Happy Halloween Darlings! Hope your day is going to be filled with awesome! I have one last thing to give you before October ends. None other than and interview with Thomas Churchill! It’s always a good thing when Church is here! So let’s see whats new with our good buddy eh?…
Happy Halloween from Malice and Thomas Churchill
Malice Psychotik: So you’ve been working on Lazarus now for a while, where are you with this film? How far out till we see it?
Thomas Churchill: Does it seem like that…Oh because it’s in Black & White… Ha Ha! It has been a very busy year with Lazarus…Since production back in March and now we are a few weeks away from finishing up the post production process of the film … I am feeling the love by the genera fans, as well as numerous emails from distributors…Looking to get their hands on him. This is such a great response to this little film…. Lazarus looks to be ready for the world sometime next year. Totally up to the distributor. I can not wait for the world to be introduced to him.
Malice: Can you tell my readers a bit about it?
Church: Sure can… After doing EMERGING PAST (which a new version, new look… Reboot/Director’s Cut will be released once Lazarus is released), producing and co-starring in Mr. Hush, …SyFy’s “Monster Man” show… I so wanted to do something completely different. Something just retro and cool. A ZOMBIE film that would raise the bar a bit…Lazarus is indeed a ZOMBIE flick. But, a very different type of flick! It takes place during 1957 in Hollywood CA. A telegram arrives at the office of George A. Lazarus, an Insurance Investigator to investigate a suspicious claim that was just put in by Deadly Sin Cigarette Company. Lazarus begins to schedule routine interviews with the twelve employees that are named on this claim. He learns that they all had just gotten fired for being sick at the job. …He never makes it back to the office. What seemed to be a normal fraud Investigation case … may have turned out to be the beginning of the end for the human race. His fiancée Bethany begins to worry as she realizes that he hasn’t been back at the office since early that morning when she last saw him. Not the behavior from a man who lives by daily routine. She decides to follow his path in hopes to locate him. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to witness in this creepy horrific tale . Comparable Films: “Zombie themed films”,” “Outbreak”, and “ALL things HITCHCOCK”
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Malice: One thing that stands out to me more than anything about this film, is already from things I’ve read, small trailers seen, photos, this doesn’t seem to be your average run of the mill Zombie movie. What inspired you for the story?
Church: Not doing more of the same was actually the inspiration for me… My business & producing partner David M. Parks had suggested for us to do a Zombie film. I answered him by stating I would contribute to the genera …if I have something different to say…Like, What if we told the beginning of the end type of story. I went on with my pitch to him… What if it was a period piece, shot very retro- film noir styled, A old school murder mystery…Very Hitchcock. But staying true to the ZOMBIE fans. What if the story is a loose prequel to the Grand Daddy of all Zombie films… a prequel to Night of The Living Dead. Telling a new story…about the beginning kind of gave us room to lay down new rules…sort of a new canvas to paint on.
Malice: You’re also working as a co-host on Dino’s Prime Cuts and you have your own Allradio X. What got you into Radio?
Church: Yes, I owe that to a good friend and co-producer of some radio shows, Ms. Sherri Emily. She was the one who connected me back to radio. Sherri had made an introduction to her friend Christopher Corridino aka “Dino” of Dino’s Prime Cuts. He was looking for a co-host for his new show. We spoke a bit and vibed a little on the phone, he then offered me the co-host gig. His show airs Wednesday nights… it is dedicated to his band Carnival of Souls, as well as all musicians & upcoming unsigned bands that need that hand in getting their music played on the radio. Besides being his co-host, I do a small segment on his show called, Church’s Hollywood Moments where I preach the word of film and have some cool guests. Sherri knew that one of my goals was someday to have my own show. …Next thing I know I was in discussions with AllradioX. What stood out to me about AllradioX is that they are indeed a new station…coming in on the ground floor with a new team…and they have balls with their focus! I clearly wanted in. I accepted the terms and now have my own show on their station.
Malice: What sort of things do you talk about between the two shows?
Church: My show, Church’s Hollywood Moments, is an entertaining talk show. With a kick. …I brought back to the air Dr Drew Albright who..at one point…her and I used to be a co-hosts on a former radio show that we were both involved in. Sherri Emily is now also added to the mix as one of my producers. I feel the show/people …is a good blend for a cool new show. The show is completely dedicated to the world of Independent / Hollywood film making. We interview guests, and help that filmmaker out there that is need of that motivational push! The what to do and what not to do is getting into the business. The show is a spin-off from my 15 min segment spot on Dino’s show but now longer. The show airs every Tuesday night 8pm EST/ 5pm PST on AllradioX.com. Also, I co-host along with Zack Daggy & Alan Sale for a Horror review show called The Midnight Meat Locker that aires Sunday nights at 10pm EST / 7pm PST also on AllradioX.
