Reviews Are Coming In For Lepus

It would seem that even when people don’t like the full movie of Death By VHS (formerly known as Scream Machine) they still like Lepus. Here are some links to the reviews –

Those are few of the ones I found so far. I can’t wait to show it in front of a crowd and see how it plays. We’ll keep you posted.



Yet Another Production Update

I know I post a lot on here about this stuff. But it’s my blog. I can do what I want. If you don’t like it then start your own blog and make fun of me for all I care. I have a thick skin. I can take it. Just try to be clever. I don’t want a bunch of gay jokes and “your mama” jokes. They’re tired and make feel like I’m still in high school. And, for the record, I hated those kind of jokes even then. In fact, I actually kinda hated high school. Not to get too off topic here but I thought people would be different as adults. Instead I just see the same kind of stupid people with more grey hair.

Anyway, back to what I actually set out to write. Today something hit the net that was a bit of a surprise to me. There is a trailer for Scream Machine, the DVD anthology that Lepus is a part of. It showed up today on YouTube. I linked it to our official Facebook page.

As far as the rest of what I wanted to mention I was giving something some thought. Lepus was a fifteen minute short that is the first of a proposed trilogy. But what if it was just one long movie instead? Could it be stretched? I think so. Add in a few more characters and have A and B stories running simultaneously and the movie could be stretched to 80 minutes. Lepus cost us roughly $1000 and we could still keep the feature at around $100,000 or there about. I’m trying to decide if it should be lengthened or sequelized.

If I was to stretch the feature I could add in the characters we came up with for the sequels, bring in the ideas we started developing for the mythology of the characters, and make it a weird and funny movie. It seems like the type of film that would fit perfectly into the Troma family. It’s worth trying. I think I will try. The money could be raised through Kickstarter or IndieGoGo easily enough, especially since we have a short film to try and sell it already. The actors would all come back for the feature. That much I’m sure of. I’m gonna give writing the script a try. I have nothing to lose by doing so.

Wish me luck.

Lepus Shoots In Three Days

I have to admit that I am dreaming out a little about shooting my first short film. Around the beginning of September I went through a brief bout of anxiety but it passed quickly. Then I was completely zen about the whole thing. Well that fear has reared its ugly head once again now that there’s only a couple days to go before we start.

I’ve been doing my prep work. I have been making shot lists and storyboards. We had the table read a few days ago that was a lot of fun. Overall, I am very excited. This is what I wanted after all. I suppose even the big directors get nervous before a shoot on a major motion picture. I can’t imagine that anyone feels comfortable with the prospect of shooting a $200 million feature and having it lose money. I guess if I put it like that and remember this isn’t costing us one red cent then I should just be calm and enjoy the ride.

The problem is that I am putting pressure on myself. I don’t want this to look like crap. I want a short that I can he proud of, something that is funny and weird and that people will enjoy…even if they don’t get it. If this looks like some of the shorts I have seen then what is the point in doing this at all? That’s what I’m freaking out about. It’s not the performances, it isn’t the costumes, it isn’t the gore factor. No, it’s me. I am freaking out about me. Do I really have what it takes to do this?

I know deep down that I have the knowledge. I know that my whole life has been leading to this moment. I know somewhere inside of me that I won’t fail. Bit I still have that fear. Oh well. I’ll get over it. Lepus is gonna be fun and weird and bloody, all the things it is meant to be. If it isn’t then I will blame Brian (just kidding, Brian).

R.I.P. Tony Scott

It’s a sad day for movie fans. Tony Scott apparently took his own life today. It isn’t known what caused him to do so but he will be missed.

When a man has a famous family member it can be difficult to etch out a place for yourself without constant comparison. Tony Scott did just that. While Ridley Scott was off making movies that were less commercial Tony jumped into creating such big commercial action films as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop 2. He continued to move his career forward by creating visually stunning work that redefined what we expected from action cinema.

Scott had a long cinematic relationship with Denzel Washington. They collaborated on several projects that proved to be some of Scott’s best work – Crimson Tide, Man On Fire, Unstoppable being amongst them. My personal favorite is True Romance, written by relative unknown Quentin Tarantino, and starred Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, and a host of others. This movie showed what Scott was capable of in terms of action and story. The scene between Hopper and Walken was one of the best scenes I have ever watched. The action scene at the end was like a pre-America John Woo. He really elevated his game with that one.

He followed True Romance with Crimson Tide, another great piece of cinema. Washington and Gene Hackman were both perfect in this film. This is my favorite submarine movie after Das Boot.

He took a different career path than his brother and showed the world what he could do. I’m both sad and angry that he is gone. I’m angry because I always felt that suicide and drug overdoses by celebrities are not deserving of our sadness. I also understand that he has family and I am sad for them. I know what it is like to lose someone close. I also know what it’s like to witness a person who is suicidal try to end their own life.

My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.

Spotlight On Bobcat Goldthwait

I know what you’re thinking – he’s a one note hack of a comedian and actor. With this blog entry I want to try and change that image of him.

First off, he is an incredibly funny comedian. If you don’t believe me find yourself a copy of “I Don’t Mean To Insult You But You Look Like…Bobcat Goldthwait.” When he talked about his experiences making the movie Blow, about finding grey pubic hair, and David Crosby’s semen I was laughing so hard I nearly blacked out. The man is very fast and funny.

As far as his movie choices are concerned he has lacked in that department. Sure, he was funny in the Police Academy movies but not enough to carry them. Luckily he only made three. He knew not to keep going. Hot To Trot was a big mess. John Candy as a talking horse, Virginia Madsen playing Goldthwait’s love interest? No thank you. Burglar was a weak movie where he was supporting Whoopie Goldberg. Then there was television. He did the voice of the stuffed bunny on Unhappily Ever After. The scenes with him and Geoff Pearson were usually the highlight of the show but it didn’t make it worth watching.

So his acting career was a bust. Thankfully that didn’t stop him. He started writing and directing. His first directorial effort was the little seen Shakes The Clown, starring Goldthwait, Adam Sandler, Julie Brown, Florence Henderson and Robin Williams. It was a very funny and very dark movie. After Shakes failed it took a while before he got back in the saddle. When he did it more television that he directed rather than movies. He did several episodes of The Man Show and Chappelle’s Show. He later went on to direct nearly 300 episodes of Jimmy Kimmell Live.

Never one to give up on directing movies he wrote and directed a dark yet sweet love story about a woman looking for love while hiding a secret about her college years where she experimented sexually with a dog. It sounds disgusting but it was a great little movie. It was called Sleeping Dogs Lie. Watch it. You won’t regret it. You can find it on Netflix. A few years later he wrote and directed his friend Robin Williams in a movie called World’s Greatest Dad. Goldthwait didn’t shy away from the darkness there either. Not only was is disturbing and funny but it actually made me cry. There was something very touching about that film.

Just recently he completed his latest movie – God Bless America, starring Joel Murray. In the film Murray discovers he’s dying and decides to make the world a better place by killing spoiled rich kids, rude people, and God only knows who else before he is gone. This one just showed up on Netflix. I am about to watch it. If it is half as good as World’s Greatest Dad I am going to love it.

Goldthwait may have taken a long time to find his place. Since he has he has knocked the ball out of the park repeatedly. Don’t count him out and definitely don’t judge him based on his weird voice. The man has something great to offer and it shows in his directed efforts.