Sunday, July 22, 2012

[Interview] Jody S. Dean of Sickafyed Films

Here at the Z-portal, we like to support the little guys who can't compete with big Hollywood advertisement budgets. Horror is our favorite genre and we're really more about the love of the ideas behind these movies rather than being impressed by which celebrity face you have plastered on the cover. That's why when I was given a chance to interview an indie filmmaker recently, I jumped at the chance to pick his mind and find out more about where his movie is coming from.

The director's name is Jody S. Dean and he's looking to break out onto the horror scene with a supernatural revenge flick that drops this Halloween. His company, Sickafyed Films, is a film production company with hopes of being an outlet for genuine horror films. Not allowing artistic freedom to be stifled by executives who sit behind a desk all day and probably don't know the first thing about horror. Tired of generic horror movies that are pumped out by major studios who only care about turning a profit? Well, keep your eyes peeled for this company that's looking to make a splash (or should that be splatter?) in the horror scene. Here is the official trailer for their first production: Don't Go on the Trail (2012)

After seeing the trailer, I had a few questions for the man behind the movie and he was kind enough answer them for me.

So, I'm sure the first question my readers want me to ask is... will there be any nudity in this film?

There is a little nudity in the film.....But from my past work I kept Don't Go On The Trail somewhat tasteful, I think the viewers will be pleased.

I'm a total gore-hound and I'm sure a lot of my readers are too! What can you tell us about the level of gore in this movie?

The gore is epic! I think the gore-hounds will howl for this film, I did all the special effects my self and this is my best work yet. We used 10 gallons of if you are a blood fanatic like me this will be right up your alley.

What can you tell me about the plot that you wouldn't mind readers knowing before they saw the movie?

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned, that's what I had in mind when I was writing this film. The story is about a girl that has been reduced to nothing and she's mad, she comes back from the dead and she wants revenge .

How did you come up with the idea for the movie and how long did it take to make? 
I wanted the film seem like it was taken place at one location, and i haven't seen no one do anything on a trail so I based the whole script on the locations I came up with. I'm very happy I did cause I think the trail will become scary from my film.

What are you promising to deliver with this film?

I'm giving the viewers lots of blood , action, suspense and hard core horror. I am introducing a new slasher to the game and she clams her own territory... The trail!

What difficulties did you run into while making this movie? Were there any unforeseen circumstances?
Wind, Wind, and Wind!! Seemed like during the best scenes the wind would just pick up out of no where and it did create some sound difficulty but with editing and a special touch, I'm happy with the end result. Other then that everything flowed like water... or should I say blood!

I hear this movie was inspired by I Spit on Your Grave, one of my favorites, is this true?

This is not true! I heard about I Spit On Your Grave but I didn't see the movie until after I wrote the script so i cant say it was inspired by it, but rape and revenge does play a comparison in both films. I think Dont go on the trail is brand new, I try to always think original when I'm writing, I'm proud of this film cause of the originality .

I'd like to hear about your history as a filmmaker. (especially your connection to the horror genre) What other projects have you worked on that brought you to this film?
I started out making short films, My first short film was called Vampage.. Then I started  making trailers pitch to investors and then I knew i had to make a feature so Don't Go On The Trail was my first stab. I've only been making films for a few years but I've been writing since I was 9, and I always had hopes to be a successful film maker. Dont Go On The Trail is the first film I am very proud of. This is my best work yet!

What are some of your favorite horror movies of all time?

Huge Wrong Turn fan!
I love zombie movies, My favorite would be Resident Evil and Dawn Of The Dead.
I also love all the Halloween movies and a fan of lots of Independent horrors.

Do you remember the first horror movie you ever saw?

Child's Play, I use to rent it all the time. My mother and grandmother couldn't stand to watch it, but i was hooked. Second one was Jason, from a young age this was in my blood.

How do you feel about the direction that the horror genre has been headed lately?

I love it, It's great! I am always looking forward to see what Independent film makers come out with. Things seem more creative these days and some of the ideas people come out with are crazy, I love it.. This is my favorite times of the blood flow of horror.

Tired of all the sequels, prequels, and remakes yet?

I am a huge fan of sequels but I see it like this, if a film maker takes the time to make the sequel they must have faith that entry is needed. A lot goes into making a film, which I just learned from making my feature, Don't Go On The Trail, and I can tell you right now Don't Go On The Mountain PT 2 is already in the works!

What about the 3D movie trend? Do you think that audiences are expecting more from filmmakers? What kind of problems or challenges, if any, does that present for an indie filmmaker like yourself?
I hate 3D movies, I can't stand them. You will never see this from me... it does create a problem for lots of film makers, I'm sure, but the independent horror fans love what they love and like I said, I love the horror scene right now. I think 3D movies will do good and I think independent films will also continue to do good.

Who are some of your greatest influences when it comes to film making?

Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, George Romero and some films companies like Anchor bay, and the Asylum Have put out great films

Aside from filmmaking, what other passions do you have?

Spending time with my family, fishing, and music

Tell me more about Sickafyed Films.

Sickafyed films is an all in one company. I do the music for the films, produce for other people, we do photography for our own and other projects as well. I do special fx make up, voice overs, screenwriting, acting, directing. It's a complete film company. I did every job on making this movie expect personal assistant and script supervisor which was the job of my beautiful girlfriend, With that being said, here at Sickafyed films we make movies, and offer other services as well. I came up with the name a few years back and at the first of this year, I launched the company. I'm so happy with what I built and I will run with the best!

Are there any other projects in the works that fans of this film should be looking out for?

Yes, there is. Everyone needs to look out for Edwards Julia, and The Killer Inside The Clown. Beside those projects there are a few more in the works that you will see ads for soon. Always stay tuned in and if you don't see us for a while, we are on set. You can check us out at

Any advice for aspiring filmmakers out there?

Yes, Know that you can do it! It's all about being creative and using your imagination. I never thought it would be possible for me but save your self a little money, get some good equipment, write a film, then cast it.. and do it! Don't ever think you need Hollywood to make this happen, at then end of the day there is a film out there for anybody.

Final question, since your movie drops this Halloween, do you have any big plans for the holiday?

Halloween is my Christmas, I will be for sure throwing a party and I think I'm going to get my zombie on this year. Also, Don't Go on the Trail is in a lot of film festivals going on in the month of Halloween, so hopefully it brings home some awards by the release date of the DVD on Halloween.

So there you have it, real horror from a real horror fan. Not a "by the numbers" horror that Hollywood pumps out to rape you of your ticket price. (Without any REAL scares at that!!!)

I have really high hopes of seeing more from Mr. Dean. I wish him and his company well, hopefully it will become a major horror studio one day and I'll get to interview him again before his next big horror movie hits theaters.