Your movie Evil Intent
- in a few words, what is it about?
It's about a strange love triangle to leads to manipulation, betrayal,
insanity, and murder.
What were your sources of inspiration when writing Evil
Intent, and was any of this based on actual relationships you've
had (hopefully not to that extreme)?
I don't know that I
had any particular inspiration for the script. I did have the
general idea for the film come to me on a Tuesday, and over the next
couple days I tossed ideas around in my head for the script. On
Friday afternoon I began writing the script, and I had a completed first
draft by Monday morning. The film isn't based on any actual
relationships I've had (thankfully), but there's still time!
Of all the main
characters in Evil Intent,
who could you identify with the most, actually?
have to be Paul, primarily because he's the only character in the film who
isn't insane, evil, or both. I'd like to think I'm not either of
those things, but I imagine there are some people out there who might
about your movie's approach to horror for a bit!
more on the horror/thriller aspect with Evil Intent rather
than the gore approach. There's very little blood in the film.
The goal was to present a scenario that viewers could find
themselves in - that's where real horror can present itself. Hopefully
when people watch the film they get the feeling that something like what
transpires in Evil Intent could infiltrate their lives. The
best horror is that horror which comes off as plausible to the viewer.
least to me, Evil Intent
is also a darkly ironic movie - do you agree, and would you like to
elaborate on that?
I like your use of the word
"dark". The film is an exploration of how deep people
might go into the darkest recesses of their psyches to get what they want.
In the case of Paul (played perfectly by Jason W. Griffith), he will
go as deep as he has to to show Stephanie (fantastically played by
Giovanna Leah) how much he loves her and how devoted he is to her. In
the case of Kelly and Tricia (I couldn't have asked for more from Libby
Baker and Andrea Rabold in these roles), they are willing to thoroughly
explore their darkest corners to get what they want.
With the movie being mostly set in
one apartment, how limiting but maybe also liberating was this for you as
We've shot a number of films in basically one
location. In fact, Libby Baker is one of the stars of our comedy
feature Separate Checks where 98% of the film was shot in the
studio apartment I was living in at the time. There are limitations
in shooting in one location - for example, you won't see car chase scenes
in films like this. But overall I find shooting in this manner to be
quite liberating. It's liberating in that we have all of our
equipment close at hand, and it takes only a few minutes to move from one
room to the next when we need to shoot the next scene. It's also
quite convenient because everything we need, from wardrobe changes to
batteries to food, are all right on hand, so we save time with the shoot
not having to track these kinds of things down. And we certainly
don't have to worry about wasting hours breaking down all the equipment to
load it into cars, drive to the next location, and set it all up again.
So whatever drawbacks there are to shooting a film all in one
location, there are twenty positives that more than balance out those
What can you tell us about your overall
directorial approach to your story at hand?
In general I'm
a pretty laid back director. I try to allow the script and the
actors to do the directing, stepping in occasionally when something needs
to be changed. With Evil Intent, however, since I had such an
incredible cast to work with, I pretty much stepped back and let them do
their thing. They all brought great depth and interpretation to the
script and their characters, and I could have only muddied things up by
saying too much to them.
appear in front of the camera in Evil
Intent - so do talk about your character, and have you written him
with yourself in mind?
My character, the psychologist, is
primarily a facilitator in the film, getting Stephanie to tell her tale.
I did write that role with myself in mind, as I've done before with
characters like Joe McCann in To Die is Hard and Petey in The
Worst Movie EVER!. I also write roles for specific cast members
with whom I've already worked. For example, with Andrea Rabold from Evil
Intent, I specifically wrote the character of Kathryn in our upcoming
horror film Paralyzed with Fear (that also stars Kane Hodder
of Friday the 13th fame) with her in mind. I knew she
would be fantastic in that role, and she was!
What can you tell us about the
rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
worked previously with Libby, Andrea, Giovanna, and Jason in our
earlier films Therapissed, Guernica Still Burning, and Bad
Movies, Good Showers, and Civil Engineers. I knew all of them
would be great in Evil Intent because they're all talented,
they all show up on set knowing their lines, and they show up on time.
In short, they're all real pros. I tend to work with a lot of
the same cast (and crew) members over and over because when I find people
who are talented and fun to work with, I want to work with them more.
