Horror-On-Sea Interview with Leaf Blower Massacre 2 writer-director Anthony Cooney
Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2017)
Director: Anthony Cooney
Writers: Anthony Cooney, Michael Wade Johnson
Stars: Ari Lehman, Kaylee Williams, Anita Nicole Brown, Portia Chellelynn, Joe DeBartolo
After finding out about the brutal murder of his fiancé, Shavar seeks revenge against a masked killer with a penchant for yard work weaponry. Fall will be the season of fear.
Date & Venue: Friday 11th January 2019 at 10am
Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK
Leaf Blower Massacre 2 is a new slasher film from writer-director Anthony Cooney, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, along with the original short Leaf Blower Massacre (2013). I got a chance to ask Anthony Cooney a few questions about what we can expect from the film.
Q. Leaf Blower Massacre 2 will be opening the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, what can people expect from the film?
People can expect a high paced thrill ride. With a twist ending that is not expected unless you pay close attention throughout the film.
Q. The film is a sequel to your original horror short Leaf Blower Massacre. Where did the idea of using a leaf blower as a weapon come from?
Well one day when I was blowing the leaves in my front yard, I thought to myself “Hmmm has anyone ever used a leaf Blower to kill someone? Well I haven’t seen it so let me think of some fun brutal ways to kills someone. Then I came up with the short film Leaf Blower Massacre.
Q. What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?
Well if anyone ever watched the 1985 horror film Nail Gun Massacre, they will see a close relations to the film. Great kills and humour, but Leaf Blower Massacre 2 is more of dramatic thriller with some jokes here and there.
Q. What makes Leaf Blower Massacre 2 stand out in the slasher genre?
Well it’s of a kind when it comes to gardening tools. Especially with a leaf blower who would’ve thought there would be a Leaf Blower massacre 2!
Q. Budget and time are often an issue for low budget filmmakers, where there any elements of the original scripts which you changed during filming?
Yes actually most of the film was filmed through 2014-16. Locations were a key in the film and some of the kills we wanted to do had to be changed based on the location and the budget.
Q. The film brings together a great cast which includes Ari Lehman, who is best known for playing the original Jason in Friday the 13th (1980). How did he become involved in the film?
Ari I approached at a local metal show he was playing at back in 2013 (Abbey Pub) I thought why not bring a horror legend to this local Chicago horror film. After talking to him about the script and the character he would play he agreed on it and I have to say he has some of the funniest lines of the film.
Q. What are some of your favourite moments during filming?
I would say anytime we would do a kill scene! How to approach each kill and how to have a backup plan just in case it didn’t go the way we thought.
Q. Are there any plans for a third film in the series with a sequel or prequel?
Yes, funny thing you ask. I have been approached by a couple writers on what can be done for a part three if possible. Why not? Maybe it can be like a Friday the 13th series or even Halloween. Only the future holds the answer.
Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?
Yes! currently finishing up a short film Redder which I filmed with Cheevies Film Productions and my buddy Derek Braasch. We are also teaming up to bring a new slasher film in 2019 called Torture of the Flesh. One of the most brutal and expensive budget films I have worked on.
Q. If someone was looking direct their own horror film, what advice would you give them?
I would say please have a good cast and crew. Have a plan for budgeting every aspect of the film from locations, actors, food, promotion, conventions etc. Also, it’s always good to get experience with other film crews and other film sets. Never be afraid to also promote your project, you have to act like it’s the next big thing in horror films.
You can find out more about Leaf Blower Massacre 2 on the website: www.leafblowermassacre2.com.