a hot Sunday afternoon in June several thousand horror fans,
filmmakers and genre celebrities have gathered in the Dallas
Omni Park West hotel for the second annual Texas Frightmare
Weekend. Aside from the usual autograph lines and costumed fans,
the TFW also offers
Nic- Today I’m speaking
with the some of the people behind the new independent film “
Parrish—I’m Parrish Randall, owner and founder of PRP, that is
Parrish Randall Productions. Also with me today is... (motioning
Shannon--- Shannon Roberts and I play Detective Lynn Sayers in “Texas Road Kill”.
Parrish— “Texas Road Kill” is my production company’s first full length feature film, post appearances in the “Quick and the Undead” and “Flesh Keeper”. After many years doing bit parts from 2000 until about 2005 in things like “Walker Texas Ranger”, “LAX”, Kato Kalin’s “Eye for an Eye” produced by National Lampoon, you name it. I’ve done many small parts and I was fortunate enough to land the lead villain roll in “The Quick and the Undead” which premiered here at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in 2006. In fact it was the fan response and buzz the premiere generated at last year’s festival that helped “The Quick and the Undead” to be as successful as it has been.
Ultimately that film (“The Quick and the Undead”) provided me
with the credibility to form my own production company, PRP
Motion Pictures. As an actor, a writer and a producer I want to
start a company that I could call my own! This has given me the
freedom to create my own work. Also,
Nic---Parrish, that sounds great! Can you tell us a little bit about the film and your character?
Parrish--- Well my character in “Texas Road Kill” is a departure from the villainous rolls I’ve had in the past in films like “The Quick and the Undead” and “The Flesh Keeper”. I play Scott, a man who is trying to, well if you will, re-assemble his shattered family. His wife has passed away two years before and he has a teenage daughter. He has finally moved on and re-married, the only problem is that he married a young lady who’s 25. When the film opens up you learn that the daughter had tried to commit suicide and is having all kinds of problems and some of them are the result of her father marrying this girl who’s almost her age, just a few years older.
So Scott assembles his family to go on a weekend retreat to what he thinks is going to be a Nice cabin in the woods. However the brochure he’s seen misled him and so after he and his entire family drive 300 miles into the middle of backwoods nowhere they find that instead of the wonderful new plush resort cabin they were promised, they are stuck in an old trailer. They decide to stay and the unfortunate aspect of this entire scenario for this character and his entire family, is that they are caught in the middle of Hillbilly Hell. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but there is a psychopath on the loose and the killer proceeds to hack and slash him way through the better part of Scott’s family. At the beginning of the film Scott’s character is a very selfish kind of guy. He’s moved on after the death of his wife and he just wants his family to move on. By the end of the film he’s lost a number of people he loved and cared for and is just stripped to the very core. The shock and horror of what’s happened to him and his family has left him torn down to just that primal beast that comes out when survival is on the line for all of us. It’s kind of like the Mom who lifts the automobile when her baby is trapped underneath. Scott was a very civilized, if self-centered, accountant type throughout the story. However, but the end of the film he has a chainsaw in his hands and he is a butcher. So while he’s not a bad guy or a psychopath, by the end of the film he’s driven to that murderous point.
Nic--- So Scott really undergoes a lot of changes by the end in this film. How was it to play a character who goes through such dramatic ranges?
Parrish--- Oh it was great! Frankly, you get to see the
evolution of this character. He goes from the kind of guy who’s
thinking almost exclusively about himself. He wants to have a
good time with his new young bride and he doesn’t the patience
to deal with his daughter who won’t accept her (the bride) and
move on with him in his life. He goes from that guy to a man who
is caught in a battle for survival and having lost so much of
what he cares for that he’s over the edge. He is willing to stop
at nothing to seek and see vengeance done.
Ultimately, we are really proud of our production and we are ready to unveil it and screen it here for the folks at the Texas Frightmare Weekend.
Nic--- Parrish, that is just fantastic! I know the crowd here at the Frightmare is excited about the premiere (the premiere, is due to start in twenty minutes and we can see there are easily over a hundred people lined up waiting to enter the screening theater across the hall).
Now I have a couple of questions for
Parrish--- They were very low budget films.
Shannon--- …and I was in those with him first. I’ve also done
extra work in a lot of the same shows as Parrish; “
Nic---Can you tell us
about your character in “
Parrish---You know how it is in a lot of films like this, no one takes the cops seriously and they pay for it in the end. I mean we run into her and just think that she is hassling us, we learn that we should have listened to her.
Parrish--- Yeah, I think she’d be dangerous with a weapon! I mean she enjoyed it just a little too much I think. (Everyone laughs)
Nic---Well from the production stills you have with you she does look deadly with a gun! In fact you look pretty menacing with that chainsaw yourself Parrish!
We spoke earlier about making films
Parrish---I’m a big advocate of the film industry here in
This has always been an issue for me. If I have any influence in
the business then I want to change this. I’ve made a vow to
myself that if and when I’m able I’m going to do what I can to
improve the situation for my fellow Texas actors. There are a
tremendous number of talented actors in
So on my films, my pledge is that I’m going to employ
I’ve had a huge swell of
Nic---Parrish, I have to
say that you are passionate about your work and about filmmaking