Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview with William Hellfire.

Full Name:
William Hellfire

Do you have a nickname or what do your friends call you?
Billium.  Hellfire.
Englwood NJ, grew up in Ringwood.

Current hometown:
Bloomingdale, NJ

Favorite city and why?
NYC. It has a mysterious dark side, a wild side.   Electric.   I would never want to live in Manhattan but I do enjoy a rock n roll show, Turkish coffee and whiskey chaser or a screwy movie at the Anthology archives.   Before NYC was so expensive to get into I used to see bands like Crash Worship, Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth, EYEHATEGOD all the time.   I'd go to screenings of old horror films and friends indie screenings too.


Sexual orientation?

Religion, if any?
Are you superstitious at all? Any phobias?
I am open to the possibilities of other worlds and perceptions but doubt full.  Byproduct of old age is skepticism.  I always vowed never to grow up, always to believe in magik but it gets tougher every day.  Must fight for magik.

Do you smoke/drink?   If so, what?   Any bad habits?
No smoking. Very little drinking.  Over did it and had to get bleached. (Chemo).

Current occupation:
P/T Office manager film photography project and filmmaker. 

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I watch movies with my girlfriend. Usually a feature a night. Almost always horror. Last night was "Night of the werewolf' we love Paul Naschy

What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Alcohol.  Keep sedated and cool.
“Have a nice cold pint and wait for all of this to blow over.”

Weapon of choice:

Do you have any special skills?
Getting pretty girls naked in movies.

Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
Eh... a few years community college.  I don't know nuttin'.
“All I know is that I don’t know. All I know is that I don’t know nuthin’.”

Any pets?   If so, what are they and what are their names?
Two cats.   Alan and Anya Ormsby named after the leads in Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things.

What is your favorite animal?

Favorite/Least favorite Food:
Cookies. / McDonalds.

What is your favorite quotation/motto/saying?
“Exterminate all rational thought.” - William S Burroughs.
Good choice I’m also a fan of… "Nothing is true, everything is permitted."
I saw Naked Lunch when it came out, love that book, exterminator and Junky too.  For like years afterwards my friend and I used to write 'reports', these Burroughs inspired cryptic interpretations of events.  We used to run around in old suits from salvation army and type on rickety electric typewriters.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Erin Russ.
What’s an Erin Russ? *laughs*
Actually it's "The Russ" the nickname seems to have stuck.   She moved in in 2008 after my last bout with cancer and really helped me stay grounded.
I often go by “The Lefebvre” so she’s okay in my books.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
My cat Kalvin died.

What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
By "best thing" I am assuming some form of artful creation favorite film, that I've made so far is "The Devil's Bloody Playthings" but I think "Upsidedown Cross" will surpass it by 3 fold!
What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I've done some terrible things.....but the worst movie I have ever made... there are sooooo many vying for that position it is hard to say....Silver Mummy/Duct tape killer has to be close to the worst.
That actually sounds kind of cool. Where did it go wrong?
The title is deceiving.  I shot both films in less than 8 hours each.   They are duct tape fetish films I made as a custom request.   Girl gets duct taped for an hour.   Girl gets duct taped again.  It's a creepy fetish and probably only good viewing if you’re an aspiring serial rapist or maybe background noise at a party.
I did a project once where I did the same kind of thing but with electrical tape for a photo shoot.  It wasn’t a fetish, per se, just something I thought would look cool and fetishy. You know the whole “shiny black” thing. But I only got from her ankle to her calf done on her right leg till she totally lost circulation in her foot and I had to carefully cut her out of the tape like a doctor cutting someone out of a cast. She apparently wasn’t ready to suffer for fashion, and by “suffer” I mean “lose a foot”.

How did you get started doing what you do?
I started making films by accident.   I went to work for a catalog film distributor "Alternative Cinema" as a VHS marketer, marketing to video stores.  I was given a handful of features to watch and they were sooooo bad.   I used to just watch them in disbelief that this low budget film community even existed.  Movies like Goblin, Sandman, Kingdom of the Vampire, Zombie Rampage.   So my boss 'Mike Raso' got sick of hearing me complain and said “Go make your own movie!” so I started making bad movies of my own.   The first was "Caress of the Vampire pt 2: Teenage Girl Ghoul a Go-Go.   I made it for under $300 and in 7 days of shooting.  No script.   Almost entirely improv.   I created the soundtrack and brought in a few rock bands tracks too.   The feature ended up in tower video!   We got the cover of Scream Queens magazine and that was it.   I was off and running.

What projects are you working on?
I have a few in the works but all secret just now.... witches werewolves... Italian splatter homages.   Time will tell what one pops up first.
You had me at witches and werewolves. Please do keep me posted.

What are you watching?
Spanish horror.  Rene Cordona JR "Tintorera: Killer Shark", "Night of 1000 Cats", "Treasure of the Amazons". Anything Paul Naschy especially "Dr. Jekyll meets the Werewolf" and "Vampire Woman and the Werewolf".

What are you listening to?
New solo LP by David Yow (totally horror movie soundtrack experimental).
Graveyard, Pentagram, Goblin, Cactus.

Favorite author/book?
Nick Cave and the Ass Saw the Angel.

Favorite band/song?
Too many.   Cactus "Bag Drag", Birthday Party "Jennifer's Veil", Sleep "Jerusalem", Jesus lizard "Here comes Dudley".

