Sunday, March 14, 2010
Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - Feast of the Vampires (Screener Review and Interview)
When Scotty tries to track down his missing friend in a farming town plagued with a vampire curse, he enlists the help of beautiful Autumn and the wacky vampire professor Orson Corman, but things get out of hand when they sneak into the plantation of Duke Wolfgang Moonlight and become trapped as darkness falls. Will they be able to outwit the Duke and his assistant Gus, or will they too become creatures of the night?
Funny, quirky, and fun are just a few words to describe this low budget indie horror comedy. The story line is pretty simple, but well written. The acting isn't too bad (although at times, it did feel a bit week) and I adore the way it was shot. It has an old 70's reel feel to it, small defects in the film included. It opens with a scene reminiscent of the old 70's shows that came on late at night with a host, which was pretty amusing to watch. It even has an intermission with funny fake facts about the film's stars. I think my favorite part of the film, though, was the Professor, who had one the funniest lines in the whole movie. I don't want to give it away, but when he first encounters the Vampire, you'll know what I mean. Overall, this film is a ton of fun to watch, entertaining as hell, and it isn't Twilight, so check it out!
Writer and Director Jay Burleson sat down to answer a few questions about the film, so enjoy!
Q: What made you want to make a Vampire film?
A: I wanted to do something with a classic feel to it and I felt like our Southern setting would be perfect for a vampire film because you could use a plantation instead of a castle.
Q: What was shooting this film like?
A: It was fun, but with a lot of ups and downs. Principal photography got cut short and we didn't get to finish shooting the film for about seven months. A lot of the first 15 pages of script never got shot. Other than that I had a blast working with the crew and actors. I've worked with most of them all before and would definitely work with them again.
Q: What films or actors inspired this film?
A: Films such as Monster Squad and Fright Night were a big inspiration but Roman Polanski's "Fearless Vampire Killers" was the film that really got me interested in doing something like this. So, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate.
Q: What are you working on now and where can we learn more about this film and other projects?
A: Right now I'm shooting an experimental drama called Anathema Arienette and I also have a religious horror film, Bible Belt, in post production. You can find out more about Feast of the Vampires at www.feastofthevampires.net or get info on our other projects at www.myspace.com/burlesonfilm. I also have a twitter: www.twitter.com/jayburleson