Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another One Of Those Text Heavy Posts

- I've got an interview with Troma this Friday. But let's Tarantino this shit for a second and start from the beginning. Two days ago I was getting a little fed up with my current situation and the lack of forward movement in any kind of avenue that I want to go down in life and I ended up on Troma's website, which has a section where you can apply to be an intern. Troma, if you're not aware, is the low budget indy horror company founded by Lloyd Kaufman which has produced the hit classics Toxic Avenger, Terror Firmer, Tromeo & Juliet, and their latest release, Poultrygeist : Night of the Chicken Dead. My interest was immediately piqued because a) I want to work in the film industry in some capacity and b) I wouldn't mind cleaning the toilets of a building that produced a film with the title Night of the Chicken Dead. So I checked out their requirements and such and they asked for applicants to fill out a questionnaire and submit the dreaded resume. Now I barely even know what a resume is. I've never filled one out, I really have nothing to speak of to put on one, and I really have no qualifications that would make me qualified for a gig at Troma. But it's only an internship, right? What qualifications do you need other than to possess the ability and lack of dignity to clean toilets and make coffee runs, right? So I sent the guy who hires interns a nice long e-mail explaining all of these things and explaining how i'd love to be an intern there and would do anything that's needed of me blah blah i'll spare you from the long winded e-mail I sent. Didn't expect a response at all but I figured why not give it a shot. If anyones gonna hire people without a resume, it's surely gonna be Troma! Not an hour later, I got this response :

"Great! When could you come in for an interview?"

Whoa! Cool! Excitement abound!

Until, like I always seem to do, I froze up and got nervous. This would require work! Work is bad! For the past two days i've been convincing myself that I don't want to do it so as to avoid doing any work and accomplishing anything in my life. It's a bit of a problem I have. "It's too far away." "How am I gonna get there?" "I can't endure a 2 hour train ride to the city a couple days a week." "I don't want to clean toilets anyway." "I'm above that!" But then I realized that I of course am not. Ya gotta start somewhere right? It's time I take control of my life and do something that I actually want to do! I applied for a job earlier today at the local Stop and Shop and let me tell ya, it took being in that building for only 60 seconds for me to come to the realization that I just can't do the 9-5 thing. "The truth is never told between the 9-5 business hours", as the great Hunter S. Thompson once said. Sure I won't get paid for being a lowely intern, but the opportunity to work in some capacity in the movie business, and the horror movie business at that, is a great one and it's something i've always wanted to get an inside glimpse at. So after some heavy duty added words of encouragement from the girlfriend (I am indeed afraid of growing up), I finally responded to the e-mail today and long story short, i've got an interview with Troma at 4pm this Friday. It's not a guarantee that i'll get the gig but i'm pretty confident that I can secure it. If nothing else, it will be an interesting learning experience and perhaps give me some guidance with where I want to go with my life post internship. The website says that interns have the opportunity to do some script supervising and creative writing work, so i'm hoping to get to dabble in that a bit too. And even if it doesn't provide me any guidance and foot in the doorness, it'll surely provide some good blogging material! So we'll see how the interview goes Friday and i'll keep ya posted. The only real problem is gonna be getting there because i've just come to the realization that the Troma offices are in a place in the city that's harder for me to get to then I originally thought (trains, subways, buses). But if I can swing the intern gig only a couple days a week, I think I could pull it off. For now, whether anything comes of it or not, I just feel good that i've taken one small step towards my future!

- I've got an interview coming up on this here blog with one of the stars of one of the most classic horror films of all time, so be on the lookout for that. It's gonna be "off the hook", hint hint!

- Punisher : Warzone is fucking awesome. Go give it a rent if ya haven't yet. I haven't gotten around to seeing the Tom Jane one yet so I can't compare the two, but I can't imagine it's as good as or better than Warzone. If ya want pure bloody entertainment, look no further!

- Anyone else looking forward to checking out Haunting in Connecticut? I know it's PG-13 and all but it looks pretty kickass and I remember the original Discovery Channel re-enactment show of the true story years back was pretty awesome and creepy, so I think this one should be too. I actually won 2 passes to a screening of the movie tonight in the City but obviously was not able to make it out there. Turns out you can pretty much get free tickets to screenings like these anyway and it's all run on a first come first served basis so even though I "won" the tickets, I still would have to arrive real early to even be able to possibly get in. I guess i'll just hang the pass (which is basically a mini poster with info printed on the other side) up on my wall, a reminder of my sort of contest win!

- I've gotten several e-mails and read several articles about the Let The Right One In DVD subtitle issues and i'm happy to report that Magnet will be re-releasing the disc with the correct subtitles as they were in theatres. If you don't know what i'm talking about, head over to Icons of Fright, who extensively covered the whole issue and who probably were a big part in getting Magnet to re-release the flick. Sadly, if you already bought the previous release, you will not be able to switch it out for the new one. That being said, the current subs on there really wouldn't ruin the movie for ya at all anyway. But if you haven't picked it up yet, you might as well wait for the re-release.

- Check out this rather strange quote Rob Zombie made in a recent interview with IGN :

Zombie added that horror isn't necessarily as important to him as his fans might think it is. "They're not even my favorite types of movies. I mean, I love horror movies but not the way people think. I don't really care for slasher movies or any of that stuff. It was never anything I liked ; even as a kid I didn't care for it. I'm such a product of the '70s, you know, I'd rather watch Billy Jack than Friday the 13th any day."

