You have recently contributed the short Vampire's Lust to the film Treasure
Chest of Horrors. In a few words, what is it about?
Vampire's Lust is a film about a boy who lives at home with his parents
and is sent out one night to get milk and ends up getting bitten
by a vampire bat - and from that point he starts to notice some changes. All this
is going on at the same time he and his friend are working on a short film
How did you get involved with the project in the first place?
Well, the short was acually made a few years back, and me and M. Kelley really
wanted to start making our on films and that is kinda what got us started on
What were your inspirations when writing Vampire's Lust?
Lust was made very much like the 1980's shot-on-video style films.
So that was the main look I was going for with the film.
... favourite creatures of the night of yours, and your vampire favourites
in film, television, books, ...?
I'd say my favorite
vampire film is The Lost Boys. I have been a fan of the film since
in around the 5th grade. I have never watched any of the vampire shows
that are on TV now like True
How would you describe Vampire's
Lust's brand of humour?
It's pretty much a silly over-the-top kind of humor.
What can you tell us about
your directorial approach?
Just to try and have a fun time
with the concept. I made the film a while back so I wasn't thinking about
things the same way that I do now. And at the time neither me nor M. Kelley
had done any feature films.
A few words about your
writing, directing and acting partner and longtime collaborator M. Kelley?
Kelley has been a friend of mine since the 6th grade. We got to work
togther on a lot of really fun projects. M.J. is still living out in Maryland so hopefully at some point we will do another project togther.
other segments of Treasure
Chest of Horrors as well as the framing
story were directed by Doug Waugh [Doug
Waugh interview - click here]. What can you tell us about the
collaboration between you two, or were you both pretty much doing your own
In Volume 1 we pretty much did our own thing. But I
do appear in one of Doug's segments.
A few words about Treasure
Chest of Horrors's
executive producers James Cullen Bressack [James
Cullen Bressack interview - click here] and Jarret Cohen, and how
did you hook up with them?
I met James through Facebook
about a year ago. I found out about him and his film projects from a
director friend that told me about his film My Pure Joy, and I really loved
the trailer and then got in touch with him. And he told me about the
anthology he was putting togther and I told him I had some shorts that I
thought would be a great fit in the series.
You have recently also made a
short, Lust for Blood, for another anthology movie produced by
James Cullen Bressack and Jarret Cohen, Theatre of the Deranged. What
can you tell us about that one?
That is another short I did
a while back. Its about a kid that goes to the fair and goes to get his
fortune told, and he drinks a potion the fortune teller tells him to drink
- and turns into a monster and kills a lot of people.
In a few words, how do Vampire's
Lust and Lust for Blood compare, and which was more fun/more
interesting/more challenging to make?
Lust for Blood
was a really tough one to make. The main issue was doing the special
effects and trying to learn how to do them. Me and M.J. did everything
ourselves in the film so it was a tough one.
According to my
information, there will be both Treasure Chest of Horrors
II and Theater
of Derange II - will you be involved in any of these, and anything else
you can reveal about them yet?
Treasure Chest of Horrors
II is going to be awesome. I filmed a brand new segment for the film as well
as 2 other segments from a few years back. I also appear in one of Doug's
segment playing a killer baby. I plan to shoot another segment for Volume
3 of Treasure Chest as well.
Let's go to the
beginnings of your career: You started out appearing in various
self-created webseries. Why don't you talk about those for a bit, and what
were your inspirations for them?
I started out doing a
series with M. Kelley called The Don and Murph Show. It was a show about 2
wacky guys who go on crazy adventures and meet up with some crazy people.
Throughout the years the show started to be more about movies and in the
last few years I was doing the show it was about Don and Murph reviewing
films, and we would do a parody of the respective film we were reviewing. And the
current series I still do now is the My DVD Collection-series where I
review and talk about the DVDs and Blu-rays that I have gotten. That series
really gained a pretty big following online.
