Today at my blog, I have a lengthy, wide ranging interview with Steve Latshaw, multi talented Director/Producer/Writer, whose extensive credits include writing and directing favorites such as "Vampire Trailer Park" and "Return of the Killer Shrews" (which is premiering this week in fact). ...writing over twenty other movies like "Planet Raptor", "Curse of the Komodo" (a favorite in the Scott household), and "American Black Beauty".
We talk about writing, directing, acting, James Best (Star of the original "Attack of the Killer Shrews" and - 50 years later! - Star of the sequel), Bruce Davison, Dukes of Hazzard, .....here's an excerpt from the interview, with Steve talking about some of his personal favorites when it comes to old science fiction movies and storytelling:
If you could tell ANY story on film, rights, budget and
stars being no object, what would that be? What’s your all time favorite
movie monster and why?
I have a number of projects
I’d like to do. Books I’d like to make, etc. I like to keep them to
myself. RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS was a movie I’ve wanted to direct
since 1989, after first meeting James Best. I still get a thrill when I
think to myself that we actually got it made. I love showbiz
biographies and am currently circulating an original screenplay about
Al Jolson’s 1950 trip to entertain troops in Korea. I don’t have a
favorite sci fi film… I have eras… for me, 1951 to about 1962 is my
favorite period. However, I have a few guilty pleasures I always return
to… THE SLIME PEOPLE… NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST… ROBOT MONSTER… FLYING
DISC MAN FROM MARS (A Republic serial – if anyone can find me the
feature version of this one, called “MISSILE MONSTERS” – I’ll be
eternally grateful)… GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN… WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST…
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON… INVISIBLE INVADERS… BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS…
HIDEOUS SUN DEMON… ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS… NOT OF THIS EARTH…. IT
CONQUERED THE WORLD… MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND… ASTRO ZOMBIES… and all
the early 1980s Fred Ray classics like BIOHAZARD, THE TOMB, PHANTOM
EMPIRE, WARLORDS, ALIENATOR, HAUNTING FEAR, BAD GIRLS FROM MARS, STAR
SLAMMER, SCALPS, etc.
(VS sez: You're listing a lot of MY favorites above as well!)
What’s your favorite science fiction book or series?
Star Trek series and movies. Even GENERATIONS. Heinlein’s FUTURE
HISTORY stories. TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE. But my biggest influences are
adventure fiction writers (novelists). Alistair MacLean (GUNS OF
NAVARONE, WHERE EAGLES DARE, ICE STATION ZEBRA) probably has had the
biggest effect on my writing, in terms of stories and characters. And
Ian Fleming, in terms of how, and when and how much I write. I’ve been
reading and re-reading his James Bond books since 1969. A great travel
and historical writer… his novels are now picture perfect looks at the
bad old world of the 1950s and 1960s.
If you'd like to read the full interview and more about the magic of movie making, please come over to http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/ and enjoy!
Steve's question for Readers today (which we also pose on my blog) is:
What movies haven’t you seen that you’d like to see? What do you like and dislike about today’s movies?