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Interview 5 – MrMeathook

I got my love of horror from my cousin Daryl (YouTuber MrMeatHook.) Growing up he was obsessed with horror films, including the original Friday the 13th AND introduce me to the fan magazine Fangoria.  This eventually led me to become a horror writer and director – so this week I pay tribute to my cousin Daryl on Mimosas with Michael.

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1. So what is the inspiration behind your YouTube channel? Why that particular format/medium?

My inspiration is that I’ve always wanted to entertain, but I’m pretty reclusive and socially awkward. YouTube gives me the opportunity to express my creativity without having people stare at me while I’m doing it. It also allows me to edit out bits that are not funny or would be considered uncouth.

2. What is the reason behind the name ‘MrMeatHook??’”

Well I had a couple of other names previously, but none of them seemed to fit right. I chose MrMeatHook because when I do Halloween costumes my weapon of choice is always a meat hook. Also it worked well since my last name is Hook. It was like kismet.

3. What does horror mean to you? Why do people love horror?

To me Horror is an intense feeling of shock or disgust. I could add fear to that list, but movies don’t really scare me anymore… except for Hell House LLC… that movie is scary as hell, it just gives a feeling of impending dread the whole time. I’ve known several die hard horror fans that have actually had to pause the movie and go do something happy for a bit before finishing the movie. I don’t know if I can speak for why everyone loves horror, but I love it because it gives you the chance to see horrific death without having to be the victim or perpetrator. Writers and directors come up with some incredible and creative deaths these days. People also love being scared, but as I said, movies don’t really scare me anymore, I’m pretty desensitized.

4.  If you could be killed by any horror villain, which one would it be and why?

If I could choose which one would do me in, I would definitely have to go with Victor Crowley. At least my death would be over the top gory and super creative!

5. What is your favorite horror movie? What does it signify for you?

My favorite is actually Halloween III: Season of the Witch. You know the one most people hate because it doesn’t have Michael Myers. I love that it dared to be such a departure from the norm. Taking an established franchise and turning it on it’s ear and doing something different. To me It signifies part of what is wrong with people. They’re afraid to try anything new. This is also why most modern horror seems to be the same 6 movies remade with a different protagonist and name.

Mr MeatHook on YouTube

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Interview 2 – Brantley J. Brown

For my second interview I wanted to introduce my good friend Brantley. I am always admired by anyone who drops everything to move across country to follow their dreams. I know it isn’t easy – and I know that fear can be debilitating; often times keeping people from pursuing the one thing that makes them happy.

So meet Brantley J. Brown:

1. So what made you pick up everything from Tennessee and move to Southern California?

I think that a lot of people, at some point in their life, stop and have a moment of reflection. They evaluate everything they’ve done and accomplished. Some find they are right where they want to be, and some find that they still have so much left in this world to do. I definitely am one who found that I hadn’t done nearly a fraction of things that I wanted to do in my life. I have been writing screenplays for a long time. I wrote my first script when I was 13, and I’m 33, now. That’s 20 years of writing. The problem is, I never really did anything with the work I was doing. Fear of failure played a big part in that, I think. I used to be one of those people that worried so much about what others had to say about me. I suppose I didn’t want to risk rejection. I had several opportunities to move out to California over the years, but I was always able to justify a reason to stay where I was.

One of those reasons was the state of health my Dad was in. In 2009, he nearly died, and I felt selfish even thinking about moving very far away. He pulled through and seemed to make a remarkable recovery. Eventually, I got a little more comfortable with the idea of striking out on my own, but I didn’t want to go too far. I ended up four hours away, in Tennessee. Some saw it as odd as to why I chose Tennessee, and maybe it was. I am one of those people who firmly believes that everything happens for a reason, and it was where I met the love of my life, so perhaps it wasn’t such an odd choice after all. Sadly, in April of 2017, Doctors found what they believed to be a cancerous spot in my Dad’s back. Further scans revealed that he was riddled with cancer. I don’t think I’d ever been so terrified of something in my life. This was that moment of reflection for me. I suddenly realized how brief life can be. I had always wanted to be able to really do something with my life and to make my parents proud. They knew how much I loved writing and how much I wanted to make movies. Suddenly, the idea of losing one of them was extremely real, and I had done nothing very worthwhile with my life. That’s how I felt, anyway. So, the idea of moving to California resurfaced, and this time I couldn’t think of a single reason why I shouldn’t. I didn’t know exactly when it was going to happen. I just knew that it was.

