An interview with Christopher Mihm "Attack of the Moon Zombies"
Original article: http://www.zombiesdrule.com/christopher-mihm-interview.html
ZombiesDrule - Your role was?
Christopher Mihm - I wrote and directed the film and have a very small cameo.
How did this film come about?
This is actually the sixth film in a series of 1950s-style B-movies I have made. The idea came out of the necessity of needing to shoot in my basement because of the cold Minnesota winter. This led me to come up with an idea for a monster movie on a "moon base," a location that could be created using simple, claustrophobic sets. Plus, I was heavily influenced by the original "The Thing from Another World" and wanted to do something similar.
What were some of the difficulties faced in shooting the movie?
The biggest difficulty came in having to build so many sets. For this particular script, we needed about a dozen sets (possibly more, we've never actually counted). Because the area we used in my basement for the sets isn't that big, every time we needed a new set, we had to pull down the old one and put the new one in the same spot. This made for a lot of long, maddening nights of set building!
How did you find the location? Cast?
As I mentioned previously, the film was shot completely in a single large, unfinished room in my basement. The cast was made up almost entirely of friends, family, and other actors I had worked with on my previous films.
People seem to think it's easy to make a zombie movie, what advice can you give them?
Try your best to blaze your own path. My film isn't a classic zombie film, really. It's much more of a classic monster film but with many similarities to plot elements standard to many zombie films. I wanted to make sure that my film (in regards to its "zombie-ness") stood out. If you end up making a rehash of some other well-known zombie film, you'll get lost in the pack and perceived as a simple copy-cat.
What is your most memorable moment of the production?
Honestly, the most memorable moment had to be the last time I yelled "cut!" The film was one of the longest, most intense shoots of any movie I've made. At one point, it didn't even look like it was going to be finished! So, when we finally made it to that last frame (after a marathon day of shooting, no less), I joyfully punctuated the final "cut" by putting my fist through one of the flimsy set walls! Scared half the actors to death but we cheered, hugged, and popped a few corks! It was magically awesome!
What is your favorite part of the movie?
I don't have any favorite PARTS of the film so much as I think it has some of the best performances of any I've ever made. I don't know what it was about this movie that really brought it out in the cast but, well, they really put their hearts and souls into it and I think it shows onscreen!
How do you feel about the final film? Is it how you imagined it would be?
It's actually quite a bit better than I thought it'd be! This was such a large undertaking, especially compared to some of the bare bones films I'd done in the past, so it was overwhelming and really quite crazy to produce. What we ended up with was so amazingly great that I definitely think of it as my favorite of my films.
What is next for you? What will your next movie be?
I'm working on a "haunted house" film called "House of Ghosts." It's in the vein of legendary horror filmmaker William Castle's films "13 Ghosts" and "House on Haunted Hill." It's a great story that I'm quite proud of and CANNOT wait to start filming!
Some silly ones...
If bitten how long would it take you to turn?
See, I hate going to the doctor, so I tend to be one of those people who ignores and stubbornly fights medical things if they're not major. So, I think I'd fight (and totally ignore) it until it's probably too late. Thus, I think it'd probably take me a LITTLE longer than some but, it'd be WAY too late once I realized how screwed I was. Plus, I'd probably just rationalize my initial cravings for brains as some sort of new culinary adventure worth undertaking.
Which do you prefer Fast or Slow Zombies?
Definitely slow. As a guy who absolutely adores classic B-grade horror and sci-fi, I prefer unstoppable albeit slow creatures lurching toward you. I love the thought of monsters that just don't give up EVER. I think it raises the dread and horror by giving you both time to think about the horrible things they want to do to you AND giving you the false sense of hope that you might escape and survive!
What is your weapon of choice for taking on Zombies?
Who WOULDN'T say "chainsaw" to this question!
What is your favourite Zombie Film?
As a classic film buff (and tribute artist), my favorite has to be the original "Night of the Living Dead." It's one of the most perfect zombie films ever made! And really, aren't most zombie films SINCE just paying homage to it.
Worst Zombie Film?
There are SO MANY bad ones that I don't think I could really pick just one!
Favorite Zombie Book and/or Game?
The original Resident Evil on PlayStation has got to be up there. It was really ahead of its time when it came out and if you were into videogames back then (I was in college), it REALLY stood out as something truly special.
Just thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the film!