|HORROR CENTRAL Interview
1-I want to start off by asking you what's your favorite horror movie?
ARROW: I could never answer with just one so I’ll say that The Hitcher, Hardware, Halloween, Suspiria, The Crow, Near Dark, Friday the 13Th and Nightmare on Elm Street are definitely up there. Recently I saw “My Little Eye” and really dug that too.
2-Being an actor/screenwriter/director what got you into doing a website?
ARROW: I never wanted to be a critic, it was never one of my goals and I just fell into it. Now, I’ve known JoBlo (Berge Garabedian) for 9 years, way before I ever hopped onto the site. He was always aware that I was a horror freak and that I knew how to write. One day, out of the blue he asked me if I wanted to start a horror section on his site. I said yes as a goof, thinking it could be fun and that it would help keep my writing fresh. The site surprisingly picked up hardcore very fast once online and it became more of a “real” job after that.
3-How long have you been doing Arrow in the Head?
ARROW: For almost three years now.
4-What attracts you to horror movies? What would make you want to do a
website on them and not a different genre?
ARROW: Horror has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. What attracts me to it? Well the fantastic stories, the blood, the guts, the hot chicks, the creativity behind it, the visual style, the pushing of boundaries, the exploitive nature, the excessiveness, the subtlety, the dark humor, the feeling of fear and the sometimes satirical/metaphorical undertones. What’s not to love? My goal has always been to be a part of horror in one way or another. Be it through screenwriting, acting, producing or directing. I’m working in all those fields in one way or another at different levels. I’ll keep at it until I make it. So it was just logical that if I would start a site on anything, it would be horror. Then it would be about lesbian nurses but that’s a whole other ball game.
5-You have a lot of interviews with horror movie stars on your site, who was
the coolest to meet?
ARROW: Top of my head: Eric Red, Mick Garris. Todd Farmer, Kevin Tenney, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, Asia Argento and Jonathan Lieberman we’re all great people that I had fun interviewing
6-Being that your career is starting to get larger are you still going to continue
doing the website?
ARROW: Its funny you ask cause that’s a question that has been floating in my head a lot lately. With the other aspects of my career picking up, I’m finding myself to be overworked, overstressed and with less time on my hands. The site takes a lot out of me and did think of quitting but…I still love doing it. So I came up with this: when I feel can no longer put in quality time into the site and that shit is coming off half ass…that’s when I’ll quit or maybe just take a long break. We’ll see.
7-If it wasn't for your site I wouldn't have discovered two of my favorite
movies, Donnie Darko and Session 9. These movies are practically unheard of. How do you get a hold of these rare movies?
ARROW: It varies, some I see at film festivals before anyone else, other times I buy bootleg copies, sometimes fans send me rare films via mail to help the site be stronger (thanks guys) and other times its the Studios who send me their DVDs like a month in advance of the release date. I also know a lot of people in the business and they sometimes hook me up with private screenings.
8-When did you first decide you wanted to become an actor?
ARROW: I just always knew. I actually went to film school first thinking that acting was easy and that I was a natural with nothing to learn. After film school my Uncle (who’s a Producer) convinced me to try acting school saying “if after one semester you think you have nothing to learn…leave”. So I went to acting school and wound up staying the whole 3 years, graduating with honors. Yup, I didn’t know everything.
9-I will honestly say I have never seen any of your movies (most are
independent films that are hard to find) but are there any movies that you
wish you hadn't done?
ARROW: What’s done is done and even the movies that I regret doing did bring me some experience and I got to meet some great folks through them. I do regret 2 of them but if I had to do it all over again, I’d still do them. Does that make sense?
10-Which movie are you the most proud of?
ARROW: Well so far I had the most fun on my Big Wolf on Campus gig. Playing the psycho is always groovy times. I also loved my Abandon experience with Katie Holmes even though they cut my scene out of the final cut (Damn you Gaghan! “joke”). I also used to host a French TV show here in Canada called “Kaosbar” and that too was a blast.
11-What are some of the upcoming movies that are you are slated for?
ARROW: I’ve got the long delayed “The Watermen” with Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin set to shoot next year, it’s a mobster movie. I’m also in talks to co-star in Sal Ciavarello next film “The Lord Satan” and Alexandre Michaud’s next film “CLEAN”.
12-You wrote and are directing a movie called "Red Hours".. I have never
anticipated a movie so much. Can you tell us a bit about it? When can we
expect its release?
ARROW: “The Red Hours” screenplay came about after a nasty breakup with my ex- girlfriend. I was pretty destroyed and lost myself in the rave scene to cope with it all. I eventually took my experiences in the drugged out rave culture, my bitterness towards my ex-girl and my horror knowledge, mixed it all up and “The Red Hours” came out of it. It’s very violent, its horny, its trippy, its gory, its crazy, its decadent and it will offend.
14-Will this be an independent film? Or are you going through a major studio to have it produced?
ARROW: I’d actually love to do it as an Indie, I’d get more control that way. But The Red Hours needs a budget so I have to go through the big studios. I was with a big Prod Company that shall remain nameless for a year and got a crash course in Film Business Bullshit 101. Needless to say I wasn’t happy with them. They weren’t taking the film where I wanted so I just recently re- obtained the rights to my script and moved on to another Production Company. Yes a year of my life wasted, putting my faith in the wrong crowd.
15-What stage is it in right now? Has it been casted?
ARROW: Needless to say that the year I wasted with the previous Prod Company set me back. I was supposed to be shooting now, but shit happens. The Red Hours is presently being shopped around as we speak. I’m seeking financing. Know this though: I will not rest until this movie is made, it is my mission in life, that and spreading whip cream on Kari Whurer one day.
16-Have you written and directed any other films?
ARROW: I started off writing scripts for myself. Then I got my first professional gig re-writing a script called Lone Knight for a Prod Company. I recently did some uncredited polishes on Kevin Tenney’s (Night of the Demons and Witchboard fame) script The Board which I’m co-producing with Tenney and Milestone Pictures at the moment (yes I’m expanding to Producing). Directing wise, I’ve only directed short films and The Red Hours will be my directorial debut.
17-What are some of your upcoming projects?
I learned with The Red Hours to not talk too soon about what I’m doing because the movie business is all about delays, bullshit, set backs and smoke being blown up one’s ass and I wind up looking bad. On the record I’m getting The Red Hours off the ground (again), am working on a book and am co-producing Kevin Tenney’s “The Board”. Off the record I have 3 other projects that I’m co-producing, they are at early stages now and will only talk about them at a later time in Production. I’m also hustling a couple of big roles in big movies but again until anything is signed, I’m shutting up about it. I learned my lesson.