Inside Pulse » Natasha Lyonne http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Natasha Lyonne http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com New Red Band Trailer For American Reunion Released http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/28/new-red-band-trailer-for-american-reunion-released/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/28/new-red-band-trailer-for-american-reunion-released/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:00:27 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=294549 A new red band trailer for American Reunion has been released. You can view it below.

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New Trailer For American Reunion Reeks Of Nostalgia, Blue Humor http://insidepulse.com/2012/02/23/new-trailer-for-american-reunion-reeks-of-nostalgia-blue-humor/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/02/23/new-trailer-for-american-reunion-reeks-of-nostalgia-blue-humor/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:00:56 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=290813 A new full length trailer for American Reunion has debuted online. You can watch it below.

Plot Summary: In the comedy “American Reunion,” all the “American Pie” characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.

You can view all our American Reunion coverage by clicking here.
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New American Reunion International Trailer http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/17/new-american-reunion-international-trailer/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/17/new-american-reunion-international-trailer/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:00:28 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=286542 A new trailer for American Reunion has been released.

Plot Summary: In the comedy “American Reunion,” all the “American Pie” characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.

You can view all our American Reunion coverage by clicking here.
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New Trailer For American Reunion, aka American Pie 4 http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/01/new-trailer-for-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/01/new-trailer-for-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:00:26 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=275067 A new, work friendly trailer for the fourth American Pie film has found its way online.

Plot Summary: In the comedy “American Reunion,” all the “American Pie” characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.


American Reunion – Trailer #1 [VO|HD] by cinemakervideo

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Hot Trailer: Red Band, NSFW American Reunion aka American Pie 4 http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/13/hot-trailer-red-band-nsfw-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/13/hot-trailer-red-band-nsfw-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:00:48 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=271359 It doesn’t feel like a decade since the original American Pie came into theatres and unexpectedly created an entire franchise out of R-rated coming of age shenanigans. And now comes a chapter that could be fairly intriguing: 10 years later.

That’s the focus of American Reunion, which focuses on the high school anniversary of the original gang. We saw them take the final steps into adulthood and get married; now we get to see what they did in their first years there. Now it has a red-band trailer, which is decidedly NSFW.

Plot Summary: In the comedy “American Reunion,” all the “American Pie” characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.

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First Look at American Pie Reunion Movie http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/31/first-look-at-american-pie-reunion-movie/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/31/first-look-at-american-pie-reunion-movie/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2011 03:00:29 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=263817 People Magazine has gotten a great first look at the latest American Pie sequel, entitled American Reunion.

They have a great picture montage, which you can view here.
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Teaser Poster For American Reunion, aka American Pie 4, Released http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/15/teaser-poster-for-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4-released/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/15/teaser-poster-for-american-reunion-aka-american-pie-4-released/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:00:07 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=261823 We’ve been following the information flow from American Pie 4, also known as American Reunion, for some time now. And now something more concrete has been released: the first teaser poster.


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All About Evil – DVD Review http://insidepulse.com/2010/12/25/all-about-evil-dvd-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/12/25/all-about-evil-dvd-review/#comments Sun, 26 Dec 2010 00:30:32 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=228470

All of us have something we’re passionate about, so passionate that we’ll do almost anything for it. But what if that something was going to be taken away from you? What would you do to keep it? Would you go so far as to kill? That is what librarian, Deborah Tennis (Natasha Lyonne), is up against when her mother wants to close down the theater she just inherited from her recently passed father.

In a fit of rage, Deborah kills her mother and through a series of circumstances, the audience awaiting a screening of Basket Case winds up watching the security footage of the murder. Instead of being horrified, the gore fans think it’s a fantastic short film and instantly clamor for more. So Deborah, who surrounds herself with a small group of like minded misfits including the demented projectionist (Jack Donner), a violent homeless man (Noah Segan) and a pair of psychotic twins fresh from the asylum (Jade and Nikita Ramsey) continues to make macabre short films, which get more and more popular.

All seems to be going well for Deborah. The seats are filling up and the films are being very well received. But when uber fan Steven’s (Thomas Dekker) friends begin to disappear he starts to ask too many questions and Deborah’s carefully constructed world begins to collapse upon itself like a veritable house of cards.

