Indie Horror Month 2013: Dig the Twisted Details on In a Madman’s World
Indie director Josh Vargas had decided to make his latest flick into one helluva memorable experience. Check out the details below, as described by Vargas himself, about the twisted subject matter of In a Madman’s World.
About In A Madman’s World
“The movie I just finished, called In a Madman’s World, is based entirely on the Dean Corll/Wayne Henley/David Brooks serial killings of the early 1970’s in Houston, TX,” Vargas said. “The film will be told from the perspective of 15-year old, Wayne Henley, who, with another teenager, led teenage boys into the hands of, Dean Corll, a sexual sadistic serial killer.
“I researched the case for two years before I wrote the script and shot the movie. I’ve acquired and studied the entire case file and read the entire court transcript. I’ve spent over 50 hours interviewing Wayne Henley in prison and have two year’s worth of written Q&A sessions with him. I was also put in contact with his family who took me to the place they had stored all of his former belongings. They gave us everything from his old clothes (which the actor playing him in the movie wears), posters and other contents from his bedroom, and photographs. In a sealed photo envelope, we found a series of pictures that included that of a young boy handcuffed and on the floor. It was determined by the medical examiner’s office to be an unknown victim.”
Vargas reports the movie is at the tail end of its editing phase and should be picture locked by midsummer. While it was shot is as a crime drama/biography, Vargas figured horror fans might dig it because, the case itself and how the film came to be made are both “…fucking weird as hell.”
The cast includes Chris Binum (Apart) as Wayne Henley, Bobby Haworth as David Brooks, Joe Grisaffi as Dean Corll, Parrish Randall (The Quick And The Undead) as Elmer Henley, Sr., Sara Gaston as Mary Henley, Bree Bond as Lisa and the legendary Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) as Mrs. Hill. The character Marilyn Burns plays is that of a mother who’s driven to the brink of insanity by the disappearance of her teenaged son, David, a childhood friend of, Wayne Henley. According to Vargas, “She gave an amazing performance that harkened back to her performance in Helter Skelter.”
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