Didn’t see the original Crinoline Head when it came out in 1995? Not to fear. Neither did we, and we still enjoyed this loving throwback to the slasher genre enormously. A group of students are doing a project on the serial killer known as Crinoline Head, presumed dead after the events of two decades ago, and visit his stalking ground by a lake. They’re in for a nasty shock, you will be pleased to hear. Featuring a movie-stealing turn from one of this year’s guests, Debbie Rochon as the foul-mouthed trailer-trash custodian of the property, this combines dark humor with the stalk ‘n’ kill scenarios we love so well.
I decided to do Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head back in March of 2013. I had re-released the original Crinoline Head on DVD finally, and began to get emails from fans of the film from all over the world. I was shocked to discover how much original VHS copies of my films were going for online, so I decided there that it was time to get back into the horror game. I knew I wanted to do this feature, but decided to do a short film first to get my name back out there and hopefully stir up come support when it came time to do Dorchester’s Revenge. I shot a short film called The Cabin that ended up taking on a life of it’s own. It played at countless film festivals all over the world, won a ton of awards, and was eventually picked up for television broadcast by Shorts International, the world’s largest distributor of short films, who play all the Oscar winning films!
So I wrote a script that would make sense, meaning since the film was done back in 1996, then this sequel would be taking place in 2014, which would be 18 years later. After I began writing it, I realized that it could really stand on its own as I was able to include flashbacks of when Crinoline Head was a child, and then have one of the survivors from the first film, Paul, tell the story of the first to get everyone up to speed. I wrote this great park for a crazy white trash lady and I knew that I had to get someone iconic in the role. I had worked with Debbie Rochon in the past on a film or two, so I approached her with the script. She loved it. I cast Jason Vail as Paul after having worked with him on my film The Cabin and then the casting took off. I am really excited how it turned out considering how little we had to shoot with. I think fans of the original will like it, as I am still combining my Johns of filmmaking – John Carpenter and John Waters. 🙂