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Apr 12, 2005 at 02:00 AM
DG: Tell us a bit about yourself. You were born in St. Louis, right?

AH: That's right. I've been living in St. Louis County all my life. The bulk of my childhood was spent in Maryland Heights, MO. It's a very suburban situation. The only thing crazy to ever really happen in Maryland Heights was some nutty Guns N Roses concert riot. Beyond that, it is mainly just known for its casinos and their St. Louis Rams practice facility.

DG: How did you get into writing? How did you get into the low-budget movie scene?

AH: I've been writing since the 3rd grade. I used to sit in class and write these little twenty page books. Just as soon as I'd write them, I'd then turn around and charge my classmates 10 cents to check them out. It wouldn't be uncommon for ten books to be checked out at any given time. After a while, the books became so disruptive that my teacher had no choice but to have my books placed in the school library. In 6th grade, I read my first screenplay. From that point on, I decided that is what I wanted to do. There was never really a conscious approach to the world of b-movies. It just happened.

DG: How did you get involved in the Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction?

AH: I am a massive St. Louis film supporter. When I was at SLIFF a few years ago, I saw this amusing short called "Sockville." It featured singing puppets, crazy sets -- it was quite ambitious. Well, I contacted the people involved, had a meeting, and found myself chatting for two hours about Ed Wood and watching bizarre shorts they put together. That is when they decided to invite me in to co-write Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction.

DG: Did you intend to be an actor in the movie as well as writing it from the start? Did you write your character with you in mind?

AH: Well, going into it, I knew I was going to co-write. Patrick Voss, Eric Stanze, Ron and company had already come up with the title and most of the overall story. My main mission was to help Pat with bringing the characters to life and come up with some of the gags and other random sequences. The nightmare was that most of the writing would occur on set or in the parking lot just before we shot our scenes. It was a very unfriendly screenwriting experience, but it was still probably the most fun I have had in a real long time. Being three characters in the movie was DEFINITELY not a plan. On a b-movie, that sort of thing just happens. However, when the lumberjack scene was written, I knew I was going to be that character. It was originally supposed to be just some guy who is really bad at giving directions. I just decided it would be funnier if he was bad at giving directions because of his seemingly incoherent babbling. Although, believe it or not, the babbling was all scripted. If you listen closely, it is a secret tribute to Eric Stanze.

DG: What is the craziest thing that happens in the movie?

AH: For me, it is remembering that the anal probing, cow fisting, alien sex, and urine gags are all part of a simple children's bedtime story. It's The Princess Bride morphed with Red Dwarf as if told through the eyes of Chris Seaver's drunken imaginary friend. By the way, Seavage is da man!

DG: What was the craziest thing that happened behind the scenes?!

AH: That would probably be arriving on set and realizing we had no microphone, no lead actors, no budget, but a shit load of food.

DG: You are listed as being an actor, band wrangler, producer and location sound person on April Is My Religion. What can you tell us about that movie and your involvement?

AH: I met up will Bill Boll and became a part of his amazing three person crew. We went to Moline, IL and shot for like three solid days -- often without any sleep. I was responsible for rounding up the bulk of the soundtrack, getting contracts signed, and ultimately helping the movie get its distribution deal.

DG: Tell us about The Possessed.

AH: I wrote it on assignment for director Corbin Timbrook. I wrote it in thirty work hours. A rock band suffers through the suicide of their lead singer and yet still decides to continue forward and finish their album. This becomes somewhat difficult when the deceased lead singer decides to come back from beyond the grave and rip them to pieces. The movie supposedly did really well at MIPCOM, MIFED, and AFM. It will be released by Creative Light Worldwide (www.creativelightworldwide.com) on March 1st, 2005. Look for it at finer stores everywhere!

DG: What can we look forward to in the near future from Adam Hackbarth?

AH: Well, I soon hope to enter the convention circuit. I haven't been to any horror conventions; I'd like to change that. Other than that, I'll always be looking for other screenwriting gigs. So far, everyone has been saying really kind stuff about me! I'd intend to keep it that way.

DG:Anything else you'd like to add?

AH: Be sure to listen for Eric Stanze's cameo. It's a very James Earl Jones-type moment. Also, I'd like to thank Patrick Voss for the experience of making Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction?. He's one talented home skillet. If readers wish to contact me, they can e-mail me at Thanks a ton!

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