Malice: What was this whole business with SyFy “Monsterman”. Were they really doing the makeup for Hollow Pointe? What ever happened to that little gem?
Church: You say… Ah, yes the little show called “Monster Man” that aired on the SyFy network. That show was so fun and cool to do. It’s not every day an indie filmmaker crosses over to a huge network show. Monster Man I hear is now airing in South America. I also heard episode #2…my episode …The Forbidden Werewolf was one of the highest rated episodes out of that series. That’s pretty cool. I can not wait for more Monster Man.
I am friends with Roy Knryim and of course Cleve Hall and family. I had a meeting with Roy about the design for the werewolf…We wanted to put together a trailer for Hallow Pointe to create the buzz for the project. Roy, and some Monster Man Executives had asked me if they can do this with me for their show. The building of the wolf and the shoot. I immediately thought it would be fun…extra PR coverage for a little Indie film that will need the to get extra hype just to compete with the BIG dogs…The Studios. To plan something big…sometimes good projects take a little bit to get to that point of shooting. So, it’s coming. To answer your other question…Yes, the team will be doing the FX work on Hallow Pointe. Joe Knetter wrote a great script and what we are planning to do with it is going to raise the bar with a creature feature. We are still working on that…putting the right pieces together to build the perfect “wolf” film. To me…this film will be an event rather than just a little horror film.
Malice: You going to have any further dealings with the show?
Church: All depends if they invite me back to play again. Sure, I would love to. Had a ball on that show. It was like 8-10 days…just so much fun.
Malice: Out-of-Hat Question (From Seras) With the amount of poking you do on a daily basis on Facebook…how do your get your various jobs done?
Church: LOL. That is to funny. I poke probably as much as I get poked. It’s crazy… Well besides being connected from the laptop…the app is also on my phone. So, yeah it makes it a bit easier to fight in the poking war. LOL.
Malice: Out-of-Hat Question What is your opinion on “Brad Pitt Zombie Movie” aka “World War Z” ?
Church: I had watched it in the theater…thought it was entertaining. It was to safe for a ZOMBIE flick. No blood. No gore. Where was the horror? Suspenseful…sure. But then again…it was a PG 13 as well as being a studio film…so it made bank. I hear the BluRay has a version of havoc. Blood and gore are in the film. I will have to check it out.
Malice: Out-of-Hat Question One of my favorite subjects in writing is the Seven Deadly Sins. Love to put them in things…Ever thought about a film?
Church: Sure, would love that. The film Se7en touched in so beautifully with the concept. Amazing film. Dark, edgy, suspenseful. Ha! , and another Brad Pitt film…what are you secretly revealing to me …that you are a HUGE Pitt fan? Honestly, I think my favorite Brad Pitt performance was in the film 12 Monkeys. Brilliant.
Editors Note: I am not a Brad Pitt Fan…I just so happen to like Interview with the Vampire, Se7en, Inglorious Bastards, Meet Joe Black, and MegaMind…it’s a conspiracy I tell you…terrorists…
If people want to check me or my upcoming projects out further they can go to my home base- Church Hill Productions.com ( http://www.churchhillproductions.com ) from there they can navigate to any site I am involved in. Thanks again. Its always an honor to speak with you… Stay Cool. BOOYA!
BOOYA INDEED!! I’ll try and keep you updates as more info comes available for Lazarus. I’m very excited for this project. So nice to see a good zombie movie again. Well I’m off for Halloween festivities. All of you enjoy yourselves and be safe. I want to see you back in November!
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
Not to long ago I had the pleasure of introducing to you, My Freaky Darlings, Thomas Churchill! At the time we more just talked about who he was and what things he had going. You might remember of his projects we talked about one of his films Emerging Past. Since that interview this film has been on the circuit causing all kinds of attention. It is now getting a release to DVD June 7th and will also be streamed on Netflix. It is because of this that Thomas Churchill and Marquee Media and Marketing have decided to give me the pleasure….NO….the Honor of interviewing him again for the release! I’m not going to waste another second…let’s dig right in darlings…
Thomas J. Churchill Presents…Emerging Past
Malice Psychotik: Well so glad I was given the honor to do another interview with you boyo!! So let’s do this!!!