Are there any questions that I didn’t ask that you wished I had asked that you would like to answer now?
About the new production and my 'comeback' into film-making.   I have been dormant for 9 years and decided while I am in between full time jobs I should make a feature.   I had been toying around with a few treatments and one that seemed doable was this "Upsidedown Cross" bit.  I felt I really needed something to motivate me to get back into making features so I figured the best way was to shoot for the stars, the upsidedown stars, and I e-mailed David Yow and asked him if he would be interested in this type of role.   He immediately replied and said yes so I wrote the script in two weeks and sent it off to him.   He loved it, to my surprise, and signed on!!!   He put in 110% came to stay with me a few days before shooting so we could rehearse and block He really added to the production was very professional, extremely committed.   It was one of the greatest shooting experiences of my life, not the usual anxiety attack.  Everyone was great.  Erin Russ was perfect for her role too.   I feel this production is certainly as dark as my previous work but much more layered with a higher caliber of actors and probably the first feature I put any real pre-production into.  I am pretty psyched to have pulled this together.   Mike Hunchback the co-writer and associate producer really helped me along and brought some amazing people to help out.   Miranda Hunchback contributed artwork and will contribute music.   Mike Diana is making a limited addition Chick Track religious comic. Michael Gancarz made two amazing posters.  Jimmy ScreamerClauz compiles the religious footage and created the spiritual Warfare TV commercial.
MIKE DIANA? THAT Mike Diana? Of Boiled Angel fame?
Yes.   That Mike Diana.   He's a friend of Mike Hunchbacks and offered his help in the production so what better way than for him to create and "Upsidedown Cross" Chick tract.   Everyone who donates $25 or more gets a signed DVD and Chick tract plus special thanks in the credits.  i didn't wanna just ask for money I wanted to give everyone the movie and something really cool.  Having Mike Diana and David Yow involved is such a one two punch.  It's surreal really surreal.

Anyone you recommend I interview that you can put me in touch with?
Mike Hunchback, David Yow, Erin Russ, Gilgo Beach Murders director Joseph D. Jimmy ScreamerClauz (Where The Dead Go to Die).
Cool! Much appreciated! I’ll follow up with you via FB/PM to get their contact info and line up introductions all around. I already sent Jimmy ScreamerClauz the first part of the interview process but you know Jimmy, he’s easily distractable, so if you want to message him with a polite push to get me the first pass so I can edit it and ask my follow-up questions it might help. I’ve got Victor Bonacore doing the same thing. 
How did you find out about hellfire movies?
I went to high school with Josh Gravel who I guess you could say is the current head programmer for The Arkham Film Society. We’ve been friends ever since which is about eighteen years now. Since we’re into the same kind of movies and music for the most part we’re always putting each other onto things that we discover and get into. I think the first one he put me onto was Duck! Because I was interested in watching anything to do with the Columbine Massacre. Through that film I got to know Misty Mundae/Erin Brown and Alternative Cinema. Then we watched Devil’s Playthings which got me into Ruby LaRocca and through Ruby and attending conventions as a vendor I got into ScreamerClauz so it was all a really organic process. Kind of like I’m trying to grow the interview site. I figure people that are into the kind of stuff I’m into and doing the kind of stuff I’m doing will know people that are into and doing the same kind of stuff and the old “any friend of _______ is alright by me” goes a long way. Josh is also a big fan of Jesus Lizard so he’s wicked excited that David Yow’s involved in your latest film. I’ve tried to get into Jesus Lizard a few times but they never really stuck with me. Like Sam Black Church and Converge. I can recognize the musicianship and that it’s good music but it never really struck that invisible cord/chord inside me that makes you love a band. I’m going to give their discography another listen tonight to prep for interviewing David Yow and see if it finally gets its hooks in me.
Josh is a Hellfire supporter!  Great guy.  He actually bought one of my first rock n roll recordings Vinegar Eel by the Band Disco Missile.  He has 1 of like 300 cassettes in existence.  I recorded that on LSD.  He was gonna do a walk on part in the film but couldn’t get to NJ on the filming day.  Next time Josh!!!
That was part of why I asked you to be interviewed. Josh is really excited about your new project since he’s a big fan of Jesus Lizard and a fan of your work also so obviously he’s excited about Upsidedown Cross. I know that you and I don’t know each other very well but we have a lot of friends in common so I figured doing an interview would be a decent opportunity for us to get acquainted. By the way, if you need any extra music for the movie you can have any of the music from my Bandcamp free of charge. Not to mention it would be cool to finally get an IMDB soundtrack credit. Not that you’re going to need extra music considering the talent pool you’re working with, but I figure it’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Closing questions / summary / and thanks:
Thanks for letting me subject you to being interviewed!

Pitch parade:
Give me all of your links for things you want to promote.   All of them.

About the Interviewee:
William Hellfire started producing music in 1989 began a cassette recording label in 1992 called Severed Lips Recordings which became the Factory 2000 video label in 1997.  You can find all Severed Lips Recordings at freemusicarchive.ord.  Free to listen and download.  William produced over 30 features and shorts for the home video VHS/DVD market mainly distributed the many Pop Cinema After Hours brands including Seduction Cinema, Brain Escape and can be found at

About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre has probably read everything you've read and can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces Electronic Music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK.
He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project.
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