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David Chirchirillo Gives Us The Lowdown On Bad Match

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There’s nothing better than getting the point-of-view regarding filmmaking from an up and coming director, especially in the horror industry, and with the recent release of his movie Bad Match, director David Chirchirillo was generous enough to let us delve into his creative brainpool for a short time.

DC: David – can you tell our readers about the film’s premise, and how it came to be that you came up with this story?

DC: I realized that I was making a fucked up, tense kind of film, but I don’t think I truly realized just how much it would freak people out. The film is more or less Fatal Attraction for the Tinder generation, which is how I sort of pitched it to everyone, and it’s about this guy named Harris who is kind of an internet-dating Casanova – a one-night-stand type of guy, and he meets this girl on a dating app named Riley, and she turns out to be a bit more than he initially thinks or can handle. The way that this got started was I originally wanted to write a film that was a mix of After Hours and Something Wild, and I really like making L.A. movies. I also wanted to make a film that included a little but of my experiences with going to some weird parties and dates and all that, all into one crazy night. I believe I wrote two drafts of that movie and I was really struggling with it for a couple of reasons, mostly it was “why doesn’t this guy just leave the date?” How do I keep him here in a non-contrived way? Ultimately I couldn’t solve that, and I talked to my manager and Evan Katz (director of Cheap Thrills), and he said “you really need to turn this into a movie, and the only thing that came to mind was a modern version of Fatal Attraction. I thought against it because I didn’t want to make the obvious movie, and when I was pitching the idea to some studios, I told them what it was about, and they seemed to genuinely dig it, but I found it that they were taking it as “yeah, women are nuts, right?” I definitely didn’t want to make another “crazy-girl” movie, so that’s when I started thinking about how to flip this whole “crazy girl” idea on its head, and there you have Bad Match.

DC: Were there any difficulties in shooting the film?

DC: Well, the whole thing was pretty difficult, I suppose – we shot in 15 days, so that itself presents its own set of challenges. I feel weird because when you’re making these micro-budget movies, there’s this intense labor-of-love to get the project off the ground, and you hear stories about “I’ve had this script for four years” and it took forever. I got lucky when I met BoulderLight, our producer – they read the script, they loved it, and three months later we were making the movie, so that process was great. I think my anxiety came from worrying about getting the movie made, because I have no idea about raising money, but one of the things I talked about with my DP, Ed Wu was making sure that the movie didn’t look like your classic-indie, low-budget film – stationary camera, maybe a little bit shaky, and you let the actors and the script do the majority of the heavy-lifting – we wanted it to feel cinematic. I love Brian DePalma, and this movie was largely influenced by him, but it was difficult to pull off a lot of those shots – and with a 15-day shoot, you don’t have a lot of time to get those shots perfect. It really did work out pretty smoothly, and that was a testament to Ed and our actors who showed up and helped us get done even half of what we envisioned in our crazy brains.

DC: You mentioned DePalma as a big influence – any other directors who get your creative juices flowing?

DC: There’s so many – I just went to see Argento’s Opera, and when I was younger I was crazy for the guy, and I forgot just how awesome he is, but this movie was mostly DePalma.

DC: You’ve had your hand in a lot of roles, between writing, producing, directing – what could you see yourself doing consistently in say, 10-15 years?

DC: Mostly, my career I’ve been fortunate enough that I can survive with writing, and I know that I can do that, and that I’m good at it, but ultimately the goal has always been to be that writer/director, with a transition into directing. My heroes, who I aspire to be, are the Coen Brothers or Tarantino, P.T. Anderson – those guys. Hopefully one day I can get to a place where I’m writing scripts, and those will be the types of films I’ll ultimately be directing.

DC: Lastly, what’s coming up next for you on the work slate?

DC: I’m writing a couple of projects right now, and I’m not sure if I’m allowed to talk about them, and I’ve got a really cool idea for a horror movie that I’m in the beginning phases of outlining – we’ll see what happens.

 

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Exclusive: Killer Klowns Live On in This Hell’s Kitty Clip!

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At this point, I think we’re all in agreement that the 1988 sci-fi horror/comedy Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a beloved cult classic, adored by horror fans the world over. Fans have been clamoring for a sequel for years and it always seems like one is right over the horizon but never quite within grasp.

