1. Tell us about your film?
Adam Rifkin: Director’s Cut is about a movie loving stalker who kidnaps his favourite actress and forces her to star in his amateur film. Penn Jillette plays Herbert Blount, a wealthy weirdo who contributes a large amount of money to a film’s crowdfunding campaign so he can gain access to the set of a horror film starring his obsession, Missi Pyle. Once he’s abducted her from the set, Blount reshoots much of the film in his basement “studio” having cast himself as Missi’s new romantic lead and hero. He’s genuinely talentless and when his fan edit combines his rinky-dink footage with footage from the original film things gets pretty freaky.
2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Adam Rifkin: Well, I guess technically this is my first horror film. If one can even really categorize it as a horror film. It definitely has horror elements but I see it more as a twisted, dark comedy. I did direct a segment of Chillerama called Wadzilla but I have always considered that a comedy. I first fell in love with movies through the horror genre. As a little kid I couldn’t get enough of the Universal monster movies, the Hammer horror films, the AIP drive in monster movies, etc… But as I got older that love for horror evolved into a love of all kinds of movies. It’s kind of odd that I haven’t made a straight up horror film yet. Hopefully soon.
3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Adam Rifkin: A film that hasn’t been made yet. I love being scared and there have definitely been some very scary movies made throughout the years, but I still have yet to be truly terrified by a film. I’d love to see a film come out of nowhere and legitimately scare the shit out of everybody.
4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Adam Rifkin: Best atmosphere. Creating a creepy mood or a legitimately growing sense of doom is way harder than it should be. When a filmmaker effectively creates a terrifying atmosphere it can make every other aspect of the movie scarier. I just saw Under the Shadow at Nextfest in Downtown LA and it did a great job of creating an eerie atmosphere. So much so, it had the whole audience jump when toast popped up out of a toaster.
5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Adam Rifkin: It would be called “I, Rifkin” and it would be about a megalomaniacal filmmaker who eats the still beating hearts of other young filmmakers to keep himself young, talented and attractive. He then transforms his young victims into an army of zombie P.A.s called the Rifkids who work for free on all his productions. It will star Jon Favreau, who’ll be playing me for a second time. The critics will hail it as “Terrifkin”!
Director’s Cut plays Monday 29th August at this years FrightFest. Find out more and book Tickets HERE