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Three’s A Shroud – The Interview

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Three's A ShroudThree’s a Shroud is an upcoming British horror anthology consisting of three short horror films from three directors, Dan Brownlie, David V. G. Davies and Andy Edwards… but don’t let me tell you about it listen to what these three have to say…

Steve: Each director has their own part of the tale to tell but are each of you working completely independently on your own projects or is it more of a group effort with each contributing to the other’s films? The anthology is linked by a narrative, is that a joint effort?

Dan: I gave the other two directors a brief idea of what I wanted their section to be about and then just let them run with it.

They both have such individual styles and ideas that I knew that what ever they came up with would be amazing. We try to be on each others set as much as possible to help out (mainly because we can’t afford anyone else;) but as we’re all so busy it sometimes doesn’t work.

The wrap around story is based on a short film I did called Bear Scary and stars one of its leads (Louie Russo Brownlie) as well as Suzi Lorraine and Dani Thompson

Steve: The movie will consist of Don’t Open the Door, Over Developed and The Time Travellers Knife. Is there a common thread throughout the whole movie apart from the narrative? Can you tell us a little about each of the films and some of the influences that inspired them?

Dan: The stories themselves don’t have a common theme but are tied together by a film-within-a-film called Night of the Pouting Dead that will appear in each section at some point.

Don’t Open The Door is a psychological horror which was based on a weird train of thought I had one night. I lived in a flat above some shops and my fiance was running late, I don’t know why but I suddenly thought “what would I do if she called me up and said not to open the door when she buzzed up, but wouldn’t tell me why”. You can’t see the front door from any of the windows so I wouldn’t be able to tell if someone was with her or not. That thought really stuck with me and one day after watching The Woman in Black for the 20th time I decided to turn it into a script.

Dave: Over Developed has allowed me to explore an element of story telling that I am particularly fond of, that of delving into the darkest reaches of the inner mind mixed with the genre of body horror. We have all fallen victim to one or more of the 7 deadly sins and my segment explores one of those to its maximum potential. As a filmmaker I have always been fond of the works of David Cronenberg and a true believer of practical effects and puppetry, Over Developed has given me the chance to fulfill the goals of exploring them myself.

Andy: I’m rounding off things with a good-old-fashioned slasher movie. It’s very obviously influenced by Halloween and all of the million girls in peril/masked killer movies that followed in it’s sinister footsteps in the late 70s and early 80s. It’s even set on Halloween. But in a desperate attempt to give it some originality, I’ve added a time travel element, so if you think of Halloween meets Groundhog Day or Back to the Future 2 then you’re not really close, but closer than most. I’m also in charge of the film-within-a-film element, Night of the Pouting Dead, which has allowed me to delve into my zombie-women-in-prison fantasies with disturbing results.

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Steve: Why a horror movie? How have horror movies influenced your lives and which areas interest you the most? Favourite horror movie?

Dan: Favourite horror movie of all time is Killer Klowns From Outer Space and if you watch it and then watch the micro horror’s I’ve made you can pick out so many scenes and kill ideas I “borrowed” from it.

General influence for the film is old school British horror anthologies, they rock! With a shorter script you can be a lot more experimental as people will put up with a lot of weirdness for 25 minutes that they won’t for a hour and a half.You can really get to the point and come up with some fun ideas. You can also mix up (as in Three’s a Shroud) different sub genres like ghost story, evil toys, body horror and slasher that wouldn’t normally gel in a single story feature length.

Dave: I’ve been a film fan ever since going to see Jedi at the pictures at an early age, from then on I was hooked on finding out about the workings of puppets and fell in love with the Jim Henson films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. An instant love of horror creatures was born from this, Cronenberg’s The Fly, Carpenter’s Thing and I take a guilty pleasure from the Child’s Play series.

Andy: I make horror movies, because they are cheap, and it’s easier than becoming an actual serial killer – fake blood washes out of your clothes much easier than real blood. As for fave films, I love The Shining, The Thing, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and anything by Takeshi Miike.

Steve: You have all had previous experience of the horror movie industry, what brought you together for this project?

Three's A ShroudDan: About 3 years ago someone asked me to help out on a film project they were doing for fun. To give you an idea how much I knew about making films then, a film making friend mine was asking about the people who’s house we were filming. She said to me “Do they have lights?” I replied “Of course they do, they live in a house.”

