How a movie starts is really important. How it ends though – how it sends its audience out into the night – is really, really important. The script for “Bordello Of Blood” had a perfectly acceptable ending. The Hollywood sausage-making process that put Bordello on the screen however had no ending. Put in horror movie terms, the creative team behind HBO’s highly successful TV series “Tales From The Crypt” – a creative experience they all found unique in their careers – suddenly found themselves having to make a real monster: a movie none of them wanted to make. And then – as movie monsters do – their flawed creation haunted them. And yet… can horror movies have happy endings?
Nothing is more important to a horror movie than its makeup special effects. Ironically, we live and die by the quality, the craftsmanship, the authenticity and the sheer OMG-ness of how well we re-create the illusion of gore. That’s where this episode begins: we’ve realized that our local makeup special effects team – talented and willing as they are – needs help because we’ve set them up for failure. Dennis wants to be anywhere but the set, Erika doesn’t want to play the role she agreed to play and Sly finally breaks it off with Angie – leaving her an emotional wreck. Then Joel comes for another disruptive visit to Vancouver! And all to make a movie none of us want to make to begin with!
There’s something inherently hopeful about starting a feature film or TV show. A team of strangers comes together to make something they all believe in. And then there’s “Bordello Of Blood”. Where a team of strangers got together – and simply got “stranger” with each other. In Episode 3, we settle in for the long haul – and the long haul settles in on us.