Your new movie Night
Caller - in a few words, what is it about?
a telephone psychic who receives a call from a serial killer,
his murders before he commits them. With the help of her
father and clairvoyant co-worker, they try to stop him before
question, why a psychic hotline, have you or would you ever call one, and
did you do any research on the subject?
in the late 1980’s and 90’s with $1.95 a minute, 1-900 phone
commercials running day and night. I was always tempted to
but I never did. Maybe I'll call one now to see what the future
of inspiration when writing Night
Deep Red, Blood and Black
Lace, Lustig's Maniac,
Don't Look Now, Cruising,
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and
When a Stranger Calls
be the main cinematic inspirations.
You of course have to talk about the
gruesome bits in Night
Caller for a bit, and how were they achieved?
This was my 2nd time working with
GREAT Joe Castro [Joe Castro
interview - click here], who did a fantastic job on the gore effects. His
stabbings and mutilated penis were phenomenal! So good in
I just worked with him a third time on Pig Killer.
can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror?
bloody, unapologetic love letter to Fulci [Lucio
Fulci bio - click here].
talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand!
aspect from script to screen, I let my gut instincts guide, and
embrace what befalls me. Recently, I was approached to write a
based on serial killer Robert ‘Willy’ Pickton. I read up on
watched a documentary, and then I still didn’t know how in the
to make it work. Suddenly, I woke up in the middle of the night
the opening scene, and everything instantly came together. I
the script in two weeks and it’s probably the best thing I’ve
Chad with Robert Miano
can you tell us about Night
Caller's key cast, and why exactly these people?
Caller right after directing Exorcism at 60,000 Feet. I
such a good time with Kelli Maroney and Bai Ling, that I had them
mind for the two female leads. When I finished the script, it
around to my regular collaborators Robert Miano and Robert
to try and secure finance to no avail, so I ended up optioning it
another production company. While waiting for that company to go
production, I went off and directed H. P. Lovecraft's The Deep
on the cheap. That was a success artistically and financially, so
sort of injected all of us with a dose of Roger Corman
inspiration [Roger Corman bio
- click here] to just get a few bucks together and crank out these
budget, quick turn-around films. At about this time, the
company's option had run out on Night
Caller, so I
it to Miano and Rhine who got behind it on that smaller
model. Miano then pulled in Susan Priver to invest/star, and
with a few other investors we were off to the races.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
with every penny on the screen. I'd say it was one of the tougher
dealing with Covid restrictions and all, but with a ten day
the pain was brief.
Chad with Joe Castro
$64-question of course, where can Night
Caller be seen?
will be playing Midwest Weirdfest in March, and then 123 Go Films
give it a US theatrical release in April, followed by
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of your movie yet?
It has been getting excellent reviews, winning some fests
starting to find its audience. I'm proud of it. That said, it was
by one festival, which said in part, "The whole purpose of
is to provoke, to shock, to challenge. And your film does this
spades, but in the current climate, Night
Caller takes such a
approach to gender confusion that it could generate the
kind of controversy." So, I'm excited to see if their fears were
when it gets a wide release.
future projects you'd like to share?
just wrapped Pig Killer
Jake Busey, Lew Temple, Bai Ling, Kate Patel, Robert Miano, Silvia
Spross, Jon Budinoff, Elina Madison, Ginger Lynn, Cyril
Michael Paré [Michael Paré
interview - click here], Robert Rhine, Jennifer Drake, Cassandra Gava,
Priver, Scott Vogel, Kurt Bonzell and James Russo. With music
by Gerard McMahon and Loud Sugar. Was truly the BEST
of my career.
website, social media, whatever else?
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Hope to be shooting the sequel to The
Deep Ones this summer... fingers
for the interview!