From then on it was just one big learning curve which has resulted in me meeting some fantastic people. I met Andy and Dave through an actress called Sophia Disgrace who had worked with them on several projects, they both really get the genre so it was obvious who I should ask to help make this project happen.

Dave: I started my horror career when I was approached to help out on Animal Soup, a nasty film that taught me and fellow creator J.A.K a lot about film-making, from there I was noticed by GoreZone Magazine and spent 2 years working with them before moving in a more personal direction. It is while working with GZ that i came across the works of Andy and Dan.

Andy: I’ve been making short zombie films for a few years now – the Houseparty of the Dead series. Dave saw HPOTD V and stuck it on a coverdisc for GoreZone, and Dan helped me out on part 6. It became obvious that we were all society’s rejects, and as we’re all too old to form a band, we decided to make a film instead.

Steve: Give some love to the cast and crew. Who else is involved in making this movie happen?

Dan: Much much love to the cast and crew, everyone is working for peanuts (some peanut shells) and they’re all doing it for the love of making horror. Firstly you have my fiance (Lauren Bushby) who runs “Doll’s ‘n’ Skulls” fx and make up, my DOP James Fisher who has been with me since Bear Scary (if someone’s reliable a good keep them at all costs), Angie and Mark DeSpong, Michael Gyekye (who is doing sound but also acting on Dave’s section, Geoff Guardian-angel-to-my-sanity Crown who is acting as my AD. Mike Peel from Rouge Creations is doing all the creature effects so a massive massive thanks to him.

Cast you have Suzi Lorraine (who was so helpful she actually ended up co writing her section), Amber Erlandsson (aka Morigan Hel, lead singer of goth,punk rock band Nemhain) who is just amazing, The very talented Brad Moore who has also helped off screen as well as on), Dani Thompson (who is really starting to make a name for herself in horror), my long suffering nephew Louie who first died on screen age seven mainly due to me not sending his father the full script while trying to enlist his help and David V.G. Davies and Andy Edwards for helping me out and taking on roles in this project.

I’d also like to thank Dean Boor from Shock Horror Magazine and Scream Magazine for their support.

Dave: I’ve spent 2 years working with Emily Booth and have experienced her talents as a presenter and have directed her in role that was a caricature of herself so it was only a natural progression we work together on a film and a great pleasure it is working with her, her knowledge both behind and in front of the camera has taught me a great deal. I never wanted to be a director but having worked with her she has allowed me to progress. I also have Eleanor James in my section, Eleanor is an amazing actress who has a very impressive resume and I have interviewed her in the past for a couple of projects and then had the pleasure of directing her in a cameo for my last feature Monitor.

Over the years I have gained an invaluable crew member in Pete Kinman, he knows how my mind works and knows what i want without having to be told. His fx skills have developed so much over the 12 years we have known each other.

Three's A Shroud: Emily BoothAndy: I’ve been busy doing auditions for my section, picking the perfect line-up of girls to be stalked by a killer. I’ve felt like Simon Cowell, but with less repressed homosexuality and high-waisted trousers. I now have my dreamteam of very talented actresses, which includes two of the stars from Zombie Women of Satan (but don’t hold that against them). Crew wise, I’ve got the uniquely-named Eben Bolter on DOP duties. He worked with me on Houseparty of the Dead 6 so is well versed in making schlock look like visual poetry. I must also give a shout-out to the girls of the Pouting Dead, who happily ran around a derelict factory for me half-naked and covered in blood. I haven’t got the heart to tell them that the camera wasn’t even on.

Steve: At what stage of the movie making process are you now? What still needs to happen? When are we going to be able to see Three’s a Shroud?

Dan: We’ve shot the film within a film (Night of the Pouting Dead). We don’t start shooting the main feature until July but have shot a couple of scenes due to stars timetable clashes with other projects.

The film is aiming for a 2012 release but that all depends on post funding, so anyone out there who wants to help out financially on post let me know.

Pazuzu: You have been captured by Dr. Heiter and he is making you three into a human centipede but he gives YOU the choice of the order of the chain. Who goes in which position and why?

