot of Cons when you can. How do you enjoy these events? Do the become routine and standardized or are they all individually entertaining?

I wouldn’t say “a lot.” I usually only do 1 – 3 conventions a year. 2014 was Corn’s 30th Anniversary, so I think we did 5 or 6, but that is rare. I don’t want to make my living at conventions as some actors do. I don’t disparage what they do, but I have a very busy life. I do LOVE the ones that I go to. The fans are always so kind, welcoming and down to earth. I mentioned to a fan this past June in Indianapolis that I grew up with White Castle hamburgers. An hour later she came back to my table with a bag of fresh, hot sliders! She didn’t want any money or anything. I insisted that I sign a picture for her, a friend, her dog. She gave in remembering a relative. But seriously, there was nothing but kindness in her gesture. Every convention is unique, but the fans, some with all their tattoos and piercings are some of the greatest people I have ever met.

So what does the future hold for you? Any projects in the works you can tell us about? Anything we should be looking forward to?

I really want to concentrate on my writing.

1. I have written a comedy pilot for Courtney Gains and myself called Horrorfied. In it we play sort of guys like us going to horror conventions. Andy Palmer & Warner Davis, the director and producers of Fun House Massacre have just optioned it and are shopping it around town. Internet, cable, my back yard — wherever! I really love it and want it to come to life. We of course, never make fun of the fans — only ourselves!

2. I have also written a young adult/coming of age novel called, Bad Habits: Tales of a Catholic School Survivor. It really could almost be a memoir of my childhood going to Catholic school in the 1970s. It’s funny, it’s touching, it will make you cry — unless you’re a nun! (JK) I’m currently shopping it around to get a literary agent.

Acting is fun, but writing is my passion.

What is your favorite scary movie?

The answer changes from year to year, but my go to answer is always Halloween. It just hits all theotes for a great scary movie!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Thinking about the amazing Angelica Huston! I hope I get to work with her once again, perhaps with less hair.

TWS Week of Horror Day 7: Katia Bokor [Interview]

 

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Have you ever seen some do a performance and just feel it in your gut….this person is going to be a STAR! It’s like a rare glimpse into future. We here at Trainwreck’d have caught them before, and were fortunate to be able to grab their attention early on in their career. And today’s interviewee is no exception.

Katia Bokor is not only a beautiful actress, she is an amazingly talented actor, dancer, model, on and on and on. Most recently you may recognize her in the hit horror film Don’t Breathe which she is absolutely excellent in! Or if you are into junk food for the brain, you may remember a gossip rag story involving her and the “artists” formerly known as Brangelina based around her work on World War Z. But, that was bullshit, and should not really be acknowledged. Google it if you really care. No, we want to focus on how wonderful this woman is as an actress. She has so much to offer not just to the world of horror, but to the world of film in general. So please enjoy a few words with the lovely and talented Katia Bokor! Enjoy!

 

When did you decide you wanted to be an actress? Was it always something you have done or wanted to do?

I moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Before that I was a professional ballerina, danced on the stage of the Bolshoi and the Hungarian State Opera. We had acting class in ballet school, which I rather enjoyed. I actually made a teacher fall of his chair from laughter at one of our acting exams. My coach at the Hungarian Dance Academy, renowned actress Zsuzsa Banki told me back then, that I have made the wrong career choice, and at the age of 24 I realized she was right: my passion is acting.

Recently you appeared in the very successful horror film from Fede Alvarez called Don’t Breathe. Can you tell us a bit about your experience making this terrifying and amazing
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Fede Alvarez is a wonderful director, I am very lucky to have worked with him. I am just getting back to acting after a little break of being 100% mommy, and he made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. In this film my life was spared. I wasn’t terrified till I saw the screening!

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Just for fun: If you were handed the chance to perform any strong female in world history, who would it be?

Zelda Fitzgerald

What is not as widely known is that Zelda was a writer, a trained dancer, and an artist in her own right. Some of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous lines are rumored to have been uttered by Zelda. I am a big admirer of Scott and would be honored to portray his muse onscreen.

And what does the future hold for you? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

I will be appearing in several TV shows(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2169138/?ref_=nv_sr_1), always playing different characters. I am proud to say, that most likely even my mother wouldn’t recognize me in some of the roles. Would love to show some photos, but not allowed until the shows air. Just as an example,  how I looked in World War Z.

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In the spirit of the season, I have to ask, what is your favorite scary movie?

Gremlins!! 🙂

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The other day when I was at my Mom’s house I realized I forgot my mascara and the only one she had was blue. I figured, why not? When I picked up my 3 year old boy from school, he asked me why were my eyelashes blue? I told him, because I was Spider Woman. He replied: “No Mommy, only clowns have blue eyelashes and I don’t want you to look like a clown.” All good, I was never really an 80’s fashion fan anyway.

