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An Interview with Dusty Fleischman, Director of The Corn Stalker

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2011

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Two amateur book writers, a lost DJ, and a bounty hunter searching for his missing sister all cross paths in a cornfield in Boonsboro. There they encounter a local legend, the murderous Corn Stalker. One by one they are killed off until only the bounty hunter remains.


What prompted you to use a cornfield as the film's main location?


The isolation. It is very easy to get lost and it can be pretty intimidating. It seemed like the perfect location and it, aside for the Children of the Corn, it hadn't been used much.


A few words about the Corn Stalker's creepy scarecrow outfit?


We actually wanted the outfit to look pretty realistic. We didnt want a "monster", but rather a deformed creature hiding out in the field. His costume helped him to blend in to the environment.


Rather unlike other genre movies of late, you don't care about giving your Corn Stalker an origin-story. Why is that?


The film was supposed to be a short film, but we liked the idea so much we made it a feature film. There was a small script but most of it was improv. We were just having fun running with it that we didn't even think about a back story.


Could you ever be tempted to make a sequel to The Corn Stalker?


There is a sequel, Corn Stalker 2: Dead Man Stalking, it will be released on DVD in August 2011. There is also a third film being written called, Origins of the Corn Stalker and I'm even coming up with ideas for a fourth film.


The Corn Stalker was obviously inspired by old-school-slasher movies from the 1980's. A few of your favourites from back in the days?


A few, Toolbox Murders, New York Ripper, April Fool's Day, The Prowler, of course Halloween, Bay of Blood, Psycho from Texas, stuff like that. I love horror in general.


Other sources of inspiration for The Corn Stalker?


The biggest obvious inspiration is Jason Voorhees. I have always wanted to play Jason, but I am too small. This was my chance to play him in a slightly different type of role. Other inspirations were Pumpkinhead, Halloween, and of course Children of the Corn.


A few words about your cast and crew?


The cast and crew were awesome. I have been working with most of them for many years. Steve Fiendish and I started in the business together when we created Horror Punk Productions back in 1997. Our fight scenes have been legendary locally so it was only fitting that we ended the film with a fight scene. David Keye and Shan Guhr are both good actors, Dave is a classically trained stage actor. Chris Bell is great. He has the best line delivery I have ever seen. It was a fun movie to make. I wish all my film experiences were that good.


What can you tell us about the music score of your film, which also features quite a few rock tunes?


The score was written by me and Steve Fiendish. We wanted kind of a blues element to it. I think it fit well. The bands that contributed were awesome and fit the movie so well. Zombina and the Skeletones, Under A Nightmare, and Ghosts Run Wild were great. It is my goal to always use indie bands in my films as a part of the film, not just background. It was something I always liked about Scooby Doo. There was this cheesy song playing in the background when the villains were chasing them. So that's what did.


The Corn Stalker is accompanied by two (rather gory) fake commercials. A few words about these?


I had shot them for something else and they were just laying around and I got the idea to just add them. It was simply done for fun and it worked to break things up.


What can you tell us about your soon-to-be-released movie Untold Vampire Tales?


Vampire Tales is one of my favorite movies that I have made. I read a book about vampire mythology and came across these old stories. I thought they would make great movies and I think they do. There are four short films, each about a different type of vampire. There is a Russian vampire, a Slavian vampire, an Irish vampire, and a tale about a Goth vampire. The film was well shot, well acted. Great score and very good production value. I had a blast with that one.


Any other films you'd like to talk about, any future projects?


Well, we have Vampire Tales coming out, then Corn Stalker 2, and then a movie about killer trees called, Radioactive Flesh Foliage coming out this fall. And then we ar going to start working on a new DVD series called Terror Shoppe! - kind of a Tales from the Crypt-type of show.


Your films are all of the horror-variety. Why, and is horror a genre especially dear to you?


I have been a fan of horror since I was nine. It has been a part of life life ever since. I have devoted my life to it. The horror genre and the people in it are like family. I want to be a part of that world.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you recieve any formal training on the subject?


I love to entertain people. I was blessed with a good imagination, and I love horror. It was just a logical choice. I went to the Hollywood Film Institute in 1997.


Directors who inspire you?


Alfred Hitchcock of course, Fred Olen Ray, Hershell Gordan Lewis [Herschell Gordon Lewis bio - click here], John Carpenter, Jim Wynorski, Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here], Umberto Lenzi [Umberto Lenzi bio - click here], William Castle.


Your favourite movies?


It depends on the genre, zombies ... Return of the Living Dead, slashers ... Friday the 13th-franchise, sci Fi ... Thing From Another Planet, comicbook ... Superman - I have to break it down into genres because I love so much.


... and of course, films you really deplored?


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


I have been labeled as "amateur", "trash" and "backyard" filmmaker and I hope that the fans who watch us see beyond the low budget of the films. We try hard to make good productions with very little money. But we do have scripts, crew, locations, and schedules just like every other film company. Indie horror is making an impact and we want to be a big part of that and I hope the fans keep coming back and keep indie horror alive. We will all work really hard to bring you the best films we can and try our best to entertain you. But it is the fans, not the critics, who make the difference.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you Mike and for being a supporter and standing tall with us!


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