You guys all know who Penn Jillette is. The world famous magician, actor and writer needs no introduction (even though I just gave him one). And, since you’re reading this site, you probably know about Adam Rifkin as well. He wrote and directed the great “Wadzilla” segment of Chillerama as well as Look (not to mention penning Small Soldiers for Joe Dante).
Now they’re coming together to give you Director’s Cut, which looks like it’s primed to be one of the more interesting horror/comedy/thrillers in a long time. In order to retain control over their singular vision, they’re going the crowdfunding route with this (it goes live on Fund Anything tomorrow).
I know some people have different opinions regarding this approach to financing. I urge you to put all of that aside for a moment and watch this clip (a BD exclusive for the day) – it’s easily one of the best pitch videos for a crowdfunding project that I’ve seen! You’ll get an idea of the tonal shift about 2 minutes in… READ MORE
Late last week I attended the US Premiere of Chillerama at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After a tranquil hour milling about the interior of the main mausoleum (I’d obviously seen screenings in the cemetery but had never been inside the crypt before), sipping something called `Chill Out” (actually kind of tasty, but I like weird sour stuff), it was time to hit the red carpet.
The next hour would not be so tranquil. The red carpet was about 20 feet long (very, very small) and was EXTREMELY crowded. In short, it was utter chaos. The line started out orderly, but then Tim Sullivan (director of the Chillerama segment “I Was A Teenage Werebear”) started ‘directing’ the actual press event. He was pulling people in and out of interviews with various outlets and shuffling the order of who would walk where. Pretty soon it descended/ascended into chaos. Fun and exciting with lots of cool people, but chaos nonetheless. In fact, Tim was so busy hopping around I never got the chance to interview him. Maybe next time!
I did, however, get to spend a few minutes with the other three other directors of Chillerama. Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch and Adam Green were all incredibly gracious and spoke with genuine enthusiasm about their love for this film, their upcoming projects and the horror community in general. Joe Lynch (despite being punched in the groin during our interview by Joel David Moore) also had some surprisingly fond comments for the MPAA.
Because the press line was so hectic I actually had to chase Green down a bit for my final interview of the night – right before he took the stage to introduce the film. He seemed incredibly grateful to be there (after a full day on set shooting “Holliston”) and his appreciation for his success and his fans was palpable. It was clearly a big night for him, and his fondness for the genre was legitimately infectious. It was a nice primer before I joined the audience to watch the film.
I also snagged a few quotes from Joel David Moore (“The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein”, Avatar), Lin Shaye (“I Was A Teenage Werebear”, A Nightmare On Elm Street), AJ Bowen (“Zom-B-Movie”, You’re Next), Kane Hodder (“The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein”, Friday The 13th Parts 7-10) and Derek Mears (Friday The 13th 2009, MacGruber).
Without further ado I present – in the order in which they appeared at the event – some of the highlights of the red carpet. Hit the jump to check it out!
It’s the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” Chillerama not only celebrates the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also spans over four decades of cinema with something for every bad taste.
An anthology featuring the works of Adam Rifkin (“Wadzilla”), Joe Lynch (“Zom B Movie”), Tim Sullivan (“I Was a Teenage Werebear”) and Adam Green (“The Diary of Anne Frankenstein”).