AITH Interviews Alexandre Michaud
I've known Montreal Writer/Director ALEXANDRE MICHAUD for about 5 years now (we worked on his film War part of TIME ENOUGH: THE ALIEN CONSPIRACY together). Not only do we have a love for the two Bs (babes/booze) in common but we also share a lust for blood and guts. Alex once again put his lust into motion via his latest flick CLEAN which is part of the recently released GOREGOYLES 2 DVD (BUY IT HERE) and I figured it was about damn freaking time that I got this kool mofo on the site. Let's talk Urban Flesh, Clean and Goregoyles!
What are some of your favorite
Iíve always been a big fan of Italian cinema. I love the old Argento and Fulci films. My favorite horror filcks would probably be Opera and Bavaís Black Sunday. Good inspired stuff.
This is the second installment in the Goregoyles series. What inspired you to create a horror anthology in the first place?
GoreGoyles is NOT an anthology series. My original concept was to make double-feature DVDs. Ever heard of a small movie called Grindhouse? Well, thatís exactly what I had in mind when I started this project back in 2002. Take two short feature films and present them together as a two-for-one. If you look at my original promo material, youíll see that everything was marketed as a double-feature of indy horror flicks. Ö Take that Tarantino! AHAHA Anyway, the distributor decided to market it as an anthology and there is nothing I can do about itÖ Shame on them! ;)
You segment in the film is called CLEAN which is about a psycho hitting a snuff party. What was the initial creative spark that got the story rolling in your head?
I was looking for a way to make a very gory horror film to fit in the GoreGoyles series and I had this idea of creating some kind of Grand Gignol horror Stage show. I wanted to make a film where some sick fuck was making a show out of killing somebody on stage. Thereís probably a bit of Lewisí Wizard Of Gore in there I guess. After that spark, I simply built a story around that Snuff show, added some political comments to the mix and there was CLEAN.
How would you describe the shoot? Smooth sailing or problematic?
Smooth overall I guess. The biggest problem was that it was a group film. Most of the scenes have a cast of 10-12 persons at the same time and it was hard to coordinate everybody's schedules. On top of that, my main actor, Marco Calliari is a professional singer and he schedule was already pretty damn thight to start with. Thatís probably why we ended up shooting most of the stuff at night between one and 8 AM. Everybody had nothing to their agenda at night! Once everybody was on the set, I think it went very well.
Whatís easier for you to shoot; a sex/love scene or a gore/kill scene? Why?
A sex scene. Iíve directed so many gore scenes in my life that I can do it with my eyes closed. Kill scenes are also fairly easy to direct on the set because you can plan very well every single shot in advance, a thing you canít do with sex scenes.
I won't even ask what Alex is doing in this pic... I DON'T WANT TO KNOW! ; )
How gory is CLEAN? Whatís its
Itís a NC-17 movie. Thereís a lot of gore, lots of oozing guts and buckets and buckets of blood. Listen.. You have a guy that gets decapitated with a shovel, you have disembowelment (more than one), you have torture scenes involving razor blades and Tabasco sauce, you have dismemberments and a lot moreÖ Enough for you?
Is there any female TNA at play in it? Enquiring minds want to know?
Yep. We have cool strip scene involving a giant stuffed dog that ends up as a gore scene. Chantale Petrin did a great job with that scene. (Love ya Chantale!)
I hear that a feature length
version of CLEAN exists. Will that ever see the light of day on DVD shelves?
Yes. There is a feature version of my segment of GoreGoyles 2. CLEAN, the feature version, should be out on DVD from Brain Damage Films, within the next 12 months or so. The long version doesnít have more gore. The twenty extra minutes are character development scenes where you can really see Marco Calliariís talent as an actor. I canít wait for that releaseÖ Itís real good stuff my friends. Thatís the version they played at the Fantasia festival last summer.
Is Goregoyles 3 a possibility at this point? If so, do you have stories for it in mind yet?
Yes. GG3 is in production right now. Iím not involved as director. Iíll be only Executive Producer (just like for the first DVD). I canít say much about it at this point butÖ yesÖ itís coming.
Word has it that your first film Urban Flesh is going to be re-released; in a new cut at that. What can you tell us about it?
Nothing much. Itís still a secret. Iíll get back to you once I have an official release date and more details.
Whatís next for you as writer/director? Any projects on the horizon?
As you said, Iím working on a secret version of URBAN FLESH right now so this is using up most of my time. Iím also supposed to be working alongside director Christian Viel on Recon 2023 later on this year (if Viel doesnít fire me before we start shooting).
Being that you are also a Montrťaler; what would you say is the cityís main perk: Its beer, its hot babes, its ďfree for allĒ strip clubs or its poutines?
The best thing is Montreal is a night of drinking local beer, watching hot babes in a free for all strip club and eating a giant poutine before going to bed dead drunk. ;) You know what I'm talking about!
Thanks to Alex for dropping by! See ya at the tittie bar bud! Lap dances are...ON YOU!