I Love My Zombies… A Mini-Memoir on the Making of Fetish Factory
Some of my friends and colleagues were a little shocked when I told them I was helming a feature film in five days from start to finish. Even the ones who offered encouragement… I could tell that inwardly, they were dubious. While it was a challenge, I welcomed it.
For one thing: I have always worked fast. I can write a novel in a couple of weeks; a screenplay in a few days; and knock out six or seven movie reviews in a day when I really put my mind to it.
For another thing, the short run-n-gun shooting schedule is the Blanc/Biehn Productions model. They’ve done several movies this way. I have seen these movies, and they are the real deal. So I figured if other directors could do it, then so could I. And I did… Thanks in no small part to a well-oiled crew who’ve worked on previous BBP movies and diva-free actors who know the indie world. Everyone’s “We can do it!” attitude and shared love of a common goal (making movies) are what made the five-day shoot fly by for reasons other than the obvious.
It delights me to share some Easter eggs with the horror community. I’m a pretty self-referential director… I use many of the same wardrobe pops and props over again, as little winks and nods. I love the mystery of mirrors, and once again you will see reflections in Fetish Factory. We have a pair of red high heels that were in American Mary. A mannequin that was in Coldwater. A doll was in The Key to Annabel Lee. Lots of fun stuff to look for. That is, if you can pry your eyes from all the pulchritude. We do have some gorgeous gals in our movie – but no outright nudity. Like the peelers of yore, it’s all about the tease.
No tease in the horror and zombie action department, though: I promise you that. There’s gore galore, eyeball evisceration (yes, I am quite the Bava and Fulci fan-girl), and more rotting flesh than you can shake a stick at… in a comedic sense, mind you. We have not yet taken our foray into the editing bay, but what I am hoping emerges is something akin to the fun, over-the-top 70s romp Horror on Snape Island and a Scooby Doo cartoon meets a Tempest Storm striptease with a little twist of From Dusk Till Dawn thrown in… and a whole lot of Staci Layne Wilson.
Stay tuned to see what happens next… we should have a teaser trailer soon!
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