TWS Week of Horror Day 6: Pete Goldfinger [Interview]

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If you haven’t noticed over the years, being that I am sure you are all old time fans who have been reading forever….we love writers. Writers of anything, but we definitely have a predilection towards screenwriters. These days there is a real emphasis on “the writing” on several TV shows. It really doesn’t seem to cross over to writers of films, as it really seemed to, especially in the 90’s. But trust me, they are out there. And we happened to have been given the chance to talk to one. And while “horror” may not Pete Goldfinger’s main focus, he may have fucked up by being just so damned good at it. Goldfinger is the man behind new horror classics like Sorority Row and the reboot of Joe Dante’s original film Piranha, Piranha 3D, that was absolutely fantastic and makes me laugh just thinking about it. That’s what a good horror film will do in the end, right? Make you laugh? Anyway, Pete Goldfinger is a brilliant and charismatic guy, and we are so happy to have him here on the 6th day of our Week of Horror. He’s also very professional, as you will see when I ask him about his upcoming additions to the Saw series. But he can’t hide forever! I will continue to be excited about his upcoming work to the series, and will be seriously pissed if he doesn’t end up having his words put to screen for this series that borders between genius and ridiculousness. But, we are not really here to talk about that. We are hear to talk horror with Pete Goldfinger. So let’s talk!

Sorority Row was released back in 2009 and instantly thrust you into the world of iconic horror writers, along with your writing partner Josh Stolberg. When did you decide you wanted to be in the world of horror? And what attracted you to the horror genre?

First, I would say that we were thrown into the world of “iconic horror writers adjacent.” Josh Stolberg (my writing partner) and I were mostly comedy guys who hobbied in horror, but after remakes of Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out to big box office in 2003/2004, Josh came to me and said, “They’re going to remake all of ‘em. We need to find some titles to try to reboot.” We went to the people who owned the rights to Sorority Row and Piranha, and suddenly, our hobby become our career.

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Josh and you definitely make a wonderful team. What do you think it is that makes you a great writing team?

Josh and I actually met in 1987 at the University of Vermont. I played Officer Shrank in Josh’s directorial debut of West Side Story. You need to have good balance. In our case, I provide the good, and he provides the shitty. No, Josh is all about big picture stuff (kills, set pieces and the like) where I think I take point on characters and relationships. So I’ll amend my first statement to say, “He’s all flash while I’m substance.”

When you were writing Piranha 3D, how closely were you trying to keep to Joe Dante’s original script?

It was a complete reboot. We loved his, but we knew that the real star was the Piranhas.

Were you at all surprised by the runaway success of Piranha 3D? Did your words come out on the screen as you had pictured them?

I think what you mean to say is were we surprised by the critical runaway success of Piranha 3D. Alex Aja is a genius. Everything you may have liked about that movie goes to him. Although we will take credit for the fact that, at least until this moment, we are still the only horror film to ever feature Jerry McConnell having his penis eaten by fish. You’re welcome, America.

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I understand you have been tagged to write the next installment in the legendary Saw franchise. So, what can we expect to see, without spoiling too much? Are you planning to stick to the original feel of the other films?

Is that what you’ve heard? Well, if it’s true, I have no comment.

So what else do you have happening? Anything else you’d like to tell us about?

We’re actively working on a 13 part limited TV series very much in the spirit of The Hill Have Eyes.

Do you have any plans for Halloween this year? Any traditions?

Yes, our family has a tradition that I dress like a rabbi while my wife and daughters dress as “embarrassed family of a guy dressed like rabbi.”

What is your favorite scary movie?

Too many to count. I’m a sucker for any crappy one from the 70s where nobody can act, but most recently I was a big fan of the first Cold Prey and Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In.

My favorite older horror film is The Shining. I know, boring, but I think I know every line from that movie.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Overheard from my daughter’s bedroom: “Cassie, if you’re ever in a Looney Toons cartoon and somebody asks you if you want one lump or two with your tea, just say none.”

TWS Week of Horror Day 5: Dom Frank [Interview]

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When scrolling through Dom Frank’s credits on IMDB, you may not see too many listed. But, if you really take a closer look, you will discover that you have stumbled upon someone who may be a real god damned genius. Especially when it comes to the world of horror. I swear to you, this man will someday be the Woody Allen of horror filmmaking. His two largest offerings of note to date, The Church and Apnea, are both amazing films that are truly unique. More unique than most of the films you probably already consider unique. There has been a sort of stagnation in the horror world where there is no real yearning to come up with an ENTIRELY original story, but would rather just try to move in on an idea that has been done, and the filmmaker will make it their own. Which is fine. But, originality is not something to be ignored. And Dom Frank has done it. Twice. After you spend some time reading this great interview below, it would definitely behoove you to check out his amazing films, and I guarantee you are going to be left yearning for whatever he will do next.

