Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere of Big Biting Pig’s “Lucid” along with writer/director Pj Woodside. If you’ve never been to one, premieres are fun, with a lot of energy. It’s a bit less formal (If you can believe that ) than regular movie showings, and if you’re lucky, you attend one with the actors and directors. During the movie the energy was fantastic! Cheers went up to favorite actors and scenes, the audience laughed, gasped and screamed together. Everything you’d want in a horror movie, jumps shocks, twists and yes, gore. Pj Woodside has a blog here on wordpress (http://thisoldbitchmakeshorrorflicks.wordpress.com) where she talks about her experiences writing and directing her films.
Pj Woodside and Brittney Saylor greet fans after the movie
I was fortunate enough to get a few questions in while she and castmembers greeted fans after the movie screened.
[warning…interview may contain spoilers, if you don’t want to be spoiled, why are you here? I’m the spoiler queen....]
Aunt Mimi : How long did it take you to write the script and what inspired you?
Pj: My own crazy dreams and night terrors. Turning it into a movie plot took a little longer…..[about ] four months to write from beginning to end, couple of really strong writing spells in there.
Aunt Mimi: Were there any scenes that were really hard to write? You touch on a lot of taboo and sensitive subjects
Pj: Not so much that they were hard to write, just making everything make sense, and make everything essential [to the story]. Steve actually suggested some of the plot points , but then you have to go back and go, okay, how [do we] make this integrated with everything. The first few drafts were a lot tamer, and that draft I was working on, I thought, ‘Ok, I’m gonna make this so fast paced, so hard edged that I’m going to scare myself’
Aunt Mimi: And did you?
Pj: Yeah! Kinda! (laughs)
Aunt Mimi: You also star in it as the therapist [Faith] which brings something new to the dream/horror genre, where there any scenes that were hard to get through, [acting-wise] because no offense, she’s kind of mean…Pj: No. I found that perfectly normal, (laughs) Actually I was worried that it would be too easy for this character to be a caricature, so I did work really hard on what was my motivation, not that I was being mean, but that I was trying to make her [ Monica the lead character] do things, do things that were important to me. I really enjoyed playing [Faith], and Steve when he was directing me, he would say “Ok, go less.” and that all usually worked better.
Aunt Mimi: Do you have more fun being the bad guy?
Pj : Oh yeah! You don’t get to do that in real life, you know? I like going there emotionally and I did find it very difficult to be mean, and that’s a little scary (laughs)
Bill Johnson, Leatherface from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre II” was on hand to greet fans with free signings, and ‘backstage’ meet and greet.
Pj Woodside, Steve Hudgins and Bill Johnson
In my opinion, “Lucid” is Big Biting Pig’s darkest film yet, with elements of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Paranormal Activity”. The performances are briliant and the story itself is fast paced, inventive and just downright creepy. The ending was one of the most “HOLY SHIT WTF” endings I’ve seen in a very long time. And I want a sequel, Pj. Just saying.
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