Your new movie The Last
House - in a few words, what is it about?
Itís a deranged fairy tale about a hooker named Love and a
maniac named Hate who are two white, hot stars that collide in a way that
changes them both forever. I think the Brothers Grimm would be
did the project fall together in the first place?
I teamed up with Wes and Mary Laurie to make two films. The first being Silent Night, Zombie Night which I wrote, and the second which was
Wesí screenplay Breath of
Hate. Silent Night, Zombie Night
sold fairly quickly because
it was a genre film and those are easier sells. Breath of
Hate was weird and
non-linear and although the distributors who saw it liked it they didnít
know what to do with it. Our rep and my dear friend David Vasile was a
big champion of the film and convinced he could eventually give it a
proper home. Sadly, when he passed away I had no idea what I was going to
do with it until I spoke with Rob Hauschild at Wild Eye Releasing. He
really liked the film and wanted to take a crack at it so I figured it
would be in good hands and let him do his thing. Because it had been
listed on IMDb way back in 2011 places like Wal-Mart and Redbox would view
it as being an Ďoldí film so he changed the name to The Last
to give it a chance to sell better in those markets.
can you tell us about The
Last House's screenwriter Wes Laurie, and what was your
Wes Laurie is one of those unique
voices whose scripts I always find really interesting. When we decided
to do these two films back to back he gave me a choice of what script of
his I wanted to make. I really liked Breath of
Hate and thought it was
do-able for the budget we had. Part of what makes Wesís stuff fun to
read is the weird quirks involved. He claims all the foot worshipping is a
way to get Tarantino to watch the film, but I believe thatís just a
cover for Wesí own stuff. Thereís also a story about a Ďroommateí
of his who liked to fuck melons, but I have to question the validity of
this story as well. Itís like one of those Ďfriend of a friendí type
deals I think.
In the film's central intellectual
conflict between (your characters) Love and Hate - honestly, who could you
identify with more, whom did you find more fascinating?
Intellectual conflict, huh? This is starting to get deep! Honestly, the
part I liked the most about the script was the love story between Love and
Ned. Love has an edge, which doesnít let her get too emotional. When the
going gets tough in the mush department she has a way to deflect with dark
humor. I liked that about her.
Hate spouts a lot of bullshit, which I donít even know if he
believes. The only reason this aspect of the film turned out really good
was because Ezra Buzzington is a great actor. He makes the bullshit sound
interesting. What Wes was trying to say exactly Iím not sure, but it
seems like Hate wants to be his own god and make people in his own image.
Thatís all crazy talk, but then again I think religion is a bunch of
crazy talk as well.
Last House is certainly full of violence and also features its
fair share of sexual allusions - so how did you handle these aspects of
the movie, and why?
I didnít want this movie to be some torture porn garbage. I canít
stand those types of movies. I donít get why an audience wants to see
people tortured for torture sake, but then again thereís a lot of crazy
fuckers out there. The violence in this film, which is mostly perpetuated
upon Love by Hate is done in a measured fashion. Hate uses pain and
suffering, in his mind, for a higher calling. Instead of giving you a kiss
heíd rather bust your fingers. But if you are asking me how, as a director, I handled these things?
Well, I just worked with exceptional actors. I sat down with them, told
them what was expected and let them run with it. I try to hire actors who
I trust to take the material and make it the best it can be. In this
respect I was not let down during the filming of The
Itís all a matter of trust really. However, there are some cleanliness issues in which if you have two
girls sucking each otherís toes then you should make sure they clean
those stinky feet and possibly get a pedicure as well!
Last House features a rather stellar cast - so why exactly these
people, and what was your collaboration like? And how did you get some of them
Jason Mewes was approached through our associate producer Aine Leicht
who knew someone repping him at the time. When I first started
pre-production I didnít have an idea of who I wanted for Ned, but after
he was suggested I thought it could be really interesting idea. Or a total
He basically plays that one-note character in the Clerks films, which
isnít much of a stretch emotional-wise, but there was a sweetness I
thought that we could tap into. After all is said and done I think itís
one of his best performances. Of course, I did have Lauren Walsh on my
side when it came to handling him. We agreed the approach that she should
take during their intimate scenes, which helped put him in a natural
setting because at first he was really shy!
Sadly, I believe the only reason we got Jason in the film was because
he needed money at the time. Once he did all his scenes he was immediately
out of there and hasnít supported the film after the fact.
Ezra Buzzington was someone I found when I produced the film Someoneís Knocking at the
Door. I donít remember how I stumbled
upon his reel, but I saw it and decided I really wanted him in the film.
When it came time to do The
Last House I know that Wes saw someone
much younger with a Trent Reznor-like quality as Hate, but I wanted Ezra.
I knew he would do a fantastic job and he did. Much of why the film is
interesting to watch is because heís interesting to watch.
I had worked with many of the other actors previously. Both Jack
Forcintio and Felissa Rose were in Silent Night, Zombie Night and
Ricardo Gray/ Tim Muskatell were in Knocking. I thought all these
guys were wonderful so I waned to work with them again.
I found Lauren Walsh through the audition process. I didnít think she
was a perfect Love, but she stood out from the rest for the role.
Monique Parent was introduced to me through a mutual actress friend at
the time. I tested them both for the role of Selma and thought Monique was
outstanding. Sadly, the other actress decided because of this she would
never speak to me again. I tend to lose Ďfriendsí every time I make a
movie. I guess itís like that line from A Bronx Tale, which Iíll
ďThis guy owes me twenty dollars. Itís been two weeks now, and
every time he sees me he keeps dodging me.Ē
ďLook at it this wayÖit costs you twenty dollars to get rid of him.
Heís never gonna bother you again. Heís never gonna ask you for money
again. Heís out of your life for twenty dollars. You got off cheap.Ē
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of your movie yet?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
what I can tell most of the reviewers were expecting a torture porn film
and some of them seem pleasantly surprised that it was different. Not all
of them liked it, but whatever. If you like the film then Iím glad. If
you didnít then I could care less.
future projects you'd like to share?
Since Breath of
Hate aka The
Last House Iíve been doing a lot more monster SyFy-type movies. I recently went to Austin, Texas and filmed a new one called
Terror Birds. It was for a company called MarVista so Iím guessing
they will be putting it out sometime in 2016. It was a difficult shoot,
but in the end I was pleased with the results. I got to work with Leslie
Easterbrook, Greg Evigan and Jessica Lee Keller who were all fantastic.
So look for that in the near future!
for the interview!