I first met Chris Woods in 2002 at the Saints & Sinners Film Festival, where his pseudo-documentary BLEED was screening. Since then, his smiling face has popped up at almost every horror-themed event I’ve attended, including Spooky Empire, The Halloween Horror Picture Show, and the Cult Movie Mania Screaming Cinema Series…and almost every time I see the guy, he’s got a new movie! It’s insane! He also edited THE UH-OH SHOW, in which I have a 15-second screen appearance, and BRAINJACKED, from which I was cut. Every time I see a BRAINJACKED DVD I take a shotgun to it, but this interview is not about petty vengeance.
Chris Woods’ new feature film, AMERIKAN HOLOKAUST makes it world premiere this Friday, August 2nd, at the Tampa Pitcher Show.
JS: As is evident from the above poster, AMERIKAN HOLOKAUST looks like it fits right in with your oeuvre of family-friendly entertainment. Why not make a NICE movie?
CW: Nice movies are boring and not fun to make. In my opinion movies that are shocking and that are outrageous are the best to make and are fun to watch. Who knows if I’ll ever make a nice movie. Maybe in my old age, but by then I’ll probably be making even crazier movies.
JS: You’re a writer, producer, editor, and director. Which of those roles is your favorite?
CW: I’ll have to say directing and editing. I love directing actors and making my stories come to life. Editing also is fun and at times very underrated. Editing can make or break a film. If you have a bad editor your film will suck even if you have a big budget and a talented cast and crew. Editing makes everything come together.
JS: Almost every time I go to a horror film festival, there’s a new Chris Woods project! What’s your secret to being so prolific?
CW: Filmmaking is like a drug to me. I can never get enough and it is an addiction. I’m always thinking of new movie ideas all the time and never get tired of making films. Also the more films I make the better I get.
JS: You put your love of exploitation films to productive use with your web series THE SLEAZE BOX. If somebody were reading an interview with you, and the interviewer mentioned THE SLEAZE BOX in one of the questions, and the reader of that interview wanted to know what THE SLEAZE BOX was, what would you tell them?
CW: The Sleaze Box is a show with two hardcore fans of horror and exploitation films and we give our insight on rare films from that genre. We talk about top 5 lists from a number of topics ranging from top 5 underrated zombie films to top 5 grindhouse actresses of the 1970s. And if you want to check out our show go to our channel on YouTube, thesleazebox and subscribe. Join The Sleaze Box revolution!
JS: People who want to know your favorite horror films can watch THE SLEAZE BOX. What are some of your favorite NON-horror films?
CW: My favorite non-horror films are Star Wars, Goodfellas, Memento, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Taxi Driver, 12 Angry Men, Scarface, Boogie Nights, just to name a few. I like all types of films with horror being my favorite but I’m also a fan of many other genres. A film just has to be good and have all the right elements for myself to like it.
JS: I see you at horror-themed events several times a year, and yet not once have I seen you dressed like Vic Van Viper. Why the hell not?
CW: Wow! Vic Van Viper, that’s going way back from my Creeping Death/Bleed days. Never thought of dressing up like him again. It has been so long. I use to dress up as that character when he was called the Red Freak back in the 90s when I had my horror series Creeping Death on closed circuit TV in Tampa. Maybe I’ll bring that character back one of these days.
JS: I will definitely be at the world premiere of AMERIKAN HOLOKAUST at the Tampa Pitcher Show at 10:30 PM on Friday, August 2nd, with you and screenwriter John Miller in attendance. Others may be on the fence. How would you convince them that they NEED to go!
CW: Come out and see Amerikan Holokaust on August 2nd. This is a film that the world didn’t want you to see. So, to see what all the fuss is all about go see this movie. It’s a roller coaster ride that you will never forget and will never leave your head once you laid eyes on it. Come and see the demented masterpiece that myself and John Miller created. You won’t regret it. And thank you for your support.