Dan: I go first, mainly due to Andy and Dave having shit eating fetishes. And I’m by far the gobbyest so if anyone’s gonna talk him into letting us go it’ll be me.

Dave: I’m not a kiss ass and I’ve dealt with enough assholes over the years to not want to be in 2nd or 3rd but I see Dan answered this first and took the obvious choice of being in the front, so I guess I’d take 3rd position as i’ve seen the crap Dan eats during a day and I don’t wanna be on the immediate receiving end of that, sorry Andy but you can process that shit and hopefully break it down in to smaller pellets for me, hmmm yum, not!

Andy: Being the last to answer, it seems that my position has already been chosen. However, as one of my main roles in this film is dealing with Dan’s crap and processing it into bite-sized chunks for Dave, it seems pretty apt.

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Interview with Tony Elwood

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Interview with Tony ElwoodOne of the most striking modern horror films I’ve seen in recent years has to be Cold Storage (2006), a film which showed at the Dead By Dawn festival in Scotland in 2009, and blew me away with its slick delivery and deeply-unsettling plot. The film charts the short-lived freedom of a woman named Melissa, leaving her deadbeat boyfriend and deciding to go it alone before a sudden accident cuts her new life brutally short, and throws her quite literally into the path of a solitary and disturbed loner by the name of Clive Mercer… the rest of the film unfolds in a way which had me on the edge of my seat, surpassing all of my expectations. The director of Cold Storage, Tony Elwood, is a veteran of the indie horror scene and since making his debut feature, Killer (1989) has cut his teeth on many aspects of film work, such as editing, writing, visual effects and acting roles including a small role in Evil Dead 2. Tony was kind enough to talk to us about his work to date.

Hellbound Heart: Firstly Tony, thank you very much for talking with us.
Tony: It’s my pleasure. Thanks for doing this.

Hellbound Heart: I’d like to start by asking you about your early filmmaking days. You mention on your website getting into filmmaking through making short films on an 8mm camera. What sorts of films were you making back then? Do any of them survive?
Tony: Back in the 70s I was fortunate enough to get my first camera, an 8mm film camera. My Dad bought it for my birthday. I started searching for film stock the next day and found some at my local Camera and Hobby shop. I got together with my brothers and shot a Sci-fi film called YOG, The Creature From Outer Space. It didn’t matter to me that a Sci-Fi film for my first film was way over my head. I just started building the spaceship out of pot lids and anything I could get my hands on. I made the creature out of a large plastic bag filled with red water… It was such a mess, but the excitement that I derived from seeing the frames projected on my bedroom wall caused me to go into a filmmaking Nickcoma. I was hooked. That was the best thing my dad ever did for me. After that I migrated to Super 8mm film. I was fortunate to have met 3 amazing people as a kid: Mark Kimray, Mike Kale and Michael Prevette. We started our own Super 8 film companies, shooting films almost every weekend. Most were 3 to 8 minutes long, everything from kung fu films, horror to stop motion animation. Creating these films were what I think helped me become a film director/writer/editor. They were my film school. Many of them do still survive, although the colours in them have faded somewhat. At some point, I plan to put them on DVD, before they crumble to nothing.

Hellbound Heart: Was there ever any question about what type of films you wanted to make?
Tony: Not at all. I knew that the horror/thriller genres were my cup of tea. I love the design of these types of films, from the scripts, music, effects and cinematography… you get to experiment a lot more with these genres… make the genre your own. You can see a John Carpenter film and know immediately that John Carpenter made the film. Same with Hitchcock, Spielberg and Raimi.

Hellbound Heart: Your first feature length film Killer (1989) was made on a shoestring budget – less than $10,000 in fact – which must have been a very steep learning curve! In hindsight, are you pleased with how Killer has stood up?
Tony: Has it? I still like that film. There’s a grittiness to it that’s a factor of both the lack of money and the fact I shot it on Super 8. After working on Evil Dead 2 with Sam Raimi, he kept telling me to just make a movie. I was trying to get a larger budget film off the ground at the time, but had no luck obtaining the funding. Sam kept telling me to grab my Super 8 camera and just shoot a film… so I did. I partnered up with a good friend from Gastonia, Tony Locklear, and we went door to door and raised the budget on our own. The actual budget was $9,500.

