Coulo Film Still
Picture the scene. It is a dark and stormy night, and somewhere way off in the distance you can hear a dog savagely barking for mercy. When suddenly -- BANG! -- a thunderous echo of laughter creeps closer and closer towards you. So close in fact, that you abruptly turn off your television set, and then read this interview I had with my great mate, Jason Swinchock, about his up and coming independent film, which goes bump in the night. Booo!

Jason Swinchock On Amazon

1) What are your own origins, Jason? Plus what path did you take in life before you got to where you are today?   I'm just a normal guy with a normal job that loves to entertain people. I hope to one day be able to make that a full time career. I have been a lifelong fan of movies, and I have been involved with film and video production since 2008. My biggest success was my zombie horror short, 'A Chemical Skyline', which sold internationally, and was a best seller on amazon.com for 6 weeks. I plan on topping this feat with my next film, 'Coulro'. 

2) In your own words how would you describe your indie movie, ‘Coulro’?   Coulro will be a slasher flick with an evil clown killer. It will have a grind house vibe, yet it will ultimately be a nod to the fun 80's horror movies that I grew up with. I want it to scare people, but I want them to have a good time while they are being frightened. 

A Chemical Skyline
3) What have you learnt about yourself via this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   Every project that I have been a part of has taught me some kind of lesson. It's funny that it always keeps me in check, and keeps me balanced. I enjoy finding out what I don't know because that keeps you from being too cocky -- every filmmaker should be a little cocky and proud about their work. But f*cking up a 'one-time take' will make you humble, and it brings out your creativeness like never before as you try to fix it. 

4) If ‘Coulro’ was a song, what song would it be and why?   I would say 'Sweet Dreams' by Marilyn Manson sums it up. That song is pretty creepy to listen to, but ultimately, people that remember the 80s, can't help but grin as we remember the original Eurythmics version. It's like a bad dream; familiar and different at the same time. 

Pat Harrington
5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your movie, what person would you get, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   Hands down this would have to be Pat Harrington who played Schneider from 'One Day at a Time'. I think he was just a cool dude.

6) What are your aspirations for this project? Plus where did the idea behind this film come from?   Well, I want this film to at least replicate the success of 'A Chemical Skyline'. I want it to be a bestseller, and maybe win some awards. Mostly, I want this film to cement my status in the industry. Critics have called my modest success "lucky" and that I was a fluke. I want to shove this film down their throats with a big note that says, "F*ck you, I'm here to stay!" However, in the end, I just want to have a solid indie film that I can be proud. 

The idea for Coulro came from me sitting at my desk trying to think about what the hell truly scares people. Then I thought what scared me in movies when I was little... Clowns... Scary evil Clowns... from that clown puppet in Poltergeist, to the Killer Klowns, to Pennywise; they all freaked me out.

So once I had the basic idea for the film, I pitched it to my friend and colleague, Carl Reynard, who is a budding filmmaker as well, and is currently writing his first film. He loved it. Which is odd, because he is a tough cookie to bounce ideas off of. But as I told him about it, he started smiling and nodding his head in approval. That was the moment Coulro was born.

As I pitched it to the rest of my crew, they all loved the idea, especially my two APs, "Big" James Wroblewski and Theresa Cook.

Coulo Film Still
7) If you could assign a smell to your film, what odour would it be and why?   That slight smell of vomit and cotton candy that you smell when you get close to an amusement park. Once again, gross and fun mixed together.

8) If your movie was a 'singleton' going on a date, who would it be attracted to, and again, why?   The grittiness of it would want a chick with dark hair and tattoos. The fun side of it would want a girl that is a party animal. So I guess following its fun/edgy/horror vibe, it would want: a black haired, totally tattooed version of Lindsay Lohan, that carries a giant knife and role-plays occasionally as a female clown... ;) 

9) If there was a message behind this movie, what would it be, and why would you want to convey it?   The message from behind this film will be... how irrational and how rational are your fears? Is it something you should be afraid of? Or is it something you should just forget.

And that an evil clown wants to kill you...

Ka-Pow! Thanks for that, Jason. What you had to say really cracked my goat, and what does a cracking, I encourage my readers to do some clicking. So what are you waiting for, film fans? Evil Dead Ten? When you've got the time, please, check out the Enertia Global movie site, plus the Coulro facebook page too. Trust me. You'll bloody love it.

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