Interview with Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson: Creators of THE TAINT

A few months ago I was made aware of a little film titled THE TAINT. I had no idea what this could possibly be except that the title made me feel a little….uncomfortable. In a good way. Once I saw the official website for the film, I knew that I had to see it by any means necessary. The trailer is comprised of more T&A and practical gore effects than some feature length Troma films contain and it is all gleefully delivered. Anxiously awaiting for the DVD to arrive at my doorstep, I could only hope that the film would live up to the many promises contained in that approximately one minute of footage. Luckily, those promises were met and I have not been the same since.

Considering how much I enjoyed – this is an understatement – THE TAINT, I thought it only natural to attempt an interview with the guys responsible for such a thing. Both Drew and Dan (producers/directors/everything else you could imagine) fielded questions from me and what follows is the results of that:

  • Not too long ago, Lars von Trier was criticized of making a misogynistic film in the form of ANTICHRIST. You have basically labeled THE TAINT as being a misogynistic film (if the text on the DVD packaging is any indication). Are you intending to lure people in with the promise of misogyny or are you just trying to beat people to calling it that?

Drew: Both really. The monsters are called misogynists in the film which is a joke on a lot of social commentary in horror films. The idea was that the metaphor was so fucking obvious that the monsters were actually called what the metaphor was supposed to be.

Dan: The film tries to preach misogyny to the point that you can’t take it seriously. I think that’s a big turn off for a lot of horror fans who come in wanting tits or gore or both simultaniously. The movie has plenty of it, but the amount of cock far outweighs the tits and gore. People who don’t get it complain about the cock. Either way, you’d have to be a pretty sick fuck to take the movie seriously.

     

  • Given the content of the film, have you had any trouble with screenings at film festivals? Either in the form of getting accepted or just flat out pissing off judges/audience members/fellow filmmakers?

Drew: Not really, everywhere we’ve played has been pretty into it. We did have problems in Canada due to our posters saying “Kill Women”: http://rue-morgue.com/blog/archives/2011/04/21/banned-films-find-new-venue/ from people who never actually saw the movie mind you.

  • The gore effects seem very practical in nature and give off a strong 80s era Troma vibe. Can you speak of your influences for make-up/effects and how important (if at all) it was to avoid relying solely on computer generated effects?
 

Drew: Story of Ricky was the original goal.

Dan: We originally were going to do the effects all practically, but I realized about half way through that I could easily do a lot of compositing if I put in the time. There’s hardly any computer generated imagery in the whole film. It’s all just video which has essentially been photoshoped together using after effects. I’ve never been a big fan of CGI anyways, I think it breaks the reality of the film in a way that compositing doesn’t. We tried to make everything as real as possible. Real elements never look fake (duh), just goofy if anything.

  • The end credits make it obvious that most people involved in making the film had more than one role in the production. Did you have any trouble getting people to carry out the tasks designated to them? Did the majority of people involved know each other beforehand?
 

Drew: What people were willing to do really surprised me. People always went way beyond what their role was and brought amazing things to the film and almost always for free. Dan and I didn’t know each other that well when we started, so we merged the film people we each knew together to make it.

Dan: We were lucky to be working mostly with people we already knew who trusted us. There was rarely any second guessing going on from people on set which is important when you’ve got tons of dildos around all the time.

  • In addition to being behind the camera, a few people are on screen as well, including yourselves. How hard was it to cast this film given the nature of the content? I imagine asking an actress to have her clothes ripped off of her and be covered in blood is not the easiest thing to advertise for (or is it?).

Drew: We were always up front about what we wanted people to do and people were usually willing to do it. It helps that we live in Richmond, which has a ton of artists and college students that were super excited to help us.

Dan: I see naked people in Richmond even when I don’t want to, so finding people to get naked around here isn’t difficult. Getting them to do it in front of a camera usually takes some convincing though.

  • The score fits the film rather perfectly, and has even won an award. Was the music created prior to the production or in post? Did you intend to create more music outside of film scores?

Drew: Most of the music I wrote in post. I’m always working on some kind of music. I’ll probably release something pretty soon. I started posting The Taint music up here: http://soundcloud.com/user494923 

  • You guys seem to be taking on every role here regarding distribution/merchandising/publicity. Pretty much everything that most filmmakers hire other people to take care of, you’re doing yourselves. How important is it to you to remain truly independent? Is this a conscious decision or is it primarily out of necessity at this time?
 

Drew: It just seems like our best choice right now. We are talking to distributors. There’s things that we really need a distributor for, so eventually we will probably go with one in some way. As far as the work itself goes, I don’t want to make films for other people really, otherwise I’ll just get a real job. I don’t want movies to be that for me.

Dan: 

Being independent is great and all, but it can be hard to reach people. We’ve only really been selling through our website so far, and that’s going to have to change if we actually want people to see it.

  • On April Fools Day you (unfairly) teased The Taint 2. When can we expect another film from you and what can we expect from it?

Drew: A kid’s show maybe. There are no plans yet.

Dan: We’re busy doing some serious stuff, but we’ve been talking about a new project for a few months. We’ll figure it all out soon.

  • A friend of mine claims that you guys are her heroes. How does it feel to be someone’s hero based solely on the fact that you made a film featuring exploding cocks?

Drew: It’s a pleasant thought.

Dan: Great!

  • Care to leave us any last words of wisdom/encouragement/debauchery?

Drew: Hm….

Dan: Don’t take short cuts, and do what you want. Life sucks if you’re not seizing the opportunities in front of you.

 

Well, there you have it. Thanks to Drew and Dan for answering what I had to ask and for making such a gleefully trashy film for all of us to enjoy. And if you have not had the pleasure of seeing the film yet, you can order a DVD and/or a limited VHS of it directly from them here.

 

 

 

About Justin

Student of the Selznick School of Film Preservation in Rochester, NY. I spend too much time on social networking websites, watching sexploitation flicks and reading (and re-reading) anything Garth Ennis has put his name on.
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