It was my fiance, Aj, and our friend, Darryus, who helped persuade me to make a quick move, as in by the end of the summer. It seemed a little hasty to me, especially with the uncertainty of what was going to happen with my father. In May 2017, any doubts were washed away when my Dad succumbed to the cancer in his body. I had to chase my dreams, if for no other reason than to honor his memory.

2. How has the move changed or affected your dream?

If anything, it’s like this move has put my dream on steroids. It’s just grown bigger and bigger. In a way, it seems less like a dream and more like something tangible. I have been extremely fortunate to have a great support system behind me since I’ve gotten to California. I had the great fortune of being put in contact with Michael Coulombe. For the those who don’t know him, you have no idea how great of a friend he can be. He has become a very good friend to me, and has given me some invaluable advice. He has worked on over 200 films, and he knows what’s going on. He is probably one of the coolest people I know, and I’m so very happy to have started what I’m sure will be a long-lasting friendship. Overall, I have made some of the most amazing friends here, and Aj and Darryus are like my own personal cheerleaders at home. I never like to give in to negativity, and I definitely feel very optimistic about the future here. I feel like a real screenwriter for the first time in my life.

3. You are a screenwriter. Could you tell us a little bit about your projects?

Currently, I am working on a rewrite of my most recent screenplay called “Chuckles”. It is a straight forward slasher, largely inspired by the horror films of the 70s and 80s. I think it is very very scary. I even find myself getting scared as I’m writing it! I was fortunate enough to have Victor Miller, the creator of “Friday the 13th” read the first draft, and send me notes on it. I’m still pinching myself over that! I have several other scripts in the pipeline. One is a supernatural thriller called “Autumn Falls”. I actually have one draft done of that one. It was written before Chuckles, and in many ways, it’s one of my favorite stories, but I know that it needs some reworking before I’m ready to do anything with it. I also have been laying out the basics for a new script, that takes the romantic comedy genre and puts a terrifying twist on it, called “Meet the Hatchets”. I’m really excited about that one!

4. What was the hardest part about moving? Do you find you had a lack of support?

The hardest part about moving was…everything! It’s hard to pick just one part that was the hardest. Saying goodbye to friends and family was very difficult. The 27 hour drive was, at times, downright awful. I suppose that the worst part was going through everything that Aj and I had accumulated over the years. We had decided to sell most of our things, so I found it more than a little hard to pick everything apart and figure out what was important and what wasn’t. To me, everything had some little bit of importance, be it big or small. Nonetheless, we had to narrow our things down to what we could fit it in two vehicles. We were going to be starting from scratch once we got to California. As to whether or not there was any lack of support with this move, I can honestly say no. Granted, there were some who worried about us, but overall I think that everyone around us wished nothing but the best for us.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to move and follow their dream, such as you did?

The best advice I can give to someone who dreams of striking in the world to follow their dreams is this : Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t be like I used to be. There are people who will doubt you. There are people who may reject you. In the end, none of that really matters. What you believe in yourself is what’s most important. Feed the fire that’s inside of you. Nurture whatever talent you have, because it’s what makes you special. Plan, as best as you can, for things that might come up in the move. If you can save some money, that’s great! It will help a lot. Most importantly, never give up. When you find yourself struggling with self doubt, just remember that you’ve got something special in store for the rest of the world.