In addition, for the role of Paul I needed an athletic guy since
part of Paul's backstory is that he's a former athlete, and Jason fit that
bill. And with the women - well, they're all easy on the eyes, so
that's a bonus.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
a four-day shoot that we did over the course of two weekends, then later
we spent a few hours one day doing some pick-up shots. It was a fun,
relaxed shoot. All the cast members are real professionals (none of
them are a primadonna), and the crew members were all great to work with
as well. From DP Gene Yanza to camera guys Nick Falls and Tom Doyle
to sound guy John Schmidt, we all laughed and enjoyed each other's company
all weekend long, both weekends. This was one of our many shoots
that I was sad to see come to an end because I was having such a great
time making a film with these people.
$64-question of course, where can Evil
Intent be seen?
We've recently entered into a deal
with the 24 Hour Movie Channel (a Roku network) for them to add six of our
films, including Evil
Intent, to their catalog of films. All
films are free to watch on the 24 Hour Movie Channel, viewers just have to
watch a few commercials that are sprinkled in during the film. The
other films we now have on this channel are the comedies To Die is Hard,
The Worst Movie EVER!, Therapissed, and Separate Checks along
with the horror/comedy Midget Zombie Takeover. We've also
just reached an agreement with the 24 Hour Movie Channel for them to add
our two new films, the dark comedy/thriller The Ghosts of Johnson Woods starring
long-time film and TV personality Joe Bob Briggs and the horror/comedy Auto
Shop of Horrors, to their lineup - those two films should be available
in another month or two.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of your movie?
received an almost universally positive response to Evil
When the film made its limited theatrical run, we were able to get a
number of critics to review the film, and every review was positive.
We also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans. Unfortunately,
this didn't correlate into gaining a large audience for the film since our
distributor was never able to land a wide distribution deal for the film.
With Evil Intent now airing on the
24 hour Movie Channel, there's been renewed interest in the film, and we've picked up
more positive critical reviews. Hopefully the fan base for the film
continues to grow. My thought is that it's simply a matter of
getting people to watch Evil Intent because once people see
the performances put in by Giovanna, Libby, Andrea, and Jason, they'll
love the film and (hopefully) tell their friends about it.
future projects you'd like to share?
It's a busy time for
us. We have two new feature films that we'll be releasing in 2017,
the drama LoveSexHate that stars Giovanna Leah and Jason W.
Griffith from Evil Intent, and the horror film Paralyzed with
Fear that stars Andrea Rabold from Evil Intent. We're
also in pre-production on a comedy feature titled Poetry Slammed that
we're looking to shoot this summer (and will star me, Jonathan Hodges from
Midget Zombie Takeover, and Joe Maurer from Paralyzed with Fear).
In addition to all the feature films, we have short films that will
be part of the British horror film anthologies 60 Seconds to Die (which
was recently released), 60 Seconds 2 Die 2 (which will be
released in 2017), and 60 Seconds to Die 3 (to be released in
either 2017 or '18). I shot and appear in a segment for the feature
film Ted Bundy Had a Son that's due out in 2017. And I
was interviewed for the documentary VHS Lives: A Schlockumentary, a
film that looks back at the halcyon days of the video tape.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
The Facebook fan page for
the film can be found at https://www.facebook.com/evilintent.glenn/.
I hope fans will go there, check it out, and give it a
"Like". My personal website that I use for booking
speaking engagements is www.glennspeaks.com.
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dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
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an interesting tale about Evil Intent that I like to tell to
budding filmmakers when I do speaking engagements, and it has to do with
the edit of the film. When the film was initially edited, the editor
wasn't able to put the time into the edit that was hoped for, and the film
simply wasn't good. When I watched this edit I was crestfallen -
when I was on set during the shoot, it seemed like we were making a really
good film, but when I watched the film, it was terrible. It was
flat, it wasn't engaging, and it certainly wasn't thrilling or horrific.
My thought upon watching it was that I'd send a copy of the film to
each cast and crew member, then never think about the film again, merely
chalking it up to a humbling experience. When I told my girlfriend
Diane Henry about this she asked to watch the film, so one weekend
afternoon we sat down and watched it together. When the film ended,
Diane turned to me and said, "The acting is great, the writing is
great, but the edit sucked." Five minutes later, Diane had
convinced me to have someone else do a fresh edit on the film. At
that point I contacted Brian Cabrera, and he was excited to do a re-edit
of the film. A month later he delivered a totally different film to
me. It was the great film I thought I was watching come to fruition
on set. It's a simple example of how important the editing of a film
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