Eventually, you started
to appear in quite a number of indie horror flicks. How did that come
about, and what can you tell us about Shawn C.Phillips, the actor?
really owe the entire start of my actor career to Synthetic
are the guys that put me in the first 2 projects which were Banshee!! and
Assault of the Sasquatch
(which is on Netflix streaming). The producer at
the company saw my DVD review show and asked me to come be in the films
and I had such an amazing time and after that I never stopped again.
like you to say a few words about a few new and upcoming films of yours,
and your roles in them:
Creep Creepersin's Finger Bang [Creep
Creepersin interview - click here]?
was a really fun shoot. I play the monster type character in the film. I
had been a fan of Creep's films for awhile but wasn't able to work with him
since I was out in Maryland - but was very happy to get to work with him
when I moved out to the West Coast.
Campbell's Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical [Travis
Campbell interview - click here]?
A really cool
film I did for Troma. I played a bartender in the film and had some great
scenes with Tim Dax who plays Mr Bricks.
LaMartina's Witch's Brew?
Chris is a great friend of
mine and I loved getting to work with him, He is also one of the most
talented directors I know. I first worked with him on President's Day had a
great time. He wrote me a really fun role in Witch's Brew. This is one I
really can't wait for everyone to see. But I play a really funny character
throwing a big party in the film.
Charlie Vaughn's Bloody
Mary 3D [Charlie Vaughn interview -
Bloody Mary 3D was a great time. I
just learned its on cable-on-demand now for people to check out. I play a
security guard in the film.
Cameron McCasland's The Lashman
[Cameron McCasland interview -
This was a fun film to work on but a
tough shoot at the time. It was tough for everyone involved, we worked 2
weeks straight on the film and it was super hot while we were filming it.
Hopefully it will come out sometime this year.
Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer?
filmed a little cameo in the film as a preacher.
McConnell's Kung Fu and Titties [Joseph
McConnell interview - click here]?
I filmed a
cameo in the film as a very mean character.
Ackerman's Terror Vortex [Christian
Ackerman interview - click here]?
Just shot a scene
in the film as a news reporter for Christian.
Dustin Mills' Puppet
Monster Massacre II [Dustin Mills
interview - click here]?
I'm not sure if that
project is still happening.
Brian Dorton's Crazy
Fat Ethel [Brian Dorton interview -
Looking forward to that one. Should be
shooting sometime this year.
The anthology movie Scream Queen
Haven't filmed this one yet. Not sure on the
status of it.
Andrew Jones' Manson Rising?
be shooting this year. But I will be playing the boss of Charles Manson.
other films of yours, past, present or future, you'd like to talk about?
Shawn C.Phillips, Danny Trejo on the set of
have a lot to talk about. Coming to DVD and Blu-ray later this year is a a
really awesome project I acted in called Girls Gone Dead. The film starts
Sal and Beetlejuice from The Howard Stern Show as well as Jerry the King
Lawler from the WWE. I have such a fun role in that film and the film is
directed by Micheal Hoffman who directed 2 films I really loved, Spring
Break Massacre and Rot.
I also have a film that is one of the biggest film I have even done called
Haunted High. I play one of the main characters in the film and got to act
with the amazing Danny Trejo and M.C. Gainey. The film will be airing
later this year on the SyFy
channel. I had the most fun ever on that shoot
and ca'nt wait for everyone to see it.
Also I know a few other films will be hitting DVD this year as well. This
should be the year things I'm in come out.
of your films are of the horror variety. A genre dear to you, and why?
have always been a big horror film. Pretty much whenever I got into a
store the main section I go to is the horror section. I pretty much watch
all the new horror films but the best are from the 70's and 80's.
I like acting in them cause they are some of the most fun to work on and
love dying in the films. Lol
who inspire you?
That is tough I have so many directors I
love. Never been great with that question.
Your favourite movies?
have some many I love but some of the ones I can watch over and over are:
The Return of the Living Dead, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, the
Bill and Ted-films.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I really don't have
any film I just hate. Well, maybe The Family Man. Lol
movies' websites, Facebooks, Youtube channels, whatever else?
- Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/coolduder
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shawncphillipsactor
- Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawn-C-Phillips/205339310744
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/donandmurph
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
keep checking out my Youtube channel and fan page for any updates on
future projects and film release dates.
for the interview!