David Morwick is a former model turned film maker who
was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He wrote, acted,
produced, directed and edited "Little Erin Merryweather," a
throwback to the classic suspense/horror film. We got the
chance to interview David about his past, present and
future. Read as we got to ask him about his ventures in
acting and the making of Little Erin Merryweather:
HF: I thought Vigdis Anholt was terrific as the female antagonist. It's not
everyday that you get to see a woman as a troubled killer. I supposed we're just
used to madmen walking around in masks. I thought it was a great decision to
feature a creepy female killer. Did you always have Vigdis in mind for the role or
did she audition?
DM: Great point. I wanted her to be much more than just some thug in a mask. I
always had her in mind because I knew how talented she is. One of my favorite
scenes in the film is where the camera slowly moves in on her, where she is just
staring off with a very distraught look with Paul Cristo’s creepy music in the
background. It’s a short scene but it’s chilling. In essence, it’s the core of this film.
I did audition of hundreds of girls for that part to please others. It only confirmed
that Vigdis was the best choice.
HF: I'm sure with a low budget you were limited with what you could do. Was
this a setback for you at all or was it a benefit?
DM: A little bit of both. There is something really raw about the film which I love.
But of course you always want more money to do more things
HF: How long did it take you to edit the film and put it together?
DM: It took a long time, it was a never ending process. In fact, I am still not
satisfied. If I had the money, I would go back and do even more edits. Editing is
like a sculpture, you are always chiseling away to get the best result.
HF: What I found interesting about Erin Merryweather was that she was a
sympathetic character. In a way you feel sorry for her and for what her father put
her through. It seemed very realistic, so I was just curious if you did any research
for that character?
DM: I did. With serial killers there was often a lot of child abuse but not always. I
also thought it was interesting that a lot of them are white males. I also worked
with an abused child in an after school program. He became disconnected and
pulled away from what was going on. You could see something in his eyes, it was
very haunting and sad to me. I brought these observations to Erin’s character.
The other thing that was a driving force is that there are so many Freddys,
Jasons and Michael Myers. I thought it was novel to add an iconic female
antagonist to the list.
HF: The cinematography looks great, the music is incredible and the film itself
looks fantastic. How pleased were you with the end result?
DM: Well, thank you! You phrasing the question that way makes me very
pleased. I think it’s extraordinary what we were able to pull off on such a small
budget. Look at the amazing photography of Michael Pessah, Paul Cristo’s original
sound track is terrific especially for an indie horror. The artwork in the movie is to
die for, we got some great beautiful snowy locations. A lot of the performances in
the film are top notch, not to mention that it is a unique story, it hasn’t been
done. Little Red Riding Hood as a serial killer acting out the storybook she is
writing. I am very pleased and will always be very proud of this little film.
HF: The genre now is plagued with remakes and torture films, and what I loved
about your film was that not only was it different, but it was a throwback to
suspense. The old "less is more" Halloween kind of suspense. I take it you had
this in mind from the beginning?
DM: You raised a very important point, one of the most important points of the
interview. I think it’s sad that Hollywood isn’t creative enough to come up with
their own ideas anymore. So they have to go back and constantly remake
classics that just shouldn’t be touched. You see, it was because some of these
films like the original “Halloween” were independent and avant garde that they
became classics. Some things are just irreplaceable. And yes, “less is always
HF: The film seems to have a depressing back story that we don't see too much
of and the ending is wide open. Will we get to see a sequel anytime soon?
DM: That would be fun and to be honest with you I have already written it. But
my priorities are really changing and I would really like to get back to theater and
other types of film work.
HF: I've watched your film twice already and it's easily one of the best films I've
seen this year. I've been looking at a lot of reviews for Little Erin Merryweather
and generally it's getting a positive buzz. Are you happy with the press and praise
that the film is getting?
DM: Absolutely and I am so glad you like the film. Everyone really seems to
embrace this little film. When you’re in the public eye or have accomplished
something, there will always be those who want to take a shot at you. But,
enough people really seem to get it and love the film. You know, it’s people like
you, artists yourselves with the web sites you’ve created that truly support
HF: What are your plans for the future? Do you have any other projects in the
DM: I always have something up my sleeve. I’m someone who loves to create. I’
ve always got my next role or a movie in my head. So you’ll be hearing from me!
HF: What do you think about the current wave of horror films? Do you have any
DM: No. But a film that I just saw that was very powerful was “United 93”. There
are some stories that need to be told and that’s one of them. I haven’t been
affected by a movie like that in a long time. You know, at the end of that film
when the passengers and flight attendants were rushing up the aisle to try to
save the plane, I found myself sobbing. A movie hasn’t done that to me in years.
These are the films and stories that make you want to keep going!
HF: Thank you so much for your time David, we enjoyed your film very much
and we're looking forward to seeing what you bring us next. Do you have any
final words? Perhaps a message to our readers at Horror-Fanatics?
DM: Thank you so much for this great exchange. Don’t ever let anyone take your
dream away from you. No matter how hard and tough it gets at times, I
persisted and I won in the end. Eight out of ten independent films aren’t even
picked up and if I can inspire others with my film, I think that’s wonderful. So
remember, keep your chin up and aim for the stars !!!
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September 10th, 2007