Vampire Obscura Q&A

Twenty damn minutes. That’s roughly all I need to complete my first official feature “film”. In case you are coming in late to all this I’m making a vampire anthology titled Vampire Obscura. This particular work features vignettes that in all honesty are more about visual style over substance. The stories themselves are rote if I must criticize my own work then yeah, rote is apt. Nothing groundbreaking here I’m afraid, just grind house stylehorror pulp. Fangsploitation if you will. Recently a donator to my project emailed me a sort of mini interview which I have been dragging my feet to actually answering. To be honest, I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I recently moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California and though it’s been a life long dream of mine to do so I would be dishonest to say that I’m one hundred percent happy with my decision. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely glad to be out of Lamechusetts, that state SUCKS, but I miss my friends more often than not and I’m trying to find my place socially, artistically and romantically in this town. All that aside let’s address the questions from my benefactor shall we?
Mr “Neck Bites” asks:
“Being a new film director and all, what made you make this feature film? Who was your favourite actress/actor to work with, what inspired you to do this film and will you expect to make more in the near future?” Hmmm? That there is a lot to chew on. Let’s take it bit by bit.
“Being a new film director and all, what made you make this feature film?” Answer: I’m not a fan of the romanticized vampire. The Anne Rice, True Blood, Twilight stuff has left me cold and rendered the vampire as a relatable and almost lovable creep that just so happens to be a demonic murderer on occasion. To me a vampire is a monster, a one note creature of night with one thing on it’s mind, feeding. I also look at the vampire as the physical manifestation of unchecked lust. I’ve wanted certain women so bad in my younger years that my blood felt like it was burning for them. I’ve had hard, crazed, lustful encounters with women that I yearned for and when I knew they could take it our times together were thunderous, savage even. A vampire can only enter an abode if allowed and for a woman to offer an extremely vulnerable and sensual part of her body, her throat, to this monster well, that is the pinnacle of awesome to me. The image of a corrupt, necrotic and demonic beast suckling the sensual dips, curves and contours of a mortal woman’s throat is visually captivating and brimming with all kinds of subtext. “Who was your favourite actress/actor to work with?” Answer: I had the honor of working with several amazing New England area actresses but I would have to give major props to Jennifer Mitchell from my the Vampire Obscura vignette called “The Believer”. Extremely talented and heartbreakingly beautiful, Jen worked hard, she was enthusiastic about the project and she was fearless. For all the biting that went on she never complained once. Honorable mention goes to Erin Sennett, Crystal Souza and Alexandra Cretau. “What inspired you to do this film and will you expect to make more in the near future?”. Answer: Three vampire films in particular inspired Vampire Obscura and they are 1. Both the original F.W. Murnau “Nosferatu” 2. The 1979 remake of Nosferatu and 3. An obscure 1973 Spanish vampire film called “Dracula’s Great Love” which isn’t all that entertaining but there are some great images of gorgeous Spanish women getting hickies courtesy of our living dead friends. As for Nosferatu, I believe that he is the best representation of a vampire. Pointed ears, bugging, glaring eyes, foreboding fangs and long tapering fingers. He looks great against the comely features of his female victims. “Will you expect to make more in the near future?” That’s a good question. It all comes down to time, money and what I’m inspired by. I think I’m kind of done with vampires after Vampire Obscura, at least for a little while. The grind of finding willing actresses, coming up with stories and funds has taken a toll on me and I have other stories I want to tell. Who the hell knows. Time certainly isn’t going to wait for me so I got to get on with whatever the hell it is I want to do.
– Lawrence Hollie