Owen: Hey Chuck, first off -- 'Dark
Walker' is excellent. You produced
the film as well as play the title
character. One thing I was
very curious about, the movie looks
fantastic and yet the budget was a
"mere" $20,000. How did you
my opinion, there are only a few people in
Hollywood that can do this and who would want to
do this. You worked your ass off,
and you have to believe in the dream. My
experience comes from working on big budget films
and with big Directors as an Assistant
Director. The word "No", never
comes up on a real set. You have to solve
all the problems. I apply that same
knowledge to any budget movie that I work on.
There we all were standing in mud, rain coming
down hard, as you can see in the behind the
scenes footage.... I had a great time on this
one. Hey, we all grew up wanting to play a
monster and my dream came true. I have
always been the guy that takes a dollar and
stretches it to a hundred dollars. As we
know, making films is never easy, no matter how
much money you have, and it always seems you
barely make it to the end. Lets put
it this way, I haven't mortgage my house yet
making a movie...LOL
Was that costume a killer?
No, I was in that make-up for hours....
Hey, I am not a complainer and I love to play
monsters. The hardest part was putting in
the contacts in my eyes. I don't wear
glasses; so someone poking my eye for thirty
minutes is different...I just kicked back and
relaxed. Scott McGowan, (Head of Special
Effects) did a great job in creating the Dark
'HorrorVision' is another one of your
producing efforts that I really
enjoyed. Its spin on the takeover of
the cyber world is quite original and the
film really works. How do you decide
on your production projects? Is it mainly
the director (like fave Danny Draven) who you
stand behind, the idea pitch, the script?
I teamed up with J.R. Bookwalter (The
Dead Next Door) to produce a series
of movies in early 2000. HorrorVision was
the first one in the series. Our idea was
to use first time Directors with a very energetic
crew. In my opinion it worked. Danny
Draven is an awesome Director, J.R. knew him and
brought him aboard.
also play a desk clerk in 'HorrorVision'.
Does taking these cameo roles in the films you
produce satisfy that acting hunger for you?
Anymore do you ever consider roles in films
you don't produce?
Oh yeah, that's why I learned how to
make movies. I came to Hollywood to be an
actor after I won a few acting awards from my
high school, Rincon, in Tucson,
Arizona. I realized this was a tough
business, so if I knew how to produce a film, I
could always play a part in one of my movies,
which has turned into a great road for me.
I just co-starred in a movie tentatively entitled
"Carbon Copy" with
Jonathan Breck (Jeepers Creepers),
coming out next year.
Speaking of that you were primarily an
actor ('Soultaker', 'Double
Blast', 'Dark Rider')
before going into the production end of
things. What did you learn in front of the
camera that has come in handy with your
Chuck: One thing that I learned is that on an
Independent Movie, because of certain restraints,
we don't spend enough time finding the right
actors to play parts.... Take your time in
casting; it's a very important
stage. Then the other thing that
I learned, is once we are on location
shooting a scene, we have to shoot it quick which
always affects the performance of an actor...we
never give them enough takes. So I try to
allow actors to have a little more freedom
on my movies.
of your most notorious gigs was working
as producer as well as playing
the alien in the William Shatner
directed/starring movie 'Groom Lake'.
What were the bottom line problems on that
Chuck: Always, not enough money, when it was all
finished, the budget was 1.2 million...and we
still needed more. But every film has its
problems. I loved working on this
movie. I have great memories and it was Amy
Ackers (Angel) first film. She was
terrific. I thought the cast was awesome to
work with and the crew gave its all.
was your take on Shatner?
Bill, and his wife Liz are wonderful
people. We still stay in touch. I am
very proud of Bill, he is a man that believes in
people and accomplishing his goals.... I hope he
Owen: Ariauna Albright often works in your
productions. She has cameo roles in 'HorrorVision',
'Groom Lake', and stars in 'Stitches'.
Chuck: Ariauna and I did another film together called
"Up Against Amanda" which was released
by Roger Cormans company. I just did
a personal appearance at "FlashBack
Weekend" in Chicago with her. Her
fans really love her.
Speaking of 'Stiches'. I
also liked that creepy "paper doll
collection holding the souls of the
victims" theme. Maybe it's the
juxtaposition of something seemingly harmless
with the sinister. What is your overriding
memory of working on that film?
Chuck: Neil Marshall Stevens (The Director) had just
written the new "13 Ghosts"
movie that was about to come out. I thought
wow, how lucky we are to have him. That
man is talented. A lot of people love
Tell me about your documentary 'Halloween:
The Happy Haunting of America'.
Chuck: I co-directed and co-produced it with my lifelong
best friend Daniel Roebuck (Fugitive, Cody Banks)
It's coming out on DVD next year, released by a
company called "Haunted Media" you can
visit them at HauntedMedia.com for more info. It
Stars a who's who of the horror business...Alice
Cooper, Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Doug
Bradley and many more.
Owen: So what are the primary reasons you have chosen
to focus on horror for your film
Chuck: They are always your best chance in someone
seeing them and making it into BlockBuster,
Hollywood Video...Fans love horror movies and
they always will....
What's next for you career wise?
Chuck: I was just in the independent hit
"Bubba Ho-Tep" where I played one of
the infamous Elvis Boys. Directed by Don
Coscarelli (Phantasm) and
starring Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead)
and Ossie Davis. Also just produced
two movies. The first is a WW2 War movie
called "Straight Into Darkness"...an
independent epic, that I produced with Mark
Hanna and Directed by the infamous Jeff Burr (Texas
Chainsaw Massacre 3, Whisper to
a Scream) and the second is a Lucha
Libre film "Mil Mascaras Vs. The
Aztec Mummy" starring Mil Mascaras,
The Blue Demon and Santo himself.
What scares you in real life?
My own reflection in the mirror...LOL.