INTERVIEW WITH P.J STARKS PRODUCER OF “VOLUMES OF BLOOD : HORROR STORIES”

INTERVIEW WITH P.J STARKS PRODUCER OF “VOLUMES OF BLOOD : HORROR STORIES”

INTERVIEW WITH P.J STARKS PRODUCER OF “VOLUMES OF BLOOD : HORROR STORIES”

From hot genre label Dark Cuts comes a stirring volume of blood-curdling horror from Blood Moon Pictures. In the tradition of cult classics Creepshow and V/H/S, comes Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories – a collection of bleedingly original horror from some of today’s most gifted genre film-makers, including Justin Seaman (The Barn), Sean Blevins (A Brush with Death), and John Mayard (Nearly Dead)!

Featuring the work of Sean Blevins, John William Holt, Jon Maynard, Nathan Thomas Milliner, Justin Seaman, and James Treakle with an ensemble cast including Cindy Maples, Moses Moseley, Theo Kostaridis, and Thomas Dunbar, Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories features 7 original stories craftily assembled by producing team P.J. Starks, Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger), and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?

MY BLOODY REVIEWS: How many volumes have there been so far, sir?

PJ: Only two so far. We’re in the scripting phase of Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 which will close out all the major current story lines. There could be more Volumes in the future, however, there’s no immediate plans for that. We do have a couple spin offs planned. One that features our lead slasher The Face called Post Trauma and the other features The Harvester, another one of our masked killers, titled Flesh for the Harvest.

MY BLOODY REVIEWS: Was this always intended to be a franchise? You were confident you’d be able to continue making new instalments of the series?

PJ: Not in the beginning. It was an opportunity to work with friends of mine in a collaborative effort and to give the community an opportunity to come see what it took to make an indie film through a program I created called Unscripted. The first film really took off after the release and I conceived an idea for another film that would expand the universe. We took a chance and thankfully it panned out. It’s been really exciting.

MY BLOODY REVIEWS: Do you believe the latest instalment works better than the previous one?

PJ: Yes, on so many levels. Going into the sequel we knew that the only reason to do another was we had to create something that went above and beyond its predecessor. We amped up the kills and gore thanks to the effects badassery of Cassandra Baker. The visual style is more refined in every way and that’s all thanks to the kick-ass team of DP John Holt and his Cinematographer Austin Madding. It’s the first film I’ve done where we had an actual costume designer, so all the iconic looks in the film are thanks to the incredible work of Barbie Clark. A lot more care and consideration was taken to create a wholly new viewing experience for fans of the first film, but making sure it worked as a film that can be watched by anyone without seeing the first. Like the first film it’s chock full of references to horror films, classic and new, which is part of what makes it a fun re-watch.

MY BLOODY REVIEWS: How do you choose the directors?

PJ: As I said before, the first VOB was an opportunity to work with some really talented film-maker friends. Horror Stories was taken to the next level and we brought in talent from all over including Justin M. Seaman who had written and directed The Barn, Jon Maynard who’d written and directed the super funny horror comedy Nearly Dead as well as John Holt who’d directed the found footage monster thriller The Dooms Chapel Horror. We got to take a chance on some up and coming film-makers that had all proven their abilities to make something that worked for an audience.

MY BLOODY REVIEWS; What about the stories? Do you come up with them and then hand them to the anointed film-makers to shoot?

PJ: Yes and no. The majority of the concepts and scripts for Horror Stories were done by myself. Jason Turner came in and did some really cool work on the script for ‘Feeding Time’. Nathan Thomas Milliner was the only returning director and we had just come off a really successful run with his ANOES fan film The Confession of Fred Krueger, that was also produced by myself and my Blood Moon Pictures cohort Eric Huskisson. Nathan had come onboard and we gave him free reign to write his own sequences.

MY BLOODY REVIEWS; You’ve already announced a third film in the series. How will it differ from this instalment?

PJ: As with VOB and Horror Stories; Devil’s Knight will give fan service by referencing the previous films. Nevertheless, it’ll be a standalone film where you can watch it and not be confused as to what’s happening. It’ll have its own narratives and characters. There will be some familiar faces, of course they’ll be introduced in a new way. This go around we’re in a police station where four strangers have been arrested and brought in for questioning on the morning of October 31st for their involvement in some nefarious goings on the night before. We guarantee you lots of blood and gore, lots of twists and turns and lots of fun.

Volumes of Blood : Horror Stories is now available

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