Ever since I’ve been back from Fantastic Fest, I’ve been itching to try and tell a horror story. I can’t say I’ve written anything scary before, let alone have proper film education, but I have enjoyed some great horror flicks in my time on earth. I also can’t claim myself as a movie buff compared to my yomyomf family either but throughout my life, watching scary movies are moments that I always remember.
8 – First movie experience EVER in a real theater. I saw Dark Man with Liam Neeson. Didn’t know going in what was showing, but I liked everything I saw. Probably not the super scariest movie but messed me up for life. Revenge is always fun.
12 – I started catching on sitting next to the girl you like when you watch a horror flick scenerio. Bride of Chucky pt 2, I believe, came out on VHS. The one in the military academy. Oh man, that was the innocent version of getting a girl drunk to get some action. Thanks Chucky!
16 – Was suppose to watch Event Horizon in s.s.f. but got involved in a hit and run. I was driving my exgf’s car without a license. Oops. Parents were super cool though. Eventually watched it, and THAT SHIT FUCKED ME UP! 2 thumbs up! Still an all time greatest.
20 – A group of friends while living in San Diego dared each other to see Blair Witch Project. We all know that end result. Get to be the hero and hold someone for safety while secretly peein in my pants at the same time. That was when I was inspired to make something out of nothing.
So I said, why not. Lets do a horror webseries. Something cool, funny, and attainable. Vampires are played out. How about a cannibal girl? Perfect. Ok, she likes eating humans but she should probably put it to good use. After all, she has to have morals. So lets put her in a culinary school. And that’s how Manivore was born. Until I ran into my first problem.
Every great horror flick has to have a sick kill scene. I knew we couldn’t pull off anything super gruesome or have crazy special effects since we’re working no budget guerilla style. My challenge was how do you leave a sick and horrifying thought in peoples mind but still invest in the character. With my friend Grace having such an innocent look, I thought it would be nuts if she became twisted. Like an Amelie meets Dexter as Hannibal as her dad. Basically Hall & Oats ringing thru my head.
We released a teaser trying to get away with some action using camera angle tricks but my true horror geek friends thirst for something more. The kill scene then finally came to me while I was cooking some dinner in the kitchen. I saw a roll of paper towels and imagined it as the largest mango ever grown. I love mango more than you know. And so the result was the end of episode one. The cast and crew did an amazing job. All four of us. Haha. Evan Jackson, the director, always amazes me with his artist vision. And Grace aka Peachies aka Baby Mao took the idea and went with it. Taylor aka Roger was a born sleezy natural. Small group, but you make due with what you have. And that’s why I love film making. Happy Halloween everyone.