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An Interview with Michael S. Rodriguez, Creator of Strange Files

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Your new series Strange Files - in a few words, what is it about?


It's a mixed bag of horror, mystery and sci-fi packaged in a anthology series.


Why an anthology series, what do you find appealing about the format, and what do you think the audience will find appealing about the format?


For me it's sentimental. I grew up watching Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, etc with my father, and telling shorts stories happens to be a strength of mine. As for the audience, I think they will enjoy the range of talented directors I have assembled for the show. Each has their own style and approach to each genre we will be representing. So each episode will definitely differ from the next.


Your sources of inspiration when dreaming up Strange Files?


Well we actually go back literally weeks: As the global pandemic set in and forced many of us to self-quarantine I began corresponding with a filmmaking pal from Texas named Emil Ink who does amazing work. We began brainstorming ideas based on what was going on in the world and decided to write a short together about it and shoot it once the world returned to normal. We co-created a poster and put it up on social media, which then caught the eye of an up-and-coming streaming platform. Some talks with them turned into negotiations and now we have a series in the works. Now the great part about the series is prior to developing it I had been producing shorts for up-and-coming directors. So I thought to myself why not get their work noticed and showcase their films in these episodes. The rest, well you will have to tune in June 12th for that.


Do talk about your series' approach to horror for a bit!


What I love about this is the variety of shorts we are going to present. They go from horror, dark comedy to sci-fi Outer Limits-type storylines. So you may not necessarily get horror sometimes.


What can you tell us about the episode you directed, and about your directorial approach?


I don't want to say too much about my segment, but those that know my earlier work will be happy to know that I'm taking another stab at dark comedy (pun intended).


Do talk about the oher directors on Strange Files for a bit, and why exactly them?


I hand-picked who I wanted to showcase. These are directors I see that are constantly evolving at their craft and have a knack for telling a good story. Maybe I'm working with the next Spielberg and don't know it yet.


You of course have to talk about Strange Files' host Sparkle Soojian, and what does she bring to the table?


Sparkle brings an incredible charm to the series. She's our dark and deadly hostess that takes pleasure in reading you a spine-tingling tale from the Strange Files. Beyond the series I definitely see her making a name for herself in the world of horror.


What can you tell us about the rest of the series' cast?


What I can say of each episode is that's they're filled with amazing up-and-coming talent. Definitely names to keep an eye on.


A few words about the shoots as such?


I was on set for a few of them earlier in the year as well as last yea,r and they were always a blast. Love of storytelling and cinema, will show through in this series, so get ready.


The $64-question of course, when and where will Strange Files be released?


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Look for Strange Files to premiere June 12th as an original series on AVAIL TV (streaming platform).


Your/your series website, social media, whatever else?


Michael S Rodriguez on Facebook, MSRstudios1 on Instagram, Strange Files series IMDb.


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


Yes! I have two features releasing back to back towards the end of this year and that's Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake and Last American Horror Show Vol. 2. Check them out and continue to support indie horror! 

Thank you kindly for the interview


Thanks for the interview!


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Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD