When Armand suggested that I write a guest BLOG, I was a little perplexed. Besides the fact we both like eating whole boxes of cookies, what do we have in common? Okay… I made a movie, Island of the Cannibal Death Gods… and he liked it. He wrote a book… Dying Days, and I liked that. But is that enough to warrant him allowing me to share my thoughts, experiences… nay… even my dreams with his vast audience… I guess so.
He suggested that I tell people about who I am and what I’m working on. Now of course, having been raised on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, my response generally skews from the ludicrous to an outright lie. So rather than possibly bore you with a biography of my life… I will present you with five facts and I promise at least three of them are true.
1) I’ve been to the fringes of outer space in one of those 0-G planes.
2) I was once the promoter of a music festival.
3) I’ve sat in a theatre that shows porno movies and talked baseball with Paul Newman
4) I’m currently challenging Stephen Colbert to a contest of Lord of the Rings trivia. (OK, this one is real! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCvbOddYUV4)
5) I once got into a very heated debate, with director Peter Bogdonavich, in a film theory class.
That should tell you everything you should want to know about me.
Okay… what am I working on. Well for starters, as I said before, I made a movie, Island of the Cannibal Death Gods. It was my first feature film and served two purposes for me. First, it allowed me to prove to myself that I could make a feature film, and second it allowed me to share my love of something… “B” horror films. As a kid, we had a show on Saturday mornings called Creature Features. You would get to see 2 horror/science fiction/thriller movies every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The choice of movie generally fell into 3 categories. Giant rubber monster movie from Japan. Classic Universal monster movie from the 30’s & 40’s. Bad drive-in horror movie.
Now we call those movies bad, in a nostalgic way. As a kid, I loved all those movies and the cheesier the better. Even today… give me a guy in a rubber suit, chasing around girls in bikini’s with visible boom mic’s, cheesy dialogue and bad acting over any $100 million dollar sci-fi or horror film, shot in front of a green screen. So when it came time to make my film, it had to be one of those three. Not having any money narrowed my choices down to homage to bad “B” drive-in horror movie. If you haven’t seen it, why not? You can get it off Amazon for the price of a biscuit. If you want to see all the behind the scenes stuff… you can order the DVD from my website listed below.
So that’s what I did… now, what am I doing? Well to the regular readers of Armand’s BLOG, the most interesting thing I’m working on is trying to get Dying Days made into a movie. The screenplay is already finished and now we’re into… “WHERE”S THE MONEY GONNA COME FROM?” phase. I’ve also finished another screenplay, a zombie themed horror/dark comedy Why Won’t Wendy Die? I have a third screenplay that’s almost finished and it’s my first ever actual “scare the crap out of the audience” horror film titled Blood Moon. Finally, I’m working with legendary grind house filmmaker William Grefe’, to bring him back into the director’s chair for a film he also wrote… Marooned. This will be my third project with Bill. My little on-line distribution company also distributes his Seminar on Independent Film-making, and also the restored version of his lost film… The Devil’s Sister’s.
So, that’s my life in a nutshell. If anyone out there knows any millionaire’s that want to make movies… send ‘em our way. BTW… thanks for taking the time to read my guest post here. It’s a busy world and there are a lot of demands on people’s time… thanks for taking the time to hear about me.