I recently made a short horror film called Ludlow, starring Shannon Lark and Elissa Dowling. I thought I’d share all the boring details about how that came to be, because…you know…sharing is caring and if there’s one I thing I do, it’s care.
Remember that thing I did called Ghostella’s Haunted Tomb? The lezzie horror webseries thingy that had some special guest stars and stuff, and some people kind of got the idea behind the whole thing and some people didn’t? Huh? Yeah, well…I don’t know what’s happening with Ghostella. I haven’t yet decided if I want to do a second season or not, or what it’ll entail, or…but! This is not meant to be about Ghostella’s Haunted Tomb.
Remember Fudgalicious gum? Which was gum, but…you know, it was chocolate? That’s either the best or worst idea in the history of ever- kind of like the Spice Girls, or those bowls you can buy that come with a built-in straw for drinking whatever milk is leftover after you’ve eaten your Fruity Pebbles or whatever. Actually, you know what? Those bowls you can buy that come with a built-in straw are the worst, plain-n-simple. I mean, how effing hard is it to tip the bowl into your mouth if you want to drink the leftovers? There needs to be a straw?
Wait! This is not meant to be about Ghostella or Fudgalicious or stupid inventions or stupid, lazy people. This is meant to be about…umm…what was I…oh yeah! This is all concerning a short film I made last week, which I know you’re all peeing your pants in anticipation to hear about. Well, pull up those pants and gather ’round, children, and let me tell you a little tale about a little movie called- and set in- Ludlow.
SHANNON LARK: Wud up, Ludlow??
It all started, I suppose, when my short film Taste of Flesh, Taste of Fear was accepted into the 2008 Viscera Film Festival, sponsored by The Chainsaw Mafia. Taste of Flesh, as I’m sure you’re well aware, was the short featured in the very first episode of Ghostella’s Haunted Tomb. It’s the lesbo vampire short featuring 2 Dollar Store Barbie knockoffs and Posh Spice that’s so EROTICALLY CHARGED that it’s too hot. Too hot, my lady- you’ve gotta run for shelter…gotta run for shade! Or something like that.
Oh, Kool and the Gang, you provide the soundtrack for my life.
But really, people, feel the heat. That heat is hot!
SHANNON LARK: Taste of Flesh, Taste of Fear is and was simply pure genius. If a filmmaker can make a great film using barbie dolls, then she’s gotta blow you away with live action. And she did! I became obsessed with Top Friends. I showed it to my Mom. I showed it to my dog, and he licked himself. That’s a good sign!
But I digress! The point is, the merging of Ghostella and Viscera introduced me to actress, director, Chainsaw Mafia CEO, and Fangoria Spooksmodel extraordinaire Shannon Lark because…well, Viscera is her thang. We met face to face in March during the Paranoia Film Festival; the 2007 Viscera selections were screened, including Heidi “Ghostella” Martinuzzi’s Wretched, and a grand old time was had by all. Actually, don’t hold me to that- I wasn’t conducting exit polls or anything.
Trapped aboard the Queen Mary, Shannon and I spent most of the afternoon in the bar, then moved to a restaurant in the evening. During the course of the many hours we spent together, Shannon let fly that she wanted to be in one of my movies. I was dubious, which speaks more to my insecurity than any insincerity on Shannon’s part; however, she proceeded to bust out a napkin and write up a contract stating much the same.
SHANNON LARK: I told Stacie a story about how a contract written on a napkin can hold up in court. So I whipped it out* over a margarita in a funny looking glass that gave me stomach cramps. I used all the fancy shmancy jargon I could muster, because I wanted to show I was serious. She looked confused. I was ecstatic, because my evil plan of doing a Film Festival so talented female filmmakers would flock around me and put me in their next productions was actually working out. Besides, Stacie Ponder is amazing.
I jumped at the chance to work with her because she kind of fucking ROCKS. She said she’d be back in Los Angeles in April for Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors to fulfill some of her spooksmodel duties…wouldn’t that be the perfect time to shoot something?
Why yes…yes, it would. I went home all pumped and proceeded to freak out almost immediately- writing something…on purpose? For someone? I don’t tend to work that way. Like with Ghostella, I just write ‘em, pretending no one will ever pay attention. Then I fill the roles. Or even writing here at Final Girl…once I start thinking that someone’s going to be reading this besides me, I get all nervous. It’s like my brain is nude or something, and it’s embarrassing to think that people are looking at it…not that my brain has anything to be ashamed of, because it’s 100% pure 36-24-36, if you know what I mean…and I think you do…which is good, because I have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about anymore.
SHANNON LARK: Haha! Stacie is totally nude!! Nude for Satan!
Oh, yeah! I was talking about writing a script for someone. Someone who’s going to make a special effort to make a film with me. Ugh, nerve-wracking. Step one was to figure out what the eff I was gonna make this movie about. Actually, step one probably involved some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, or maybe some ice cream. Step two was to figure out what the eff I was gonna make this movie about. More on that to come.
Can I just say that my local grocery store AND my local Target have both discontinued carrying mint chocolate chip ice cream? That really does not fucking compute. It’s kind of like the Catholic Church discontinuing God.
*Please note, the only thing “whipped out” was a napkin.