Many years ago Richard Diaz started posting on horror message boards along with myself and many others. He was affectionately known to his online buddies as “Gory“, and he traveled with us from Fangoria to the place that shall not be named (we wish them well) and now finally to here on Dread Central. His love of horror is pure and as evident as can be, and it’s with great pleasure and honor that we debut the trailer for his first indie horror film. Get ready for a look at Distortion!
The film stars Brenden P. Hill, Mike Pusateri, Kimberly Howard, and Jeff Jamerson. Diaz served as writer, producer, and director.
“The film was made for about $3,000 and with no crew,” Diaz tells us. “Just me, my camera, a few lights, and the actors. It took seven years, starting in 2003, from the original idea to make a feature to the completion of it literally just a few days ago. It was quite a journey, especially when you’re doing it all by yourself, but in the end I can say I succeeded in doing what I set out to do. I knew no one was going to give me my break so I had to just go out and do it. I figured I had nothing to lose. I had tried to make a film before right after I graduated film school. Too many people got involved, and it never happened. If there was no one else involved, then it was on me, both good and bad, to get this film made.”
“I spent several months casting, and I’m glad I did,” he continues. “I lucked out with such an amazing cast. I literally could not have made it without them. Post-production was about a year and a half, but when you’re doing it all on your own from the editing, sound design, visual effects, and music, it’s going to take a while. I just started submitting it to festivals. I can be proud of what I did and how I did it, but it’s the audience that will decide whether or not the film works. At the end of the day no matter how the film was made, people just want a good movie. Hopefully I succeeded in making one. I have wanted to make movies ever since I was a kid. When you dream about being a filmmaker for so long and you finally get there, it is such an incredible feeling.”
Richard concludes, “I hope I inspire other people to go out and make their own films. You don’t need a lot of money, but you do need a lot of ambition. The only thing stopping you is yourself. Go out and make it happen.”
But Diaz isn’t done there! Not by a long shot! “My next film is called Killer Talk (official site), and it’s about a radio host that does a show on horror films who becomes obsessed with a serial killer. As he starts to track down the killer, he finds out there is a big difference between fictional and real life horror. I’m hoping to start shooting this summer. It’ll be made much like Distortion. Just me and the actors. My goal is to go the opposite route and make it very quickly relying on gut instinct. After all, I can’t let another seven years go by. I have too many stories I want to tell.”
We’re very proud of you, brother, and wish you the best! For more about his debut feature visit the official Distortion website, the Distortion film blog, and of course check the guys out on MySpace, become a fan on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter!
Enough talking! On with the goods!
George starts getting visions of people being murdered by a supernatural killer who is killing people that will eventually become soldiers in the war between good and evil. He is the only one that can stop this killer before he becomes too powerful, putting himself and his friends in great danger.”
Distortion – Trailer
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