Your upcoming movie Orville in Orbit: Sorority Space Massacre
- in a few woeds, what's it going to be about?
Orville In Orbit picks up 25 years later with Orville Ketchum
frozen in space. He's been preserved in the event Hockstatter should
return. Sure enough after a group of young, beautiful exotic dancers show
up at the old Hockstatter place to clean it up, his ghost is resurrected
once again and it's up to his original foes Dawn (Gail Thackray), Jackie
(Deborah Dutch [Deborah
Dutch interview - click here]), Tess (Melissa Moore) and Orville Ketchum (Peter Spellos)
to defeat him once and for all.
the project come into being in the first place?
In Orbit started as a joke at the end of Hard To Die.
After the end credits it promised Orville's return in Orville In Orbit.
For years fans have asked Jim Wynorski [Jim
Wynorski interview - click here] about it, and being that I'm a huge fan of
the flicks myself I approached him about "teaming up" to make it
happen. He was open to the idea and after a few phone calls we worked out
the details and are on schedule now to begin filming in late July!
about the character Orville Ketchum for a bit, including his past
movie appearances, and what inspired you to make a movie about him?
Ketchum is a vastly underrated "hero" of horror. The entire
series has been about him being mistaken for the killer so he endures all
sorts of gun blasts and bloodshed when he's really trying to save the
girls the whole time from the REAL killer. In the early 90s, that was a
terrific concept. The slasher boom was ending and Jim Wynorski came up
with a hilarious take on the subgenre, poking fun at the clichés presented
in all the classic slashers to come out the decade prior. Orville is
designed to look like the stereotypical menacing killer, but he proves you
shouldn't judge a book by it's cover because he's actually a good guy.
He's a fun character that deserves one final send-off in the long promised
follow-up. After Jim had made several Facebook posts about the original
Sorority House still standing, I left a comment that "we" should
make a follow-up. The rest is history.
sources of inspiration when writing Orville in Orbit? And what can you tell us about your co-writer Mike Reeb and
about working with him?
It's the right time to make
the final film now because the original films have had time to "sink
in" and gain cult status amoung fans. It was important that if we
were going to do this, it really would be "for the fans" and in
the conceptualizing stages I made sure to incorporate everything into the
story I felt made it a "true" follow-up, in the tradition of the
previous films. We've got boobs, extended shower scenes, montages,
half-naked girls with guns, the 3 scream queens returning and of course
Orville on his never-ending pursuit to stop Hockstatter. Given the title,
the movie begins in space but eventually we end up back at the old sorority
house for that classic old skool style slasher setting. Jim
pitched me some ideas, which I sort of meshed with my own, then I handed
the "outline" over to my writer friend Mike Reeb. I've known
Mike as the "movie poster dealer" that supplies my video store
Old Skool Video with movie posters. He's also written several
horror film scripts in the past and has many brillant ideas. He's a big
fan of the Orville films as well so it felt natural to let him sort of
"expand" our story in the feature-length script.
You're co-directing Orville
in Orbit with legendary Jim Wynorski [Jim
Wynorski interview - click here] - so what's your collaboration
I'm lucky in that Jim is giving me a lot of
creative freedom with the film. We've talked several times and he
understands how I feel about the other movies, and my "vision"
for bringing it back. I've had an odd connection to 80's/90's Slasher
films sort of my whole career. Editing the 'unfinished' Sleepaway
Camp 4 from 1992 jump started everything, later I would film a
"lost" deleted scene for the Sleepaway Camp 2 Blu-ray from
Scream Factory which led to me editing the uncut composite
of Slumber Party Massacre II for their eventual special
edition of that. I also once directed a faux trailer for Slumber
Party Massacre 4 which went viral online back in 2009 (?) and the
first thing I ever directed was a fan sequel called Scalps 2: The
Return of D.J. which eventually wound up on RetroMedia's special
Blu-ray release of Scalps. Needless to say I understand the
era of those films and Jim can see that, so other than making sure he has
creative input throughout the entire production, he's pretty much leaving
the big stuff to me. Which ofcourse, is a huge honor. He'll be flying to
Nebraska with Deborah, Peter, Melissa and Gail and will be on-set for the
filming of their scenes. I'll be handling everything else on my own,
before and after we film those scenes.
A few words about the movie's intended look and
The idea is to make it the same in
"tone" and "feel" as Hard To Die and Sorority House Massacre 2. Too often modern movies just don't
get it right, but I want you to believe 1992 never ended when you watch
this movie. It's simple, bloody and fun. We've got homages to both films
throughout and are using the same exterior for the Hockstatter place and
Chuck Cirino is even returning with his wonderful score.
Deborah Dutch as Jackie - then and now
Do talk about
Orville in Orbit's key cast and crew for a bit, and why exactly these people?
mentioned before, several of the cast from the other two films are
returning. Jim and I both felt it was really important to include them for
the fans, and keep the story true to its origins. This movie is expected
to be an eventual cult classic, and I need to do my best to make sure that
happens by having all the right elements to make it a "true"
follow-up, and of course, make Jim really proud! As for the rest of the
cast/crew, nothing has been finalized yet, but you can watch the official
Facebook page for updates when we announce them!
far as I know, Orville in Orbit is still
in pre-production - so what's the schedule, and even if it's quite
probably waaay to early to ask, any idea when and where the movie might be
We plan to start actual filming in late
July and wrap around the 7th of August. I usually don't take too long to
get my films edited, so I anticipate it being available in one form or
another by the end of the year... fingers crossed!
Any future projects beyond Orville in
Orbit you'd like to share?
the movie wraps I basically have a month off before jumping into Nemesis 5. Details on that are under wraps at this time, but
once Orville In Orbit is finished, everything should be public
on that J It'll be my last film for the
year, and my most elaborate production to date.
movie's website, facebook, whatever else?
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I recently filmed and edited a couple live videos and a bunch of tour
commercials for the band Orgy you can check out on their official
sites and I also recently finished production on Amityville: Evil Never
Dies, the follow-up to last year's The Amityville Legacy.
The film starred genre vets Mark Patton (A
Nightmare On Elm Street 2) and Helene Udy from My Bloody
Valentine [Helene Udy
interview - click here]. You can follow the movie's Facebook page
below to keep up to date on the release. And finally, I recently signed an
agreement with Troma to handle the digital distribution of 7 of my catalog
titles, including both Meathook
Massacre films and my documentary Penny Pinchers. The
first of those to release this June!
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for the interview!