Your upcoming movie Homewrecked - in a few words, what is it
is a crime thriller that takes a much deeper darker turn.
claims to be based on true
events - so how close do you stick to the actual story, how much artistic
license do you take?
The first half of Homewrecked
is based on a true home invasion that
happened in my hometown back in 2009. Now I did change
the number of people involved and although the plot twist in the last half
does delve into horror it continues ring some elements truth to the very last
Other sources of inspiration when
As far as inspiration I guess you can say I drew from two of my favorite
70's films and twisted them together. Those films would be A
Clockwork Orange and Rolling Thunder.
supposed to be the final part of a trilogy that also involves your shorts Night
of the Seamonkey and Lamb
Feed - so how are these films connected?
ends a three year journey as I have written, financed
and directed a 30 min short every year since 2013. As far as
a tie in there will be a small wrap around story, but most importantly this will be a
showcase of my all time favorite sub genres done the M.S.R. way.
can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror?
My approach for this piece was to go as real as the real horrors of the
world get. This is a film about society's real living monsters.
talk about the look and feel of Homewrecked
for a bit!
is definitely darker than my two previous efforts in its
look and overall tone. Most crimes of this nature happen in the
evening hours and I wanted to stay within the realm of realism.
stars cult movie legend Jim Van Bebber - now why him, what was your
collaboration like, and how did you get him even?
Jim Van Bebber and I go back a few years. When I first started out as a
writer/producer I had written a piece that he became attached
to and when that got put on hold I kept in communication with him.
In 2012 Jim was raising
money for a short titled Gator Green and I had helped contribute to make that
happen. The following year I made my first short Night
of the Seamonkey and was gearing
up for my follow up Lamb
Feed. The first person that popped into my head to play
Rev (Michael Wainwright's character [Michael
Wainwright interview - click here]) was Jim. I sent him a script and he agreed to read
it in early 2014, but as misfortune would have it, due to scheduling conflicts and timing it
just wasn't going to happen - so I cast Michael who did and outstanding job. Now that brings
us to 2015 where I knew this was destined to happen. I mailed the script out to Jim
and right away we got on the phone and started chiseling away at who this Rick Harper
character was in the script. Van Bebber and I came to the conclusion that Rick Harper
was not just a victim of intruders or a traumatic past, but a victim of life's big inevitable...
now you will have to wait and see it to get anymore.
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
I had a well rounded brilliant cast such as Raimi veteran Tim Quill (Army of
Darkness), the multi-talented Sebrina Scott (Overtime, The
Meghan Chadeayne whom I've worked with previously in Lamb
Feed, newcomer J.J. Beasley, Dale Miller and a great special appearance by John Wells
(Overtime). I was
extremely blessed to work with such amazing people, truly.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Set atmosphere was at times very intense and real. We did work some
method and improv into our scenes which added some unique
rhythm to the on screen violence, but whether or not the cameras were rolling it was
definitely an artist's playground.
$64-question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto
the general public?
will most likely hit the festival circuit throughout the
states for a few months then get incorperated into a 90 min
anthology I will seek worldwide distribution for.
Any future projects you'd like to
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Well I have just sat down to script a bike/horror film titled The Deadly
Kind which will see pre production in a year. I
also have a starring role in a feature length documentary releasing this June titled
Blood on the
Reel directed by Johnny Daggers and released by SGL
Entertainment. In between I
will make film fest appearances with Homewrecked
and try to keep my insanity ;)
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
A huge Thank You to all my supporters and fans!!!
Love and respect all the way, M.S.R.
Thanks for the interview!