LEGLESSCORPSE: Gutterballs was such a fun, 80’s style slasher flick that picked up quite the cult following. Why did it take so long to get the ball (no pun intended) rolling on a sequel?
RYAN NICHOLSON: That’s a great question! I felt the movie needed to develop a bit of a fan base before starting on another one. It also gave me time to do a few other films in between. The slasher film kind of peaked a couple of years back so I think its the right time for a comeback.
LC: What can we expect from the BBK in this long awaited sequel?
RN: Fans of the first will get a healthy serving of gory goodness. BBK has modified some of his 10 pins to really exact maximum carnage. I also have a porno magazine’s quota of skin that I will be featuring. The sex and violence appeal is there for sure!
LC: Anyone who is a die hard horror fan knows about your indiegogo.com campaign for Gutterballs 2. You are raising funds for post production correct? So how much of the film is actually shot, if not all?
RN: There’s bits and pieces of the film shot. I picked up the camera a few times over the last few months but the bulk of the shoot is in a bowling alley in January. And in our recently opened studio space. I can spray blood to my hearts content now that we have our own space.
LC: Not only are you going Balls Deep with Gutterballs 2, but you are releasing your new film Collar. Tell us a little about that film. And when and where it will be available to purchase?
RN: “Collar’ came out Nov. 18th on the Unearthed Films banner and has actually been selling out where it’s stocked. Most of the online retailers have it back in stock now which is nice! The film is about a homeless man who has a penchant for eating human flesh while worshipping the devil. It’s kind of a reflection on the really disturbed individuals the walk the streets because the mental wards have all lost funding and closed down. If they can’t get their meds, whose to say what could happen? “Collar” explores that avenue.
LC: Talking about purchasing, you also have a small distribution company which appeals to the indie horror fan as well as the collectors. What do you try and do to make your films that much more special to the fans and the collectors?
RN: I put some work into the releases for sure. For my film “Hanger”, I actually released the “Colostomy Bag Edition” where each dvd came with a feces smeared colostomy bag! Those bags aren’t cheap either! But the poop was free. Actually it was brown silicone caulking…sorry to burst anyones bubble that had a fecal fetish. For “Gutterballs”, one of the harder to find editions came with a “rape kit” including swabs and panty swatches. Yes I know, that is pretty sick. But hey, the value is insane with those editions. I have seen them sell for up to 500 dollars! “Live Feed” came out in a 2 disc edition with a Chinese takeout box, chopsticks and of course the infamous “dicky roll”…deep fried penis for the layman. I wonder what customs officials must think of this parcels going through X-ray!
LC: Going back to GB2 and your distribution process, what kind of cool collectibles do you have going as far as perks on the campaign?
RN: I have some amazing perks. A 12 inch BBK resin cast figure, sculpted and painted by myself as well as screen worn BBK masks and some signed bowling pins. I also have various editions of the film on Blu-ray and dvd. The soundtrack on 8 track cassette too! How cool is that?
LC: A lot of people don’t know you have a special effects makeup background. Was the transition from SFX make-up to writing / directing an easy one for you?
RN: It was because I started small with a short film and then once that was made on time and on budget, I moved into the feature film world. Makeup FX are still a big part of my life. I go out on day calls here and there on big budget Hollywood stuff and also do my own Makeup FX gigs with my wife and partner Megan. We recently designed FX for Legendary’s “Dead Rising: Watchtower”. If you are a fan of the Dead Rising videogames, this movie is the feature film adaptation. It is GORY!
LC: What other projects do you have lined up after GB2 either as a writer / director / or make up effects?
RN: I am doing an anthology film called “Three on a Meathook”. It’s three stories with a wrap around. I also have an evil spirit type movie cooking. More on tension and less on shock value. I hope to be doing FX on some other shows next year. 2015 will be bloody fun, that’s for sure!
We certainly thank Ryan for taking the time out of his very busy schedule. As a horror fan, supporting Gutterballs 2 is a must. Here’s the link to get some of the cool collectibles available with funding and to check out the new teaser trailer…
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We Chat With Ryan Nicholson About GUTTERBALLS 2, Distribution, and COLLAR
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