JoelleHellbound Heart: Is there anything positive to be said about working to a very tight budget?
Tony: Yes, it keeps you on your toes. I had to wear many, many hats. Not only did I direct, but I also lit, did sound, and props. I also did the make-up effects, along with Andy Boswell. He played Ashe, the lead in the film; I met him on Evil Dead 2. He was such a talented person; I knew having him involved would take the film to the next level.

I also had the luck of having worked on about 8 motion pictures before doing Killer. I worked as a make-up artist, built miniatures, worked in the optical lab and even acted. Having worked with so many actors made getting Duke Ernsberger, Jeff Pillars and Terry Loughlin on my side an easy task. I just told them that I was making an ultra low budget film on Super 8 and that I couldn’t pay them. I asked them if they would come on board. Did they ever. They even helped lug lights and C stands around, whatever was needed. It was so great. I’ve used these guys in all my films. They are my posse.

Hellbound Heart: Let’s talk about Cold Storage (2006): I saw this film at the 2009 Edinburgh Dead By Dawn Festival, where it deservedly won the audience award for Best Picture. But you had a hell of a wait to make this film. Could you tell us a little about the film’s background?
Tony: First, let me thank you for saying that. I was so nervous about being at that festival. I wasn’t sure how the audience was going to handle the film. All the films that led up to the screening of Cold Storage were amazing. I just didn’t know if audience would accept it.

Fortunately, they did. Thank God. I enjoyed watching the film with that crowd, they were having such a good time with the film that I was able to relax and enjoy the film myself for the first time ever.

My writing partner Mark Kimray and I wrote the script shortly after Killer. I think it was 1989. I had come up with the idea back in ’84, while on a 3-day trip back from Los Angeles to North Carolina. It was night and I was travelling through the curvy Appalachian Mountains at 3AM and Cold StorageI kept thinking to myself, “What if I was to lose control of my car and go off a cliff and die?” Who would know? Then I started thinking about, “What if someone found me and decided to keep me as a buddy?” The rest is history.

Then Misery came out in 1990. Oh well. No way in hell that we could compete with that film. Even though I knew Cold Storage was a very different film, everyone we tried pitching the film to would say that it had been done. So, we sat on the script. Once in a while, I’d try to resurrect the project, but because of the subject matter, we couldn’t find funding. Who wants to invest in a love story about a mountain hermit falling in love with a dead girl?

In 2003, Executive Producer Bert Hesse, Producer Paul Barrett, and I began raising money for another script called Cold Chill. Don’t ask me why I keep using ‘cold’ in the titles. It just worked for this project so well. It was a higher budget “haunted school” picture. We had a partner who was going to come up with half of the funding if we could get our half. Well we got our half raised, but the other half feel through. Two years down the tubes…

2005 came and we went back to the drawing board. I asked Bert if it might be possible to go back to our original investors and see if they might be interested in Cold Storage. It could be done for the half we raised. It was an amount I felt comfortable spending on the picture. I knew it was still risky, but a risk I was willing to take. Almost all the investors came on board. We suited up and started preproduction of Cold Storage, 21 years after it was conceived.

Hellbound Heart: Nick Searcy’s performance as lead character Clive Merser was brilliant – he lent humanity to what could have otherwise been a ‘bogeyman’ role. How soon did Nick come on board with the project?
Cold Storage PosterTony: In 1992 I had begun working on my second picture, Road Kill. Sean Bridgers, who played the lead in the film, told me about his best friend Nick Searcy. He thought Nick would just kill the part of Stupid the Clown. I said ‘get him’. I had seen Nick in Fried Green Tomatoes and loved what he did in that film.

We only had Nick for a day… so we did all the dialogue stuff first. Then we came back and dressed Andy Boswell up as Stupid for the non-dialogue pieces. Worked like a charm. Nick and I hit it off immediately. I remember pitching him the idea of playing Clive Merser while he was getting his clown make-up on. I know he must have thought, “Right kid, you’re going to make another film after this turd hits the fan? Dream on.” But he was very gracious, and said, “Send me the script.”

