ADAM HACKBARTH Is The Spirit of St. Louis by Owen Keehnen

St. Louis based screenwriter Adam Hackbarth has only been on the scene for two years, but he’s already making a name for himself in the horror world. His screenplays include the satanic rock & roll opus ‘Studio 666’, the 50’s sci-fi parody ‘Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction’ (in which he also has a role), as well as writing the upcoming ‘Darkworld’ (he’s also associate producer). In addition his cool resume even includes a stint as special effects assistant on the upcoming ‘Deadwood Park’ as well. Adam Hackbarth may have strong roots in St. Louis, but the man is still going places.

Hey Adam, can you start us off with a visual and describe the room where you are answering these questions? 

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 later. 

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 you. 

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 itself? 

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 my brain. 

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 flicks? 

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 camera? 

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 important project.

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 the Damned

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 for them.

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 concession stand? 

Poltergeist, Basketcase, and Misery will be on the screen and ice cold grape juice and hot buttered popcorn will be free for everyone.

What turns you into a psycho in real life?

People who lie.

What scares you in real life? 

If harm comes to people I love.