Slash talks to Entertainment Weekly about his new venture, Slasher Films.
EW: Where did the idea come from to get into producing horror movies?
Slash: It sort of fell in my lap. Rob Eric from Scout Productions is a friend of my wife, and one night we stayed up all night talking about horror movies. Iíve been a fan of horror films my whole life, and I have a pretty broad knowledge about them. Rob said, ìYou should start a production company and get behind making horror films. You could call it Slasher Films ó itís perfect!î I was like, ìFar out!î So we said, letís do it.
EW: Is there a hole in the current horror-movie landscape youíre looking to fill?
Slash: The big thing for me is, I was raised on really great horror movies. But sophisticated, dramatic horror movies died out in the late í80s, and now Iíve sort of lost interest in going out and seeing horror movies because theyíre usually gore movies and theyíre not very creative. Itís all about the sensationalism and shock value. What I want to do is bring back character-driven, dramatic, intelligent, humorous horror movies ó horror movies that have some depth.
EW: What kinds of movies are you developing?
Slash: We have four really great scripts weíre going to go into production with one rightafter another. The first one has the tentative title Nothing to Fear, which is going into production this year. Itís a really well-written demon story. Itís basically about a God-fearing Christian family who gets relocated to a small town in Kansas called Stull, which unbenownst to them happens to be one of the seven gateways to hell, and theyíve been lured there for an annual sacrifice [the townfolk] do for the demon that appears every year to satiate his bloodlust ó otherwise he goes on a rampage. The ironic thing is that Stull is a real town that has this Internet folklore: It actually is supposed to be one of the gateways to hell, and the Pope wonít fly over it. I looked it up and was blown away. Thereís another script called Theorem thatís about a mathematician who figures out the equation for evil and then, of course, thereís the hell that comes along with it. Then thereís another one called Wake the Dead, which is basically a modern, young Frankenstein story about a brilliant college student whoís discovered how to animate dead tissue ó but heís a teenager so he goes overboard. The last one is The Other Kingdom, which is about a bigmetropolitan hospital where the patients are overcome by an epidemic that turns them into these savage killing zombie types and the staff gets stuck in there with them.
EW: Rob Zombie also went from heavy metal into making horror films. Have you talked to him?
Slash: I havenít talked to him since I got into this, but he and I have hung out and we both obviously have an affection for horror movies. I respect Rob a lot. I was impressed that he was able to resurrect the Halloween franchise and do a good job with it. But this is all a learning process for me right now. So far itís been meeting a lot of people in the movie business and understanding director talk and writer speak and just being around a different group of professionals than Iím used to. Weíll see. [laughs] I have nothing to lose.