Your films usually tend to be a mix of horror or erotica. Why do you
think the two mix so well?
Well, I could
state the obvious fact, that being classed as a horror fan
opens the door to allow you to view a lot of naked people and sex
without actually falling under the pervert category. You
know, kind of like the whole test proven excuse: "I read
Playboy for the articles" ...(Laughing)
How would you describe your
directorial approach in general, and directors who inspire you?
out was a lot of trial and error. Several Film Directors and TV Directors
told me "You can learn all about directing, but the only way to
learn to direct, is to do direct." They were right. As far as
directors that have inspired me, I would say number one is John Carpenter.
Simply because he has a real talent for scare and tension build up. He
doesn't need to play on the in your face gore.
you were making movies, you were making music, right? Would you like to
talk about that period of your life for a bit?
to broadcasting school to learn filmmaking. How well did that prepare you
for the actual job?
Best question ever asked...
So here is
the fact: IT DIDN'T. Best advice I can give to anybody is this: Obviously,
you need to research and study, but all that can be done on your own. You
really don't need to blow money for schools and courses which PROMISE you
NOTHING. I learned more on my own, studying on my own, and opening my own
doors, than ANY school could have ever offered to me - hell, I didn't
even finish the Broadcasting, but I did stay at ABC.
What can you tell us about the very
first film you've directed, the things you have learned from it, and
would you do anything differently nowadays?
The first film
I ever directed was a pretty tough experience. I had investor money in my
pocket, I had the cast, crew, settings, script, you name it. The part that
I forgot was, I don't really know what I am doing (laughing), I had little
"hands-on experience" at that point, and I had an inexperienced
editor. I have never admitted this before, but I was terrified! The first
REAL film that I made was called Creepy Clips, which turned
out to be an erotic trilogy.
Quite a few
of your films are anthology movies, including Horror Hotties, the Goth
Girls- and the Creepy Clips-series. What made you return to the
format quite as frequently?
Quite honestly, TIME. I love Rod Serling's Twilight
Zone, and I didn't
want to just suck up additional time by showing nonsense, or building
up "big" plots, because let's face it: I'm a Producer as well, I had to consider what was making the money... that money came
And being that it was softcore / bondage, I knew that I could run a
good amount of it for time issues, but I knew that after a while the
viewer would also grow tired of seeing the girls "dance
around" and not actually do anything. So, I found a format that
worked for me, and stuck with it.
Island of Torture is
more of a straight horror movie than your other films. What made you
decide to tone down the sexual content for a change, and how would you
describe your approach to horror in this one, as opposed to your other
Originally, the lead was meant for a female. However, I changed the lead
to a male role for Shawn Titus, simply because he was reliable, and I
knew I could count on him. I wanted to do something a bit different
anyway, something a bit gory for once - think I was too into watching
British horror film called Horror Hospital at the time.
The mention of an Island of Torture-remake with the new
Doorway Productions Studio-girls did come up. Of course, if that were
to happen, it would really have more sex, bondage, fetish, and horror
than the gore.
I'd like you to say a few words about some of
your films (often selected merely by the strength of their titles I have
The Creepy Clips-series?
a fun series to do, and I tried to keep it as comicish (for lack of a
better word) as I could.
This was my highest seller. I based all
the stories on the title Goth Girls. Again, it wasn't about
making the best movie, it was about making the money. Here is a PRODUCER
FACT I never shared with anyone about Goth Girls... I put $32.22 into
making this movie, it generated over $10,000.00 - but that cost would have
went up if I didn't own my own equipment too.
was made for fans when we were in between releases and new productions.
I did this one for fans of my work and had an
exclusive release through DVD Empire at the time. It was made with my
experimental grindhouse-look (now perfected by new director Veronica
Blake [Veronica Blake
interview - click here]) for several of the Adult Films currently on the
Slavez of Horror Land?
that every filmmaker has a movie that they are not proud of - well,
this is mine.
other films of yours you'd like to talk about?
rather mention the Girls from the "new" Doorway Productions...
In such a short amount of time,they have long surpassed what I have done
in way of fans and popularity.
recently left your own company, Doorway Productions. In a few
On occasion I do offer my time to help the
girls run the new Doorway Productions. My final run with the company was
what I wanted to do all along: get a Television Show... and I did! The Interviewers aired on
The CW Channel in Youngstown. With
the help of co-host Chloe the Biker (aka Veronica Blake) and Joss Tarnez
(concepts, co-producer uncredited) [Joss
Tarnez interview - click here] I ran the first 11 episodes, and ended
As far as I know, you still write for Doorway
Productions every now and again. Would you care to talk about those
movies for a bit, and to what extent has your collaboration with your
former colleagues changed after your departure?
Well, I don't exactly write even... I helped my cousin Joss with the
Adult film Michelle. And now and then I make a contact, or
help Veronica with editing, if she needs it. For example, In
Captivity is on the Adult Drive-In Double Feature... My version
was Kept Secrets. This is the only title that I offered up
to them to: insert scenes, and remove scenes to start them off with a
"ready-made"-title, so to speak, and they did it beautifully!
As far as anything changing, my life RULES now! I'm surrounded by Porn
People... Veronica is a half Native American knock-out with nice floppy
tits, and let's face it, my TS Cousin, Joss, is freakin' HOT! - Cousin
JUST KIDDING, everything is great!
future projects you'd like to talk about?
I do have a pilot episode, episode list, posters, art work, and pitch
bible for a Sci-Fi television series, which I have turned over to
Veronica and Joss. I would love to talk about it, but I don't want to
give away any of the plots, or character descriptions.
But I will say this, if this ever gets made, I am quite confident that
it will be a success. If the girls decide to make it into an Adult Film
instead, I'm sure it will be quite popular in that market as well... Of
course, if they do that, most of my character development, plots, and
everything else won't be quite so visible... (laughing)
When it comes
to filmmaking, you have pretty much done it all, directing, writing,
producing, editing, scoring and whatnot. Which aspects of making a movie
do you prefer, which could you do without?
I loved, and always will love Producing, Writing, and Editing. And
gearing up for Production was always fun as well.
Directing was okay, but I did a lot of Directing without actually
"Directing". Anybody that has ever worked with me in the past
will know exactly what I am talking about... Everybody that I worked
with in the past did such a wonderful job, and I wish that I could have
made them millionaires from their work they performed for me.
Sex or no
sex, pretty much all of your films are of the horror variety. Is this a
genre especially dear to you, and why? And what kind(s) of horror do you
Well, I was a Horror Kid growing up... Actually, I was more of a Strange
Kid growing up.
I loved the classic Universal
Monsters, and The Twilight
Zone were my
favorites. When I was a child, I would dress up as Dracula,
Man, and even Psycho, and run around the neighborhood playing. My
childhood friends would come over and we would play Alien or
Headless Horseman. Ironically, most of them were Girls.
Your favourite movies?
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I have a several that I could watch repeatedly,
1. Fright Night (Original and Best)
2. First Blood (John J. Rambo)
3. The Fun House (Tobe Hooper's Terrorific)
4. Airplane1 & 2 (That's right)
5. Halloween 3 (Believe it or not)
6. Blood Diner (Funny Stuff)
and of course, films you really deplore?
Anything by Eli
Roth or Rob Zombie (just kidding). Anything by Rob Zombie or Eli Roth.
Facebook, whatever else?
Nothing for me... The girls have
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Well... you know I am dying to promote the Girls here, right? So, if you
don't mind... (for persons 18 and older)
New Doorway Productions films can be found at:
Blake can be found at:
Tarnez can be found at:
Thank YOU for the Interview... God Bless!