Your new movie Parts
Unknown - in a few words, what is it about?
family of wrestlers are down on their luck - blacklisted and drug addicted.
The movie opens up exposing the dark side of the pro-wrestling industry
and later turns into something far more sinister.
was the motivation behind setting Parts
Unknown in the wrestling world, is that a form of entertainment
especially dear to you?
I've been a life-long wrestling fan.
I think I heard of a few wrestling slashers - but not a more plot driven
wrestling-horror film. The business is very dark. I've always wanted to
show that side of it, in a different context.
(Other) sources of inspiration
when writing Parts Unknown?
Dark wave music, and 1980s cult
go back to the wrestling aspect of Parts
Unknown for a moment: What can you tell us about the fight scenes
in your movie, and how were they achieved?
3 of the lead actors wrestled at some point in their
careers. We had William DeCoff and John Callahan of Showcase Wrestling
helping us out with the blocking, and getting out the ring rust.
Unknown isn't a film that exactly holds back when it comes to
violence - so do talk about the violent bits in your movie for a bit!
Yea, I'm not
sure if the world is still into violent movies with the rise of
censorship. But when I wrote the script in 2016, there was a massive
demand for it. I wanted to get ugly. The film, although campy at times,
was meant to be shockingly disturbing. Some people went in just not
expecting that. But I can't lie, my intent was to have that Japanese death
You also have
to talk about the monster in Parts
Unknown, and to what extent were you involved in its creation?
It was created by our
SFX team member, Vee Hight. I wanted to see something odd, kind of
alien-like, but still demonic.
talk about your movie's approach to horror!
Some reviews don't understand the approach to horror with this
film. There's a lot of 'stuff just happens', what gives? My intent, at the
time, was to create a world of such nihilism that anything could happen,
with out reason. Most of the characters were dancing with death, and
simply didn't care where they ended up.
A few words
about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
I wanted there to be a bright
neon feel. Maybe almost flamboyant. But dirty, and deadly.
can you tell us about Parts
Unknown's key cast, and why exactly these people?
key cast is like no other I've had in any of my films. This was a tough
project with the psychical and over the top emotional aspects of it. Don't
let the camp fool you, Alexandra Cipolla and Sarah Michelle had very
emotional roles, and it was tough to keep them in the mindset they needed to
be in. There's so many distractions on set - they had to really become
these characters not to lose a step. William DeCoff needed to be a
paternal figure, but also really crazy and brutal, which I think was
achieved very well. Lizzie Hazoc, I think this was her debuting role, did
exceptional to be thrown into the fray like that. Alexander Hauck and
Ralph Regine played up the sleaze factor of 90s wrestling perfectly.
Couldn't have had a better cast, and they put in the time, and really
pushed themselves for these performances.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
The days were long and hot. I think everyone
hates me now. Hopefully it was worth it for them in the long run.
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you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Parts
Yea, I don't think the film is for everyone. Some fans are attached to the
camp. Then they get freaked out by the violence. Others come in looking
for the violence, but don't want the backstory. It's a strange film, and I
don't think it's for everyone. But I can see a cult following with the
great performances, wardrobe, 80s style effects, and cinematography.
Any future projects you'd like to
It's been hard to get bigger projects
rolling with the global bastard. But we managed to film a short called Rats. It's a heist-horror film.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
mask, stay safe. Don't die like everyone in my movies.
Thanks for the
interview! You rock!
Thanks for the interview!