So, folks, here is Dom Frank!

What made you want to be a filmmaker? And more specifically, what made you want to get into the world of horror?

Since I was a kid I have always enjoyed the art of storytelling. Also being able to let your imagination run wild and actually visualize it is one of the things that attracted me to horror.

Can you tell us a bit about Apnea? It seems like a very clever piece of art. Where did this idea come from?

Actually one of my producers is a pulmonologist and he deals a lot with sleep disorders and sleep medicine. It came from some of the crazy events that people, who are battling sleep medicine, have to deal with. We are all fans of horror so I decided to flip it into a story. At this time we are actually in the process of beginning casting so that we can reshoot the entire film, this time with a few names attached.

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I am also fascinated with The Church, which also seems like a very interesting film. How was it taking on the religious aspect in the world of horror?

Very challenging. We filmed in an actual church so there were certain things we couldn’t do but , we were able to make up for it with creative additions to the script . So the filmed morphed more into a religious thriller with horror-esque elemtents and my team is very happy how it turned out. The idea came from issues that a lot of older churches face – old buildings and developers looking to gobble them up. Then sprinkle in the element of sinful humans and you have tons of issues to create a thought provoking yet uneasy environment that even the most hard-nosed religious person can grasp and enjoy. I will be announcing distribution details in the near future!

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So, what is next for you? Any other future projects in the works?

Besides reshooting Apnea, I have a TV pilot that I wrote and directed that I am beginning to shop around. I have a few other films in the pipeline as well so keep your eyes out for them!
So, do you have any big plans for this coming Halloween? Any traditions?

No traditions for Halloween. I usually just people watch to catch the coolest costumes that people can come up with. And of course, hand out candy to the kids. Believe it or not, I am very easily spooked, which is why I like doing the spooking. LOL.
What is your favorite scary movie?

Jeepers Creepers. So much that I even got the same editor to edit my film. Ed Marx. I have learned so much about horror and directing just by editing this film that Apnea will be a game changer for me as far as horror presentations.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I just smiled this morning when I watched the dialog fixes for The Church because I was happy that they were able to use the production lines instead of ADR lines for a scene that we filmed in a noisy bar.

 

Some more stills from The Church, you have to watch this fucking movie:

 

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TWS Week of Horror Day 4: John Migliore [Interview]

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I will admit, I was not entirely familiar with the career of John Migliore, but I was soon to realize that was quite the error to have made, because he is a wonderful and talented person. I became interested in a little film called Frankenpimp, and managed to get some words from the great Tony Watt about it a couple of years ago. I later realized that John played a big role in Tony’s world, and I became interested. And then we went away for 15 months. But, hey, we’re back! And I am very happy to have Mr. Migliore grace these digital pages. He’s a hell of a nice guy, a gifted artists, and has probably portrayed a zombie more than anyone else in the business!

So please enjoy a few words with the great John Migliore! Enjoy!

 

You have done a lot of work with our old friend, Tony Watt, even portraying a Tony “Tex” Watt character as well as your infamous Johnny Ghoulash character. How did you come to know Mr. Watt? And what do you think it is that makes you guys such a good team?

I met Tony after applying for a role in Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre. That movie is finally going to be completed this year. After that, I did a bunch of episodes of Kount Kracula’s Review Showcase for him and a small part in Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock and Sister Funk. My role in Frankenpimp’s Revenge was filmed after all of that. I think we work well together because we’re both really aware of what we expect the final product to be. Tony loves cheesy films, Troma in particular, and wants his stuff to have a similar tone. That’s easy for me to get behind since I love those kinds of movies too. Also, we have a friendly rivalry which allows us to take shots at each other and have a good time with it. My role as the “real” Tony Watt in Frankenpimp’s Revenge is not very flattering, but it is pretty funny!

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While it really goes without saying, since it has been said a bit before, but I have to say it: You are like the ultimate zombie performer! You’ve portrayed a zombie in everything from big budget Romero remakes, to smaller indie horror projects. What do you think it is that has gravitated you to take on these roles? Is it purely coincidence?