I feel kinda duped! I'm sure this comment comes off a bit differently than how he meant it and of course the man does love horror movies, but i'm a bit surprised to hear that he apparently doesn't love them as much as we all thought. The guys entire career, music and film, has been based entirely off horror movies and I remember Cribs doing a tour of his house, which was chock full of horror posters and memorabilia, so this seems like a pretty out of left field thing for him to say. I wonder if he ever even liked Halloween in the first place!

- I'm about a week late on this one, but check out a brand spankin new photo of Charlie Manson! Apart from the swastika on his head, I wouldn't even recognize the man if he bumped into me on the street! Granted he will never be let loose on the streets again, but even still. Manson fascinates me to no end (he never did kill anyone!), so I had to share this.

- One more thing! I haven't talked a lick about what could be the horror movie of the year (if it ever comes out) and I feel bad about it and now seems like the perfect time. The official website for Grace has just opened up for business, check it out HERE. Grace is a horror flick produced by Hatchet's Adam Green that is based on the Paul Solet short of the same name that has been getting tons of buzz from tons of highly reputable people in the past couple years. Solet and Green joined forces, got the funding, and shot a full length feature film that is also getting lots of buzz. At the site you can check out videos, photos, and keep up to date on the latest news. To break up all this text, I leave you with the plot and trailer for Grace!

Madeline Matheson is eight months pregnant and determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby's corpse to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers, the baby miraculously returns to life... With an appetite.



Keep your eye on this one!

14 comments:

Bjornabo said...

Congrats on the Job interview. Let`s hope you get the job. (But don`t forget your "blog-fans" when you become a big Horror-Director :-) )

I thought that Warzone was going to be another bad sequal without the original cast, but as you say, is great. It`s much more "true" to the comics that the Thomas Jane movie was.

Well, Billy Jack is an awesome movie so I`ll forgive Rob for that one.. And Rob is not alone. look at one of the best Horror villains in the latest years Tobinn Bell, who has stated that he dislikes horror movies.

The Grace poster looks AWESOME. One of the coolest posters I`ve seen in a long while.. Looks like an exciting movie, althought I did not like the "Drama" thing in the Genre:section, but we`ll se.. Thanks

Cins said...

Congrats on the interview! What an awesome opportunity! If you land the gig I bet you'll enjoy it far more than you think you will. Can't wait to get an update on it all!

Of the hook..I'm guessing its either Gunner Hansen or Tony Todd...if its Tony Todd I am burning with jealousy.

Zach said...

Good luck on your interview Johnny! That sounds like an awesome opportunity. Tell Toxie I say hi!

Sauceman said...

Dude that is awesome!!! Please do not Hampton Bays this and say, not show up, or show up late...go in there and knock em out!! And dont wear a black t-shirt cock boy.

Johnny said...

Bjornabo - It's pretty interesting because a ton of people involved in the business of making/being in horror movies don't care for horror movies! Reading that Crystal Lake Memories book really showed that to me. I guess it's just a way to make money for some.

Cins - Very close on one of those guesses!

Sauce - Black t-shirts are almost required! "Candidates do not need to dress up for the interview." This is Troma we're talking about!

Head Hero said...

Good luck. Interviews and internships...things that are needed in the biz but suck big time.

Dude...I fricking loved War Zone. The original Tom Jane one was pretty good but didn't have the full action and gore that War Zone did. It dealt more with the mentality of the character and his drive for revenge on his family. In War Zone, he is past that and onto killing because that is all he has left.

Nik Holmes said...

Cool man, go for it and good luck.

Quoting Hunter S Thompson in your posts, I like your style.

That Zombie quote is strange. The man obviously has some love for the genre however, that is obvious. But perhaps this is why I always had problems with The Devils Rejects and Halloween, two well made movies with a great style to them. However they both tried a little too hard to elevate themselves above the genre. Instead of focusing on making a great horror movie, Rob seemed to want to make a great movie with horror trappings. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just I think Zombie needs to hone his craft a little more before he can give us the likes of The Exorcist or The Shining, two examples I can think of where horror was given a classy sheen which allowed the critics to enjoy the genre.

Raimi and Carpenter had no real love for horror but by devoting themselves to the task of making the most extreme efforts they could they became legends in the field. Then they made Ghosts of Mars and For The Love of the Game...

Bah, what do i know, I just watched Zombie Creeping Flesh and thought it rained ten tons of crap all over Diary of the Dead.

Gwen said...

That's great news! It takes guts to go after something you really want. I mean, you could've settled for that other job at the Stop and Shop, but you didn't.

It's not easy trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and how to get there. We've all been down that road. But, you put yourself out there. You took the first step and isn't that usually the hardest one? Good luck!

Btw, I have to take the subway, train and tram to get to my job. If I can deal, you can too. ;)

Johnny said...

Thank you for that, Gwen! I needed some of that inspiration! Guess ya just gotta suck it up and do what ya need to do in order to do what ya want. Think i'm finally starting to realize that.

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Jason Takes Portland said...

Good luck with the interview, I think it was Woody Allen that said "90 percent of life is showing up." Another quote I have always liked but forgot the author said, "If you find a job you love you will never work a day of your life."

Also look on Craigslist and catch a carpool for the internship.

That Grace movie sounds disturbingly excellent, kinda like a horror version of that Romanian flick "4 Months, 3 Weeks."

Brad said...

Best of luck tbh.

thebonebreaker said...

Johnny,

I hope that you interview went well [that is very cool] I will be looking forward to hearing more about it!

Is Candyman considered a classic? [in my eyes it is] Hopefully you are interviewing Tony Todd - he is awesome [and even more-so in person!]

Johnny said...

Not interviewing Tony Todd but I did see him drunk, holding beers, and stumbling down the hotel hallway at a convention once!