2/6/15 – Syracuse, NY
Andrew Peters got together with Sean Donohue to talk about his new movie “Die Die Delta Pi” in his exclusive for b-movie.com. Read on Horror Fiends:
Andrew Peters: The film looks to be heavily inspired by the slasher movies of the 80’s. Was this a genre you were fond of?
Sean Donohue: Absolutly! I made this movie as homage to cheesy slasher films I remember growing up with in the 1980’s. I have always had a love for films like Slumber Party Massacre and Hell Night. Die Die Delta Pi was a new take on those Sorority type slasher films.
AP: What were some of your favorites?
SD: Some of my favorites are what I like to call “second tier” slasher films. Not the ones that became mainstream like Friday the 13th and Halloween. My fav list includes He Knows Your Alone, The Prowler, Black Christmas, Hell Night, Slumber Party Massacre, Night School. I could go on but here are some gems.
AP: There also seems to be a lot of the frat humor as well. Another genre you are fond of?
SD: Yes I love comedy almost as much as I love horror and am a big fan of Horror/Comedy. Movies like Dead Alive, Evil Dead that are super gory and funny at the same time are some of my most loved. You could say Die Die Delta Pi was definitely influenced by movies like that as well as classic College comedies like Animal House.
AP: Tell us a little about your movie…
SD: Well, in a nut shell, the film starts out in the mid 80’s at a sorority house called Delta Pi. Some of the sorority sisters are getting prepared for their annual bonfire. Some of the not so nice sorority girls plan to play a evil prank on one of their nerdy pledges. Lets just say their prank does not go according to plan and soon after there is a burning of the nerdy pledge. The slashing starts in the sorority house and just when you think it is over we pick back up with some of the survivors of the Delta Pi massacre in modern times. The killer is on the hunt for the sorority sisters of the past who burned that nerdy pledge, Marissa Chambers, and once again the crazed slasher is on the loose to terrorize a new set of sorority pledges as well as the past sorority sisters.
AP: The premise and poster bring to mind films like April Fool’s Day and Terror Train. Were those inspirations?
SD: Not those two specifically but the poster art was specifically designed to look like a missed slasher gem from the past.
AP: What was the experience like for you creating the film?
SD: It was a really fun time. I first came up with the concept when I realized I had a bonfire pit within walking distance of my home. I found a writer who was interested in developing the screenplay and the rest is history.
AP: How closely did you work with writer Arturo Portillo?
SD: Although Arturo lives in New Mexico and I live in Florida we communicated very frequently on the screen play. Basically I would feed Arturo an idea I had and he would write the dialogue for the characters.
AP: Any obstacles that almost made you want to quit or something that may have seemed like you weren’t sure you would overcome it?
SD: YES! As much as I’d like to say everything was smooth and it was an easy shoot, that was not the case. We suffered from lack of time on set, weather problems, lack of food, lack of sleep having sometimes 15 hour days back to back. It was both a hard but fun time and when we finally wrapped I was both sad and happy. I still keep up with most of the cast including co-Director Chris Leto and we are still friends to this day.
AP: How long was the shoot?
SD: Altogether we shot a total of 16 days I believe. We shot on weekends over a 3 month period. There were a couple pick up days that we shot almost a year later after the original wrap of the film.
AP: As a fan, practical effects are always the way to go in horror films. Do you think this was something important to having in your film?
SD: Most definitely! I prefer practical F/X any day over CGI. Practical F/X are what got me interested in the horror genre in the first place. Movies like An American Werewolf in London are my bread and butter.
AP: It looks like Marcus Koch did an amazing job with the effects! What was your working relationship with him?
SD: Working with Marcus was a ball. I think he has worked on most of my stuff. He always amazes me with his F/X. I can’t imagine anyone else doing such a good job as him with Die Die Delta Pi.
AP: What’s your favorite effect in the film (if you can say)?
SD: My favorite is Tanya Christiansen (Katey Caplan) getting her neck strangled with barbed wire. But most of the people who watch the film like seeing Keisha Burchard’s (Marie) head getting chopped off. It always gets some oohs and ahhs when I show it to friends.
AP: What was your favorite experience on or off the set with the cast and crew?
SD: Just working with everyone to achieve the same goal was a great experience. There were definitely hick ups but everyone overcame the obstacles laid before them. Every movie is always a new challenge for me. I do it because I love it and can’t see a reason to stop. Movies are and always have been a big part of my life.
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