Director Mike Mendez is no newbie to the horror movie scene. With movies like Killers, The Convent, Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror, The Gravedancers, The Devil's Convent (currently in pre-production) and now bringing us Big Ass Spider, Mike Mendez's latest movie, which made it's way across the world in the festival circuit, is now available for your viewing pleasure via OnDemand, Amazon, iTunes etc.
With Big Ass Spider you get exactly what the title suggests, a fun and at times campy, jaunt into a world where an alien spider escapes from a military facility and goes on a rampage in Los Angeles, CA.
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Big Ass Spider is one movie you should add to your Halloween movie watch list, it is absolutely an adventure of it's own. I had a few minutes to speak exclusively with Director Mike Mendez about his experience with Big Ass Spider.
DANA: You’ve directed a few features before, how was this one different?
MIKE: So aside from my very first feature, this was the smallest budget & shortest schedule I've ever had. Yet it was the most ambitious and largest in scale. It was also my first film shot in a digital format, I'd only done films on 35 previously. It was the first time I ever relied so much on CG effects, and was also the first time I made a PG-13 movie. I was surprised to how natural it all felt.
DANA: Horror is a close knit community, were you surprised at the amount of support you received from your friends and colleagues?
MIKE: I'm very blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends, so I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that volunteered for it. With that being said, I did promise people a fun experience and for the most part I think people really enjoyed their time on set. I hope they'd do it again, I'm sure I'll ask them to.
DANA: You’ve taken this movie all over the world, any stories you can share? Do you have a new favorite city to travel to?
MIKE: We've been very lucky to have traveled all over the world with the movie. One observation I have is that Canadians may be the rowdiest crowd in the world, they certainly are film lovers. We still have a few more countries to go, but so far Canada seems to be the most enthusiastic. My favorite country that I've gone too is probably Brazil, certainly felt the most exotic. I love to travel, it doesn't matter where I am in the world, usually there's a good time to be had.
DANA: I know this project isn’t even cold yet, BUT can you talk about your next project in the works?
MIKE: Well, there's a couple things brewing. We may be close on a demon hunter movie called "Don't Kill It," I have a prequel to my film "The Convent" in the works and God Willing we'll be cooking up another Big Ass adventure soon!
DANA: That sounds great! Being a fellow native of Los Angeles, did you enjoy making a movie that destroyed parts of L.A.?
MIKE: This in some odd way was a love letter to L.A., but thankfully it's such a vast place there are many stories that can be told here, but I am glad I got to tell the one where the giant spider demolishes downtown. Wish we had the time to take out Hollywood too. (laughing)
There you have it my dear readers, BIG ASS SPIDER wasn't just fun to watch, it was also fun to make and is available On Demand, Amazon, itunes, and more.
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