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BIO

Brantley Brown is a screenwriter. He was raised in the small town of East Prairie, Missouri. With a population of less than 2,000 people, East Prairie was barely a blip on the map, with more farmland and more grain silos than there were stoplights; there were, in fact, two traffic lights, for those curious enough to know. With not much to do, and not much to see, Brantley immersed himself in reading and watching movies, horror being his genre of choice.

With a love of horror films deeply rooted at a young age, and a fascination with what went into making them, Brantley decided early on in life that he wanted to write screenplays. It started with fan fiction, at the age of 13, when he wrote a full length screenplay for an installment in the “Halloween” franchise. Family and friends found his writing to be quite entertaining, and Brantley found the feedback to be quite encouraging in his decision to become a screenwriter.

Since then, Brantley has never stopped writing. He has written several original screenplays that he hopes to see on the big screen someday. Currently, he is working on a rewrite of his most recent script, “Chuckles”, a love letter to the slasher films of the 80s that inspired him to start writing. Constantly writing, Brantley is determined to make his dreams a reality and to leave his mark on Hollywood.

In 2013, Brantley moved from Missouri to Tennessee, where he stayed until August 2017, when he decided to make the move to California. During his time in Tennessee, he met his fiance, AJ Allen. Currently, Brantley and AJ reside in Bakersfield, California with their friend, Darryus.

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Episode 8 – Gregory Blair

Award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Gregory Blair was born and bred in Southern California. He studied theater at various locations throughout Los Angeles–including UCLA–and also studied abroad at Cambridge University. He is a Geoffrey Award winning actor, EOTM Award winning director, Stonewall Award winning novelist and multi-produced and award-winning screenwriter and playwright.

As an actor, Gregory has graced the stage (Sylvia, Working, Six Degrees of Separation, etc.) the big screen (Ooga Booga, Fang, Look Back, etc.), and the small screen (Escape The Night, Love That Girl!, Amazing Sports Stories, etc.); as a writer he has been represented on stage (Cold Lang Syne, The Last Banana and Nicholas Nickleby), in prose (The Ritual, Little Shivers and Spewing Pulp) and in screenplays, including the original script resulting in Heretiks (due out this year), the award-wining Garden Party Massacre and Deadly Revisions, now available via SGL Entertainment.

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Episode 5 – Matthew R. Fleming

Michael sits and has a mimosa with horror author Matthew R. Fleming, who has self-published his first novel The Dreams.

Synopsis:

Waking up in an unknown forest with four strangers, James has an unsettling feeling that the group is not alone. As tension mounts and he finds himself questioning the motives and loyalty of his companions, one of the group members disappears, leaving only a pool of blood behind. It soon becomes clear that something very large and unnatural is in the deep secret places of the forest. And it knows they are there . . .

BIO:

Matthew R. Fleming lives in northern Illinois with his wife, three dogs, and six cats. He is an avid animal lover and participates in animal fostering. Matthew received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. A Stephen King fan from an early age, Matthew discovered a love for all things horror. He now spends his time caring for his animals, interacting with readers, and working on new book ideas.

 

Order your copy here:  Amazonthe Dreams

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Episode 2 – Dee Wallace

Famed actress Dee Wallace of E.T the Extra-Terrestrial as well as Cujo, The Howling, Critters, and the Hills Have Eyes stopped by to have mimosas with us. We talk about the importance of women in horror as well as great stories of working with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Joe Dante.

Come enjoy Misosas with Michael and Dee

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Episode 1 – Kevin Phipps

Kevin has a new documentary, Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary that is being released this October. He stopped by to have mimosas with Michael and tell us more about the film!
Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/HENAMCksyKk
A little about Kevin:
Kevin has been in the film industry for over 10 year now. Not only is he a director but is also an acting teacher for over 8 years and owns his  studio called The Artists Box in the heart of Tempe AZ.  Born and bred in Arizona his goal is to put AZ film community on the map.
He has also been a colorist for such famous cartoons as Gi-Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among many other accomplishments he stays true to his craft.