Q: The main reason we’re here is to promote your new film, Beware, but first I’d like to get to know
you a little better. I assume you’re a Horror fan and I, of course, must ask, “What’s your favorite scary
Yes, I love all Horror,
I think among my family and friends it might seem kind of weird, but when you start to meet other horror fans it’s like,
“Hey, I’m not alone. I’m not the only person who will watch a horror movie to fall asleep to every night.”
My favorite horror movie is The Exorcist and Halloween is a very close second. I love movies in general,
though. All sorts.
Q: You’ve been on the Horror scene for quite some time, editing,
writing, acting. Beware, even marks your second time in the Director’s chair, but you haven’t always
been part of the genre…What other kind of jobs have you had?
A: Back in 1999 I started filming the micro budget version of Beware which is how I met my partner, Shawn. Over
the years I helped out on a few Indie-Horror movies; editing, assistant directing, even acting…anything to keep myself
busy in the business. During that time I also worked at a pizza restaurant that I became owner of with some friends, but even
then I always knew I would be doing something in the movie business.
Q: What inspired you to get so involved with Horror films?
A: I guess my inspiration to do Horror films comes from my love of them and how much
they meant to me when I was younger.
Q: Where are you from? Do your films usually go over well
in your hometown?
A: I was born in New York and moved to Florida when I was
eight. I think Beware will be the first time the mainstream audience in my area will see one of my films due to its
availability on Netflix, Blockbuster and On Demand. So…I guess the jury’s still out, we'll see how it goes. I’ll
let you know if I get any weird looks in my neighborhood.
particular people in your life that support and keep you with what you’re doing?
A: My wife, Nicole, and my entire family have always been very supportive. Even when I’m spraying
fake blood everywhere or have topless girls running all over my parent’s house they just grin and bear it. LOL!
Q: LOL! Part of the reason I put this interview together
is because of a conversation we had about a topless girl. Based on the “fake blood and topless girls” remark and,
of course, the films listed on your resume I’d say you’re a slasher fan. Any particular ones stick out in terms
of influence on the films you’ve done, particularly the new one, Beware?
A: I’d have to say
the originals; Friday the 13th, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I think Beware
has a little bit of all of those movies.
Q: It’s always nice to meet another old school slasher fan. Hollywood isn’t going to stop raping the sub-genre
anytime soon, so I think it’s fantastic when us sensible slasher fans hold it down for the classics. Anyway, since I
brought it up in the last question, let’s switch gears and talk about Beware. You were involved with the writing
of the film so I have to ask how you came up with such an original idea for your killer, Shane?
A: Well, originally it was based on a story my older brother told me about some ghost with chains
on his ankles and you could hear the chains dragging when he came for you. I just went with that idea. Then I thought, "Why
would he have chains?" The back story grew from there. I always think of Shane as an abused dog that has been let loose.
Q: How did you decide on Shane? Was that always your killer’s
A: Haha, good question. Back when I was writing the micro
budget version of Beware a buddy of mine would help me piece together the script, usually over coffee at Denny's. At
the time he was having a baby and the name he had picked for his son was Shane. When we were trying to figure out the killer’s
name he said it jokingly and I loved it! I thought it was perfect, subtle yet strong. I also love the old cowboy references.
Q: Nice! I would be stoked if I was that kid. Hell, I get
giddy about the fact that one of my closest friends is named after the little kid that gets hit by a semi in Pet Sematary…true
story. Now, Beware sports a lot of the red stuff. Did all the death scenes come together in the script or did some
get thrown together on the spot?
A: Pretty much all the kills were in the script. Some had
to change on the spot because for some reason or another we couldn't get exactly what we originally wanted, but you roll with
the punches and come up with solutions.
Q: Did you always have it in your head that you were going
to shoot the film in Florida?
A: Oh yeah. That’s where I live and you can find all
sorts of different locations around here. It’s great. One hour in this direction you're in the city and one hour in
another direction you're in the boonies.
Q: I'm a Michigan boy, born and raised, but it doesn't sound like our areas
are too different. You probably get the better weather, though. Just a couple more quick questions. From
conception to finished product, how long did the Beware project actually take?
A: Because Shawn and I where both working full time jobs, and waiting on funding and equipment, we
started writing late 2007 on occasional weekends. We finally went full force into pre-production last 2008, starting filming
in November 2009 (about thirty days spread over three months). We had our premier December of 2010 and the DVD was released
this past October 2011. Now we can relax for a moment and hopefully we get to do another.
Q: You have put a great deal of work into something that I thoroughly enjoyed and you’ve just
gotten DVD distribution for Beware. I thank you and congratulate you (and if a sequel is a possibility, I fully support
that). If you could do it all over again, would you?
yeah, I would do it all over again! It’s hard as hell, but you got to love it…and we do! The feedback from fans
has been awesome! This is a movie that doesn't pretend to be something it’s not, it’s back to the basics. We had
fun, put our hearts into it (cast and crew) and I think it reads on screen. I hope Horror fans enjoy Beware and want
to see more from us.
Q: It’s been a pleasure, Jason. Anything else you want
us slasher fans to know?
A: As a fan myself, I’d say what we all need to do,
because we love the genre, is to support all the filmmakers and their films in some way or another…even if it’s
just a kind word. Surprisingly enough, there are many “Horror Film Haters" out there, even in the film community, so
we really need to stick together and support our piers.