From the opening credits, which shows off tons of ’50s B-horror film posters, you know right where the influence for this film comes from. First time feature director, Joshua Grannell, obviously has a love of campy old films as well a old theaters and the message of the film is quite clear. We must all do what we can to save our theaters, though I doubt Grannell actually wants us to go out and kill.

Aside from the main theme of saving old theaters, there is another great sub plot about Steven and his love of horror films and how this leads school teachers and officials to believe that he is responsible for the teens that are disappearing. It adds a great layer to the film and a handful of really great jokes as the film comes to it’s hair raising finally.

Evil is a fantastic film that perfectly blends elements of humor and horror. It’s got just the right amount camp to put a smile on your face without going over the top, and all of that is topped with a wonderful amount of gore, like strawberry syrup on a gore themed ice cream Sunday. Hell, you even get a little bit of nudity.

To help make Evil a great film, Grannell surrounds himself with a wonderful cast. It is easy to see that this is a passion project for them as well as Grannell. Lyonne is great as Deborah, her slow descent into madness is a true joy to watch. TV’s Thomas Dekker shows some great range in stepping away from his Sarah Connor Chronicles persona. You also get camp queens Mink Stole (a John Waters staple) and Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson who are both fantastic to watch.

This film is by no means perfect (so few are). It has a little bit of a bumpy start, but once the ride gets going all you want to do is hold on and enjoy the hell out of it. Being so deep in the world of camp, this isn’t going to be a film for everyone, but if you are open to what this film has to offer then you’re sure to be entertained. And if nothing else, you’ve never seen a guillotine used like this before!

All About Evil is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and the sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound. This is a very good-looking film, especially for a low budget one. The sound is great too.

Commentary with Joshua Grannell: This is a solid commentary. Grannell is very comfortable talking about his film and provides lots of great behind the scenes tib bits without letting it get boring.

Evil Live: World Premiere in 4-D: (20 min.) Peaches Christ is known for her elaborate live shows before Midnight Mass screenings. So it comes as so surprise that she pulled out all the stops alter-ego Joshua Grannell’s directorial debut. This is a fantastic show and is guaranteed to make anyone who sees it jealous that they missed it in person. I know I am.

Behind The Evil: The Making Of: (15 min.) This is a great making of that covers all aspects of the making of the film and has great interviews with both cast and crew.

Grindhouse: (13 min.) The original short film that inspired the feature film.

Children Of The Popcorn: (8 min.) Another short film giving a behind the scenes look of Peaches Christ productions wherein sidekick, Martiny tries to get a raise.

Teaser Trailer

I had a ticket to see the world premier of this film, but I had to miss it due to personal reasons. Now, I’ve finally got a change to see it and it was definitely worth the wait. Again, I can’t say this film is for everyone, but if you love gore, camp, b-movies and the likes of John Waters then odds are high that you’ll love this too!


Backlash Films and Fog City Pictures present All About Evil. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson and Mink Stole. Written and Directed by Joshua Grannell. Running time: 98 minutes. Unrated. Contains adult language, nudity, gore and violence.

Available on DVD from Peacheschrist.com

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Tales from the Director's Chair: Joshua Grannell – Part 2 http://insidepulse.com/2010/05/05/tales-from-the-directors-chair-joshua-grannell-%e2%80%93-part-2/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/05/05/tales-from-the-directors-chair-joshua-grannell-%e2%80%93-part-2/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 08:00:25 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=189597 All About Evil Poster

I’m back with part two of my interview with San Francisco filmmaker Joshua Grannell who’s first feature film, All About Evil, had its world premier last Saturday. It was a sold out show and a huge success! Click here for Part One of the interview.

When we last left, a crying baby had interrupted Joshua and I and we made our way outside to the patio to continue our conversation. Here we discuss writing, casting, pre-production, the similarities between All About Evil, All About Eve and Showgirls as well as what the future holds for All About Evil and Midnight Mass!

Mike Noyes: How was the writing process for you?

Joshua Grannell: Because of having been an event producer, where I was creating events that I was also performing in, I was used to working with deadlines to get creative work done. I wasn’t the kind of artist who was writing to stick something on a shelf. It was more like, “You have a show next weekend and you better pull it out of your ass because you have sold tickets and you’ve got to come up with something.” I think I perform better under pressure. So I went to a friend of mine, Scott Boswell, a local filmmaker here in San Francisco (this is five years ago) and saying “Do you want to be part of a screenwriting group?” Actually, he may have come to me, I don’t remember. But we hatched this idea to create a writers group for people who are really interested in realizing their screenplays as movies, people serious about actually creating work. Scott and I have stuck with the group for five years.