Thomas J. Churchill: Thanks me too
Malice: It wasn’t too long ago that I was introducing my readers to the great Thomas Churchill….
T.J.C: Thomas J. Churchill…lol just kidding.
Malice: Ha Ha! Sorry…Well now your back again to promote your new DVD release. How have things been in between Thom?
T.J.C: Pretty busy…Getting “Emerging Past” together for distribution and pre-production with Hallow Pointe has kept me pretty busy. BUT…a good busy.
Malice: Why don’t you refresh my freaky darlings on Emerging Past?
T.J.C: This film is a mind trip! Pure rollercoaster ride of excitement…as it has been labeled! Every twist, every turn reveals something different. It is a thinking person’s horror thriller. It has also been said that somewhere between The Exorcist and The Omen…Emerging Past will sit.”
Call it what you want but, it is a film you need to pay attention to. EP has won 5 awards to date. I had an amazing time working with an awesome cast and crew. We have been meeting great people along the promotional tour for it. And the fans…OMG! The fans have been amazing. They get it. They seem to love it! The film is a trip. When I set out to make something that was different from your average horror film, I wanted something that no one can guess my storyline or ending ten minutes into it. That is what I feel I delivered to the world. Something fresh and new and most of all a horror film that isn’t a recycle of every other film that comes out.
Malice: How did you come up with the concept for Emerging Past?
T.J.C: I came up with the concept on a weekend get away trip to Washington , DC with my cousin.
Malice: What in D.C. inspired you to write the story?
T.J.C: Heading to Washington, DC I was excited to location hop where one of the greatest horror films of all time was shot, The Exorcist. I wanted to see the stairs, the house, the college, the streets of Georgetown . It was exciting to me. So I was playing around with my camera and shot things I could later incorporate into a film back in New York . The title came to me while in Washington , DC .
The footage I shot with my cousin Joe was inspiring me to write something different. I shot a version of EP a long time ago, during this trip. The concept was pretty much the same but a lot different. I always wanted to redo it on a bigger scale and now I have. Maybe one day down the road I will release that test-version of EP on some anniversary edition of the current film. Wow! What great memories I have of making that film.
Malice: When you made the characters, did you already have an actor in mind? Or more what inspired you to write the story?
T.J.C: When I rewrote the script, I wanted Pamela Anderson to play the lead. LOL. That’s why the character’s name is Pamela in the film. One of the first that was approached was Tiffany Shepis. I had spoken to Tiffany about this role back in the day in New York . She was approached again when we were about to shoot the film. She was excited and we were heading closer to working together until something occurred that didn’t work out for us. I was bit bummed because I wanted to work with her. I will be now with Hallow Pointe. Brooke McCarter brought Krista Grotte to the table. I had a few meetings with her and she read the script and came with the passion you would need to pull off this complex character. The role of Pamela Garret is very layered. Each layer reveals something cool about her. Krista got it! An amazing actress and a delight to work with. She brought Pamela Garret to life as well as won a Best Actress award for role.
When you’re doing an independent horror film with a limited budget you need the best actors to bring your writing to life. I believe no A list stars would have done a better job than the cast that I have in EP. Brooke McCarter won a Best Actor award for his role as Dylan. “The Lost Boys” was an amazing film and Brooke’s role in it was cool. But it didn’t show his amazing talent as an actor. His acting range is brilliant! Seeing him play this role in EP was amazing. If it was a Hollywood film, Brooke would be Sean Penn. Brooke was just that good in this film. Stephen Geoffreys who plays Cameron in the film was brilliant. Stephen has had an amazing career…he is a horror icon with his roles in “Fright Night” and “976-EVIL.” He was brilliant. We have several horror icons in the film: Stephen, Brooke, Steve Dash (“Friday the 13th part 2”) and Tony Moran (Carpenters’ Halloween 1 and 2) They brought their A-game to EP. Even though their roles were small, they stand out in a HUGE way.
Malice: What led you to the decision to have G Tom Mac soundtrack this masterpiece?
