Thursday, May 3, 2012
JOE KNETTER - DIRECTOR / ACTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
CREDITS- STRIP CLUB SLASHER , YOURE NEXT : SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 3 ,HORROR CONVENTION MASSACRE , TERROR OVERLOAD AND MANY OTHER FUN AND AWESOME FILMS !!!
BOOKS - ZOMBIE KUKKAKE , THE ROOM AND TWISTED LONELINESS AND MORE TO COME!!
Joe --- hey friend- thank you for the wonderful chance of this interview- dude- anything you ever want shared- let me know- thank you for doing this interview with your busy schedule! ---- John
JG -What put you in place to do movies? Was there a film in your past that grabbed you that you knew that you wanted to act after viewing it ??
JK-I've always been a horror fan. Growing up that's pretty much all I watched. I went through the typical porn stage where that seemed to take over my life but then I started kindergarten and it sort of drifted away.
As much as I've used the word "actor" I've always considered myself a writer first. The acting is just something I do for fun if the part suits me. Writing it what opened the door for me. I started writing fiction back in 2003 and then started going to horror conventions to pimp out my work. As a horror fan it was an amazing experience seeing all the actors I grew up watching and to be surrounded by thousands of fans that dug the same shit I did. After a while I started getting a little bit of an underground following so I did more cons. At the cons I started to meet filmmakers etc, who began to offer me cameos in their stuff. I did it for fun more than anything.
JG- What is your favorite horror movie (old and or new) ?
JK -This is an interesting question and let me begin by saying this. I believe that the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the greatest horror film ever made. The way it looks and feels is pure horror. I still get goosebumps when Leatherface slams that metal door closed. In is an almost perfect film. With that being said, my favorite film of all time is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Growing up I got Fangoria magazines whenever I could find them. I remember picking up an issue that dealt with the TCM sequel being made. I cut out the pics and hung them up in my room. I was so excited for it. Then I saw the trailer on TV and got even more excited and then it ended with the dreaded "no one under 18 admitted". I was destroyed. At the time I was only ten-years-old. In my mind it meant waiting years to see it. Down the road I was at the video store with my Uncle and came across it and may have experienced my first spontanous ejaculation. I was beyond excited. We rented it and I watched it a handful of times that day. I loved every minute of it. I liked that Leatherface was a little more pervy...Chop Top was a great character. It's always held a special place in my heart.
Now...if we're talking newer films, Insidious was fucking incredible. I love that movie so much. Mike Mendez's The Gravedancers doesn't get near the respect it deserves and I just caught Cabin in the Woods and thought that was amazing. Oh, and I can't forget The Devil's Rejects.
I'll also add that Friday the 13th is my favorite horror series. I love Jason. I have a whole area in my basement dedicated to F13th. I go to a movie marathon at my friends house every f13th and we watch all of the films. 20 hours straight. This last one he set up a projector and we watched them all that way and it was awesome. My two faves in the series are parts 3 and 4.
JG -Youve done some awesome films- Horror Convention Massacre , Strip Club Slasher , Terror Overload! Has there been a particular film that you just simply enjoyed more then the others to be apart of ( of course without discounting any other project) ?
JK -Pajama Party Massacre is by no ways a great film. It's a really cheesy short that was shot in a little over a day in one location. I have to start by mentioning that one because it's where I met the Love of my Life Sarah French. We became friends on set and later got together. I'm pretty sure she had her eye on me for quite some time since I'm kind of a hot piece of ass. I had a shower seen in the film and I'm pretty sure she peeked. She'd probably deny it but I could sense sexual longing coming from somewhere outside the shower. I couldn't see who was there, as I was busy washing my excess nut meat, it could have been the camerman Jon but...somehow I doubt it.
Monsterpiece Theatre was also a film that's special to me, even if the fucking thing hasn't came out yet and we shot it 4 years ago. It's an anthology film and it allowed me to work with Caroline Williams, who played Stretch in TCM2, which I just explained is my favorite film of all time, Kane Hodder, who everyone knows is the only person to portray Jason more than once, Tiffany Shepis, a friend whom I once spent a night with in a bar, wearing her panties, dancing to Michael Jackson. It's good my brother was there to protect me since I'm pretty sure she would have tried to rape me. Many other cool people were on that film. John Carl Buechler did the effects and that was great. He created many iconic characters so to sit in his make up chair and get worked on was fantastic. I still have the facial appliance hanging in my basement. I'm hearing that the film is coming out this year. I hope so, I'd love to see it.
