has a knack for horror films. You can look at his past credits
like Eight Legged Freaks and tell that. But, in that
type of film,
also a comedy aspect and with that experience we figured he would be a great
director for this series. He worked a lot on the balance between horror and
I: Tell us a bit about the casting
A: I was really delighted to find such great kids who were
excited about the project. They all are good, hardworking actors and I am glad I
got to know them. Peter Coyote is also a great pleasure to work with. He is a
very professional veteran and he brought a lot to the films. In addition, his
name has an instant recognition - he is extremely popular in Europe.
I: Now that you’ve seen the films put together, tell us what
these actors bring to the films?
A: They are all good looking, fun loving kids and it reflects on
their characters. They all had fun with it and I think it's evident on the
Peter Coyote added some insanity to his character and made him more
of a mad scientist than a nefarious bad guy and it comes across brilliantly.
It's definitely a different Peter Coyote, who we haven't seen before.
I: The Return of the Living Dead films have
been cult classics, how have you ensured that they remain that way,
while drawing in a fresh new audience?
A: We’ve maintained the comedic tone and brought back some of
the highlights from the original films. The draw for the old audience
and the new as well is the amount of technology in effects that are
available to us now, but have not been available before. We've done
some great effects in these films that update and in many ways helped us to
reinvent the Living Dead series.
I: Were there any particular challenges during
A: Unfortunately, there were many problems and difficulties, since we
were shooting two films back-to-back and it required a lot of planning and mind
bending. Therefore, the fact that we were able to overcome all of the obstacles
and deliver two great looking films is really a testament to the cast and crew.
They stepped up and were able to get the films done despite all of the
difficulties of working in foreign country, with foreign crew, many locations,
bad weather, etc.
How did you find it, shooting in Romania?
A: Working with Castel Film Studios made the experience easier. They
are very professional, well trained and efficient. They understand how to work
on "American productions".
I: You shot in Chernobyl which is a particular coup for this film,
could you give us a little bit of background as to how that came about
and what the results were?
A: I always wanted to film in Chernobyl and believed it should
deliver a very special look to our picture. We scouted the area back in February
2004 and it was just incredibly creepy and spooky. I specifically asked the
writers, William Butler and Aaron Strongoni, to add in the Chernobyl beginning
because I thought it would make a powerfully strong opening. I was taking a
chance at that time, because I had not received any permission to film in the
area until the very last moment. No American crew was allowed to film a feature
there before. It paid off. Filming in Chernobyl did wonders for the opening of
I: How would you describe these films and their
A: A typical zombie is one of the most inept of the movie monsters.
There isn't much that's all that scary about them when they are easily killed or
escaped. In The Return of the Living dead series, we acknowledge that. These are
not the typical zombies, and we do not take them or the subject matter
seriously. There is a lot humor in the series and we stay true to that. There
are some good scary moments but the tone of the films is just plain, good fun. I
believe that this real "tongue-in-cheek" campy kind of fun will appeal to all
generations and will drive viewers to see and enjoy these pictures.