Exclusive Set Visit: Chillerama - Tim Sullivan's I Was a Teenage Werebear Segment
Dread recently visited the set of filmmaker Tim Sullivan’s latest flick Chillerama and spent some time chatting with him, as well as the cast, regarding his rather gonzo segment of the horror-comedy anthology. Entitled "I Was A Teenage Werebear", Sullivan’s spoof of 1960’s beach blanket flicks, among others, was then filming during the wee hours of November 5th in Sycamore Cove, a state beach just north of the exclusive enclave of Malibu.
“Let me tell you what’s going on,” Sullivan (the man behind the features 2001 Maniacs and 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams, as well as the host of VH1’s recently-concluded reality series "Scream Queens 2") communicated to us of the film, while rehearsing a dance number with a dozen or so actors decked out in luau garb, as waves crashed on the beach just yards away. “It’s me and filmmakers Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End), Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, "Look") and Adam Green (Hatchet 2, Frozen) just having fun! We would be doing this if we were just kids in high school.”
As for the flick’s omnibus narrative, Sullivan stated of Chillerama, “It takes place at an old school drive-in in Southern California where a dusk ‘till dawn monster movie marathon is taking place. Each one of the segments will be one of the mini-movies which comprise the anthology. They are all homages to a different genre. Adam Green is presenting a satire of the Universal horror films with the segment "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein", with Joel David Moore (Avatar) as ‘Hitler’ and Kane Hodder as ‘Meshugannah.’ Adam Rifkin is spoofing 1950’s science fiction movies (with the segment) "Wadzilla," which is about a virility experiment that goes horribly awry, and this impotent schlep – played by Adam – shoots a radioactive load that gets bigger and bigger and heads to New York for a nefarious adventure. This is not a politically correct film!”
Concerning Joe Lynch, “he presents an homage to 80’s zombie flicks,” continued the filmmaker, “and I’m going all the way out, so I’m doing "I Was A Teenage Werebear", which is a spoof of Rebel Without a Cause meets Grease meets Twilight, and takes place in 1962. It’s a musical with five rock ‘n roll numbers. It’s about a closeted kid who meets these other closeted kids, who when aroused turn into leather daddy werebears. So yes, it’s definitely out there!”
For those unfamiliar with the term ‘leather daddy,’ in the gay community such refers to a dominant homosexual man who favors leather garb and BDSM practices, and who likes to position himself as a father figure to his sexual partners (visually, think Judas Priest’s Rob Halford). As for the ‘bear’ in ‘werebear,’ the term ‘bear’ connotes a gay male who generally displays significant amounts of body hair and who projects a hyper-masculine image. Combine the two, and add in the element of a werewolf-like visage, and you’ll get an idea of the creatures which the closeted kids transform into (Robert Pendergraft provides the practical effects, although we have to keep those photos under wraps for now).