So, fifteen years later, once I got the word we had the green light for Cold Storage I sent Nick the script. He accepted the part, even after doing such amazing work in so many blockbuster pictures. Nick still has that “Let’s make a damn movie” attitude that I just love. No matter what the budget, if the concept is worth doing, Nick will do it, and put all his effort behind it. We worked for several months on Clive’s character. Nick wanted him to be sympathetic, as did I. I wanted the audiences to root for Clive. He’s not a monster… he just does things his way. And his way can be seen as monstrous to some, but not to Nick and me.

I’m so glad Nick accepted the part. If anyone other than Nick had played Clive Merser, the film would have been a disaster. I really believe that.

Hellbound Heart: You made a late addition to Cold Storage by adding an opening scene that frames the relationship between two of the characters. Tell us about this. Were you happy with the outcome?
Tony: I did in fact shoot a new scene. I’m not sure how I feel about it. We had no money at all left to do it the way I really wanted to. But all the sales reps and distributors kept saying that we needed some type of effect at the beginning, something to catch people’s attention, so I came up with what I thought was the best idea, and that was to show Clive and Luther [two characters who meet again in later life during the film] as young boys, to get a taste of why Clive is so terrified by Luther. I think the scene works, but I still don’t feel it’s necessary to the story. Conor McCullagh, my amazing special effects make-up genius who did all the effects work in the film, created the shotgun-damaged head of the dead hunter from scratch. He did it for free, because he believed in the film that much. He was such a blessing to have on the film. His work is top notch!

Nick again

Hellbound Heart: Often in films, horror or otherwise, it seems to be acceptable to portray characters from the Southern states of the US in a very stereotyped way. You seemed to be questioning this misconception in Cold Storage; the characters may be flawed, but they’re not just two-dimensional ‘hicks’. Was this deliberate at all, or did it happen organically?
Tony: I grew up in the South. I know these people like the back of my hand. Stereotypes do exist, but all stereotypes have many layers. I love when someone see a character and think they know how they are going to be portrayed, and then the character does something against their expectation. I give them a bit of the stereotype, and then show the other aspects of their character. Everyone is a stereotype. I don’t care who you are; we all fit into a mould of some sort. But as you know, moulds are always broken… patched back together again, so when you pull the next character out, there are small cracks in their surface. That’s the stuff I like. The small cracks.

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Hellbound Heart: Tell us a little about the “decay” special effects you used on Melissa (Casey Leet) – which were pretty sickening, by the way…
Tony: Thanks… Again, the amazing work of Conor McCullagh.

Conor and I set down and talked about how Melissa’s beauty would slowly begin to fade. I told Conor that after Melissa took her last breath in the front seat of Clive’s station wagon, we’d never see much of her face again. I didn’t want the film to be about seeing a rotting corpse. That would have made the film unbearable. I wanted the audience to see Melissa, who Clive calls Rosalie, as a character in the film, even though she was dead. I wanted people to get inside Clive’s head and see the body as a living entity, just as he saw her, so you would totally forget she was dead. But when Clive begins to see the clues that Rosalie might be turning, we allow the audience to see along with Clive. This was planned out to the T. Conor started out using just makeup on a double’s hand, then he created a full size replica of Melissa, so we could start to see deeper effects of the decay.

We actually had 3 Melissa bodies. One we nicknamed Spongy. She was for the neck-breaking stunt. The other 2 bodies were for the two stages of decay. The work was amazing. I remember coming into the set one day by myself and seeing the badly-mutated body of Melissa laying on a table, dressed in the wedding dress, and it totally creeped the living shit out of me. That’s how good Conor’s work is.

Decay - Cold Storage

Hellbound Heart: What have been the reactions to the film in general so far? Will it get a UK/Europe release?
Tony: We’ve just been out on DVD for about a month here in the US. So far, so good.

We still are being asked to screen the film at festivals even now that it has been released. We got asked to screen at the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Brazil this July, and we have a special screening in October in Los Angeles for the Film Courage Interactive.

Our Sales Rep is actively pursuing the UK/Europe and Asian markets as we speak. Keep your fingers crossed.

