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Dave Decoteau
Horror Interview by The Gravedigger


  1. Brotherhood 2, Young Warlocks, The (2001)
  2. Microscopic Boy (2001) (V) ... aka Micro Mini Kids (2001) (V) (USA)
  3. Final Stab (2001)
  4. Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy (2000) ... aka Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy 2 (2000) (UK)
  5. Brotherhood, The (2000/I) ... aka I've Been Watching You (2000) (UK: video title)
  6. Frankenstein & the Werewolf Reborn (2000) (as Julian Breen)
  7. Prison of the Dead (2000)
  8. Voodoo Academy (2000)
  9. Alien Arsenal (1999) (TV)
  10. Witchouse (1999) (as Jack Reed)
  11. Retro Puppetmaster (1999) ... aka Puppet Master 7 (1999) (USA)
  12. Killer Eye, The (1998) (as Richard Chasen)
  13. Talisman (1998)
  14. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) (as Victoria Sloan) ... aka Curse of the Puppet Master: The Human Experiment (1998) (USA: video box title) ... aka Puppet Master 6 (1998)
  15. Leather Jacket Love Story (1998)
  16. Journey: Absolution, The (1997)
  17. Shrieker (1997) (as Victoria Sloan) ... aka Shriek (1999) (UK: video title)
  18. Bikini Goddesses (1996) (as Ellen Cabot)
  19. Lurid Tales: The Castle Queen (1996) (as Ellen Cabot)
  20. Petticoat Planet (1996) (as Ellen Cabot)
  21. Prey of the Jaguar (1996)
  22. Skeletons (1996)
  23. Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island (1995) (as Ellen Cabot) ... aka Beach Babes from Beyond 2 (1995) ... aka Cave Girl Island (1995)
  24. Blonde Heaven (1995) (as Ellen Cabot)
  25. Prehysteria 3 (1995) (as Julian Breen)
  26. Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994) (as Ellen Cabot) ... aka Virgin Hunters (1994)
  27. Beach Babes from Beyond (1993) (as Ellen Cabot)
  28. Girl I Want, The (1993) (as Ellen Cabot)
  29. Naked Instinct (1993) (as Ellen Cabot)
  30. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
  31. Murder Weapon (1990) (as Ellen Cabot)
  32. American Rampage (1989)
  33. Deadly Embrace (1989) (as Ellen Cabot)
  34. Lady Avenger (1989)
  35. Dr. Alien (1988) ... aka I Was a Teenage Sex Maniac (1988) ... aka I Was a Teenage Sex Mutant (1988)
  36. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988) ... aka Imp, The (1988)
  37. Creepozoids (1987)
  38. Nightmare Sisters (1987) ... aka Sorority Succubus Sisters (1987) (USA)
  39. Dreamaniac (1986)

Q: Tell us about yourself

DAVE: Please see website Rapidheart.com

Q: You are both a writer and a producer. Which do you prefer?

DAVE: I prefer to develop a screenplay with a writer usually from an idea that originates with me. I produce out of necessity. I like to control all aspects of the production.

Q: What does your typical budget look like?

DAVE: Since I shoot exclusively on 35mm I tend to spend a little more than most low budget movies. I complete the picture to answer print so we can screen them at film markets.

Q: Do you ever feel restricted by your budget?

DAVE: I think any filmmaker feels some sort of restriction no matter what the budget is. My biggest budget to date was 2.2 million. That was for SKELETONS. It had a 19 day shooting schedule. It was the most difficult and stressful movie experience of my professional life.

Q: What do you find to be the most costly portion of your movies?

DAVE: Raw stock and lab and LA locations.

Q: . What is the most important part of the motion picture process for you?

DAVE: Total creative control. I know that sounds egotistical but after 55 movies I just want to do it my way. When I don't get it I get very expensive.

Q: Do you have a core team?

DAVE: My DP, Costumer, Makeup, Production Designer and ADs have been with me for a while. But most leave because I only hire good people who go on to bigger movies. I like working with both experienced and relatively new people because I like their energy and enthusiasm.

Q: . What has been your most frustrating experience as a moviemaker?

DAVE: You'll have to read that in my Autobiography. The stories are so juicy I've got to sell em not give em away. (grin!)

Q: What has been the most rewarding?

DAVE: The theatrical release and critical acclaim of LEATHER JACKET LOVE STORY. The Los Angeles Time review was amazing!

Q: You often used a pseudonym on some of your movies, particularly for FULL MOON. What is the reason for this?

DAVE: Because I usually didn't like the out come. I didn't have the control. I didn't need another credit so when it didn't work out I just used a pseudonym. I do love Charlie Band though. I will be forever enamored with that man. I have since the day I met him and have for the past 15 years.

Q: What is your favorite and least favorite movie you've worked on?

DAVE: Dr. Alien was the best experience. Skeletons was the most difficult because I had replaced Ken Russell only 2 weeks before shooting and didn't know what I was getting myself into. It turned out well enough though. I got a ton of job offers from that film.

Q: What was the weirdest thing you ever had happen during the shooting of a movie?

DAVE: Oh, gosh. Weird things happen on every shoot. Probably Voodoo Academy. I think it was the quietest crew we ever had. I think they were disturbed by the homoerotic nature of the film.

Q: Who does most of the visual and special effects for your films?

DAVE: All makeup effects are handled by Jeff Farley and Chris Bergschneider. Those guys are amazing. As far as visual effects I try to do everything in camera - the old fashioned way like Hammer Films.

Q: Are there any specific directors or films that influence you and your work?

DAVE: Roger Corman, Joel Schumacher, Jess Franco and John Waters.

Q: Tell us a bit about your recent productions and RAPID HEART.

DAVE: I just finished shooting the 5th Rapid Heart movie THE FRIGHTENING. Our most ambitious production to date. And as usual we shot in 35mm anamorphic - an expensive and time consuming process. Lucio Fulci shot this format quite a bit. I think it pays off in the end because you are using the entire negative which creates a sharper image. FINAL STAB hits Blockbuster Video on October 2nd. I'm quite proud of this film as I think it delivers on every level. THE BROTHERHOOD 2: YOUNG WARLOCKS is really something special. If you liked the first BROTHERHOOD you'll love what I did with this one. Its more potent erotically and the scares are more in your face.

Q: Any advice you would give to someone just starting his or her motion picture career?

DAVE: Move to Canada. The new center for motion picture and television production. I'm not kidding.

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