[The group] was very helpful. If I said I was going to deliver material to a group then I felt like I was responsible for doing it even if it was crap. It forced me to write when I didn’t want to, it kept me on track.

MN: How was pre-production for you, raising the money and getting everything all lined up?

JG: One of the ways we were attracting the money was by putting the team together. So some of the casting and things actually happened early on. I went to friends of mine like Cassandra Peterson and Mink Stole who I had become close to working together on Midnight Mass. When we finally got the financing it was probably four or five months before we were actually in the six-week daily grind of pre-production. I would say that pre-production was as hard or more challenging than production. [It] was intense and now having made a feature I also recognize how hugely important it is and how serious it is. Next time I would ask for more money for pre-production. If I had to choose between another week of pre-production or another day or two of shooting, I’m not sure what I would choose. A day of shooting is so valuable, but pre-production is almost equally so and maybe more so, because it directly effects your ability to make the movie.

MN: You’ve got an amazing cast. Having made connections over the years with Midnight Mass, was it easy to get the likes of Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson?

JG: I was nervous and terrified to ask them to do it. I know that they had enjoyed doing [Midnight Mass] and we became friends through working together which was such a surreal thing for me because I’m such a huge fan of those two women in particular. So I was really nervous to ask them. But I did and they agreed. They did it because we’re friends and because I think they trusted me. Mink said she agreed to do it before she even read the screenplay. I don’t know if that’s flattering or not [laughs]. I’m not sure, but I think it is, cause it means she trusted me.

With Cassandra it was very exciting because I was asking her to do it in a way that she’s not used to performing, which is outside the Elvira persona.

The rest of the cast, I should mention, came through a series of connections or the casting directors. One of the producers new Thomas Dekker and suggested I should meet [him], which was brilliant. I watched Sarah Conner Chronicles to get a sense for what he was doing as John Conner and I remember thinking, “Well, he’s very good, but he’s so serious and so brooding.” It was very helpful to go to the set of [Chronicles] and meet Thomas there and talk to him about the part.

For Thomas and Natasha [Lyonne] certainly, they… you know I’m this first time director who’s this crazy drag queen. I don’t think their teams necessarily thought this was the best career move for them. So I had to sell them on myself and on the screenplay. It helps when you know people who know people. You can actually get the material in their hands. That’s just part of the struggle right their, because they have people vetting it and protecting them. And in some ways I totally get it. Maybe they shouldn’t have let their client do our movie. [more laughs] I think it is smartest to go directly to the actor whenever possible because they’re the artist and if you can connect wit h them, they ultimately have the final say.

MN: The title is an obvious reference to All About Eve, is there any connection between the two films besides the title?

JG: There definitely is. I mean, it’s certainly not any sort of parody; I wouldn’t even call it an homage. But as far as the theme of a female hunger for fame, that is in both films. All About Eve has been hugely influential in so much that I’ve done and so has Showgirls which is basically All About Eve set in Las Vegas with strippers. It really is if you look at the two movies. And with All About Evil the theme is there of an ego run wild. That’s really how I would describe Natasha’s character, Deborah. It’s just unleashed ego.

All About Evil Film Still

MN: Without giving away too much, could you tell me a little about the live show you’ve got planned before the film?

JG: If you’re someone who’s come to Midnight Mass in the past then it will be very familiar to you. It is not going to be a Broadway production, it is going to be true to the spirit of Midnight Mass. Part of it is that you only have one world premier and it became exciting and important to us that the world premier should be in San Francisco, the more we looked at film festivals and who we are and what our movie is and where it was born and how it was supported, it just seemed holy appropriate. And to not involve a Midnight Mass element as part of the world premier almost would seem wrong.

It will be a Midnight Mass style stage show of a group of people celebrating All About Evil, but the twist is: at Midnight Mass you’re sending up films that people already love and are very familiar with, where as at a world premier, you’re creating a stage show for something people haven’t seen yet. So that’s where it gets a little tricky. That’s why even if I gave you some details it wouldn’t really make any sense until you take in the whole evening.

The other thing I can add is we benefit from having a cast where some of the performers are comfortable performing on stage. Mink Stole and Thomas Dekker are actually performing, while Natasha will be doing a Q&A and introducing the film so it’s a mix.

MN: After the world premier you’re going to be taking the film and the live show on the road. So my readers might have a chance of seeing this film and meeting Peaches Christ, what’s the best way for them to find out if All About Evil is coming to a city near them?

JG: We have a newsletter so you can sign up for to be informed on www.allaboutevilthemovie.com or Peaches has a fan club that you can sign up for. Facebook is huge! Become Peaches fan on Facebook and you’re gonna know cause it’ll be promoted. That’s the nice thing with the Internet; we can go directly to our fans. [Do one of those] and you’ll be kept abreast. The show will change depending on what city we got to, but if there is going to be a show, it will involve Peaches. There will be some screenings where there is no live element and we’re hand picking the best cities to bring the live element to.

Note: After our interview, All About Evil’s second screening was scheduled for Saturday, May 15th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas: complete with a live show starring Peaches, Mink Stole and Cassandra Peterson!

MN: I know Midnight Mass has ended. Do you plan to bring it, or something like it, back after you’ve finished touring with the film or are you planning to be a filmmaker full time now?

JG: This is where it gets confusing. The only thing that ended with Midnight Mass was the summer season in San Francisco. We just did a Midnight Mass in February, Teen Witch. Midnight Mass has not ended, but I won’t come back and do nine back-to-back shows in the summer. We’ll be doing Purple Rain in July and it looks like we’re doing a big Midnight Mass in August, but I can’t say anything yet, but stay tuned.

“Stay tuned” indeed! Come back next week for the thrilling conclusion to my interview with Joshua Grannell where we discuss identity issues, the state of Cult Films today, The Room and much more!

And don’t forget to check out www.allaboutevilthemovie.com/ and www.peacheschrist.com/ for all the latest news on Joshua Grannell, Peaches Christ and of course All About Evil.
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Tales from the Director's Chair: Joshua Grannell – Part 1 http://insidepulse.com/2010/04/28/tales-from-the-directors-chair-joshua-grannell-%e2%80%93-part-1/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/04/28/tales-from-the-directors-chair-joshua-grannell-%e2%80%93-part-1/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:00:56 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=189367 All About Evil Poster

If you live anywhere near San Francisco and you love films then odds are you’ve at least heard of Peaches Christ. Peaches has hosted the famous Midnight Mass midnight movie series at The Bridge Landmark for over a decade. Well, before Peaches became the cult icon that she is, she was Joshua Grannell, an aspiring filmmaker.

Well, now Grannell has realized that dream with his first feature film, All About Evil, which stars Thomas Dekker (Sarah Connor Chronicles), Natasha Lyonne (But I’m A Cheerleader), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos) and Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson! It will be having its world premiere at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival before taking the film on tour around the country.

Evil follows Deborah (Lyonne), a mousy librarian who inherits her father’s beloved but failing movie theater. In order to save the theater she begins making a series of gory horror films, which brings here a legion of rabid fans. But what her fans don’t realize is that her films aren’t fiction!

Joshua took a moment out of his very busy schedule to sit down with me at a local coffee shop in Hayes Valley to talk about a number of topics ranging from his film, his inspirations, what it takes for a film to become a “cult film” and much more!

Joshua Grannell

Mike Noyes: In case there are some poor unfortunate, uninformed readers out there, could you please tell me a little about yourself and you’re alter ego, Peaches Christ?

Joshua Grannell: I grew up in Maryland, the weird kid who didn’t feel like he fit in anywhere and loved horror and monster movies and subscribed to Fangoria at a really young age, did haunted houses and was sort of the leader of the weirdo’s in a way. I knew I had to get out of Maryland because the only that was really interesting for me was discovering John [Waters] and Divine and Mink and what they were doing in Baltimore.

I went to film school at Penn State University, which was sort of strange because it was the most traditional, Greek, fraternity, sorority kinda school you could go to and I ended up benefiting from that because I… I stood out I guess is the way I should describe it. I made a movie called Jizz Mopper, my senior thesis film. The [actor playing the] drag queen character in the movie that ran this porn emporium just wasn’t working out and the administration wasn’t that supportive of a film called Jizz Mopper. Most of the students were white and male and straight and wanted to be Martin Scorsese. This is back when Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs were brand new so that’s what was popular. And my style of filmmaking, the movies I was most interested in were not supported. In order to save the movie, I uh, I makes it sound like someone held a gun to my head; I was forced into becoming Peaches [laughs]. But actually I think that that was always in the back of my head. I wrote the character and I would always imitate the character, then when things weren’t working out I became the character. Peaches was born in this film in Pennsylvania.

Drag at the time was taboo; you did not feel safe walking around. Even to do the movie; we had to think about things like the safety of when to be in drag and when not to be in drag. So I left Penn State in 1996.

MN: You were able to graduate with Jizz Mopper?

JG: Yes! It won the audience award at the big student film festival. It screened with a warning to the audience that went out over the loud speaker and I loved that. I felt bad for my parents, but I loved that there was a warning [chuckles] before our movie screened.

Because of the struggle with the kind of movie I was making I put together a grant with my friend Michael who is my drag sidekick Martiny. Michael and I met when we were 18, the first week of college and we joined forces. He was the leader of the queer student group and I was one of the leaders of the student film organization and we brought John Waters to Penn State. That was my way of presenting a filmmaker that I was super in awe of and a fan of, but selfishly it was my opportunity to get some one-on-one time with this guy that I so admired.

John talked about how fabulous San Francisco was. He talked about The Cockettes, [which] I’d never heard of, this troupe of drag queens who presented shows before midnight movies. And he talked about how Divine and Mink got involved with [them] and about how San Francisco was still one of these cities where that sort of Bohemian magic was alive and it didn’t matter if you were gay or straight. This was a place where you just came to be yourself or reinvent yourself. And I remember thinking at the time, “That sounds like a very nice city for me and it might be the prefect bridge between Los Angeles or New York.” But I also knew that the Kuchar Brothers were here and the city supported a really great history of underground filmmaking and it was not an industry town.

So I moved to San Francisco and began performing at this new nightclub called Trannyshack ,which has grown to become this legendary, international thing. At the time it was just a group of friends performing for friends and it was silly. We called it “Grunge Drag.” We were just going to thrift stores and dumpsters to find [costumes], we didn’t spend money on anything. You know, cardboard props. It was more about the cleverness, the art of what you could present. We weren’t trying to be Liza Minnelli, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I think it’s great. I would rent a chainsaw and take the chain of it and come running out in a leather face and rip the mask off and do a lip sync. It was different generation of drag.

At the time we didn’t know we were breaking ground in a new way or that it inspired knock off clubs across the country, it was totally just for fun. Then I thought, “Hey, I work for Landmark Theaters.” They owed a lot to midnight screenings. I went to them and I said. “Would you support me in hosting a midnight movie series with my drag alter-ego Peaches Christ?” You could tell there was palpable fear, but they supported it. To their credit, it’s amazing what they did. Then that and Trannyshack grew to become these institutions to the city and despite our cluelessness. It was years before I looked around and thought, “Oh my god! This is important. People are counting on this.” I remember there was a shift at one point when you just realize, “oh right, we just performed for thousands of people this summer. We did twelve shows and they all sold out.”

So that’s kind if my long versions of your answer and I tend to be really long winded so please edit! Edit! Edit! I’ll give you way more than you’ll need.

Note: I did edit, however, I did as little as needed.

MN: You’ve mentioned John Waters, but what other directors and films have inspired you?

JG: This is where I’m careful not to get pretentious, but you have to be honest, right? I really, really turned on to Alfred Hitchcock at a really young age. I loved his TV show. I loved Twilight Zone when I was a kid. I also would watch Elvira on TV and the terrible movies she would screen and really had a fondness for them. I think because they looked reachable as far as being do-it-yourself. We’d recreate things like that. The style, an Ed Wood movie, per say.

MN: I love Ed Wood.

JG: Oh, me too. Early Wes Craven was a huge influence: Nightmare On Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and even Last House On The Left. Last House, to me, has some John Waters in it. For me to even enjoy it, I have to look at it as camp to some degree.

God, who else? Herschel Gordon Lewis, [Pedro] Almodóvar, that was another one. Women On The Verge [Of A Nervous Breakdown]. All that stuff I was learning about in high school. I was in this conservative Catholic school and I loved knowing about stuff that nobody else knew about. Reading the magazines and going to the cool little mom and pop video stores where they didn’t even know what they had. They would have some movie and they wouldn’t really know what it was and you could rent it even though you should not have been allowed at a young age.

I could go on and on, cause there are so many different filmmakers. Tobe Hooper. Poltergeist was huge. Everyone talks about Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which has informed most of what I’ve done.

MN: That’s my favorite horror film of all time.

JG: It’s amazing!

MN: Hands down.

JG: For me it’s really hard. It comes down to Chainsaw and Nightmare On Elm Street. Nightmare was this fusion of fantasy and horror that to me was so effective. But Chainsaw, there’s just something about it.

MN: It’s so raw and unpleasant.

JG: Unpleasant and sort of funny. I love getting the DVDs because you really get to see the people who made the movie. The people who made Chainsaw talked about how that made the movie with a sense of humor, which is ironic because it does not feel that way. But watching it now I get it. And I actually really like Chainsaw Part 2.

MN: I haven’t seen any of the sequels yet.

JG: Ok, you need to see Part 2. Now you can’t at all compare it to Part 1. Part 2 is it’s own wild carnival, I mean Dennis Hopper… and Caroline Williams is the scream queen. On it’s own merits it’s an incredible movie.

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MN: What was your initial inspiration for All About Evil? When did you think, “All right, it’s time to put Midnight Mass on hold and make a feature film.”

JG: It started when we started making these short films, these drag horror parodies. They were about Peaches and Martiny. They were very drag-centric appropriations of Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? We did a trilogy of them that were just for an event. And there was a film programmer there who picked up the first one, which we shot for ten dollars. I’m not even lying. It was shot in two nights. I’ve never done post-production on it. It’s never had sound design. It’s missing everything and it ended up screening at all these film festivals, this crappy little video we made. But the point was, we told a story and made people laugh. The movie delivered. So even thought it was the most amateur thing you could ever imagine, because there was something compelling about it, it worked. And that was very encouraging as far as “Wow, we could do this again.” Really you don’t need the money these days. You can edit and shoot cheaply. If I write a story that people thing is funny or clever that’s all that matters.

So we did three of those. Then I thought, well I want to do one that’s not Peaches centered. A started to have a lot of self-doubt; maybe people really only like Peaches and maybe it’s not so much my abilities as a writer or a director. It might just be this character. That was this weird struggle I had at that time. I started to resent Peaches. It was real weird psychology. I’m thinking about turning that whole thing into a movie cause it’s weird being two people.

Note: You can now watch the aformentioned short films here at peacheschrist.com. Under “Channels” just click on “Tran-ilogy Of Terror.”

MN: You could write a movie where the main character kills off his drag queen persona and she comes back to haunt him.

JG: I’m looking into a Peaches screenplay that is about stolen identity, so some of that’s in there. Literally she’s stolen away from me. It’s weird, it’s very Vertigo and I’m toying with these ideas. But it stems from something very real that was going on.

But that lead me to make a short that was not Peaches centered and that was called Grindhouse and that was the kernel of the idea that became All About Evil. It was about a woman who was making short gore films in a movie theater in order to save the theater, but the public didn’t know she was actually murdering her actors. They’re really not snuff films because they’re not presented as real, no one knew what they were watching. I guess technically they were. That was how All About Evil got the ball rolling.

I also knew a Peaches feature would not be my first feature. It would also probably not be the one to get financing. But who knows, that was the logic that was in my head at the time. I also didn’t want to do that, I was struggling with that character. I was looking for an out in a way, which I’m not anymore. I got the out, now I really enjoy performing and I’m glad I didn’t kill off Peaches. Having Grindhouse and All About Evil to work on, it helped me enjoy the other stuff all over again.

Note: At this point a baby started crying so we moved outside onto the back patio where it was much quieter and nicer.

Don’t worry, there’s much more! This only part one of the interview. Tune in next week for part two and if you’re in the Bay Area do yourself a favor and try to get into the world premiere screening of All About Evil on May first, but hurry, I think it may be sold out!

And if you can’t wait until next week check out www.allaboutevilthemovie.com.
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