Evil Breakfast Dead Club

A friend of mine, local filmmaker Jon Bonnell, recently allowed me to take a look at his new script “The Evil Breakfast Dead Club”. I had worked with Jon on a promo trailer for the film, so I was excited to finally see the finished script. 

There are many things that go together, peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, Captain and Tennille, The Breakfast Club and The Evil Dead.

Yes, you read that right.

Sometimes the best crossovers are the movies you never saw coming.  Although if you really think about it, pairing up the definitive 80’s brat pack movie with the definitive 80’s horror movie, not only it makes sense, but it makes you wonder why it hasn’t happened sooner. 

Hijinks are rampant when a group of sexually charged teenagers doomed to a Saturday detention retreat to a cabin in the woods and uncover the Necronomicon, the fabled Book of the Dead.    When an ancient evil spirit is released, the five students find themselves in a fight for their lives as one by one, they are attacked.  Everything you would expect from the Evil Dead is present, demonic possessions, severed limbs, ancient English chanting.  Coupled with the witty dialog from one of the most beloved films of the 80’s, The Evil Breakfast Dead Club delivers a horrific journey that is strangely familiar and horrifyingly fresh.    Some of the most undignified deaths greet the group as the ancient evil slowly dispatches them.  Head milkshakes, decapitations and a well-placed plunger keep the gore flowing.

The art of parodying involves paying reverence to the source material while taking it in new and humorous directions.  Basically, it’s the same but different.  Most parodies fail when they drift too far from the source material.  The Evil Breakfast Dead Club works because it takes the best moments from the source material and combines them with hilarious and unexpected results.  Many parodies fail when they neglect the films they are lampooning and the end product ultimately becomes unfamiliar.   The Evil Breakfast Dead Club stays true to both films, but without simply being a shot for shot rehash of either.

I laughed out loud at the irreverent dialog many times and the quick witted banter leads you to a false calm before a scare sideswipes you.

Later in the script, one of the characters asks “What are the signs of demonic possession?”  He is told “Changes in personality.  Preoccupation with sexual activity. Changes in personal hygiene, personal dress, swearing, abusive, threatening… This is every teenager on the planet” and this sums up the film nicely. 

The Evil Breakfast Dead Club is a satisfying nod to era of filmmaking held near and dear to many.   It is about to enter preproduction and I eagerly await the finished film. 

Cheers!

Shell Shocked

The last forty-eight hours or so have been a little surreal. On Monday night I posted the Star Wars Haiku blog I had been working on for a few days.  By the end of today, it had been viewed thousands of times and has been mentioned on dozens of websites across the world, including the official Star Wars website.  I’ve received hundreds of emails and comments of encouragement (and a few “you suck” posts). 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to check it out. It was a fun little project and a nice change of pace from my other projects.   

I’m already taking notes for The Empire Strikes Back and I’ll hopefully start that in the next week or so.   In the meantime, I have deadlines to meet and need to get back to my other projects.   Watch this space and we’ll return to a galaxy far, far away very soon!

When Star Wars made bank

A sequel was then ordered

Here we go again!

Yours virally!

CWC

The Comicon and Convention Survival Guide

I’m taking a very quick break from writing “Don’t Make Me Come Down There” to put together ” The Comicon and Convention Survival Guide”.

Having just returned from a series of conventions and comicons, I’ve seen the best and worst of people’s behavior and with the exponential growth of conventions across the country, the issues are going to get worse if attendees aren’t aware of the general rules.  I felt the time was right to release a guide highlighting the written and unwritten rules and etiquette of attending a convention to ensure everyone attending gets the most out of their experience. Conventions are a time to have fun and make memories.  If everyone is on the same page as to the expectations of their behavior and what they can expect from others, the experience will be that much more enjoyable.

I expect to be finished by the end of October. 

CWC

What You Don’t Know About Me

They say the best way to lose or alienate friends and business associates is to discuss sex, religion and politics. And this was before the internet came along.  
 
Some of the most heated discussions I see online are related to at least one of the three topics.  These topics divide us, they cause us to sometimes see things in black and white and people can get extremely defensive and belligerent when discussing them.
 
While there have been times in the past where I have discussed such items, these days I make a conscious effort to avoid doing so.  My online presence is ultimately a sales tool to encourage people to buy my books, come to my seminars and maintain interest in my career. If I go off on political rants against the left or the right, or slam certain religions, I immediately alienate half of my audience.  I’m certainly not neutral in many of these topics, but they hold little value to my career and openly discussing them is counterproductive.  I won’t change people’s minds as much as they won’t change mine. 
 
My friends and family know my stances and that is all that matters.  My personal beliefs are just that. MY beliefs. I don’t need validation from others to maintain these beliefs and won’t suddenly change them because someone does not approve.  I research everything I post and don’t forward random meme’s with half-truths and fallacies.  While there is a significant amount of information about me available online, you will find very little about my political ideals and religious beliefs. Although these are part of my personality, they are not part of my online persona. My career is not in religion or politics, so I don’t feel discussing it in public is beneficial to my career path.   Do certain people and groups in politics or religion make me insane? Certainly. Do I have my own opinions and gripes? Without a doubt.  I just make my voice heard in other ways. 
 
If you are a creator, be warned that discussing these topics openly in public can be extremely divisive among your audience.  

Yours guardedly,

CWC

Patience Is A Virtue

Craig and John Russo

Outside of Star Wars figures, one of my favorite things to collect is old books. My office is full of them.  I have first editions and turn of the 19th century hard cover poetry books.   I feel nothing captures a snapshot in time better than a book.  Many have inscriptions in the front dedicated to long deceased friends and loved ones.  

One of my most treasured books, is not 200 years old.  It’s not even fifty years old.  It is a first edition paperback of John Russo’s Return of the Living Dead.  John is the screenwriter of George A. Romero’s seminal classic 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead.  Return of the Living Dead is the sequel that takes place shortly after the events in the movie.  Yes, I know Dawn of the Dead is the movie sequel to Night of the Living Dead, but this is John Russo’s literary version and is completely different from the movie with the same name.  

Still with me?

Okay, good.  So why is a creased and worn book about zombies so important to me?  I was seven when I got the book. My Grandad gave it to me with the strict instructions to hide it under my bed so my parents wouldn’t find out. The cover was of a rotting zombie and I must have read it a hundred times. I brought it with me when I moved to the US in 93 and it has stayed on my bookshelf.  

This past weekend and after 33 years, I was finally able to get it signed by Mr. John Russo himself.  Adding to the moment, Mr. Russo stated that he had never seen this particular edition before and was surprised that I wanted it personalized. The financial value matters little to me as I never plan to sell it.  What it represents is far more valuable.   It was what turned me onto the zombie genre and thus started my writing career.  Finally being able to meet Mr. Russo and thankg him for the inspiration was a wonderful moment in my career.

This is testament that patience pays off. Sometimes good things can just take a little while to come to fruition.

Yours, happily

CWC