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Beth Dewey   (Director - 'Kill House') Beth Dewey (Director - 'Kill House')

'Staking A Claim In The Market!'

Someone's making a killing in real estate!

'KILL HOUSE' is a modern day tale of bloodlust, rivalry and greed - all masquerading as the American Dream. As news of a brutally murdered San Francisco realtor throws the Los Angeles real estate community into a tailspin, fear and panic spread as more and more agents turn up dead.

Who's behind these crazed serial killings? The prime suspect is an ex-con hired by one of the property owners. But after he's caught, the killings don't stop - they only get worse! It's a self-indulgent world of terror, where no one's who he or she seems to be -- and everyone's a suspect. A bloody black comedy with a satirical twist, 'KILL HOUSE' is destined to be a cult classic.

'KILL HOUSE' comes from the pen and mind of writer/director/producer/actor Beth Dewey, the director of "Live Nude Girls" (an examination of the world of exotic dancing) and other critically acclaimed shorts such as "Outcall," a tale of an unhappy dominatrix.

Taking it from the top, and just where did the idea of a murdered San Francisco Realtor which turns into an en mass set of crazed serial killings originate from?! I mean, is this the kind of world that abounds inside your head on a daily basis?! [Beth Dewey] - "I was inspired by experiences I had with realtors while looking for property. (One of our realtors actually looked like Elvis) I coupled this with my thoughts on the ongoing war in Iraq. This may sound presumptuous, but I fashioned the killer after my impression of current American foreign policy -- we want your stuff so we'll invade your home and kill you."

You don't hang around with the murders, killing off your first two characters within seconds of beginning! Was it always your intent to come out of the gates so hard and so shockingly? "They deserved it! No, it absolutely was my intention to shock and awe, as well as to set up the open house as an ideal location for killing. While researching on the web, I found reports of murder at open houses to be a topic of discussion on realtor's blogs and newsletters. Who knew!"

Being that - at its basic core element - 'Kill House' is a low-budget slasher flick, I unfortunately found some 'scary' moments slightly unconvincing re: dialog and overall kill moment effect. In reflection, would you now have taken more time with either of those aspects or was the budget truly taken to its extreme with no more room for cinematic maneuver? "Our entire budget was probably less than what some movies spend on lunch -- we couldn't even afford to rent a truck for our gear. We were stretched pretty thin. This being my first experience with the genre, I made the decision to err on the comedy side of "horror/comedy" a few days into shooting. I went for senseless and absurd, which is what killing is anyway."

Also, the sub plots involving the gloomy parolee and two spoiled teenagers went (slowly) nowhere. Was there meant to be more in the works for those people had the budget allowed for it, perhaps? "Many people's lives go slowly nowhere... Yes, I think I would have liked to develop Lucy a little more, but we had to move on the project it or it wasn't going to happen. I wrote the script in two weeks because we were getting a great deal on a sound stage in the San Fernando Valley. It was used mostly for porn and the stage owner was having a "going out of business" sale. He died a few weeks after we finished shooting."

Why reveal the identity of the murderer as early as the halfway stage? Surely that should have been left for the end as per the 'governing rules' of all slasher flicks?! "I wanted to see people killed as soon as possible by someone wearing a 100% polyester pantsuit in a nasty shade of Spring Orange!"

For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of renting 'Kill House,' how would you yourself describe the visual treat that they have awaiting them? "See above! Think Martha Stewart gone terribly wrong!"

From what I can see, the 'Kill House' DVD has two (2) different artworks - the ax by the side and the pencil through the eye! Did you know this and if so, which do you prefer to better represent your work? "The official artwork for the U.S. is the "axe" because the "pencil through the eye" was considered too graphic. I like both, but if I had to pick I'd go for the pencil!"

What's next on the writing/directing/acting front for you? "I am currently in development on a Sci-Fi thriller."

Lastly, and throwing in a comedic fast ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Yes! Good eatin'!"

Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "Best to you and thanks for watching 'Kill House'." -- Beth Dewey.

Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk


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