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An Interview with Scott C. Sanford, Writer and Producer of Go Straight to Hell

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2017

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Go Straight To Hell is in a nutshell about three recently deceased characters in purgatory awaiting a sin cleansing that will allow them to enter heaven. They are greeted by a mysterious "guide" who makes them review their most heinous sin committed on Earth.


Go Straight to Hell sounds a bit like a classic anthology movie - am I at all right with that assumption, and why choose that format then?


It is a classic anthology horror film. I grew up during the heyday of Hammer and Amicus films [Amicus story - click here] when they were doing those great anthology movies like The House That Dripped Blood, Tales from the Crypt, Asylum, many many others. I do believe I was inspired by those and Mario Bava's Black Sabbath [Mario Bava bio - click here] while writing Go Straight To Hell.


Do talk about Go Straight to Hell's co-writer Ron R. Anand, and what's your collaboration like?


Working with Ron is great, he has the same degenerate, demented sensibilities I possess when it comes to horror. When collaborating it is sort of like two musicians riffing on one another - I have a solo, pass it over, he takes a solo, and the piece is born with very little disagreement.


You of course also have to talk about Go Straight to Hell's director Edward G. Norris, and what has working with him been like so far?


Edward G. Norris is a nihlistic prick, and I am saying that as a compliment. He is probably the only director I know who wouldn't flinch at least a little as we deliver our script. Ed was the chief editor on a handful of projects for the great Peter Bogdanovich, and has directed an anthology film himself previously based on the tales of Guy de Maupassant, which starred Debbie Rochon [Debbie Rochon interview - click here] (who was so magnificent in my first film Axe to Grind).


As far as I know, Go Straight to Hell is still in pre-production - so at what stage is the film exactly, and when will shooting start?


We've just entered into an agreement with Americana Films and Michael Z. Gordon to join forces with my Seraph Productions to co-produce the film. I'm presently scouting two locations, one in Santa Rosa, and the other in LA. We are on a fast track to film in October.


Where do you see the main challenges in bringing Go Straight to Hell to the screen from a producer's point of view?


The most challenging aspect of this project as a producer will be depicting all of the nasty horrific material on a fairly tight budget. I'm putting my faith in some very talented up-and-coming effects professionals.


Anything you can tell us about Go Straight to Hell's projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?


We have Bai Ling cast in a central role; she's got tons of experience in the industry, is a gas, and very theatrical, which is what I'm looking for in the project. Ed is a casting guru (let me list you the names of previously attached talent to Go Straight To Hell from his personal outreach and cajoling: Teresa Russell, Traci Lords, Sid Haig, Laura Harring) and has Emmy award winning and Golden Globe nominee Amanda Plummer in a small but integral part. Amanda has more range than any actress in her generation (note the contrast of her great performances in The Fisher King and Pulp Fiction). I've also recently made cyberspace acquaintance with a marvelous lady and actress Laurene Landon (All the Marbles, Maniac Cop), who is also an incredibly gifted writer. I am certainly going to cast her in Go Straight to Hell and I hope we can develop a project we can collaborate on. Intelligence and compassion are very stimulating and this woman possesses both in spades. I can't wait to work with her. 

I'm also dying to get Linda Blair onto the project as The Exorcist is my all time favorite film and she's such a great humanitarian. Selfishly I want to compare her stories about The Exorcist with Eileen Dietz [Eileen Dietz interview - click here], who was in our film Axe to Grind!


Any idea when Go Straight to Hell might be released, however tentatively?


There is no set release date for Go Straight To Hell, we hope to have it in the marketplace by Halloween 2018.


Any future projects beyond Go Straight to Hell?


In the near future I am co producing Jim Devaults Triptych: The Story of a Girl Named Arizona that stars Devanny Pinn [Devanny Pinn interview - click here] and Debbie Rochon [Debbie Rochon interview - click here].

I continue to push forward with developing, optioning, finding good directors and homes for my non-horror scripts (Periphery with Rebecca DeMornay, Shirley Knight and Stacy Keach, The Last Saint of Market Street, a San Francisco based crime thriller, Heated Rivalry, a sports comedy, and others).


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