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The Evil Returns: An Interview with Abomination: Evilmaker 2 Writer/Director John Bowker PDF Print E-mail
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Apr 13, 2005 at 02:00 AM
John Bowker is the writer/director behind a string of low-budget sci-fi and horror features including The Evilmaker, Housebound, The Seekers and even a zombie segment on Twisted Illusions 2. His sequel, Abomination: Evilmaker 2 is now available at www.b-movie.com. John talked to us recently from his home in Hollywood.
DG: The original THE EVILMAKER wrapped up it's storyline fairly well - what was the motivation to do Abomination: Evilmaker 2

JB: It was the strangest thing. After shooting the first one, I really had no desire to continue on with it. I was happy with the story and how it turned out, even though I put in an ending to where it could be continued. But, I wanted to move on to other projects. About a year and a half passed and I suddenly got the desire to do another one. At first, I was going to make it another self contained story about the haunting of the house and property because it was such a cool and creepy location. Then for some reason, I decided to just continue on with the first story. I wanted to do a trilogy.

DG: You'd worked with Felicia Pandolfi on the first movie - how did you end up casting Kylene Wetherel in Abomination: Evilmaker 2? Who does she play?

JB: Kylene plays Kathy, the sister of Rachel (who was played by Felicia in both movies). She has a psychic link with Rachel and the questions as to what really happened to her were never answered. So, she puts her life on hold and tries to find out the truth. But, of course, when you mess with evil, nothing but bad things happen.

I met Kylene on the set of EYEBALL OF FEAR, part of an anthology movie made by my good friend (and director of Photography for all of my movies) Joe Sherlock. I was really impressed with her and a couple months later; she played a day part as a zombie in my first movie called DREAMWALKERS. She was fantastic to work with and a lot of fun. I lost track of her and about three years later I was casting Abomination: Evilmaker 2 and immediately thought of her for the part of Kathy. The hard part was tracking her down, but I finally did. I sent her a copy of the first Evilmaker movie; she watched it and was immediately interested. And the rest they say is history.

DG: A lot of the movie was shot at the same old creepy house as the first one - how did you end up with that location in the first place and how much did it influence the movie?

JB: That house and property belongs to a woman named Betty Griffith. She ended up playing Serena's (Stephanie Beaton) mom in both movies. I knew about the house because at the time, Betty was my boss at work. I gave her the script, offered her the part of the mom and she actually brought up the idea about shooting out at the house. She wasn't living there at the time, but her son was and he ended up leaving and staying in town on the days and nights we shot.

The house was perfect and it did influence the movie tremendously. After The Evilmaker, we knew how to shoot there. What we could and could not do. And there is just something eerie about that house and property way out in the middle of no where. I remember walking around a couple times and getting and getting that strange "someone's watching" me type of feeling. Who knows, could have been my imagination and the setting, but it sure made me feel creepy at times, which really helped.

DG: Abomination: Evilmaker 2 has an hour-long making-of documentary as one of the extras. Tell us about the unique way that was created.

JB: Joe and I had met a guy named Michael Hegg (who ended up acting and Associate Producing some of my later movies) and he had just got some camera equipment. I had asked him to shoot some behind the scenes stuff for extras, and he ended up with hours and hours of footage. He came up with the idea of doing like I daily diary of the shoot and it turned out really cool. I still don't know how he condensed all that footage into an hour. I have gotten a lot of good response on that extra.

DG: So yiou mentioned a desire to do a trilogy: are there any plans for an EVILMAKER 3?

JB: Well, I have learned never to say never. It's getting to the point to where I want to do another one, the third and final. I wrote a script for it and then filed it away. Who knows, I may pull it out and dust it off, re-work it and throw it into motion. I know the cast is interested in doing it, just a matter of timing. Deep down yes, I would like to do another one.

DG: After Abomination: Evilmaker 2, you completed both The Seekers and Housebound. Do you have any other projects you'd care to mention to the fans?

JB: Well, I'm working on a script right now, but don't want to talk about it too much at this point. I hate making announcements and getting people all excited, and then for one reason or another, the shoot doesn't happen. So, not saying anything until the cameras are close to rolling. But, I can tell you, I'm very excited about it and I will be working closely once again with Joe Sherlock and maybe bringing in some new blood for the cast, as well as maybe using the tried and true people I have used before.

DG: Anything else you'd like to tell everyone out there?

JB: Just that I miss making movies. The last thing I did was a zombie short called BETRAYAL for Tim Ritter's Twisted Illusions 2 which is out now, but that was shot at the end of 2002. Since 1998 it seems like I have always been working on some movie or short for one reason or another. During that time I did five features and three 30-minute shorts. Plus we worked on Joe's projects. I needed a little breather, but am now ready to get back into action. I'm in California right now (have been here for almost 2 years) and have got the itch to go home and make a movie. How funny is that? I'm in the movie making mecca of the world, and I want to go home and make a movie. :)

Never fear, I will be back!

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