A Reader Blind Item
A few years ago, I was working on a movie, a low budget horror movie.
Don’t bother looking it up — it never finished filming, let alone got released, and any reference to it has been scrubbed away.
My friends were making it, and I was there just to help, P.A.-ing and stuff like that. Unfortunately, my friend, the lead actor/producer (don’t bother looking him up; he’s not famous) got a huge ego and started taking control of the project, abusing two of the actresses (two C-list scream queens who work consistently on direct to VOD type stuff; one has actually directed three of her own films so far) with the help of another actress, ex-Playboy model (not centerfold or cover) turned C list scream queen.
None of these people are really famous.
The one person who was, however, was a B movie legend we had for two days.
This legend, who we will call, DR, began his career in earnest three decades ago.
He got a couple parts in sequels to horror franchises from back in the day, with two different characters that had similar deformities.
He disappeared into a bit player wilderness for a while before being rediscovered by a A-/B+ list director who was briefly A- list in another type of entertainment.
The director cast him in another franchise, the one that made him the B movie legend he is today.
DR worked a couple times with the director before calling it quits, and he told us why.
Now DR is genuinely nice guy — a complete gentleman.
He told us why he stopped working with the director and why it took so long for the director to make another film in the franchise that made his name.
The director was an abusive jerk.
Manipulation, verbal abuse, bullying — you name it, he did it to almost anyone within earshot.
The director pushed away everyone except his wife and FX man.
He was one of the biggest, meanest jerks DR said he met.
Maybe the director has calmed down, or maybe DR is smart to not let a good money thing go, but he’s reunited with the director for a new film.
Hopefully, the director has gotten better.
But if you ever watch whatever the director made, or consume his prior artistic output, do so knowing he was probably an abusive a******e to whomever he was collaborating with at the time of making it.
B movie legend – DR: Bill Moseley
A-/B+ list director who was briefly A- list: Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician, filmmaker and screenwriter. Zombie rose to fame as a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band. He is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American rock band Powerman 5000.
Wife: Sheri Moon Zombie
FX man: Wayne Toth