While I can’t give you the sequel news you’ve been waiting decades for, I can give you a fresh taste of Killer Klowns with this exclusive clip from the upcoming horror/comedy Hell’s Kitty in which Charlie Chiodo himself dons the coulrophobia-inducing suit!

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Hell’s Kitty tells of a covetous feline that acts possessed and possessive of his owner around women.

Hell’s Kitty is written and directed by Nicholas Tana, based on his own comic, and is produced by Denise Acosta. It stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Courtney Gains (The Children of The Corn), Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Kelli Maroni (Night of The Comet), Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), and John Franklin (The Addams Family).

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Kane Hodder Wants to Play Michael Myers In a Halloween Movie

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While there are some names in horror that elude even the biggest fans, one name that I think is all but a household name at this point is Kane Hodder.

But for the few out there that might not know, Kane Hodder is most famous for playing Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood through Jason X.

On top of that, Hodder is known for playing Victor Crowley in Adam Green’s Hatchet series and he has been the stunt coordinator on endless feature films.

But some cool things people might not know about Hodder, however, is that on top of playing Jason and Victor Crowley, Hodder has played Freddy Krueger (at least his glove in Jason Goes to Hell) and a brief stint as Leatherface in Jeff Burr’s Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.

As you can imagine, for a man that had played so many of horror’s most classic characters there probably isn’t much on the man’s bucket list. That said, there is one iconic mask Hodder would still love the chance to wear in a feature film.

Can you guess which one?

Of course, you can. It’s in the headline. But all the same, yes, Hodder was recently speaking with We Got this Covered at Astronomicon and revealed that he would love a chance to play Michael Myers in a Halloween flick.

“It’s pretty cool to say I did one shot as Freddy, several scenes as Leatherface, four of the movies as Jason,” Hodder told the site. “I just need to do a movie version somehow of Michael [Myers].”

Kane Hodder as Michael Myers? This almost sounds too good to be true. I can only hope that this fanboy dream comes to fruition in the near future. After all, Hodder would make a… wait for it… killer Michael Myers.

What do you think? Let us know below!

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (review) will be released this July.

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Dread Central Presents Screening of Terrifier Offers College Credits at MSU

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Not only is Dread Central Presents aiming to bring audiences some of the best and most interesting independent genre films, it turns out now that it can also help your education!

In March, Montclair State University will be hosting its third installment of their “Friday Night Frights” monthly series, which brings lectures, screenings, and Q&A’s to the university’s brand new School of Communication and Media. So far, they’ve hosted David Bruckner’s The Ritual and Just Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s The Endless. Next month, FNF will be hosting the Dread Central Presents screening of Damien Leone’s Terrifier, a modern slasher that may be the most gruesome and shocking film of its kind in several years! But what makes this screening so interesting is that the screening has earned “colloquium status”, which means that all attendees will receive college credit!

Former Fangoria editor-in-chief Ken Hanley will be hosting the event, which will include a live Q&A with Leone and select cast after the screening. He states, “I am completely shocked, in the best way, that the students of Montclair State University, will have the opportunity to receive educational credit for seeing easily the most insane modern slasher film I’ve ever seen. It’s truly a privilege to be able to let people laugh, gasp, and squirm in their seats, all for the sake of academia. As someone who previously ran late night movie screenings during my time as a student at MSU, I feel like this is a real ‘full circle’ moment, and I’m incredibly grateful to Susan Skoog, Rob Galluzzo, and everyone at both The Film Institute at Montclair State and Dread Central Presents for making it a reality.

Susan Skoog, director of programming at Montclair’s newly minted Film Institute, adds, “Some of the most interesting and inventive independent filmmakers today are making horror films. They are undeniably elevating the genre. The Film Institute at Montclair State has a mission to not only celebrate classic films and filmmakers, but also to educate a new generation of young filmmakers by exposing them to cutting edge and innovative films. We are honored and thrilled to introduce our students to film artists like Damien Leone, who are certainly advancing the horror genre.

The MSU event will take place March 23 at 8pm in Presentation Hall 1040 of the School of Communication and Media. Details can be found at MSU’s website.

Terrifier stars Jenna Kanell (The Bye Bye Man), Catie Corcoran (Return to Nuke ‘Em High), and David Howard Thornton (“Gotham”) as Art the Clown.

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