Sean Weathers on Vault of Terror II: The Undead
Welcome to Sean Weathers a young horror movie director, for another fresh interview with Horror Galore. We will be talking about his last production, Vault of Terror II: The Undead
Q: Let's start with the movie… Vault of Terror II: The Undead: what’s the title about? want to tell us a little more about the movie and the story?
A: It’s an anthology horror film that has five shorts and a sixth wraparound story that I directed called “The Fappening,” (that was also released as it’s own film with forty additional minutes added for a director’s cut). The Fappening follows a filmmaker that loses his mind and goes on a killing spree; the shorts are woven into the plot as films he directed.
Q: Our audience want to know how the movie was realized… i guess it was shot in digital, what do you think about the diatribe, digital vs film?
A: The agreement is over, digital won. For those that can afford film and still want to shoot on it, God bless you. It not only costs more, but it takes much longer to shoot, edit and do reshoots. My partner Aswad Issa, talked me into going half in on a super 16mm camera and we haven’t used it once in eight years. In the 80s and even the 90s, you would play a digital film and be turned off right away with the quality, but now not only is the technology so good that it’s harder to tell the difference, but ours eyes are so used to seeing digital now that it’s not something that’s an immediate turn off like it was a few generations ago, it’s a very broad question and I can go on and on, but I’ll stop here.
Q: I fell in love with one of the main characters Erika Smith (we’re working on a future interview with her) how did you find her? how do you choose your actors?
A: She is a good friend of Rachael Robbins, who was already in the film and she recommended Erika to me. Availability and scheduling has a lot to do with what your cast ultimately looks like more than anything and also how well someone performs in your film and how pleasant they were to work with has a lot to do with recasting them in other films and writing parts specially for them, rather than looking for fresh talent.
Q: You’re always playing with the connection with porno-movies…what’s your real connection with them?… how did you decide to produce horror movies?
A: I have no connection to porno-movies. I’ve done a lot of erotic films in the past and l guarantee even though I’m not doing purely erotic films anymore I will have films that have erotic scenes in the future, it’s something that I like doing. I’m focused on horror now because there is a large audience for zero budget horror films, once you leave that genre it’s a lot harder to turn a profit on your work.
Q: I am a big fan of episodes-movies, which is something really typical in cult horror movies… why did you make that choice?
A: It was a great opportunity to work with other talented filmmakers in the genre.
Q: Want to tell to our audience a little bit about your personal life story? this site have a section about real horror stories… did you ever experienced something really creepy in your life?
A: I was once sleeping over at a friend’s house as a kid and they told me a ghost lived in there with them. They closed a room with toys and when we opened it back up the toys were all moved around. They told me to race it up the stairs and I saw footprints moving up the stairs with me. I peed the bed that night, because I was too scared to get up and walk around the house in the dark. It’s the only paranormal thing to ever happen to me and it’s hard for me to reconcile that experience with the fact that I’m a nihilist.
Q: lloyd Kaufman, the myth. How did you get in contact with him? what’s your opinion about the story of Troma Productions?
A: I interviewed Lloyd for my podcast and it was fun, so I thought shooting with him would be equally as exciting and it was. I admire has longevity, I’d be lying and less than fair to some people I know if I said I didn’t hear mixed things about Troma, business wise, but I’ve never had any issues with him and I wish I had half his vitality now, much less when I’m his age.
Q: Certainly our users want to know about your horror tastes… what’s your favorite horror movie and, if possible, your favorite director?
A: The Shining by far and Stanley Kubrick just slightly over Orson Welles.
Q: Many people consider horror movies maniacs a little weird and gothic people, i always found horror movies fun and really entertaining, what do you think about that?
A: I have friends that don’t like horror and it doesn’t bother me, enjoy what you like, be yourself and don’t worry about what other people think.
Q: Share a dream with us. about your work or anything else.
A: I have five scripts I’m sitting on; my dream would be to turn them all into movies before the end of February.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this, I appreciate and hope we can do it again, thanks to all of your readers and for those reading this.
Best Regards, Sean Weathers
you can watch any of my films online now On Demand or on DVD go to www.fullcirclefilmworks.com