It started off as a coincidence. I was doing background acting at the time and it just so happened that four zombie films were shot near my home: Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Land of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. You can see me in all of them, but I’m particularly proud of my scene in Survival of the Dead. After that, I saw that Famous Monsters of Filmland was making a comeback and had a convention going on to celebrate. They had a big reunion of people who had been zombies in Romero movies that were appearing at the show. I wrote them and told them who I was, and they invited me to be a guest of the convention! I had a great time, especially meeting people like Jim Krut, Mike Christopher, Leonard A. Lies, Sharon Ceccatti, and Bill Hinzman. After that, I thought about the lucky accident that had happened to me. I thought maybe I could do a zombie movie now and again and do a lot of conventions. What happened instead was a few conventions here and there and a lot of zombie movies!

 

I became very intrigued looking through your long list of credits to come across a little film called, Raiders of The Lost Shark. I will admit, I had not heard of this one. Could you tell us a bit about this project? The title alone seems clever and entertaining!

That one was a lot of fun to work on! The shark can actually fly in the movie! I played a deputy who worked with a sheriff that was a little too lazy to bother checking up on the reports of a shark devouring locals. It’s a funny shark spoof, put together by Canadian director, Brett Kelly. I had worked with Brett before on other films, like My Fair Zombie, Spyfall, Homicycle and most recently, Ghastlies. It’s always great to work on another one of his films.

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When you look back on your career in the world of horror, what would you say you are most proud of?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I tore a man in two and ate him in Survival of the Dead. There’s nothing much bigger than that! On the other hand, I got to play several minor characters in Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume One, which was a high point for me. So awesome to be on set with Lloyd Kaufman and see all the wild behind the scenes shenanigans. One scene I was in was completely outrageous! You’ll have to wait until Volume Two for that one. I’m thrilled with most of the projects that I’ve had the good fortune to be part of like Matt Cloude’s Night of the Living Dead: Genesis, John Johnson’s Plan 9, all of Brett’s films, Black Fawn Films and so much more.

So what is next for you? Any work we can expect to see you premiering in the near future?

I’m currently preparing for my role in Brian Lutes’ Blue Skies on Mars. It’s a dramatic role, like my role in his last film, Prisoners of Time. I just recently completed my scenes for Mike Trebilcock’s new short film, Chewed. I’m sure that one will be a gory crowd pleaser! There’s some other interesting horror stuff coming up, but it’s a little too soon to let the cat out of the bag, unfortunately. I have a secret project from my own production company, Survival Zombie Films that I’m just bursting to talk about! Soon…

Do you have any exciting plans for this coming Halloween?

I find October is usually a busy month for me! I’ll be appearing at KW Darkcon in Kitchener on October 1st. I’ll also be at Mall of the Dead in Chatham on October 8th where I think I will be showing one of my films. As for the 31st itself, I like to stay home, watch horror movies and give out candy to the kids who have the guts to come to my door!

What is your favorite scary movie?

There’s so many to choose from and you have to know that I try to watch them all! It’s tough to narrow it down. I’d say The Shining and The Legend of Hell House are my favourite supernatural films. The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is still the best masked slasher film. The Exorcist is my favourite possession film of all time. Oh, man! I could just sit here and list movies all day!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Strangely enough, it was American Pie 2! I hadn’t seen it in years and remembered not liking it all that much the first time, but I enjoyed it more when I saw it again recently.

Thanks so much for the interview!

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TWS Week of Horror Interlude with Tony “Tex” Watt [Exclusive!]

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Toronto-based Schlockmeister Tony ‘Tex’ Watt delayed ‘Frankenpimp’s Revenge:The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (2017-approx.)’, has had filming and post-prodution, slowed, as Watt has been handed an editorial position with the Canadian WE LOVE MONSTERS magazine and renovating and opening his popular downtown Vivita Spa [a holistic clinic, also run by his actress wife & Canuck Scream Queen: Vivita], in Toronto.
The Filmmaker/Actor/Cartoonist had to concentrate on juggling his time, friends and family; in between the pressures creating another campy B- Feature/Cult-Masterpiece.

So, as of the moment, he is now PREVIEWING said movie, episodically [ before an eventual full Theatrical/DVD release; on VIMEO On DEMAND], at this link: Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (Feature-Film Episodic SNEAK PREVIEW Chapters)
Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre (Feature-Film Epis…
-IMDb cast/crew info- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590031/?ref_=tt_rec_tt – StarringVivita (Canada’s #1 …
Tex is also filming and doing pre-prodcution on his next underground retro-‘exploitation’ film feature slasher thriller: ‘Violet is Blue (2018)’ and monster chiller: ‘Scream, Spermula, Scream!: The Rise of the Ghoul Squad (2019)’!

Filming on his ‘motion comix’ feature-film dream project: ‘Bird of Steel (????)’, has also been delayed, so Watt is also considering the Vimeo VOD episodic option, for the fans, as well.