10 QUESTIONS WITH DANTE DARRK
CONDUCTED ON APRIL 12, 2013
1. What were you like as a kid?
Strange. I saw my first horror movie, Halloween 2, when I was 5 and was immediately hooked. I wasn't allowed in a lot of houses because parents thought I'd get their kids hooked as well and give them nightmares (laughs). I also listened to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kiss (the non-makeup stuff) so that didn't help me to look good to them.
2. What happened to your voice?
I used to be the lead singer for a band called "Flying Death Ship". One night we were playing at a bar in Boston and we covered Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People and I belted it out so hard I felt a pop in my throat and quite some pain. I've talked like this ever since, but I get a lot of flack for it, they say it's perfect for the horror genre. They thought I could be the mail version of Elvira. I thought that was interesting.
3. Who are your horror influences?
Hitchcock, John Carpenter, & Tobe Hooper.
4. Which of the movies you directed was your favorite?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you... But each of them stand out in their own way. We try to make each as different from the others as possible. If we notice any similarities in all the ones we've already done, we'll make sure it's not in the next one.
5. Isn't Visions of Vengance supposed to be "Visions of VENGEANCE"?
When Barry edited it, he typoed. But we thought Vengance looked cooler and more powerful than Vengeance. That was the first movie we made and when we watched the final product, we loved it. When the credits rolled, we looked at each other with our chins all the way to the ground and were like "WE made this f**king movie???" It was a magical time for us.
6. Didn't you make Jason's Day Off before that??
Yep, originally I didn't want to be part of that but Barry convinced me it would be the closest I'd get to directing a Friday the 13th movie. I'm glad I did now because for a parody, it had a life of it's own and even some of the F13 cast and crew loved it as well! After that, about 10 other people made their own Jason's Day Offs!
7. How did you and Barry meet?
I met Barry in 2002 when I was working at Spooky World. He was just a rookie in wrestling then and one of his wrestling friends worked with me. I don't like wrestling, but he did a different character at the time called "Sebastion" who was a Jason wannabe with a painted on hockey mask. I thought that was interesting and creative so I proposed we'd work on some fan fictions together. That fell through, but we worked on other things and the rest is history.
8. If you could remake any film you wanted, what would it be and why?
Not a fan of remakes, but if I could: first one would be Freddy vs Jason so I could put the mask back on Kane Hodder. Second would be The Town That Dreaded Sundown and make it less documentary-like.
9. Why did you start Dante's Domicile?
Thought it would be fun to host a show and help some of my fellow filmmakers get their stuff shown. Of course, there's another show in New England which also showcases short horror films so we have to do what they don't: That's why we added trailers and trivia questions. But the main influence for the Domicile was an early 70's show called Simon's Sanctorum. Now THAT was a horror host.
10. What's on the horizon for you?
I have plans to make my first feature length film and film Visions of Vengance 3. We also have plans to make a film about Slenderman.
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