Beth Dewey (Director - 'Kill House')
'Staking A Claim In The Market!'
Someone's making a killing in real estate!
'KILL HOUSE' is a modern day tale of bloodlust, rivalry and greed - all masquerading as the American Dream. As news of a brutally murdered San Francisco realtor throws the Los Angeles real estate community into a tailspin, fear and panic spread as more and more agents turn up dead.
Who's behind these crazed serial killings? The prime suspect is an ex-con hired by one of the property owners. But after he's caught, the killings don't stop - they only get worse! It's a self-indulgent world of terror, where no one's who he or she seems to be -- and everyone's a suspect. A bloody black comedy with a satirical twist, 'KILL HOUSE' is destined to be a cult classic.
'KILL HOUSE' comes from the pen and mind of writer/director/producer/actor Beth Dewey, the director of "Live Nude Girls" (an examination of the world of exotic dancing) and other critically acclaimed shorts such as "Outcall," a tale of an unhappy dominatrix.
Taking it from the top, and just where did the idea of a murdered
San Francisco Realtor which turns into an en mass set of crazed serial
killings originate from?! I mean, is this the kind of world that abounds
inside your head on a daily basis?! [Beth Dewey] - "I was inspired by experiences I had with realtors while looking for property. (One of our realtors actually looked like Elvis) I coupled this with my thoughts on the ongoing war in Iraq. This may sound presumptuous, but I
fashioned the killer after my impression of current American foreign policy -- we want your stuff so we'll invade your home and kill you."
You don't hang around with the murders, killing off your first two
characters within seconds of beginning! Was it always your intent to come
out of the gates so hard and so shockingly? "They deserved it! No, it absolutely was my intention to shock and awe,
as well as to set up the open house as an ideal location for killing.
While researching on the web, I found reports of murder at open houses to be
a topic of discussion on realtor's blogs and newsletters. Who knew!"
Being that - at its basic core element - 'Kill House' is a
low-budget slasher flick, I unfortunately found some 'scary' moments
unconvincing re: dialog and overall kill moment effect. In reflection,
you now have taken more time with either of those aspects or was the
budget truly taken to its extreme with no more room for cinematic maneuver? "Our entire budget was probably less than what some movies spend on
lunch -- we couldn't even afford to rent a truck for our gear. We were
pretty thin. This being my first experience with the genre, I made the
decision to err on the comedy side of "horror/comedy" a few days into
shooting. I went for senseless and absurd, which is what killing is
Also, the sub plots involving the gloomy parolee and two spoiled
teenagers went (slowly) nowhere. Was there meant to be more in the
works for those people had the budget allowed for it, perhaps? "Many people's lives go slowly nowhere... Yes, I think I would have
liked to develop Lucy a little more, but we had to move on the project it or
it wasn't going to happen. I wrote the script in two weeks because we
were getting a great deal on a sound stage in the San Fernando Valley. It
was used mostly for porn and the stage owner was having a "going out of
business" sale. He died a few weeks after we finished shooting."
Why reveal the identity of the murderer as early as the halfway stage?
Surely that should have been left for the end as per the 'governing rules'
of all slasher flicks?! "I wanted to see people killed as soon as possible by someone wearing a
100% polyester pantsuit in a nasty shade of Spring Orange!"
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking
of renting 'Kill House,' how would you yourself describe the visual treat
that they have awaiting them? "See above! Think Martha Stewart gone terribly wrong!"
From what I can see, the 'Kill House' DVD has two (2) different
artworks - the ax by the side and the pencil through the eye! Did you
know this and if so, which do you prefer to better represent your work? "The official artwork for the U.S. is the "axe" because the "pencil through
the eye" was considered too graphic. I like both, but if I had to pick I'd
go for the pencil!"
What's next on the writing/directing/acting front for you? "I am currently in development on a Sci-Fi thriller."
Lastly, and throwing in a comedic fast ball, Exclusive Magazine love
Penguins ... do you?! "Yes! Good eatin'!"
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best
for the future "Best to you and thanks for watching 'Kill House'." -- Beth Dewey.
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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