Hallow Pointe is in preproduction now and I'm stoked about that. It's the best script I've written. It's a really cool old school werewolf film. If you watched the show Monster Man on Sy-Fy they had an episode dealing with creating the stunt suit for the teaser trailer. There are lots of cool people involved in that one and I can't wait to start.
JG - If you had the opportunity to pick a cast and director to star in a movie with , who would they be?
JK -Director would be....John Carpenter. He's made so many great films.
JG - What would you love to do if film was no longer an option , something else in the film industry or maybe a whole different career all together?
JK- Writing fiction is still something I love to do so I'll always do that. I think writing is where it's at for me. Acting is fun but I don't consider that my career. Writing is what I'm good at, well somewhat good...borderline okay...tolerable...let's leave it at that. I'm tolerable.
JG -. Are you a reader and if so , what is your favorite book and author?
JK -I love reading. I limit what I read if I'm currently working on something for fear of borrowing without knowing. I love old school Stephen King and Clive Barker. Skeleton Crew is my favortie short story collection of all time. I've read it so many times.
Like I said I'm a fiction writer also. I've written 2 short story collections "twisted Loneliness" which had an intro by Sid Haig and "Vile Beauty" which had an intro by Bill Moseley. I also have a novel out called "Zombie Bukkake", which is quite fucked up. My new short story collection "Room" should be coming out soon also. I'm really excited about that one.
JG - Now ,fun stuff, if I were to snag your IPOD - what music would be on it right now ???
JK -The Black Dahlia Murder are amazing. I listened to their most recent album "Ritual" nonstop while writing my new book. I always have some old school Metallica on there. King Diamond, Pantera, Barren Earth, Swallow the Sun, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Dimmu Borgir, Killswitch Engage, Faith No More, Chimaira, Nevermore, The Bunny the bear, Suidakra, God Forbid, Lacuna Coil, Volbeat, Norther, Marduk, Agathodaimon, Kamelot, Rammstein...many others.
I'm mainly a metal guy but listen to alot of different things.
JG - Any guilty pleasures? Music, movies ???
JK -Reality shows...I know they are awful and suck but...I can't help it. I love the "The bad girls club". I still listen to quite a bit of 80's hair metal. Really though, I don't feel guilty about any of it. I tend to not really give a fuck what any else thinks.
JG -. Now a fanboy questions- you’ve been able to work with some amazing people- Kane Hodder , Tiffany Shepis ,John Beuchler and of course the lovely Sarah French- ( I think you might know her –lol) – what was it like for you to be around such a wellspring of Indie horror folks- and to be able to say “ I acted with them”- - this must be an awesome thing to be able to have done!
JK -It's great. Getting to know the people I looked up to growing up has been amazing. Most everyone has been great to work with and be around and I count a great deal of them as my friends now. I've been pretty lucky so far. It's been just as great to work with some of the more indie people also. There is so much talent out there.
I started writing more as a goof than anything so I've been amazed with everything that I've been able to do. My main goal was to sell one book, to one person and have them enjoy it. That was it. Once that was accomplished it's all been gravy and I don't take any of it for granted.
JG -. What have you found to be the most challenging aspects of being actor , writer , stunt man ,and producer?? Which do you feel is the most taxing part of doing a film?
JK-The challenge is dealing with all of the bullshit. There are so many talkers and bullshit artists out there that it's sometimes hard to wade through them. It can be quite disappointing to be told something and get all excited only to find out it's total bullshit and lies. The industry is full of assholes and douchfucks. Dealing with those types is the hardest part of the doing this stuff, but it's inevitable and you find a way through it. Making the film is the fun part.
( this is Joe with his lovely better half - Sarah French- she rocks also so go see her interview also-link below!!)
JG - Last but not least--- horror tends to just be something fun to do- to scare the crap out of viewers- but every once in a while one pops out that leave s a mark, one that hits a nerve- and in some of these cases the actors even say it hit them hard to do and was challenging personally for them, do you have any lessons learned or challenges brought stories about you and film?
JK -No real lessons. I'll give some advice though. If you are wanting to work in the film industry make sure it's something you really want to do or it'll rip you apart. Learn from everyone around you on set, in meetings etc. Learn what to do, and just as important, learn what not to do. Treat everyone with respect and always give it your all. It's almost impossible to have a career in the film industry. Everyone hears about the big money people make but that really doesn't happen often. Be smart and be safe. There are always people out there looking to take advantage or you. Have a good head on your shoulders and stay grounded. Get to know about all aspects of film. Maybe your first career choice won't happen but you may find that there are other things you love and do well that could be used in the industry in other ways.