LEGLESSCORPSE: How did you come up with the initial concept of Los Muertos, what was the inspiration for it?
AF: Thank you for the praise! We have shot about a third of the film and have a ways to go. When we shot the footage we do have, we were on a time constraint as the prime location which was the old Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights was getting its doors shut for good as a filming location. The location was bought and began a $40M renovation to become a retirement home.
Go Figure! My 11 year old son Matthew said, oh looks like the location will be getting some new permanent residents in the future- No pun intended!
We intended on getting some good shots for the actual film use as best we could during our time there and we did. Some of our crew state they even felt, seen and heard things that shouldn’t be!
LC: You currently have a funding campaign on Kickstarter, what is it about Los Muertos that will entice fans to back the project?AF: Yes we do. We have been working on campaigning but has been rough! Crowdfunding is a strange creature. We looked at other campaigns that looked OK for comparison and had raised funds. We figured we had a shot, but guess not! Unless we are making a goofy comedy, a documentary on goats climbing mountains or an artsy film we haven’t got any love. And thats the truth! Look, we, and I mean our team, all have the passion and drive to make this film and hopefully bring back genuine horror that has been lost in film nowadays. We are relying on practical scares, not CGI ! Look at the Halloween season and the GRAND popularity it draws in one month. In 2014, the National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasted total Halloween spending—including candy, costumes, and decorations to come in at $7.4 Billion ! YES THATS BILLION. $2 Billion of that is candy alone.
Bottom line is, we want our viewers to be scared with some things they can relate to and in everyday life- like paying bills LOL.
AF: Whats different about LOS MUERTOS is that we have a story that borrows from a character that has a long historic background in the Mexican culture dating back to the early 1900’s known as “La Catrina” which means Dapper Skeleton and has become the referential image of Death in Mexico when celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. The Aztec celebration of the dead which dates back hundreds of years with willingness to laugh at death became synonymous in Mexico and has been adapted all over the world in the same tradition as Mexico by painting faces as skeletons, honoring the dead and dressing up in Dia De Los Muertos fashion.
What does this all mean? It means that we have chiseled a great story with deep root connections using a symbolic character that has a connection worldwide. The story touches on the use of the street drug Molly which has led to many unfortunate deaths. We have taken popularity on a detour with horror!
AF: If we succeed in raising our funds, we will resume filming a month after lock down and scheduling is set. We have been in idle with lots of new ideas brewing and itchy to put into use. Our make up and effects team is traditional and fresh with ideas. Having a solid fund avenue of course makes things possible and we know that issues may arise from time to time but we are ready to tackle it all. We plan to have all filming done in 2 months since we will be filming on weekends only, but we move fast and and break from the norm of how many scenes we do in one day. Hopefully completion and editing is all done by January/February and we will be ready to rock. We recently did a promo at the SCARE L.A. convention and the crowd loved our idea, our actors and especially the preview of seeing Catrina The Lady Of The Dead before their eyes. We were a crowd favorite! Our Actors and crew are all jazzed and have been but seems I cant get any of them to work without feeding or paying them- The nerve of some people ! Props and effects will be created by A Corpse Maker.
Learn more about the film at the following links…
Interview with LOS MUERTOS Director Alfonso Flores Jr.
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