Actor Clifton Collins Jr. recently conducted an interview with Slash about the former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist’s upcoming horror movie “The Hell Within”. You can now watch the chat below. The film will be directed by Dennison Ramalho, who contributed to the cult anthology film “The ABCs Of Death 2” and written by Jeff Buhler, who penned the script for “The Midnight Meat Train”. It will be produced by Slash under his SlashFiction banner, in partnership with Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Barry Films.
Asked how he found and met Ramalho, Slash told Shock Till You Drop: “Well, I saw ‘ABCs Of Death’, but I didn’t know who he was at the time. It was really ironic how it happened. I was given the script with one of my partners, and we’ve been going through a lot of scripts and I got this script and I liked the title. So I was on the road and I was, like, ‘Okay, well, let me check this out.’ You start to get a little jaded after a while when you decide to read script after script after script. I was like, ‘This is really fucking good. Who wrote this?’ It was Jeff Buhler, so Dennison was already attached to it. I had already seen ‘ABCs Of Death’ and never just thought to go look at the director, so when I put those two together, it just seemed like a great irony. Then he had another short, a couple other shorts but one long short, which is set in Brazil, and I forget what it’s called [‘Ninjas’], but it’s set in the favelas in Brazil. It was really, really dark and really ominous, but very contemporary at the same time. It wasn’t overly way-out. Sometimes in a short, they can touch on something that they think is very cerebral. That’s very hard to understand sometimes in three minutes or four minutes or whatever it is. So, this particular short told a story of this guy that was basically had just been accepted into one of the secret police that worked the favelas that aren’t part of the regular department and take him into a drug dealer they want to shake down and his prostitute girlfriend. It was just really, really good, so I’m excited about working with Dennison.”
Regarding whether it’s hard to produce a movie while he is touring and keep on top of what needs to be done, Slash said: “Well, let me tell you, my first movie experience was harrowing enough. For me to be sitting here promoting another one, you’d probably think I was crazy. I loved the process, but it hurt a lot making that movie, because so many things went wrong and there were so many things I didn’t know about, being the new guy, that I didn’t approach the way that I would normally approach. Just because being the first time at it — you know what I mean? Sometimes you sort of keep your mouth shut and watch what other people do, which I never do. But one of the issues, when we were dealing with the financing with that movie was very problematic, and it kept pushing the production date back. I’d set aside a window before the tour started, to be able to do the whole production and post-production and be able to go to work. It ended up overlapping with my touring schedule. So it’s really, really important to be there, obviously. That was one of the issues I had with ‘Nothing Left To Fear’, so this time around, I’m not touring after. The reason we’re doing it in January — we were going to do it in August but I start touring in September. If anything happens, I don’t want that to happen again, so I’m off the road in December.”
“The Hell Within” follows a woman from New York on a quest into the heart of the Brazilian jungle to save a missing girl, only to discover that the child was just the beginning.
Marie and her husband David live a charmed life in Manhattan. He’s a successful environmental attorney and she’s built an international aid organization that helps families in need across South America.
The only thing missing is a child.
When they start receiving disturbing phone calls from Teresa, a young girl in Brazil pleading for help, Marie can’t shake the feeling these calls are connected to her charity. She convinces David to travel with her to Rio to locate the missing girl and soon a series of strange events and a shocking suicide lead them into the heart of the jungle.
Marie and David find themselves isolated in Seringal, a village overrun with drug runners and lost souls, steeped in ritual and superstition. And as David falls ill to a mysterious disease, Marie begins to realize that the missing child was only the beginning of The Hell Within.
“The Hell Within” will be released in Barco Escape, a multi-screen, panoramic movie format from Barco, a manufacturer of digital cinema technology. Slash called Barco Escape “a game changer,” adding, “It’s totally immersive and brings the movie going experience to a whole new level.”