T.J.C: Masterpiece? Thanks bro. Thank you very much for the compliment. Well, G came to the table through David Lee Madison and Brooke McCarter. Actually most of the cast came through David. During shooting Brooke told me that he had this feeling while making the movie that it’s going to be bigger than what we are doing. He mentioned he would reach out to G. I didn’t think anything about it…just went about making the film. The night before I was leaving to go to LA, David called me on a three-way with G on the other line. We spoke a bit and when I got to LA we met. Great guy. I showed him some “raw footage” and he wanted to be involved a bit more than giving a song or two. He was excited about the project. He stated he has not had this feeling since The Lost Boys about a film. He wrote the score and handed over 8 “new” songs including “Soul I Bare” which I directed. “Taken,” “Fallen” and the duet with Corey Haim “Mend Me”. Brilliant. To me this soundtrack is G’s best work. “Soul I Bare” is the new “Cry little Sister”. We have a song called “Mud” by Katie DiCicco which also won Best Song. I directed that video as well. Various artists including Brian Ray, Magni, Kizzy Star…just to name a few, round out the soundtrack. Spectra Records did a kick ass job with the soundtrack album which is available now for download on sites such as iTunes and Amazon and the physical CD hits stores the same day the movie does…June 7th.
Malice: What kind of experience was it on the set?
T.J.C: I have some awesome stories. I got to work for the first time with one of my childhood friends, David Lee Madison. We acted together in a big fight scene in Brad Davis’ last role called “Heart” back in the early 80’s and we went to JHS together as well. EP was the first time we actually worked producing a film together. Mr. Hush was our follow-up where we reversed our roles. We were still producers, but now I was also in front of the camera. David was the writer and director. David has a small role in EP as well.
Malice: There has to be some interesting stories working with cult horror legends such as Steve Dash, Stephen Geoffreys, and Brooke McCarter…
T.J.C: Steve and Stephen were both a delight to work with. They both went on to work with David and I again in “Mr. Hush.” Stephen is a master at what he does. I speak to Brooke at least a few times a month. He ended up becoming my brother. The stories are endless… but I am not sure if I can spill any of them. You know images. LOL. But working with horror legends was amazing. Helping to create “new” horror legends is fun. I am speaking about Edward X. Young who is a horror/grindhouse independent favorite to some hard-core indie directors. Edward was amazing as Father Cole. Another one that I had the privilege of working with three times and will be again in “Hallow Pointe” is Mike Marino who plays the iconic character The Stranger in EP. People should study him and know his name because Mike is one of the greatest method actors that I have ever met.
Malice: So far what has the reception been on your end?
T.J.C: Wow…5 awards to date. People seem to love it. People get it. It has been a blast. Especially doing conventions and meeting the fans. That’s what this business is to me. You make things for the fans. For people to enjoy themselves.
Malice: Is it possible we may see a sequel?
T.J.C: Yes. It is possible. There are many scenarios we can do with this story. I know sometime in the near future you will be seeing a spin-off character from EP in his own film. We will be doing an origins film of the Mike Marino character called The Strange1. We are excited about that project.
Malice: What movie can we expect to see next?
T.J.C: The next film I will be producing and directing is a throwback to the iconic ’80 horror films called Hallow Pointe. It will be the definitive werewolf story. Take An American Werewolf in London and The Howling and kick them in their ass. Get horror author Joe Knetter and producers Bobby Ray Akers, Jr from Dead of Night Films, Marla Stoker and the executive producer from “Predator”. Now add a who’s who of horror and mainstream film and what do you get? Pure carnage. Hallow Pointe will be that “event” film for the indie and mainstream world without the $200 million dollar price tag on things you don’t need. This film is designed to scare and thrill the horror lovers. I am stoked about it. We have a pretty solid slate of films. After Hallow Pointe: Witches Playground, The Strange1 and Cold Plastic is another film I’m real stoked about.
Malice: Well…I’m sure you remember what time it is…You guessed it…time for “Out-of-Hat” questions: What would you do if you were trapped in a room with someone who was demonicly possessed?
T.J.C: Start singing television tunes. Play a game of name that show.
Malice: Have you ever known someone who spontaneously paints disturbing pictures of unspeakable things on their walls?
T.J.C: Yes. Me. I love making stick figures hanging. ..Oh I’m sorry that’s when I am playing “Hang Man”. No. I don’t. Wait yes. Do dentist offices count? Don’t they have a lot of clown paintings! LOL
Malice: If you could do any idea (Book or Comic Adaptation, Remake, own idea…etc…) what would it be?
T.J.C: Oh I would LOVE to do “Deliverance” has a horror film.
Malice: Oh! And money is not Not an issue
T.J.C: Always wanted to do Romeo and Juliet as Zombies. Star Wars as a pure horror film. Kind of like Alien meets Hellraiser.
