Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- To Dream 2016

- Dance of Death 1968

- Cleavers 2019

- Bloody Ballet 2018

- Outlawed 2018

- My Name is Casey Jones 2018

- Soundbite 2018

- Purgatoric 2018

- Making a Killing 2018

- Maria's Tale 2018

- My Deadly Playmate 2018

- Bannister DollHouse 2019

- The Life of Riley 1948

- [Cargo] 2018

- Code Name: Dynastud 2018

- American Antichrist 2018

- Bloody Nun 2018

- Conspiracy X 2018

- Luciferina 2018

- Strange Nature 2018

- The Chrysalis 2018

- Viral Beauty 2017

- The First Date 2018

- The Green Fog 2017

- Knock Knock Knock 2018

- Pumpkin Bitch 2017

- How Do You Type a Broken Heart? 2018

- Crime in the Streets 1955

- Death Kiss 2018

- Good Girl 2018

- Crawford Road 2018

- The Devil and I 2018

- We Know You Are Home 2018

- Pop 2018

- I Married Joan 1952

- Exposure 2018

- Hush 2018

- Betrayed 2018

- Schlock 1973

- Rumor from Ground Control 2018

- Entanglement 2017

- The Krays: Dead Man Walking 2018

- Spiral 2018

- An Hour to Kill 2018

- Reina 2017

- Tamburlaine the Great 2018

- The Scarlet Vultures 2018

- The Toybox 2018

- Misfit 2016

- Ripper Tour 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- The Night Monica Came Back 2017

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

An Interview with Chris Esper, Director of Please Punish Me

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2015

Films directed by Chris Esper on (re)Search my Trash


Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




We have talked about this before [click here], but do bring us up to speed: Please Punish Me - in a few words, what is it about?


Please Punish Me is a dark comedy about a man whose life is overly blessed and life is too good for him. So, he seeks to be punished for his "curse". 


What drew you to the story initially, and to what extent could you identify with its message and its brand of humour?


The story was by Tom Paolino, who came to me with the idea in late 2012/early 2013. It was then written by Rich Camp. What drew me to the idea was the heart and humanity within the story. Underneath the comedy is a wonderful story about succeeding down a path you do not like instead of your desired path. I find that in a way, everyone is a lot like Scottie. We all have dreams and ambitions as young people, but then somewhere along the line we lose that in favor of something that gives us an income and we become unhappy because of it. Scottie is this way. He's simply going through the motions. In addition, it is also wickedly funny in its dark sense of humor. Tom's story had the story and heart in there and then Rich went in and punched up the humor.


Since we had our first interview about Please Punish Me [again: click here], how did the project change and evolve (other than that it actually got shot of course)?


Most of it remained the same. However, though, a scene was cut and we changed one other scene around to help it fit better with the story also help the length of the film not be too long. The script also featured a few lines of dialogue that we cut and just try to make it a leaner story and still get the point across.


How would you describe the movie's look and feel?


The movie has two different looks. I wanted to show Scottie's world versus the world he's about to enter into with the Punish Me Palace. His world is very bland, white and a few Earth tones. It's your basic corporate setting where everyone is focused in their own world. The palace, on the other hand, is a completely different. There's a lot of reds, yellows, pinks and just a whole array of colors. That world is uncomfortable for Scottie and feels creepy.


Do talk about your key cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?


We had a great cast for this project. David Sackal plays Scottie. I worked with David previously on another project I directed and we had a great rapport together. So, when we were casting, he had sent in an audition video and we gave him a call back and eventually the part. He displayed the vulnerability and humor required for the part that it was easy to say yes to him.

Joanna Donofrio plays Michelle. This character as well is vulnerable like Scottie, so it was important for the actress to display that. Joanna was actually originally going to be my production designer on this. I had met her through a friend and we started working on design ideas. Then, when she read the script she wanted to audition. I knew she acted as well, but didn't know anything about her acting. So, she just blew us away in the audition and we called her back and gave her the part. She was wonderful and captured exactly what the character was like. 

Brad Rhodes plays Steinberg, Scottie's boss. Brad is a very funny guy and has a great creative side to him in discovering his character and displayed that here. Steinberg couldn't just be funny, but he also had to be the driving force for Scottie wanting to get punished. Brad really hit home with that. 

Lorrie Bacon plays Doe-Rey-Mi, the head mistress of the Punish Me Palace. This was no contest in casting Lorrie for this. I can still remember auditioning her and just laughing so hard. She commanded the room and I knew I really wanted her for the part.

Mark Carter plays Crueger, the receptionist of the palace. Mark, too, is a very funny actor and can do a lot with his face, which was great for this part. I saw Creuger being somewhat equivalent to Igor in Young Frankenstein, and Mark played it brilliantly in that way.

Finally, we have Talli Clemons as Tiggs, Scottie's co-worker. Talli read for the part in an initial table read where we read the script out loud in its first draft to see how it sounded. Talli did a great job there. Then, we auditioned a bunch of people, but Talli kept popping up in my head for this part and he really wanted it, but couldn't make the auditions. So, I just simply asked him to play it.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was a fun shoot. We only had a $1,000 budget throughout, but even with that we had a very dedicated cast and crew who worked very hard and never complained. Everyone just bought their A-game to the production and it was also very collaborative. The actors and I all had different ideas as to who these characters are and we had a nice happy medium between what we all thought and in the end we got something I think a lot of us can be proud of.  


The $64-question of course, when and where will Please Punish Me be released onto the general public?


Right now, we're looking into having a premiere at a local theater in the spring and then moving onto the festival circuit and eventually online distribution.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Yes, I always have something different in the works. I've been given a few different scripts to choose from, so I'm trying to find that next one. I'm also getting back into writing myself and trying to develop a my first feature. It's been a long time coming and I feel I'm ready to take something bigger and really start pushing forth in my career.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Chris Esper
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find Chris Esper here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Chris Esper at

My website:

Macremi (production company who produced the movie):

Please Punish Me Facebook:


Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


The trailer for the film premieres online on Friday March 27th at 7pm on YouTube and Vimeo! Don't miss it!


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you for interviewing me again! Always a pleasure.


© by Mike Haberfelner

Legal note: (re)Search my Trash cannot
and shall not be held responsible for
content of sites from a third party.

Thanks for watching !!!



On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD



Stell Dir vor, Deine Lieblingsseifenoper birgt eine tiefere Wahrheit ...
... und stell Dir vor, der Penner von der U-Bahnstation hat doch recht ...
... und dann triffst Du auch noch die Frau Deiner (feuchten) Träume ...


Und an diesem Tag geht natürlich wieder einmal die Welt unter!!!


Bauliche Angelegenheiten
ein Roman von
Michael Haberfelner


Jetzt kaufen bei