Hellbound Heart: Horror movies can often be looked down upon by mainstream audiences, and definitely by critics. If you wanted to make someone think again about the genre, what are some of the films you might recommend, and why?
Tony: I’m really a big fan of Hitchcock. His films really were the catalyst that made me decide to become a filmmaker. Psycho, The Birds, and Rear Window, so many classics. Critics really didn’t care for these films because they were considered popcorn movies. But today, they are considered classics. Time has a way of changing options. Look at Halloween. When it came out, most critics ignored the film. Some hated it, but after it became successful, changed their minds and gave it praise. That’s cool. I’ve done that myself. But my opinions don’t make or break a film like a critic’s review can, or, should I say, could. Critics are becoming a thing of the past with the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Fans can tweet instantly, in less than 140 characters and within seconds their opinions are sent out to thousands of followers. Now their words can make or break a film. You can’t worry about that sort of thing when you are making a movie that you are passionate about, like I was with Cold Storage. I knew many critics and people wouldn’t care for the film. It’s a hard film to swallow for some. That’s fine. I didn’t make it for them. I made it for me, and the hopefully millions of people who dig it. That’s the best you can expect these days.

Hellbound Heart: Finally, can you tell us a little about planned future projects?
Tony: I’ve got several projects that I’m working on currently. Nothing real solid as of yet, just writing, pitching scripts, trying to raise money. Same old story. It never gets easier, that is, unless your film makes millions the first weekend. I’ll let you know as soon as I get the green light for the next one!

Hellbound Heart: THANK YOU Tony, and we wish you the best of luck!

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Interview with Ryan McDermott

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Ry and PosterCo-writer, star, creator of the Macbrow and all round nice chap Ryan McDermott gives Horror Extreme to low down on the award winning horror-comedy short “Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders” before it’s official unleashing on the world this Saturday 19th June. We learn the past, the present and the future for Ryan, the crew and their creations plus are promised some coprophagia love at the launch party which will be streamed live over the internet if that is your kind of thing.

Steve: What were the inspirations for Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders? Are you a huge horror fan? What movies inspired you to make this film?
Ry: To be honest I’m not really a huge horror fan, I love the nature of the genre and the people, but I’m not an avid horror movie watcher. I personally love a good summer blockbuster; most of my favourite movies are flicks like Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. But I do enjoy a good B-Movie. As filmmakers one of our favourite bad movies of all time is Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it with a pizza and a few beers. That particular film was responsible for so much when it comes to ‘The Archangel Murders’ from performances to shots that Sean Candon (Director) chose to homage. I’d say though that the overall inspirations for ‘Mark Macready’ were from various films and TV shows such as Hellboy, The X-Files and The Naked Gun trilogy. Paul Feeney (writer/creator of Mark Macready) and myself met in college way back in 2002 and Paul presented me with the concept for ‘Mark Macready’ which we actually filmed for our end of year project. Paul pitched it to me as ‘a British X-Files’ and that struck accord with me as I loved the show. The first script was fairly serious however once filming started I began to do a really poor man’s David Duchovny impression and so it soon became farcical and I guess the rest is history. From there it became the horror comedy parody that you’ll all see on June 19th.

Steve:How did you manage to make such an impressive movie with such a low budget? As well as a talented cast there is obviously a lot of talent behind the scenes and last time I checked these things don’t come cheap. Was everyone involved for the love of movies or are you up to your eyeballs in sexual favour debts?
She-SnakesRy:As you can probably guess my jaw is constantly locked and my privates kept on ice! Well we were very lucky to have the talent that worked on the film. Most actors and crew members turn up, do their job and then go home, they get a DVD in the post six months later and never see each-other again. But from day one as the producer I strove to ensure it was different, because everyone was their simply for the ‘love’ of making a film I wanted the cast and crew to become a family and it happened very quickly. It’s over twelve months later and we still socialize and support each-other, it’s a lovely thing to be part of. With regards to the film making an impression I think it was the determination and belief in the product. I made it a personal mission to ensure that the film was marketed to its fullest potential and in the last six months via twitter it’s become one of the most interactive films around. The great thing about the product is that there’s no catch, no gimmick, its genuine, we’re not asking for money, just support and I think people picked up on that, I think we made an impression through being honest, open and admitting this isn’t an Oscar winning film but its sure got brass balls and a ton of ambition.

