The Horror Honeys: 6/6/6 with Derrick Carey

6/6/6 with Derrick Carey

A Guest Honey Indie Mancrush 6/6/6 Interview by Tonjia Atomic

One of the hardest working fellows behind the scenes of indie genre films is the one and only Derrick Carey. A man of many talents, he often works tirelessly for extended periods of time on a single project- often in various roles.  His new film Hole in the Wall is a must see for genre fans. Please enjoy my 6/6/6 with Derrick Carey.  

1. Hole in the Wall has been getting great reviews. Tell us about that project and how it came to life. 

Hole in the Wall is an anthology film that consists of nothing but Wisconsin based horror filmmakers. It started life as an excuse for Cory Udler (IDS Rising, Mediatrix, The Girl Who Played with the Dead) and myself to work together and it grew to be collaborative effort amongst seven like minded sickos (Cory J Udler, Rob Michels, Carolyn Baker, Greg Johnson, Kevin Sommerfield, Steve Goltz, and myself). It’s a film that holds no hands, pushes lots of boundaries, and doesn’t care about it’s viewers well being. It wants to actively flip you the bird and does so, repeatedly.

2. What current albums are on your personal play list right now?

JD McPhearson – Let the Good Times Roll
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Misfits – American Psycho
Deftones – Diamond Eyes

3. What was your involvement with Swamphead and how do we get a copy? 

I am credited as a co-editor and co-producer, but I helped in so many roles that at times it felt like I was the 3rd wheel of the film. Ha ha ha. If you really wanna know, check out the credits of the film.  I’m all over the place. I came on about ¾ of the way through shooting, when the production was coming to a grinding halt, and helped push the film through to completion.  In all, the film took around 5 ½ years to make, and I spent 3 to 4 of them involved.  It was not a pleasurable experience, but the film speaks for itself. It turned out exactly the way we pushed it to be. 

It currently is out through Wild Eye Entertainment and can be found on Amazon and anywhere else they sell through. Briarwood Entertainment also still have some of the limited edition copies of the original release.

4. What's with videodiscs and why the love?

I got into CED’s out of general curiosity I guess. As a member of many VHS collectors boards, I would inevitably see people post CED’s on the boards as they would come across them because, let’s be honest, they are a super strange format: Vinyl records that play movies. Not the greatest format on earth, but the kitsch factor and tactile interaction you have with the format made it something that appeals to me. It’s hard to find good discs now, as the format is actually degrading over time, but I love watching movies that still work on CED. If they don’t work, then you have a great piece of movie art to display!

5. You edited the documentary Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era. What can you tell us about your experience working on that film? 

It was 6 months of immersing myself in the films of Brinke Stevens, Linnea Quigley, and Michelle Bauer. I watched, catalogued, and pulled selects from 70 films, at least 20 TV shows, commercials, convention footage, and many other various clips. That documentary was my life at that time, as it was low budget and I was the entire post production department, aside from effects designer Eric Arsnow. I relished the challenge it presented to bring all these well known, and interesting characters together, and craft the story Jason Collum wanted to tell, with my sense of humor. It was a great experience, as Jason and I have an amazing relationship. He trusts my decisions and more likely than not, is on the same page as I am. 

Aside from the actual post production and completion of the film, the exposure, chance to meet people that I have admired my whole life, and reception of the film have been overwhelmingly positive and humbling. It is a piece I am extremely proud to have been a major part of. 

6. Tell us more about your podcasting. 

I run a podcast called Astro Radio Z, that is talk show about horror, cult, and exploitation films.  Sometimes it’s just me, but most of the time I bring on guests that range from other filmmakers, musicians, journalists, critics, and fans to discuss a wide range of topics pertaining to film, fandom, and collecting. I usually like coming at it with a positive spin, as I believe there are far too many negative and mean spirited podcasts out there. Occasionally we even bring on bigger named guests to talk about their films and experiences.

People can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, TuneIn, and any other place podcasts can be found. 

Astro Radio Z:  

List 6 of your favorite titles that you own on videodisc. 

1.    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
2.    Christine
3.    Friday the 13th Part 2
4.    Zombi
5.    Rambo: First Blood Part 2
6.    Metal Storm: The Destruction of Jared Syn


List 6 things about Hole in the Wall

1.    It took over 2 years to make and had over 11 directors attached to it over the course of its production.
2.    Not one, but two shorts involved have ties to WI serial killer legend Ed Gein: Ed Gein DDS and the wrap around segment The Plainfield Chopper.
3.    The black and white segment, Our Song is My Blade, was originally supposed to be an animated, musical segment set in medieval times detailing the origins of a haunted AX.
4.    While Hole in the Wall is subtitled A WISCONSIN HORROR ANTHOLOGY, it is actually much more of an exploitation film than a horror film.  It’s labeled as such because the collective of directors fall under the banner of WISCONSIN HORROR.  This is a banner we have adopted to rally behind and under to showcase the burgeoning collective of like minded directors working within the state.
5.    The only part of Hole in the Wall not shot in WI is the light-hearted intro, shot and starring the amazing Andrew Shearer of Gonzoriffic films out of Athens, Georgia.  The segment, written by myself, was thought up based on seeing Andrew do a spot on Criswell in a film he made called Barbara. As a life long Ed Wood fan, I wanted Hole in the Wall to start with a humorous tone but carry foreboding warning because it’s not a film to just stumble upon if you aren’t ready for it.  Andrew of course knocked it out of the park.
6.    Legendary actress Judith O’dea (Barbara from Night of the Living Dead), who plays Augusta Gein in Cory Udler’s Ed Gein DDS, shot her scene after wrapping for the day on Jason Paul Collum’s Safe Inside. 


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Tonjia Atomic is a frequent Guest Honey contributor and is a filmmaker, musician, and freelance writer. You can find out more about her at www.tonjiaatomic.com or connect at Twitter!