By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Horror stalwarts Bill Moseley and Bill Oberst Jr., who just shared the screen in Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL, will soon be seen together again in DEVIL’S JUNCTION: HANDY DANDY’S REVENGE. We’ve got a few exclusive words from Moseley on working with Oberst, plus the trailer, poster and release info.
Midnight Releasing brings DEVIL’S JUNCTION to Los Angeles for special screenings October 18 and 19, followed by DVD and VOD release November 5. Directed by Jeff Broadstreet from a script by J.S. Brinkley, it also stars Jake Red, Cody Cameron, Arthur Marroquin, Danni Spring, Kyle Anderson and Katelynn Newberry. The synopsis: “Returning to the abandoned Detroit television station where they once delighted a generation of children viewers, master puppeteer Mr. Jolly reincarnates his minion puppets for a final performance to settle an old score with Richard. The rare blood moon casts an ominous glow as Mr. Jolly unleashes his puppets, lead by the infamous Handy Dandy, to seek his revenge. Further complicating Richard’s dilemma is the unexpected arrival to the studio of his son Steffen and his friends. The group become entangled in the thrilling pursuit by Mr. Jolly and Handy Dandy through the old studio building. They soon realize that they are in a new version of ‘Mr. Jolly and the Handy Dandy Show’—where pain is the game!”
“Bill Oberst Jr. is a hardworking guy!” Moseley, who shot JUNCTION before 3 FROM HELL, tells us. “I had never worked with him before, and I had a great time with him.” As both have spent years in the horror trenches, they had the chance to compare war stories, “and we had one comparison that was actually really funny,” Moseley says. “I had just played Abraham Lincoln in a short film called GINGERBREAD, written and directed by a great woman named Kendell Courtney Klein. And Mary Todd Lincoln was played by Amanda Plummer, so that was a great experience. I was talking to Bill about my experience as Lincoln, and he said, ‘Well, yes, I played him too, and I did a lot of research about him’; he really got into depth and just immersed himself in Lincoln. So I said, ‘Well, what was the name of your movie?’ and he said, ‘It was called ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES.’ I just started laughing and said, ‘OK!’
“But that’s what I love about an actor like Bill Oberst Jr.,” Moseley continues, “that he’s going to immerse himself in Lincoln and know everything about him to star in ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES. He didn’t let something like the title, or presumably the content, prevent him from showing up for the character. And it’s what I loved about him in DEVIL’S JUNCTION; he was committed to his character, and I was committed to mine, and we had a wonderful grand finale, though I won’t get into too much detail on that. We were doing greenscreen, and I was grabbing him and we were screaming together.”
Thanks for this post, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t note here for posterity what a class act Bill Moseley is. I learn something new about both the craft and the business every time I work with him or watch him work. He’s a star for a reason.
appreciate all you and Rue Morgue do for Indie Film.
The producer of this film is still in debt to the crew – Don Borza refused to pay the final week’s wages on the project, and he is in default to the amount of 35,000 dollars.
I was the First AD on the film, and Borza was a constant distraction on set. His refusal to pay us our final wages shouldn’t have been a surprise to us. He’s a conman.
That being said, every word you say about Oberst and Moseley is 100 percent true. I adore both of these actors, and the rest of the cast were phenomenal in their roles. I would happily work with every single one of them again.
I wish the film all the luck in the world, and I hope it makes enough money to pay the wages of the hard-working people who helped create it.