If you are a horror fan, remember the name Kristian Hanson. He is a current writer for the excellent zombie themed news webte The Daily Dead and soon, will be unleashing his own brand of horror on the world, it's called SLEDGE. Head inde for our talk about Sledge, horror film making and an EXCLUVE first look at Adam Lynch, the slasher from SLEDGE! Check it out! 13 Question Marks in your face...
1. What was your first horror experience?
My first horror experience happened when I was 5 years old. My mom had brought home a kind movie about a doll named Chucky. I remember seeing Child’s play and that night having a nightmare where I woke up and I had good guy dolls all around me! I ran to my mom’s room and ended up sleeping in her bed and still remember telling her when she asked me what was wrong
that “I see Chucky everywhere”.
2. You spent your High School years in the land of Gilbert, Arizona. What did you do there, anything exciting?
NOPE! Haha. I grew up in a Mormon town that continued to grow as I grew up. The houses across the street from me in High school when I was a kid was actually a corn field. I can’t say I ever went and tipped cows or any kind of stereotype like that, but I would go out with my friends to movies and to the mall. My friends and I would constantly do stupid and random things to make one another laugh. One time, I was chang my best friend Brandon through the Superstition mall and he picked up a wet floor gn. When I got close to him, he swung it at me with all of his might. This is a 6’4 guy, and thank god I got my hand up in time to block it. When it hit my hand, I fell to the ground and he continued to run outde of the mall. I could hear people going around me going, oh my god, is he all right? So I got up all wobbly and ended up following him outde. Him, along with the rest of my friends were beat red from laughing. I guess that is where I started my acting, was getting plowed by a wet floor gn from my buddy Brandon.
3. What brought you out to California?
Military actually brought me out to California. I had just done a tour in Iraq and changed my career field. I remember going to Universal Studios with my mom before going to Iraq and something kept telling me that I would be out here living and working one day. I’d still love to work with Universal one day and work on that famous back lot filming a horror movie where all the original clascs were filmed.
4. You made your name writing for Daily Dead. How did you first get into that?
I actually met Jonathan (the owner of the te) via Twitter last year. I had contacted him a couple times about my novel The Fat Kid’s Wolfy Revenge: Not For the Weak Hearted or Mature Minded. He was looking for some writers so I contacted him and he liked the Assly videos I do on http://www.Assly.tv
and liked how I got along with people and my writing style.
5. What made you finally take the plunge into film making?
My now wife actually helped push me into it. My buness partner John who I also met via twitter to help do the special effects on my Assly videos contacted me to write a script for a Psychic Lady that lives in New York. Once I wrote that one, I got hooked on writing funny and horrific films. When I finished the script for our first film F4L:Friends4Life, my wife told me to tell John to come from New York to film the movie and we did that in 3 days. When we finished post on F4L my wife again said, hey, why don’t you go up to New York this time and film SLEDGE, and again we did that. As you can see, she is a huge support for me along with my mom, dad, brothers, ster
and the rest of my family and friends who constantly support me in my crazy ideas.
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Who are other young indie film makers that you feel are changing the Genre?
There are so many out there that I don’t want to name names and leave someone out. I believe anyone who can come up with a fresh idea and film it is changing the genre. With the invention of HD cameras where you don’t need actual film, anyone can be a filmmaker today. I believe if you have a pason and a script, you can go out and make a movie. It may not be the best film ever, but you get the experience you wouldn’t get anywhere else.
You’ve met a lot of independent horror directors. What would you say is the thing that you all have in common?
The one thing we all have in common is the pason for filmmaking. Being Independent, bedes not having any money, we also don’t have any rules. You can watch countless movies and hate something about an ending, and this is your chance to make a new ending that nobody expects. The same tired storylines suck, and without a big studio breathing down your throat for final cut, you can say, yep, that is what I want.
As a fan of the clascs but an active filmmaker today, how do you feel about all the technology used now?
I think CGI is a nice tool, but it shouldn’t be the ONLY tool. I am a huge fan of Practical effects and I believe that is what should be used UNLESS, it is not posble to do it. CGI to me looks way too fake when it is used constantly. Case in point is An American Werewolf in Paris. People were so excited for it but when they saw it, they were extremely disappointed after Rick Baker did such an amazing job with the London veron. If you can do practical, then do practical. That is my honest philosophy on it.13.
What is on your agenda for the horrific future?
I have about seven scripts done and I would LOVE to make them all. They are all fresh films and fun. They are movies that will make people laugh and scream and go, wow, this guy has a screw loose, but that is what I want. I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and I would love to film a zombie movie I wrote for that town or a slasher film I wrote for that town. It would be such a fun experience because I could have my family and friends on set to play extra zombies and things like that. I also would love to film that Psychic ladies script for her. She has lived such an interesting life and the story would scary the hell out of people. When I wrote the script I did not add or embellish anything that happened to her and that is the scariest part. I put myself into her character for four days and it was pretty damn scary to tell you the truth.
You can meet Adam and get the EXCLUVE sticker at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, Ca October 26-28th. http://www.monsterpalooza.com/sonofmonsterpalooza
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