Steve: The Archangel Murders seems to have taken the planet by storm since it was first reviewed, did you ever expect such a huge interest in your movie? Apart from the fact that it is a fantastic short, what else do you think has propelled Mark Macready into the limelight?
Ry: I never expected this much interest, not at all. I had personal goals for the film and I remember writing a list in early 2008 of the things I hoped the film would achieve, there was five things and all of them have happened from screenings in NYC to award wins. Back then it was a dream, we hoped people would be interested and now it’s become a reality, which to me proves that if you work hard you can achieve great things. I think what has propelled ‘Mark Macready’ has been the drive to put the product out there, the marketing hasn’t stopped for twelve months, it’s been relentless and the message has reached across the globe. Going back to what I said earlier I think using a tool like Twitter to engage with some of the most amazing people you could ever wish to meet has aided that awareness. Twitter brought a new lease of life to the project and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some people I’d actually call friends from simply 140 characters. However when all is said and done your marketing can only be as good as your product and I think that myself, Sean and Paul strove to ensure that the film was the best it could be on the smallest amount of money. We did reshoots we couldn’t afford simply to ensure it was the very best it could be and I think that people have picked up on that despite the limitations it’s a film with tons of heart, passion and drive.

Mac and She SnakesSteve: The movie will be unleashed on the public on June 19th 2010, how does this make you feel? Excited, nervous, horny, homicidal, something else or all of the above?
Ry: I think horny, defiantly horny and I guess a little sad too. It’s a very trouser raising experience to know that a film you’ve poured your heart and soul into is about to go off around the World Wide Web. It’s sad to know that this is the end of the journey for the film in its current form but it’s time to move on, I’m confident that now is the time to see the film out in style, the anticipation has reached fever pitch and if we delay it any longer people will lose interest. It’s time to let the chick fly the nest and I really do wish it all the luck in the world, it’s been a life changing project to be involved in. I guess I am slightly nervous about the Live Stream from the Interactive Launch Party, you’ll be able to see the cast & crew alongside some very special V.I.P guests partying to celebrate the release live with interactive questions from Twitter, I just hope nobody is sick on camera!

Steve: What plans do you have for the future with regards to the entertainment industry? Will there be a full length Macready feature or do you have something new up your sleeve… maybe a pop song or a breakfast cereal?
Ry: I hadn’t thought of a pop song, would you be interested in Macready sings the Christmas Hits album!? Next up is the ‘Mark Macready’ feature film, I read the first draft by Paul and its coming on so well, it’s a huge script, so epic and exciting. Whilst Paul is writing I’m busy working on financing and developing the interactivity that’s going to play a massive role in the production of the film. It’s going to be the most interactive feature film ever made, which is something I’m extremely excited about. I’m also currently overseeing production on the ‘Mark Macready’ Mac Poster 2010animated prequel movie, set before the events of the ‘The Archangel Murders’ and I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to work with animation director Gavin Johnson on the project. Other than pop songs and cereal I’ve just started to turn my attention to a project for YouTube that I’ve been developing, it’s not ‘Mark Macready’ related but it’s something fresh and fun and I’m really excited about it, so I guess watch this space is what you say next!?

Pazuzu: If on the 19th you had to choose two other people to be human centipeded with or end up dead in a dumpster, who would they be and what position in the chain would they be in?
Ry: I’ve had to consult help on this question and I still don’t know the answer! I cannot decide who! I know, I know, I need to provide an answer but I honestly don’t have one. How about me, you and Lipstattoo do a human centipede?! Could be a kinky Horror Extreme special!?
Pazuzu: Deal! I will publish the photo’s here.

Steve: Any last words, shout outs or thanks and where can our readers find out more about Mark Macready?
Ry: I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has supported the movie over the last twelve months, it’s been fantastic to meet so many brilliant people and I’d like to thank the very loyal and dedicated Mark Macready cast & crew for supporting the film. Finally a massive thanks to Horror Extreme for being a support since day one, it’s beyond appreciated!

I hope you all enjoy the film and be sure to watch our Live Stream party on June 19th we’ll be taking your questions in what is set to be an indie horror film first…selling it right up until the last minute!

You can find out more about Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders at these places:

Follow Mark Macready on Twitter
Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders on IMDB
Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders on Facebook

Can’t wait for the 19th June? Check out the trailer for Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders below ya bastards: