Special Guest Star Len Cella

I still remember the first time I saw Len Cella’s work. My Dad taped a clip from The Tonight Show back in the early 80s, when Len was just starting to draw a cult following for his own series of shorts, the Moron Movies. Len wrote, starred in, edited, produced, and directed all of these low/no budget shorts himself, long before the time when iMovie and other editing software made it so easy. The two shorts I remember from that day were Cleaning Behind the Fridge (where Len simply throws a bucket of water behind the refrigerator) and How to Make a Sandwich (in which Len puts a piece of corn on the cob and a salt shaker on white bread).

Years later I found a copy of Volume 2 of the Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster. It was around the time I started making films on my own, and it directly inspired a series of shorts I produced about Adam and Eve. A few years later, I found Len on Facebook. I contacted him and asked him to do a guest spot in the movie The Last Temptation of Fluffy. Len shot his own footage and sent it to me to include in the movie. I am eternally grateful to him for his kindness and generosity.

Len is living proof that anyone with a camera and some imagination can be a filmmaker. He’s turning 80 years old this year, and he’s making more movies than ever. If you’ve never seen him in action, give the Moron Movies a look for yourself in the clip below. You can also view a short documentary by filmmaker Simon Mercer titled King Dong on Vimeo (Contains adult language), and you can follow Len on Facebook to see even more of his films.

Watch Fluffy and Clive the Zombie on Roku

Of all the films I had the pleasure of producing, the Fluffy trilogy and the Clive the Zombie series remain the most popular. Happy to say both of these series are not only available to watch online – they’re available on Roku!

The INC Channel was created as a hub for new, independent filmmakers as well as  long lost treasures and cult hits. It’s the ONLY channel on Roku that lets you watch Nosferatu, The House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and… Clive the Zombie puppet. You can also find some delightfully weird and fun stuff produced by my friends Ford Windstar, Jerry Williams, George Bonilla, and more.

INC is a free to download and free to watch. It’s ad-supported, but the ads don’t stretch on near as long as they do on most free Roku channels.

In the coming months INC will also be releasing my Lunch Hour Films series and the wrestling web series, Hauss Show. They’re also already carrying a vintage wrestling program I produced with Roni Jonah, Eat Sleep Wrestle: The Golden Years.

Look for INC on Roku and download it tonight.

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel

Space ReaperLast week I posted the story behind a trilogy of short films I produced about a cute and fuzzy killer from outer space known as Fluffy. The hero of these films was a woman named Trish Angel, a born killer who, at the end of it all, decided she had more than enough of killing, even if it was just a bunch of fuzzy pink aliens. But what happened to Trish after the battle of Cleveland?

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel is a new story about the legendary Trish Angel and her old comrade in arms, Stone Brockman. A fluke accident forces Trish to come out of retirement (again) and out of a convent (again) to join Stone Brockman on a journey into outer space (yet again!).

Trish hopes this new adventure will allow her to make a new start and once and for all purge herself of the anguish she feels for annihilating an alien race, but such catharsis was never meant to be. A new alien menace awaits Trish, Stone, and their crew on this new world, and Trish must decide if she can continue on the path of peace or once again, grab a gun and save everyone’s butts.

Space Reaper is now available as a free download! Click here to download your copy now.

THE CUTE AND FUZZY CREATURE FROM OUTER SPACE WITH THE BUTTON NOSE AND THE BIG BLUE EYES THAT’LL EAT YOUR FACE OFF AND PICK ITS TEETH WITH YOUR TOES

fluffyposterfinalSomewhere around 1999, I discovered a book called Monsters from the Id by E. Michael Jones. An amazing deconstruction of the horror genre, Jones asserted that all of horror can be summed up in the scripture James 1:15. Jones saw horror as an outgrowth of the Enlightenment and the sexual liberation it produced, and he traced the origins of modern horror back to the lives of enlightened writers like Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker.

After catching the movie Hollow Man in a hotel room (and seeing it followed Jones’ theories to the letter!), I wrote a play that I turned into a screenplay simply called Monster, a story that played off Jones’ ideas and brought some of the Christian themes of horror more to the fore. A Christian filmmaker caught sight of it, loved it, and asked to develop it into a movie. I said yes.

A few months later, I received the revised screenplay. Sadly, all of the cool ideas I had for the film’s theme were cut in favor of the more “traditional” Christian movie tropes about spiritual warfare. I was very disappointed. So not long after this, I decided to try again. This time, I would keep it simple. The movie would be shorter – something I could film on no budget. And the themes I wanted to explore would not be cut because it would be my movie!

Fluffy, starring Jamie Bratcher and Randy D. Pease, was my first successful attempt at making a short film after several false starts. The movie was a hit at film festivals with its campiness, and it worked on all levels. You could enjoy it for the “deeper” themes, or you could just laugh and enjoy a really goofy send up of alien and horror flicks.

Fluffy was not intended to be a trilogy, but then, one day, I met Erica Goldsmith. After seeing the star of independent horror films Dead Moon Rising and Overtime sparring with fellow actor Denny Grinar on set for another short, I realized I had found the perfect person to bring Fluffy’s heroine Trish Angel back to the screen. Erica was a hardcore tough girl, and Fluffy Strikes Back (which owes a lot in production to Erica’s co-star, filmmaker Herschel Zahnd III) is still the best of the three.

Like many third films, The Last Temptation of Fluffy is overly long and in parts, a mess. With Herschel unavailable to reprise his role as Stone Brockman, we invented the convoluted “Drone” subplot, and the plot as a whole goes to some truly silly places. On the other hand, the film starred Len Cella, creator of the Moron Movies and one of my personal filmmaking heroes. Len was incredibly kind and gracious, filming his own scenes and not asking a penny. It was a treat working with him.

The last film in the series is the super short Liaison Avec Flufie. This film is best experienced rather than explained, so I won’t elaborate on what was (at the time) my farewell to the Fluffy series. The lovely Laura Ellis gives a remarkable performance, one of the best dramatic moments ever in my film (one of two… see George Robert Bailey in A Conscientious Objector of Mars), and the beauty of her tormented lover sets up the film’s big payoff.