Horror-on-Sea interview with Hooker with a Hacksaw co-writer and director Donald Farmer

Hooker with a Hacksaw (2018)

Directors: Donald Farmer, Caroline Kopko

Writers: Donald Farmer, Kasper Meltedhair

Stars: Kirsten is just an average girl with big problems! Problems like psycho pervs, snuff movie makers and animal masked freaks. Too bad for them Kirsten has a very big hacksaw. Now she’s out for revenge, sawing her way through the scum.

Date & Venue: Friday 11th January 22:30

Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK.

Hooker with a Hacksaw is a new action-horror from co-writer and director
Donald Farmer which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film. I got a chance to ask Donald Farmer a few questions about what we can expect from the film.

Q. Hooker with a Hacksaw has been selected to play at Horror-on-Sea, what can we expect from the film?

You can expect to see a very interesting young girl dispatch some very bad men with her hacksaw. That she does it with such gusto and enthusiasm just adds to the fun.

Q. You co-wrote the film with lead actress Kasper Meltedhair, what were your inspirations when coming up with the concept for the film?

For Kasper’s character of Kirsten, I mixed a little of Kasper’s own personality with bits and pieces from some other girls I’ve known. Kasper really likes to wear strange masks, prowl through antique shops and watch old VHS tapes. . .all things I used for her character. I’ve known other girls with addictions to narcotic pills and feelings of loneliness and depression, so I added those things in. Then we mutually decided that Kirsten should face some nasty life or death situations armed only with a rather rusty hacksaw. Kasper was game to create some of the dialogue and. . . especially. . .to fondle giant prehistoric creatures!

Q. What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?

Some scenes were intended to have a documentary look as we prowl along with Kirsten/Kasper, observing her life and eccentricities. Other scenes become more stylized and even dreamlike. It’s up to Kirsten (and the audience) to decide what’s real and what isn’t.

Q. What makes Hooker with a Hacksaw stand out in the horror genre?

First, I wanted the movie to satisfy the expectations the title suggests. If you go to see HOOKER WITH A HACKSAW, you should fully expect to see a hooker who does some quite unpleasant things with a hacksaw. But beyond that, I thought a few surprises were in order. I didn’t want Kasper’s character to be a typical hooker doing boring blowjobs. That’s why her first customer pays her to grind on his dead mom’s corpse. And Kasper encouraged me to go for the strange dream/fantasy where she does rude things to various beast statues. Kasper wanted it to all climax in an Egyptian tomb with mummies, but maybe next time.

Q. It is always difficult making independent films on a budget, did you have to change any elements of the original script during filming?

The only scene cut from our original script was that Egyptian dream scene, but I much prefer our alternative with Kasper stroking the horns of that lucky dinosaur. Everything was planned out to be shot for the budget we had available. One lucky break was our invitation to a party at a lavish club. I brought the camera and we created a new scene there with all those free extras!

Q. Scream queen Linnea Quigley is credited in the film, although it is footage from a film that was never completed. How did this footage end up in Hooker with a Hacksaw?

I needed a film for Kasper to watch on tv in one scene, and what better than to use a clip from my unfinished Linnea movie MS. MANIAC. At least a bit of it will now see the light of day.

Q. What was one of your favorite moments during filming?

I had asked a professional wrestler I know, Jocephus Hudson, to play a psycho wife beater. Jocephus gave an incredibly intense performance that was almost frightening to film. Jocephus is quite a well-known wrestler in America. . .he just wrestled SCREAM star David Arquette. . .and I hope he gains some new fans from our movie.

Q. You have been writing, directing and acting in films since the 80’s. Do you find the process for making and distribution of films easier or harder now compared to when you started?

Making the films has become easier thanks to compact digital camera. But distribution is much harder. In the 80’s there seems to be an endless demand for low budget horror films from all the upstart VHS companies. But now the market is oversaturated with product. And streaming is making fewer and fewer people interested in owning a physical DVD or Blu-ray.

Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

Right now, I’m editing the remake of my 1988 movie CANNIBAL HOOKERS. Kasper is back and so are a few more folks from HOOKER WITH A HACKSAW, plus two very exciting newbies. . .Cacia Rose and Jessa Flux. I’m also involved with a remake of my Camille Keaton movie SAVAGE VENGEANCE which started filming last month.

Q. If someone was looking direct their own horror film, what advice would you give them?

There are absolutely no barriers to doing your own film now.  The cameras used to be prohibitively expensive but now making a film costs pocket change with a digital camera and an editing program on your laptop. So, anyone with a good horror film idea should plow ahead, then book a local hall and have your own premiere with cast and crew. Insist that all your actors promote your film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help spread the word.

If being a horror director is your dream, then don’t dream it. . .BE IT!!

I think I heard that in a movie once.

You can find out more about the feature films playing at Horror-on-Sea Film Festival and details of tickets on the website.

Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!