David: "I’ve worked constantly because
it’s what I want to do".
Conducted by Phil
July 27th, 2004
David Sterling may not be a
familiar name to many of you, but there is no doubt that horror fans will
have seen at least one of his movies, as he has been behind most of the
low budget efforts made available in recent years, and he has never even
I had the chance to talk to David about his career and
grabbed the chance to ask him about cult favourite Camp Blood.
Read on for some shocking news about the 'The Clown' as
well as news on all of David's new projects.
You started working in the
entertainment industry as a DJ, what inspired you to make the leap into
I grew up in Chicago and I saw a huge crew filming one day and it was
Poltergeist 3 and I went on set and I saw little Heather O’Rourke just
before she died and it was just amazing and that really made me want to
work in movies.
Your first feature ‘Things’
was an anthology and you managed to get Jeff Burr to appear in it as well,
that’s amazing for your first film, how did that all
Yeah, we started shooting that in 1991 and did the second part in ‘92 and
it was finished in 93 and out in 95, so it took a bit of time to get it
I met Jeff on that set and we have been friends ever
You then worked consistently
on a number of projects throughout the mid nineties; did you just find it
I’ve worked constantly because it’s what I want to do. So many producers
have like one or two films to their name and that’s it.
In the late nineties you
jumped on the slasher movie bandwagon with cult hit ‘Camp Blood’, how did
that project come about?
That’s an interesting story actually. I was working on features like
‘Eyes of the Werewolf’ in 3-D with a production company and whilst they
were pleased with my work, they had said that I was too slow and that they
needed something that could be churned out quickly, and so I talked to
Brad Sykes and I said you know lets just watch ‘Friday the 13th’ and a
bunch of other movies and just throw something together. The result was
‘Camp Blood’. It’s just a rip off, but it’s all good fun you know. The
script took like 3 weeks to write and we just went and shot it straight
We shot the movie in 6 days with a Sony 1 chip mini DV
camera and just used simple lighting and a simple Sony microphone on a
boom. An interesting story is that the guy playing the clown committed
suicide not long after the film came out.
The film was very popular
amongst youngsters, why do you think they liked it so much?
People like the genre because it is mindless fun; they just want to be
entertained for 90 minutes.
Why do you think the genre is
I think the genre is popular for the same reasons. I liked 70’s horror
movies like the original ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ because directors like
Tobe Hooper weren’t total amateurs but they weren’t total professionals
either you know, so they worked hard at trying to scare the audience and
back then they had the freedom to do that. Nowadays too many people have
creative input and so in trying to please everyone you end up losing your
Another bad aspect is the fact that in the eyes of the
audience my movies have to compete with things like ‘Spiderman’. You can’
t take ‘Camp Blood’ and put it alongside ‘Spiderman’ but the critics do
I love independent film; it’s more interesting than
watching some of the studio crap that gets made.
How do you go about securing
funding for your projects?
Well, I started by going to companies, but then there are other people
going to them also so you have competition. Private investors like to
have their name attached to a movie because it’s fun. I approach them and
say we’re making a movie and this is what it’s about and they are really
interested and supportive so it normally works out well.
Whose idea was it to make
‘Camp Blood 2’?
I approached the same distribution company and struck a deal with them,
and we started working on ‘Camp Blood 2’. Brad gave the script a lot more
intentional humour and it ended up as a nice companion piece. I think
personally that the first one is better but the second one has a better
look as we had a better camera. I also play one of the inmates in the
Considering the notoriety of
the movies do you have any plans for a part 3?
I’m thinking about part 3 but I’m waiting for the right time.
The horror genre is cyclical,
everything just now is about ghosts and remakes of Asian horror movies but
maybe by years end the slasher movie will make a comeback?
You’re absolutely right, the genre does work in circles so I’ll hold off,
for now. I definitely want to do it when the time is right.
What can we look forward to
from you next then?
Well I work constantly, and being a producer allows me to do this. I have
lots of projects coming up. Firstly there is ‘Creepies 2’, then I have a
project that I’m doing for Brain Damage but I don’t really want to talk
about it just yet, I have a movie in post called KILL, I’m doing a space
movie, and I have more horror movies out soon, one called Highrise of
Blood and one called Studio 666.
I also have two other projects coming out soon, one
called Pralien that’s sort of my take on Alien versus Predator and another
called Lord of the Magic’s that is basically a spoof of Lord of the
I am also currently sifting through 7 years worth of
footage that I taped when I was working the clubs. I used to tape bands
live on stage so I have a lot of footage of over 3,000 bands. I just need
to figure out what to do with it?
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."