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A “B” Movie For A New Generation

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Many people have asked me what came first: “Movie Life” or Evil Weed.  People have wondered whether these outrageous production restraints (first and foremost the fact that we had only SIX days of principal photography on the film) may have affected the overall quality of the project.  The short answer is that they absolutely have not.  

In fact, the whole process, from the conception of the idea this past Memorial Day, to the  “Movie Life” webisodes, to the Halloween premieres of Evil Weed, has been meticulously planned out and was designed for these specific “restraints.”

My idea was to move away from the dramatic narratives that I normally invest my time and interest in, and create a new type of exploitation film.  A film that would embrace our restraints, and prove sellable if we took a viral marketing/grass roots approach.  That is how Evil Weed came to be.  And coincidentally, at around this time Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell hit theaters and garnered positive reviews.  It was his return to form as a “B” movie director, and I soon realized that what I was producing was essentially a “B” movie in itself, but not in the way Raimi’s film was a “B” movie, and most definitely not in the way that Tarantino’s Death Proof and Rodriguez’s Planet Terror were “B” movies. 

These films, wonderful as they were, were Hollywood films tipping their hats to the “B” genre.  The productions were multimillion dollar, big name productions.  What I wanted to do, and what excited me most about the Evil Weed project, was that I was creating a “B” movie for a new generation.  I wanted the script to be savvier than the average “B” film, and the themes, effects and acting to reflect that certain kitchiness, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME giving the modern film-goer the credit he deserves.  Audiences have become much more savvy these days, and it was my idea to take a lowbrow concept, and make it extremely highbrow.  That is at least what we set out to do.  Make an incredible 75-minute feature that hit the ground running, and left you breathless.

It was our belief that these “B” restraints (lack of money, lack of time, unknown actors and actresses, in camera effects) would create a mood that would work remarkably well in this thriller/horror/sex/stoner realm.  So, we began looking at these hurdles not as restraints, but as opportunities, reasons why our film would look different and feel different than any other film out there.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the small crew of 20 to 30 people who have generously devoted themselves whole-heartedly to this project.  We were able to convince a group of hard working, excited, young professionals to put 110% into this project, and it is my belief that the film will resonate with what can only be described as a “new indie feel.” 

Over the past decade the genre once defined as “Indie Filmmaking” has changed substantially.  Recently, indie films have had budgets upwards of tens of millions of dollars. This was not always the case.  In many ways, I believe this new “B” movie, the idea of just going out and making a movie, competently, and creatively, will be the new indie movement.  BUT, we are equally focused on the more classic modes of film distribution.  We will be sending the film to agencies, festivals, and hope that it is ultimately picked up for proper theatrical distribution; however, we are also very excited to reach out to possible audiences through other avenues such as viral campaigns.

We are determined to accomplish what we set out to do with Evil Weed and its behind-the-scenes counterpart “Movie Life”: create TWO products (a series and a motion picture) by ourselves, because we were sick of waiting for others to do it for us.  The energy is there, the quality is there, and we are looking forward to the reception of these projects come October.

-David Wexler

Posted by Director on August 26, 2009

Responses (33)

Emmett

Well said David. I like the concept of creating a "B movie for a new generation;" what better place to start in than the horror genre with a campy twist.



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