Well, this movie did NOT open in any theaters around my geographic base this past weekend. I would’ve been a lot more pissed than I was had I not read that it was supposed to be a limited release. There’s still hope it’ll make its way to my neck of the woods. In the meantime, Dread Central scooped me, in that they scored an interview with the film’s director and star Jim Cummings. It’s getting good reviews, and is being described as a darkly comedic mystery. Sounds good to me.
Here are some excerpts from Cummings’ interview: “It was this fun, collaborative experience to make these jokes about crazy violence in a small town, and I get to talk about all of the serious stuff of how it affects family and society and it’s a fun detective case. It just spoke to me in a funny way and I had to do it…The movie is about this complicated relationship with the power dynamics inside this small-town sheriff’s department, and the ending of the old guard and this guy dying and the passing of the torch onto the younger generation. It had to be someone of [star Robert Forster’s] caliber and when he said that he would do it, I was like, ‘Okay, cool. Now we have a movie. It’s not just us pretending. Robert’s going to come on and eat our lunch [laughs] when it comes to performance.’ And he did…”
And concerning his writing, directing, and starring in the film: “It’s amazing. It is my favorite thing to do. It’s impossible, it’s murder. It is self-flagellation constantly and I get to treat the world, and this thing that we’re making together, as this fun summer camp, as if it is the most important thing in my life and I only get one shot to do it…It’s got to be perfect. It is such a rush…It is an amazingly cathartic and wonderful experience to make movies and it also means that you’re going to lose a lot of sleep, and probably a few years at the end of your life…but the movie is going to live on forever, I’m not going to, and that’s a wonderful kind of Zen experience…”
Lastly, concerning the film’s practical FX: “…the person who is the werewolf wears the costume in each of the shots as well…Building the costume, we worked with a guy named Michael Yale, who is a costume designer in Los Angeles, and then my good friend Lauren Wilby, who built the head as this kind of mobile jaw and eyeballs and teeth, and painstakingly placed every hair into the face…I have it in my garage. I’m looking at the costume right now… [the FX are] almost entirely practical.”