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Thursday, September 12, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH BILL MOSELEY (3 FROM HELL)



       Chances are if you've managed to grab a glimpse at any of Bill Moseley's over 100 acting roles, you've seen a man whose name is synonymous with the word "horror" - with his very first gig back in 1982's Endangered Species as a cab driver to his breakthrough role as the completely looney-tunes "Chop-Top" in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Make no mistake about this man's genre-accomplishments, and his returning portrayal of the homicidal Otis B. Driftwood comes to light this September 16th when Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell hits select theaters for a three night engagement. Bill was gracious enough to give us a few minutes to discuss the latest film as well as a few other bloody bits of news-worthiness, so settle in, read on and enjoy our chat!

ZT: I've gotta tell you, Bill - I'm chomping at the bit to get my eyes on the latest film. Word is that this thing is going to be absolutely huge for fans of the Firefly Clan.

BM: Yes, I'm very proud of it because so many big studio-type enterprises have put out remakes and differing kinds of series and sequels - basically a lot of horror without any kind of evil guts. It's been a lot of jump-scares and a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and I'm just really glad that Rob is in business to make everybody uncomfortable, and laugh a little bit but really do some nasty stuff.

ZT: Take us back to when filming wrapped on The Devil's Rejects - did you think when all was finished and the credits had rolled that the story was over, or did you feel as if there was more to tell with this tale?

BM: To tell you the truth, I was just covered in sticky blood (laughs) - sunburned, and I was just glad that the shooting had stopped for a little while, so I didn't really think about anything like that. It's so funny because when I did TCM 2 and everyone was talking about the import being a sequel to one of the greatest horror movies ever made, but frankly as an actor I was just trying to remember my lines and hit my marks (laughs). In The Devil's Rejects the biggest part for me was that I was just sad that we'd stopped shooting because it was so much fun - just a great group of people, actors, a real sense of camaraderie, a great story - so the experience itself was the thing that I really missed, and when we got back for 3 From Hell I was very happy because it felt as if old times were back in the sense of working with Sid, Sheri, certainly Rob, Dave Daniels our cinematographer, Wayne Toth our makeup guy - a lot of it was something old, but then the new pieces being Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Pancho Moler - there was a lot of good stuff. It just felt fun to be part of a good old "fuck you" kind of horror film and not get into anything psychological - I really love to be part of that type of the genre.




ZT: That leads me into my next question - you all gather together to create 3 From Hell - was it "here we go, we're back - let's do this" or was there a brief period of re-adjustment?

BM: You know, there really wasn't much of a re-adjustment - we did some table readings, and we kind of knew who everybody was and how the story was going to go, and we all just hit the ground  running. There was no real ramping things up - I think we all basically knew what we were going to do, and we were filled with Rob's energy and his great story and the cool look of the film. I'd also never worked with Richard Brake before nor Pancho Moler or Jeff Daniel Phillips, so it was getting to learn working with them and how they rolled. I'd previously worked with Dee Wallace Stone before, so that was a nice homecoming, so there was a lot going on the set that make me feel very comfortable with minimum distractions, so I really just focused on kicking some ass as Otis.

ZT: The Devil's Rejects - certainly looked to be a physical film for you, no doubt - same thing here with 3 From Hell? No injuries to report? Came away unscathed?

BM: Yes, because Diamond Dallas Page didn't come back and kick me around this time (laughs) - he's a former world champion pro wrestler, so when he kicks you in the ribs, you feel it! No, it didn't feel as physical, and even now I'm 14 years older I found that I still go to the gym three times a week and walk around L.A. alot - I try to stay in pretty good shape, so there wasn't anything that was too terribly demanding or left me in bed nursing some part of my body.



ZT: What do you hope that fans take away from this film?

BM: First of all I just hope that they have a ball - thank God that someone has come around with a kick-ass horror movie. This time around there's some feelings in this too that you didn't necessarily see in the previous two movies, so I think that will be interesting. It also shows how much Rob has grown as a screenwriter and director, so that's also cool, and with a lot of the characters here some things have passed with time, while some things have very much stayed the same. We're still out there to get fucked up and do some fucked up shit - a little throwback to House Of 1000 Corpses with Baby and Goober at Red Hot Pussy Liquors! (laughs)

ZT: So after the release of 3 From Hell, what will be keeping you busy next? What's coming up on the work slate for you?

BM: I have at least three movies that are coming out - one is called Crepitus, a scary clown movie. There's a couple from Robert "Corpsy" Rhine - one is called Cynthia that I think has come out recently (directed by Kenny Gage and Devon Downs), and a new one called Exorcism at 60,000 Feet with the fabulous Bai Ling, Lance Henriksen and Adrienne Barbeau. There's also an Australian movie called Boar that I did  - pretty sure that's still airing on Shudder TV - it's about a giant pig in the Outback that's tearing people apart (laughs). I'm also always working on music, and I'm just starting to roll into my convention season, so every weekend between now and mid-December I'm doing something.

ZT: Bill - I can't thank you enough for the time. Best of luck with the film - take care of yourself, and we'll keep an eye out for you!

BM: That's great - thank you very much and thanks for supporting us!

  Just a little add-on for everyone that might be interested - I got a chance to eyeball 3 From Hell last night,, and believe me when I tell ya, this thing is OFF-THE-CHAIN crazy! For lovers of all things "Firefly Clan" related, get your butts on over to Fathomevents.com/3FromHell to get your tickets for any (or all) of the three nights of screenings starting September 16th-18th.

 

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