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Chris Watson

Chris: "It's a fun 80's B-movie style comedy-horror".

Conducted by Phil Davies Brown
June 13th, 2006

Chris Watson may be a new name to our readers, but come July 11th, fans of B-movies will be familiar with his work when the much anticipated Zombiegeddon hits DVD.

The film has possibly the most impressive cast of B-movie stars I have ever seen, so you can bet this will be one hell of an entertaining flick.

Read on for the scoop on what went down, when horror's hottest talents banded together to kick some zombie ass in Kansas!

Zombiegeddon will finally be released in July, what is the film about?
Zombies are trying to take over the world and the only ones that can stop them are pot smoking, sleazy cops Jeff and Cage. It's a fun 80's B-movie style comedy-horror.

What led you to write Zombiegeddon and how long did it take thereafter to get the ball rolling?
Zombiegeddon was a replacement project so it was a bit rushed. Close to filming we had to rewrite the second half because we lost a location. I think I sent out the script to people a couple of weeks before filming.

The film has an amazing cast, how did you get everyone to appear?
Brinke Stevens--Had been talking to her about another project when we decided we needed someone to play the DJ. Tom Savini--I'm not positive on this but I think Brinke talked to Tom before we got to him knowing we wanted him. William Smith--Joe Estevez asked him to do it. Joe Estevez--Worked with him on Mob Daze thanks to Robert Z'Dar Robert Z'Dar--Worked with him on Mob Daze Edwin Neal--walked past him at a convention a couple of weeks before filming. At the time we were looking for God. JR Bookwalter--knew my producer Andrew J Rausch Lloyd Kaufman--I emailed someone...I donít' remember this one well enough. Felissa Rose--I read a story on Sleepaway Camp and went to rent it. I watched it and looked up the actors. A website had her email on it. She was actually attached to the project that was supposed to film instead of Zombiegeddon. Conrad Brooks--Allen Richards of B-Independent gave me his number. Jeff Dylan Graham--Also was attached to the comedy that was supposed to film instead. Ron Jeremy--Met on a trip to LA.

The shoot was very fragmented; did that make the film a bitch to edit?
We shot it in 8 days and had to rush so I don't think it was that difficult to edit. It was more in finding someone who wanted to do the job.

What was the budget and did a lot of folks cut you some slack with their rates and such?
The budget was very low. I think everyone definitely cut me some slack, lol.

Would it be fair to assume that the cast is comprised of many of your idols? How did you feel when you finally got to work with your favourite genre stars?
I grew up on William Smith movies so he's the one that I was really excited to work with. The Losers! is one of my favorite films. Of course, movies with Brinke, Linnea and Julie were big when I was a teenager so working with them was a blast. There are just so many talented people I got to work.

What were some of the important lessons learned during the shoots?
Wow, this could be a book. It was my first attempt at directing so I learned TONS. I was lucky to have an experienced dp and a cameraman that worked well with the dp. I think the biggest thing is the thing that offends people the most--don't trust anyone.

Who did you enjoy working with most and was there anyone who tested your patience?
Who I enjoyed working with most is a tough question. There were many people from cool movies who were great to work with. Smith, Estevez, Savini, etc, etc were all easy to work with and great. There are some who live too far away to bring back but most of them I'd like to work with again. There was one person who came to the set drunk and did some other things that made them more of a distraction than help. That definitely tested my patience.

The film garnered quite a bit of press attention and there have been many rumours about you and the film circulating the internet. Who is the real Chris Watson?
A bored nerd, lol.

Is it true that many people lost their jobs for helping out and that many people were either told not to do the film or thought it was too radical to become involved with?
Apparently the rumor was that the movie was about Jesus going around screwing people all through this school. I heard from one guy that he lost his job because of the movie and then I know for a fact that one lost their job because of the rumored content of the film. Remember, it was filmed in Kansas and it's a very religious area.

What are your hopes for the film when it is finally released in July?
I hope people aren't mad because it's sov and not Dawn of the Dead 2.

Whatís next for you?
I'm working on a comedy I've wanted to do for a while. Right now it's called Dead in Love.

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Chris.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."

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