||Jake, you directed the third installment of
the popular 'Pumpkinhead'
series 'Pumpkinhead: Ashes to
Ashes'. Was it hard to pick up an
already established series?
Yes I found it a
worry approaching a sequel as I love Stan
Winston's original and we had a lot less money
and time to shoot than the original and it's a
daunting thing doing a sequel to anyone else's
work, especially when it's regarded a a minor
classic. So my thinking was to try and up the
ante with the story line and instead of having
just one person seeking Vengeance this time we
have a group of people and this is their
damnation, as to kill Pumpkinhead you have to
kill the people that raised the Demon.
As the writer of the film as well,
how obligated did you feel to follow the
logic/plotting of the preceeding
I wanted my film to be a direct sequel to part 1,
albeit 20 years later. and had great respect for
the source material and the established mytholgy.
I wanted to keep the characters of the Witch,
Haggis, and the grown up Bunt who is haunted by
Ed Harley from the events of 20 years ago.
What was the most difficult scene or
effect to pull of for the film?
The church scene sequence because we had so many
extras and logistics with Fire, Wire Work, gore
kills and the suit and only 2 days to film what
is a large scale set piece. Interestingly the
Church is the one used in Cold Mountain - so
obviously we asked if we could burn it down!
'Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes' stars Lance Henricksen...what is
something about the actor that may surprise his
many horror fans?
He had his 67th birthday on set and we got him a
cake. He was very touched, and it was a fun
Jake, your first feature was
'Razor Blade Smile' in 1998. What
were the greatest lessons you learned from making
that film that you would like to pass on to
Make your first film with whatever resources you
have availble - the expereince of making a
feature length film is more valuable than any
book or course that theorizes on what it's like.
Trial by fire, and then at the end of it if you
still want to make more movies you'll know if
your gonna be a filmmaker.
I heard rumors regarding a 'Razor
Blade Smile' sequel. Where does
that project stand at present?
Script is written, but could never raise the
I also want to hear about 'Evil
Aliens' (2005) which you
wrote/edited/and directed. Give me a bit of a
teaser that will make it irresistable to the www.racksandrazors.com readers?
Welll it's a gory, Splatstick flick in the bloody
vein of early Jackso/Raimi via Sergio Leone. And
there's Emily Booth as well as Aliens!
is also said to be filled with lots of genre
in-jokes. Do you have a personal favorite snicker
or two from the script you would care to share?
For me it'd be the Wurzels song that accompanies
the combine Harvester massacre!
Along with Marc Morris you started
the DVD label Nucleus Films. What was you initial
intent and business plan for the company?
We started off producing in-depth and high
quality genre DVD extras to fund setting up our
own distribution label - which is now going
strong with Deathship & Gwendoline amongst
Do you have any other projects
pending that you would like to let the site
readers know about?
Doghouse is coming, based on a script by ultra
cool Comic book Writer/Artist Dan Schaffer
(Dogwitch/The Scribbler/indigo Vertigo etc)
Okay, we're pulling the car into the
Jake West Drive In. What three horror flicks are
on the triple bill for tonight and what goodies
are they going to be serving up at the concession
Sex, Drugs and Rock n'roll with a side order of
blood and mayhem.
What scares you in real life?
Politicans. Wars. Debt. Unreasonable people. The
usual line in real life horror.