- Interview 2
We've been keeping tabs on writer/director Stevan Mena ever since we were caught off guard by his nerve-racking intense debut 'MALEVOLENCE'. Since it's release last year, we've been eagerly awaiting his next project, which up until now, we assumed would be the 'Malevolence' prequel & sequel. Good thing we decided to check in with our favorite local independent filmmaker! Read on for the scoop & maybe a bit of tomfoolery! - by Robg. 8/05
So, what's changed for you both personally and artistically in the past year since last we've spoken?
Well, I moved from my apartment to a slightly bigger apartment. Artistically, I've begun several new scripts, all different genre's.
Stop! You did awesome! You were in the rare position to see your film open theatrically around the country at different times and watched it slowly build up a fanbase. What was it like for each each time the film opened in a new market?
Honestly, exhausting. I traveled the country promoting it. But it's always cool to view it with an audience. Especially when there's someone who doesn't like it and yells at the screen. I'd sit behind them and throw popcorn at them or spit in their hair. (laughs)
Right-O. Umm... Moving on, making 'Malevolence' took 3 years of your life, but for the DVD features, you were able to revisit your experiences in the making of documentaries and the commentary. Tell us what it was like to look back upon the film making experience now, while partaking in those special features.
Um... wow. Speaking of the DVD, this film was obviously Anchor Bay's first theatrical release. It seems they really pushed the marketing on the DVD, even doing an exclusive deal with Best Buy for a bonus disc. How's the DVD been doing so far & how has your working relationship with Anchor Bay been thru this entire process?
A ghost story!? We heard you've also been working on a "ghost story" script as a potential future film. Is there anything you can tell us about it? Come on!
Hey, aren't you listening!? Anyway, like I was saying, I'm applying elements of suspense to the ghost story that some might consider relentless. But I want this film to really have an impact. Just wait!
Damn you! Well, you had mentioned the characters from the bank robbery most likely won't be in the prequel, but in our last interview, and this is a quote; on the prequel you said, "It will reveal the identity of his tormentor, the original killer, Graham Sutter. It will also go deeper into Julian's debt, his relationship with Marylin, and will also completely turn everything in Malevolence 1 on it's head, especially the end!!!" How much of this is still accurate? Throw us a bone here!?
(Laughs). I lied. None of that is in the prequel. It contains none of those elements. The sequel, however...?
There's very little known about the 'Malevolence' sequel. Is the story for the 'Malevolence' sequel something you have ready to go as well? Possibly at the same time as the prequel? Or is it too far away to even talk about?
It's ready to go, but not at the same time, that idea was scrapped. It will once again depend on the reception of Malevolence 2.
Well, you can never please everyone, and I'm certainly not trying. I have noticed that for the most part, people who like the film tell a friend. People who don't like the film jump on the internet and vent to everyone, as if they feel the need to warn the world of their opinion. Personally I think it's really funny how people have nothing better to do. I'm lucky if I have time to sit down and watch a movie. How glorious it must be to be able to sit and blab for hours about little minute details about a film.
It seems PG-13 horror & Japanese imports are starting to die down a bit. And now with Clive Barker's new slew of films based on his books, we can look forward to more original horror films again. How do you personally feel about the current state of horror filmmaking, and has there been anything you've seen recently that has stuck out as something special?
I think Hollywood is milking it for all it's worth, and will squeeze the life out of it very soon. Horror at the moment feels very desperate to me. As if they are being pumped out as fast as possible in order to capitalize on the horror "craze" before it dries out. And it will, very soon. Unless the remake craze exhausts itself.
Considering the strength of 'Malevolence' as your first film; as a writer/director/composer; your name has been thrown around on-line by fans and various websites as an ideal candidate to tackle a 'Halloween' film. Granted, it's still up in the air weather they (the producers) will continue the 'Halloween' franchise or do a remake, but given the chance, would you take a chance at pulling the strings for Michael Myers?
You've got our vote of confidence. There ya have it, folks!
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