you share the plot of Power Corps with us?
Viel: Power Corps is about a group of
Galactic Marines that are sent against the Ma’hars, a race of aliens
that live between dimensions. The Ma’hars are an aggressive,
entrepreneurial race and they enslaved various civilizations
throughout the centuries – including the various race of aliens that
have been abducting humans for years. The Ma’hars consider humans as
a lesser race and they use them for food and/or to create
bio-weapons. They found inspiration in our legends and created a
whole bunch of zombies, werewolves, vampires, cyborgs, etc… And let’s
not forget steel mites! Basically the whole movie is just an excuse
to do all kinds of “creature” movies into one. I missed doing an
action film, that’s what I have done the most in my career. Samhain
had some action but I missed blowing things up!!!
A soldier takes Arrow hostage for
writing yet another
childish and cuss-riddled review
ARROW: Did you write the screenplay?
Viel: Yes indeed, I wrote the screenplay
with some story ideas from Anderson Bradshaw who plays Sharp in the
film. The original “Marines in space” was his idea and I was
attracted to the fact that we could do all kinds of sick shit with
weird colored blood so they can’t fuck with my film with all their
sickening and stupid ratings standards.
Gillian Leigh (Samhain)
This Cyborg mean business!
Alan Chou and newcomer Natalia Chtchekotikhina as space zombies
ARROW: Looking around the set, I couldn’t help
thinking "Aliens". Would you say that Cameron’s classic
inspiration in terms of Power Corps' “look”?
Viel: Cameron is
definitely an inspiration. For me as well as Anderson, who is a huge
fan of Aliens and being a military man himself before his
acting/stuntman days, he’s very fond of Aliens for its realistic
portrayal of the marines. James Cameron
wrote the definitive Marines in space movie. Nothing can compare to
that. During our research, we saw a few, including a cheesy B-flick
called Space Marines. Every single movie about Marines in space
reminded us of Aliens. Try it, you'll see. Japanese mangas and
anime was also a big inspiration in terms of the look. I don’t know
if you saw the guy in the Komodo suit (the one with the huge 90 pounds
gun!) but that was definitely manga inspired.
ARROW: What type of tone will the film sport? Campy?
Dead serious? A bit of both?
Viel: I don’t take
myself too seriously, so all my movies have some kind of sick humor in
it. My work tends to be campy but with a serious tone through it. In
the end, I try to make movies I’d like to watch, being a fan of the
genre. If I’m entertained, I believe others will. My cast and crew
certainly was on this film!
as yet another undead
(Timeline) as Gumms
Kyra Zagorsky as Trish
ARROW: What kind of gory fun and special effects can
we expect from the film?
Viel: Well, expect
zombies shooting, fancy X-ray shots that show you a bullet’s
progression through zombie brain tissue, slimy tentacles, a sexy
werewolf, lots of green goo (some of it landing in questionable
places…) and a creepy as hell kid zombie played by Adrien Morot’s son,
Kwan. That kid was creepy man, it freaked me and the crew! And he
gets shot in the end. Messily.
ARROW: What do you think will be the highlight of the
movie in terms of action set pieces?
Viel: The steel
mites attack will be a definite classic. We went through ten gallons
of goo for it. The actors were soaked!!! We had some really nifty
flamethrower action courtesy of Cineffects and the scene is both funny
and tense, a difficult combination to achieve. I have also a certain
affection for the werewolf scene and for a short but very effective
tentacle attack that occurs towards the end.
Is that the ALIENS cast?
Seek and Destroy Leonard Maltin!
Ready, Aim, Fire!
ARROW: Does Power Corps have a distribution deal yet?
If so, who’s putting it out there and when can we expect its release?
Viel: The movie has
Canadian distribution at this point through a new label called Blood &
Bullets Releasing. The movie should be out by the fall. I don’t know
about other territories yet, but there is a lot of interest from
various distributors overseas.
ARROW: What’s next on your plate in terms of
Viel: A creature of
the Black Lagoon type film as yet untitled that we plan on shooting at
the end of the summer. Once again, Adrien Morot is involved and this
time he’s even provided us with both the plot and the swamp!
A MOMENT OF BLA-BLA ON SAMHAIN
another note, we all can’t wait to see it and I have to ask: when is
"Samhain" being released in North America?
Viel: Man, I wish I
could answer that question. Everybody asks it! Originally the plan
was for an October 2002 release but that went down the tubes because
ACTRA refused us the right to hire Mark Borchardt because he wasn’t
union and it prevented it’s release because Borchardt was a condition
in the distribution contract.
When they finally backed down, it was
December… Therefore impossible to shoot his scenes because the rest
was shot in May. The producers kept saying we will shoot the scenes
but now we’re almost in June and they haven’t shot it yet. I also
know they will need to shoot something because the ending is, well,
not complete without that scene. I know that they had a lot of
interest from many people, including Artisan but it looks like Compass
International will take it on.
The Canadian distributor,
Oasis, had some issue with the gory nature of the film (despite the
fact that they had read the script and approved it), especially in
regards to a certain scene involving a dead baby (which to their
credit wasn’t in the script but was tacked on later because of a
casting mishap related to a long story involving Chasey Lain that I
cannot discuss in print but I’ll tell you in person if you ever ask!),
and they are currently trying to re-edit my cut of the film.
the only “public” showing of Samhain was at the Kingston Film
festival. We showed an unfinished (Re: no sound effects, just
location sound) version of the Jenna death scene and my personal
favorite, the ass-ripping scene to a crowded theater in Kingston. We
got a very puzzled and very enthusiastic response. A similar sneak
peak at unedited footage was performed at a Fangoria convention to a
very good, enthusiastic reaction too. The powers that be just don’t
get it. They want gory and wild and salivate at all the dough they’ll
make when they hear fan reactions then chicken out when the suits that
buy the films freak on the gore!
ARROW: Is "Samhain: Part 2" still a feasible idea?
Viel: There is a
script for Samhain 2 and 3 ready in my camp. Whether or not they get
done is up to Warehouse Films, but I would say it’s unlikely.
Arrow and soldier dude say "laterz!"
I'd like to thank Christian for
having me on set. Hopefully "Power Corps" won't take the "Samhain"
highway when it comes to distribution and we'll not only get to see
it...but hopefully also get to see it uncut. LET'S ROCK!