Malice: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
T.J.C: A few times. Once, when I was moving from one of my apartments I closed the bathroom door. The outside of the door had a door mirror hanging on it. As I closed it I saw a little boy standing behind me. It freaked me out. Pretty creepy
Malice: If given the choice, would you rather hang out with A) The kids from Jersey Shore B) The Ghost Adventures C) McManus Brothers or D) Hugo Weaving and Willem DaFoe…in drag….?
T.J.C: Jersey Shore so I can give them a good ol’ New York style ass kicking! Just kidding…Probably The Ghost Adventures…it seems eerie and fun to tackle that. Yes…thats my final answer.
Malice: It’s time to bring this to an end, do you have anything you would like to add? Links to where we may purchase the DVD and CD?
T.J.C: Yes. June 7th EP hits stores: both the DVD and soundtrack. Also it hits Netflix as well. Everyone out there please add it to your queue. There also is a special combo package being offered on EmergingPast.com For a low price you get the DVD filled with extras, the soundtrack and an autographed poster. I also want to say Thank you. I want to tell all the horror fans out there that without you guys who go out and support horror or independent horror we would not be here to entertain you. I will make it my mission to continue to give you quality and entertaining films. You guys are awesome.
For more information on our projects visit our websites and Facebook pages. Thank you very much. I had fun with this.
I must say that was a little more fun then the first time, and that is hard to beat! I’m telling you al you need to check Emerging Past out as soon as you can. If you haven’t already pre-ordered watch it on Netflix…and then BUY IT!!! I don’t see a reason why you would be disappointed! Make sure to keep a close eye on this man, he’s going places. As always I will try to keep you posted on any other developments. Don’t forget to keep an eye open for the Psychotik Review of the flick!
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
*Check out the trailer for Emerging Past below…
Here Comes Thomas Churchill!
Pamela Garret (played by Krista Grotte of Hershel Gordan Lewis’ The Uh-Oh Show and Brainjacked), a photographer for a busy newspaper company has just taken a life altering photograph.. After her boss, Cameron (Stephen Geoffreys of Fright Night, 976-Evil) hands her an easy assignment, she takes a photograph that will have her emerged into chaos. As she searches for help within her friend Dylan (Brooke McCarter from The Lost Boys) in a lost city filled with a dark mystery, in this insane situation she soon realizes that no one can help her. When trusting people around you is not an option, it’s her past that can bring her down. ..OK I said too much. Tony Moran (Carpenters Halloween 1 & 2)
, Edward X Young (The Green Monster, Mr Hush) and Mike Marino all have roles in the film. The film was a great project to work on…Paul and Lorie Weinroth of Chocolate Bunny Productions gave me total creative control in allowing me to bring what I wrote to life.
Malice: It looks like there are going to be a few hidden “Easter Eggs” (Example Steve Dash’s Character being named Det. Voorhees) Am I correct in assuming there are more?
Malice: As a writer I love finding out the little ideas that spark a story. What got you started on the idea for the movie?
Malice: I know it’s not out on DVD yet, but do you have any showings coming up on the Film Festival circuit?
Malice: Is there any date set for a DVD release?
Malice: Your also involved with a project I have been following lately, Mr. Hush. What is your take on the movie?
Malice: You have another film announced too, Cold Plastic. What is that about?
Malice: Now I want to talk more about you, what got you into film?
Malice: One can only assume, when looking at your film history, that you are a horror fan. How long have you been with the genre?
Malice: What has been the thrill of your career thus far?
Malice: Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger?
Malice: The Crow or The Lost Boys?
Thomas: Wow…You know I will have to say The Lost Boys! Being I have Brooke McCarter (Paul in The Lost Boys) and G Tom Mac (The Lost Boys theme “Cry Little Sister”) are part of Emerging Past. So family stays with family…and Family is Forever.
Malice: “Family Guy” or “The Simpsons”?
Thomas: I love “The Family Guy”.
Malice: Alice Cooper or Marilyn Manson?
Thomas: Kenny G…just kidding…I like Gene Simmons!
Malice: Well that’s about all the time we have for today, Thom is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
Thomas: Yes…go to Emerging Past and Mr. Hush on Facebook, become a fan and suggest it to your friends as well. Go to my official website www.churchhillproductions.com, www.emergingpast.com, and www.mrhush.net for up to the minute news on our projects. Thank you very much.
I just want to say how awesome it has been getting to know everyone from these projects. You heard it here, make sure to check out Emerging Past at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, Fl October 9th. If you’re not going to be there, hit it up at Mr. Hush: Weekend of Fear in Matamoras, Pa October 22nd-24th.Check out the Trailer below!
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,