What Is the synopsis of the film?
A film crew treks deep into the wilderness to shoot a monster movie where they are beset by real monsters.
How did you come up with the concept?
I made a drama/noir right before Monsters called Trap. I had trouble finding distribution for it. One distributor actually suggested I cut monsters into the existing movie, making it a horror film. It was a ridiculous suggestion. But I thought it made a pretty good jumping off point for another movie. So I wrote Monsters in the Woods.
How long did it take to film?
The movie took 9 days to film. Including re-shoots.
How did you decide on the location?
Big Bear is very filmmaker friendly and several years back suffered a horrible fire. Which gave a lot of the area a dead, almost apocalyptic look that was appropriate for the movie.
What was the highlight of making the film?
Shooting in BIg Bear was a hoot. We stayed in some really nice cabins and once we wrapped got to stay and party for an extra day.
What was the most difficult moment of shooting the film?
During our first trip to Big Bear our original FX artist botched the creatures horribly. We had to stop shooting. I thought it was the end of the production. Luckily an angel investor was found. We were able to hire a new FX guy and re-shoot.
Any specific movies or stories that influenced the script?
Aside from my own personal stuff that made it into the script, I was very influenced by early Peter Jackson (Dead Alive, Bad Taste) and a little James Cameron (Aliens).
What makes this film stand out among others?
It’s a pretty unique blend of satire, action and horror.
Looking back, is there anything you would change about the film?
When we had to stop the first time. It cost us a few days of shooting. Even with the re-shoots I was never able to fully achieve my original vision for the film. But, I’m pretty damn happy with the director’s cut.
Any other horror projects currently in the works?
Several. I have a slate of 10 flicks I’m currently working on financing for. At least 6 are horror.
I’m glad to have finally gotten the rights back to the movie. I am now able to release it as it should be seen.