Hey Adam, can you start us off with a visual and
describe the room where you are answering these
My office is a cool 70
degrees. It wouldn't take a genius to
realize that I am in the process of moving.
Boxes are stacked along the
walls, and I have a
framed photograph of Conan O'Brien looking
down at me. Conan has long been an idol of
mine. I requested his autograph during (I
think) the first season of his show, and to
my surprise, the autographed photo found its
way to my mailbox a quick two weeks
Can a screenwriter
find success in St. Louis? Have you been
nudged to move westward?
I guess that depends on
what you consider success, but I am quite sure I
know what you mean. The beauty of
screenwriting is that it can be done just about
anywhere. A good script is a good
script. Moving to LA would certainly be the
best decision for any screenwriter; however, it
really comes down to what works best for
Okay, you wrote
the screenplay for 'Studio 666' about that
Satan/rock and roll bond. Can you give me a
plot synopsis that will make the racks and
razors readers rabid to see the movie?
I've heard someone call it
a low budget marriage of The Breakfast
Club and Carrie.
I don't really agree with that, but oh
well. Initially I was hired to write a
slasher film that takes place at a recording
studio. That is fine and all, but I decided
to get a little goofy with the genre. I've
always wanted to see a slasher film where the
crazed killer hacks up their first seven victims,
and then suddenly realizes that they have been
acting just a wee bit irrational.
It was a risk, but I couldn't help myself.
So did any
special rock groups serve as inspiration or
musical accompaniment when you wrote the script
in a dizzying 30 hours?
Obviously I don't
recommend 30-hour screenwriting marathons,
however our producer needed the script ASAP, and
so I did what I could. I'd like to say that
I modeled the group dynamic after White Zombie,
Joy Division, or Nine Inch Nails, but truthfully,
I spent most of the writing session listening to
Def Con Radio, an uber cool internet radio
network that plays nothing but stand-up comedy.
Aside from the
script how much input did you have in the film
Very little. The
only other contribution I made was that I
provided them a list of actors/characters that
best represent the characters as they existed in
I also want to
hear about 'Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction'
(2004), which is a parody of that whole 50s
sci-fi genre. Are you a fan of those
You bet. I could
pretend that I am "above all that", but
the truth is that I would bath in those old
flicks if I knew it would leave my hair silky and
squeaky-clean. Inbred was made with
absolutely no money. It was our way
of showing our love to the films that inspire us
and keep us alive. Rednecks and aliens are
two of the most notorious groups of anal
probers. Trust us, if we could have had
access to an old abandoned prison, it would have
been called Inbred Redneck Alien Lockdown.
In addition to the
screenplay, you also have several roles in that
movie - was it a challenge for you to move from
behind the scenes to in front of the
Not really. It
wasn't the first time I've done the acting
thing. I was once in a comedy troupe, so it
was actually a very pleasant return. When I
was sitting in that wheelchair with my pants
around my ankles, I knew I was a part of a very
If an alien was to
abduct Adam Hackbarth what would be the most
startling discoveries in the
obligatory mental and physical probe?
First off, let's take the
mental probe. They'd probably be baffled
how someone with such a high IQ could write such
lowbrow filth. On the physical side, they'd
probably laugh at my size 16 shoes.
Tell me about the
upcoming project 'Darkworld' which you wrote and
are also associate producing. Tell me
something about that project that is going
to make it irresistible to movie fans?
The movie has
demons, about six or seven extremely
stunning women, crazy fight sequences, blood, a
drunken monk, a gay televangelist, amazing music,
shotgun toting-truck drivers, all mixed
together with my sick sense of humor. The
executive producer is Ted Chalmers. He has
served as a producer on a number films, including
Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming
Brain as well as Faust: Love of
You also helped
work on the FX for 'Deadwood Park' (2006).
What was the coolest thing you learned about
making movies from that on-set job?
Anything that is going to come in very handy in
an upcoming script?
All of my life experiences
help me with my writing. Eric Stanze, Jason
Christ, Jeremy Wallace and the gang are great
people. I've crossed paths with them on a
few occasions, but I have to tell you, Deadwood
Park was a very unique experience. The one
thing I learned is that if you work your ass off,
good people with take note and scramble to join
you at your side. Wicked Pixel has a lot of
new blood in their ranks. Keep an eye out
We're pulling the
car into the Adam Hackbarth Drive In. What
three horror movies are going to be on the triple
bill and what goodies are they serving up at the
Basketcase, and Misery will be on the screen and ice cold grape juice
and hot buttered popcorn will be free for
What turns you
into a psycho in real life?
People who lie.
What scares you in
If harm comes to people I